She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Gerard Murphy, Pete Postlethwaite, and Sean Bean in the cast. Bill Alexander was director.
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[on being honored with an Oscar nomination for Albert Nobbs
(2011)] There were a lot of people who lived like this. One thing you have to remember in England that is different from over here, is that sodomy if you're a guy was illegal. You'd be kicked out of the country. There was nothing against lesbianism because Queen Victoria didn't believe it existed.
She was awarded the 1997 Laurence Olivier
Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Play, of the 1996 season, for her performance "A Doll's House", at the Playhouse.