English actress Janet McTeer has been around a lot longer, and done more frock flicks, than I realized! She’s often elegant, always emotive, and she’s 6’1″, so that makes her My Friend (team 5’11” here). Let’s take a look!
Miss Julie (1987)
An episode of “Theatre Night,” a recurring BBC show featuring stage plays. This is the 1888 August Strindberg play about the weeeeeeird dynamics between an upper class lady and her male servant.
Precious Bane (1989)
An adaptation of a 1926 novel: “The story is set in rural Shropshire during the Napoleonic Wars. It is narrated by the central character, Prue Sarn, whose life is blighted by having a cleft lip and cleft palate” (Wikipedia).
Portrait of a Marriage (1990)
The story of the real-life love affair between Vita Sackville-West (McTeer) and Violet Keppel.
The Black Velvet Gown (1991)
A TV adaptation of a Catherine Cookson novel. I’m guessing 1840s-ish?
Wuthering Heights (1992)
McTeer plays Nelly Dean, who narrates/observes much of the story’s action, in this feature film adaptation of the Emily Brontë novel.
A biopic about French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (“The Little Prince”). McTeer plays “Genevieve de Ville-Franche.”
In 1907, a professor (McTeer) goes to Appalachia to record folk music and becomes enmeshed in the lives of the people there.
The Intended (2002)
Wikipedia tells me it’s a “period” film, but I can’t tell which period, and that it’s about “a surveyor and his fiancée who arrive in a remote Malaysian trading post and encounter a close-fisted ivory trader and her ill-meaning family.”
Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (2004)
1950s, murder mystery, no doubt excellent costumes.
As You Like It (2006)
As Audrey in Kenneth Branagh’s weird, late-nineteenth-century-Europeans-in-Japan adaptation of the Shakespeare play.
She played English actress/singer/dancer/etc. Gertrude Lawrence in this biopic of author Daphne du Maurier.
Sense & Sensibility (2008)
She played Mrs. Dashwood, mother of Elinor and Marianne, in this decent TV adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.
Into the Storm (2009)
As Clementine Churchill, wife of British PM Winston, during World War II.
Albert Nobbs (2011)
She plays a woman living as a man in late-nineteenth-century Dublin.
Hannah Arendt (2012)
A film about German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt and her decision to write about the 1961 trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann and what she called “the banality of evil.” McTeer plays Arendt’s friend, American novelist Mary McCarthy.
Parade’s End (2012)
An ill-suited husband and wife and a suffragette have a love triangle. I hated it, but the costumes are gorge. McTeer plays the mother-in-law.
The Woman in Black (2012)
A gothic/supernatural/horror story set in the late nineteeth century. McTeer plays the local landowner’s wife.
The White Queen (2013)
As the real-life Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Countess Rivers (1415/16-72), mother of Queen Elizabeth Woodville.
A horror/thriller film set in late-nineteenth-century London that came and went.
National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2016)
An adaptation of the eighteenth-century play! McTeer played the Marquise de Merteuil to Liev Shreiber.
The Exception (2016)
She played the real-life Princess Hermine Reuss of Greiz (1887-1947), second wife of exiled German Kaiser Wilhelm II, in this World War II-set film.
Which is your favorite of Janet McTeer’s historical roles?