As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early 1960's she appeared in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Her West End performances that followed were Dear Love with Keith Mitchell at the Comedy Theatre, Chez Nous at the Globe Theatre with Albert Finney and O Coward at the Criterion Theatre. For her role in The Rivals she was awarded the 1984 Evening Standard Award for Best Actress. Geraldine returned to the Royal National Theatre between 1995 and 1996 to perform in The Way of the World. She was awarded the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Performance by an Actress and nominated for Best Supporting Performance in the 1996 Laurence Olivier Awards. This was followed by director Dominic Dromgoole's Grace Note at the Old Vic Theatre and Chairs, directed by Simon McBurney, for Theatre de Complicite at the Duke of York's and on Broadway. Geraldine's last project was in Declan Donnellan's Hayfever.
Geraldine has been widely recognised for her television appearances. For the BBC's Oranges are Not the Only Fruit she was awarded the BAFTA for Best Actress. She has also appeared in the serialisation of Barchester Chronicles for the BBC alongside Donald Pleasence and Nigel Hawthorne. As a comic actress she has been seen in the popular series' of The Rory Bremner Show and both French and Saunders and The Victoria Wood Christmas Special Shows. Most notably Geraldine is remembered for her role in Scottish Television's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
She made her debut as a director with As You Like It which toured the country before appearing at the Phoenix Theatre in London in repertoire with Much Ado About Nothing directed by Judi Dench and Hamlet directed by Derek Jacobi. As a director she won a Fringe First at Edinburgh for Waiting For Sir Larry and most recently worked on Lesley Bruce's Keyboard Skills at the Bush Theatre.
Geraldine McEwan Facts
|Birth Name||Geraldine McKeown|
|Birthday||May 9, 1932 (85)|
|Birthplace||England, United Kingdom|