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The versatile Brenda Blethyn was recently seen in ABC's critically acclaimed Anne Frank, a four-hour miniseries which aired on the network in May of 2001; Blethyn received a 2001 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries for her portrayal of Auguste Van Pels, one of the people who went into hiding with Anne Frank and her family.

Blethyn will soon be seen in Pumpkin with Christina Ricci, an American Zoetrope film which recently had its premiere at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to Pumpkin, Blethyn's upcoming film projects include The Sleeping Dictionary, directed by Guy Jenkin, Blizzard with Whoopi Goldberg, Plots with a View with Christopher Walken, and Pony Ride, directed by Nicolas Cage.

Brenda Blethyn, now nominated for two Academy Awards - for her breakthrough lead performance in Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies in 1997 and two years later for her supporting role in Little Voice - and winner of the Best Actress Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe Award, the Los Angeles and the London Film Critics' Awards, and a BAFTA from the British Academy, reaped the praises of her most recent feature film performance in Fine Line's comedy, Saving Grace, which lead to another Golden Globe Award nomination in the category of Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for the year 2000. Blethyn's previous film work includes The Witches and Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It.

Her television credits include the British television series Outside Edge, Grown-Ups, The Buddha of Suburbia, the Emmy Award winning The Bullion Boys, Rumpole, Yes Minister and The Imitation Game.

Following her early stage experience, Blethyn joined the Royal National Theater in 1975 and went on to work with some of the United Kingdom's most acclaimed theater directors in Bedroom Farce and Tamburlane for Sir Peter Hall. She also appeared in Alan Ayckbourn's Wildest Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Blethyn has won numerous awards for her theater work, including the 1991 Theater World Award for Outstanding New Talent for the Broadway production of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films (13-Jul-2002)


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