Perhaps not a household name or face, Maxine Peake takes on challenging projects and unglamorous roles, both in historical costume and out. As a strong feminist with an outspoken socialist attitude, she’s more likely to take roles that reflect her views on society and the perils of capitalism than just fancy-pants aristocratic dramas. That makes me love her all the more!
Ruby Ruggles in The Way We Live Now (2001)
Elizabeth Lilburne in The Devil’s Whore (2008)
Miss Wade in Little Dorrit (2008)
Jolly Bellever in Agatha Christie’s Marple, “They Do It With Mirrors” (2009)
Anne Lister in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010)
Doll Tearsheet in The Hollow Crown, “Henry IV, Part 1 & 2” (2012)
Alice Aisgill in Room at the Top (2012)
Hazel Peaceful in Private Peaceful (2012)
Elaine Mason in The Theory of Everything (2014)
Grace Middleton in The Village (2013-2014)
Eileen Lamont in The Falling (2014)
Nellie in Peterloo (2018)
Elen in Gwen (2018)
Fanny Lye in Fanny Lye Deliver’d (2019)
What’s your favorite historical role of Maxine Peake’s?