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Brenda Blethyn is one of Britain’s most celebrated actresses with film credits including her Academy Award Nominated roles in Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies and Little Voice in which she co-starred with screen legend Michael Caine.


Other leading film roles include Pride and Prejudice, Saving Grace, Roald Dahl’s The Witches, and the hugely anticipated hit of the 2006 Sundance Festival, and soon to be released Australian feature Clubland.

Brenda Blethyn was 27 when she applied to Guildford drama college risking everything. Following some early stage experience with the Bubble Theatre and at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, she joined the Royal National Theatre in 1975 where she worked with many of the UK's most acclaimed theatre directors including Peter Hall, Bill Bryden and Peter Wood.  Her work at the National included Tamburlaine
and Bedroom Farce; The Passion and A Midsummer's Night Dream; The Beaux Strategem and The Provok'd Wife; and Tom Stoppard's Dalliance


With The Royal Shakespeare Company Brenda’s work included Tales From the Vienna Woods and Alan Ayckbourn's Wildest Dream.  She has also worked at the Manchester Royal Exchange where she played Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House and Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday.  She has also played Mrs. Chieverly in Oscar Wilde's Ideal Husband.


Brenda's British television career started in 1980 when she appeared in the BBC2's playhouse presentation of Mike Leigh's Grown-Ups as Gloria, followed by a comedy roles in Yes, Minister alongside Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne, Chance in a Million and The Labours of Erica.  Brenda also gave classical performances on television in in King Lear, Henry VI, Part One and she played Angela Foley in the first of the television adaptations of the PD James novels, Death of an Expert Witness.  Brenda’s roles in television are extensive, including The Bullion Boys, The Buddah of Suburbia and Outside the Edge which earned her Best Comedy Actress in the 1994 British Comedy Awards.


Along with her film successes, Brenda found time to return to the stage when she appeared on Broadway in Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends for which she won the Theater World Award for Outstanding New Talent; she also won Best Supporting Actress in the British Drama Awards for her performance in Neil Dunn's Steaming in 1996.  Brenda is an ambassador for the Prince's Trust charity. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for Michael Blakemore's Benefactors at the Vaudeville Theatre and in 1997 appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus directed by Sam Mendes.  In 2002 she appeared at The Strand Theatre, West End, in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs Warren’s Profession directed by Peter Hall.


Brenda’s autobiography, Mixed Fancies, was recently released.









One of Australia’s leading and best loved actresses, she has starred in many TV and film productions that are now regarded as milestones in the Australian industry.  Her ABC series, SeaChange, broke all ratings records for the national broadcaster, becoming the No.1 drama show on national television.  Her leading roles in The Man from Snowy River and the highly successful mini-series All the Rivers Run resulted in one of the first US network series roles created for an Australian actress in the popular western series Paradise.  Sigrid Thornton made her professional stage debut with The Melbourne Theatre Company in Betrayal.  Sigrid Thornton starred in the 2004 production of The Blue Room which was one of the most successful plays to tour Australia in recent years. 


Sigrid was awarded the highly prestigious Cowboy Hall of Fame award for best TV contribution to Western Heritage for Stray Bullet, an episode of Paradise.  She has also won numerous awards in Australia including Logie Awards, Sammy Awards and People’s Choice Awards.  Some of Sigrid’s other extensive credits include Little Oberon, The Lighthorsemen, 1915, Snapshot, The Last Outlaw, The Getting Of Wisdom, Slate Wyn & Me, FJ Holden, the mini-series The Boy co-starring Temuera Morrison, The Far Country co-starring Michael York and Great Expectations – The Untold Story co-starring John Stanton for the ABC.  She can currently be seen on Channel Nine’s rating’s winner What’s Good For You.


Sigrid has worked extensively behind the cameras on behalf of the film and television industry, the arts and various charities.  Some of her activities have included chairing the Victorian Film and TV Taskforce, MC of the Nelson Mandela Reconciliation Concert, board member of the Commercial TV Production Fund, Australian Film Institute board member and Film Victoria board member.  Sigrid continues to work extensively for children’s charities and World Vision.