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Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver first came to the attention of audiences and critics alike for her critically-acclaimed performance in Circle of Friends, in which she starred with Chris O'Donnell. She went on to earn Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nominations, both in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her performance in Miramax's award-winning feature Good Will Hunting, directed by Gus Van Sant. In March 1998, Driver was honored with the prestigious Female Star of Tomorrow Award at ShoWest.

Driver recently completed production on the independent film Virgin of Juarez. The cast also includes Esai Morales and Jane Lynch.

In 2003, Driver appeared on stage at London's Comedy Theatre with Matthew Perry and Hank Azaria in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. The play broke the record for the largest box office advance for a West End show. The same year Driver also was seen co-starring with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Owning Mahowny, a dark comedy which was directed by Richard Kwietniowski. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and was also screened at the Berlin Film Festival.

In the 2003-2004 television season she made several guest appearances on NBC's Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, who has become a favorite of critics and fans.

Building her career on diverse roles, Driver received accolades for her performance in the critically praised dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank; moved audiences with her performance in the love story Return To Me; co-starred with Cate Blanchett, Rupert Everett and Julianne Moore in the feature version of Oscar Wilde's play An Ideal Husband; and endeared herself to a whole new generation by providing the voice of Jane in the Walt Disney animated feature Tarzan. Her additional film credits include High Heels and Low Lifes directed by Mel Smith, The Governess, Beautiful, directed by Sally Field and co-produced by Two Drivers Productions (the company Driver formed with her sister Kate), Big Night, directed by Stanley Tucci, Hope Springs, Ella Enchanted starring Anne Hathaway, Sleepers, alongside Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt and Dustin Hoffman and directed by Barry Levinson and the James Bond thriller Goldeneye.

The British actress has amassed an impressive list of television and theater credentials, including numerous projects for the BBC and theatrical productions of The Comedy of Errors, The Married Man, School for Scandal and Camino Real.

Driver is a spokesperson for the international fair trade agency OXFAM. Earlier this year she traveled to Cambodia and Thailand to bring attention to how backward practices of the garment industry affect the poverty stricken workforce. She is also involved in Facing Forward, a charity organization founded by former model Louise Ashby, which raises funds for corrective surgery for children with facial deformities.

Driver is also an accomplished singer and songwriter. Her debut album, Everything I've Got In My Pocket, was released in September 2004 and is distributed by Rounder/Universal.

Driver currently resides in Los Angeles and travels frequently to London where she also has a home.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Minnie Driver Facts

Birth NameAmelia Driver
BirthdayJanuary 31, 1970 (53)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Minnie Driver compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Ella Enchanted
Good Will Hunting
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Princess Mononoke
The Phantom of the Opera
The Milky Way
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