Catherine McCormack

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Date of Birth: January 1, 1972

Born in Alton, Hampshire, England, Catherine McCormack's first acting experience was playing the title role in an amateur stage production of a play called Mother. Although only 16 at the time, she played a 60-year-old Russian woman.

From there, Catherine went on to study at the prestigious Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 1993. Her first professional job was in the low-budget Australian film, Loaded (1994). The same year, she made a guest appearance on the TV series Wycliffe. But it was the following year that she gained international attention when cast as Mel Gibson's love in the blockbuster film, Braveheart (1995).

Offers rolled in after that, and Catherine worked steadily in British TV and film. She has appeared in Dancing at Lughnasa (1998) with Meryl Streep, The Debtors (1999) with Michael Caine, Shadow of the Vampire (2000) with John Malkovich, The Tailor of Panama (2001) with Pierce Brosnan, Spy Game (2002) with Brad Pitt, A Sound of Thunder (2004) with Ben Kingsley, and 28 Weeks Later (2007). She was directed by Woody Allen on the set of his romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight (2014), but recently, she's been working steadily on television.

Having played Queen Elizabeth I in the BBC mini-series Gunpowder, Treason and Plot (2004), she went on to play Theresa Leary on the FX crime drama series Lights Out (2011), Marija Ruzic-Maric on National Geographic's Genius (2017), Claire on Sky Vision's Women on the Verge (2018). Most recently, she played Beth Milton on Sky Vision's mini-series Temple (2019).

Catherine's theater experience is also extensive, having made her London West End debut as the lead in Anna Weiss. She then appeared at the Royal National Theatre with Julie Walters in All My Sons and received a 2001 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2003, she played Claudia in the UK premiere of Honour, followed by The 39 Steps in 2006 at London's Tricycle Theatre.

Catherine lives in London, England.


The Moon and the Stars (2006)
Renaissance (2006) (voice)
A Sound of Thunder (2005)
Strings (2004)
Spy Game (2001)
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
Born Romantic (2000)
The Weight of Water (2000)
A Rumor of Angels (2000)
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
The Debtors (1999)
This Year's Love (1999)
Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
The Land Girls (1998)
Tashunga (1996)
Braveheart (1995)
Loaded (1994)