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Catherine McCormack

Catherine McCormack

The internationally renowned actress Catherine McCormack has starred in numerous projects for film, television and stage.

Most recently, McCormack starred in Spy Game, directed by Tony Scott and co-starring Brad Pitt and Robert Redford. McCormack first gained international acclaim for her performance in Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning film Braveheart, in which she played Wallace's childhood sweetheart.

Among her numerous other credits are The Tailor of Panama, directed by John Boorman and co-starring Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush and Jamie Lee Curtis; Shadow of the Vampire, co-starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe; The Weight of Water directed by Kathryn Bigelow and co-starring Sean Penn; and A Rumor of Angels with Vanessa Redgrave and Ray Liotta.

McCormack starred opposite Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon in Dancing at Lughnasa, an Irish family drama set in the 1930s and based on a Tony-winning play. She played a 16th century courtesan, Veronica Franco, in Dangerous Beauty, in which she starred opposite Rufus Sewell. In the British comedy This Year's Love, she co-starred with Dougray Scott and Douglas Henshall. She also appeared in The Debtors with Michael Caine and Randy Quaid.

McCormack debuted on television in Inspector Wycliffe before launching into feature film with the lead role of director Anna Campion's Loaded. She also starred in the three-part British television drama Armadillo by William Boyd.

McCormack's performance in Braveheart led to garnering a part in the World War II drama The Land Girls, which also starred fellow rising stars Rachel Weisz and Anna Friel.

McCormack also has a wealth of stage acting experience. She led a strong cast at London's Soho Theatre in a play entitled Kiss Me Like You Mean It, penned by Chris Chibnall. She also starred in London's West End in a production of Sam Shepard's haunting play A Lie of the Mind.

McCormack made her West End debut by helming the play Anna Weiss. She performed at the British National Theatre in Arthur Miller's All My Sons alongside Julie Walters and Ben Daniels, a role for which McCormack was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress at the 2001 Olivier Awards. Recently, she went back to the National to star in a new play called Free by Simon Bowen.

Her first acting role was in a small English stage production of a play called Mother, by Brecht; and while at university, she acted in productions of The Cherry Orchard, Arabian Nights and Betrayal.

Born in Alton, Hampshire, England, McCormack is of Irish descent. She graduated from the Oxford School of Drama.

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Catherine McCormack Facts

BirthdayJanuary 1, 1972 (51)
BirthplaceAlton, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Catherine McCormack compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Dangerous Beauty
4 Movie Marathon: Conspiracy Collection
Spy Game
The Weight of Water
A Sound of Thunder
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