Brenda Blethyn stars in HBO's film "Mary and Martha," opposite Hilary Swank, as Martha. Blethyn also stars in the British drama series "Vera," as the title character, DCI Vera Stanhope.

Brenda Blethyn received a BAFTA nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her memorable portrayal of Mrs. Bennet in Joe Wright's "Pride & Prejudice."

Her performance in Mike Leigh's "Secrets & Lies" garnered the actress international recognition, as she won Best Actress honours from the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, the Cannes International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

For her performance in Mark Herman's "Little Voice," Blethyn gained an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in addition to nominations from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Golden Globes. This was her third nomination for the latter as she also received one for her performance in Nigel Cole's Saving Grace.

Her other film credits include "London River," "The Calling," Joe Wright's "Atonement," alongside Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, Cherie Nowlan's "Introducing the Dwights," Gaby Dellal's "On a Clear Day," Kevin Spacey's "Beyond the Sea," Nicole Holofcener's "Lovely & Amazing," Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It" and Nicolas Roeg's "The Witches."

Blethyn was an Emmy Award nominee for her performance in Robert Dornhelm's miniseries "Anne Frank: The Whole Story." Her other notable television credits include the miniseries "War and Peace," alongside Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Menaul's "Belonging," for which she earned a BAFTA Award nomination, Benjamin Ross' "RKO 281" and Roger Michell's miniseries "The Buddha of Suburbia." Blethyn has also made guest appearances in "Law & Order: SVU" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

Blethyn has been acting on the stage for 30 years, and recently starred on Broadway in Marsha Norman's "'Night, Mother," opposite Edie Falco for director Michael Mayer.

In 2000, Blethyn was awarded the Order of the British Empire.

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Age: 71 years old
Birthday: February 20, 1946
Height: 5' 2"
Full Name / Real Name: Brenda Anne Bottle
Birthplace: Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK
Husband: Michael Mayhew
Alan James Blethyn (1964 - 1973, divorced)

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