She acted in the Repertoire Season in the National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England in Trevor Griffith's play, "The Party;" Eduardo De Filippo's play, "Saturday Sunday Monday;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Measure for Measure," "The Tempest," "Romeo and Juliet;" Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's ...
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[on having portrayed the mother of Matt Smith
, James Corden
and Colin Morgan
]: All those boys have done rather well since they worked with me as their mother. They owe me big time. They're all wealthier than me - they can have a whip round.
Despite being a praised theater-thespian, she took 10 years off from the stage, between 1995 and 2005, in order to pursue acting in movies, especially in those directed by Mike Leigh
. In 2005, she returned to the stage in the big-budgeted production of Philip Pullman
's "His Dark Materials" as Marisa Coulter. The same part has also been performed by Nicole Kidman
, two years later, in The Golden