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Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn

Mrs. Bennet

Brenda Blethyn will next be seen starring onscreen in another Focus Features release, Gaby Dellal's On a Clear Day, opposite Peter Mullan.

Her performance in Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies gained the actress international recognition, as she won Best Actress honors from the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, the Cannes International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. She was also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Academy Award.

Ms. Blethyn was again nominated for an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in Mark Herman's Little Voice, which also brought her BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, and Golden Globe Award nominations. She has been nominated a third time for the latter, for her performance in Nigel Cole's Saving Grace.

Her other film credits include Cherie Nowlan's upcoming Clubland; John McKay's Piccadilly Jim (with Tom Hollander of Pride & Prejudice); Kevin Spacey's Beyond the Sea; Nicole Holofcener's Lovely & Amazing; Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It; and Nicolas Roeg's The Witches.

Ms. Blethyn was an Emmy Award nominee for her performance in Robert Dornhelm's miniseries Anne Frank: The Whole Story. Her other notable television credits include Christopher Menaul's Belonging (for which she earned a BAFTA Award nomination); Benjamin Ross' RKO 281 (as Louella Parsons) and Roger Michell's miniseries The Buddha of Suburbia.

She has been acting on the stage for 30 years, and recently starred on Broadway in Marsha Norman's 'night, Mother, opposite Edie Falco for director Michael Mayer.

In 2000, Ms. Blethyn was awarded the Order of the British Empire.