As one of the nation’s favourite actresses, RADA trained MAXINE PEAKE has enjoyed a prolific career as a theatre, television and film actress with many career highlights including BLACK MIRROR (Netflix), FUNNY COW (eOne), RED RIDING (C4), THE DEVIL’S WHORE (C4), THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (Working Title), THE FALLING (BBC Films/BFI), SHAMELESS (C4), and and extensive list of dramas for the BBC including THE VILLAGE, SILK, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, THE HOLLOW CROWN, DINNERLADIES, THREE GIRLS and many award-winning TV dramas and theatre productions. Constantly looking for new challenges and surprising audiences, she has already played a range of colourful and award-winning characters, most notably Myra Hindley in SEE NO EVIL and the title role in HAMLET which was at the Manchester Royal Exchange and then filmed and released as a feature film in cinemas in the UK and USA. Regarded by critics as an important adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies, with The Times writing ‘Maxine Peake and company make this 400-year-old revenge tragedy come alive in a way you’ve never quite seen before.”
PETERLOO, directed by multi-award winning British director Mike Leigh, will be his most ambitious and large scale film of his career. Also starring Rory Kinnear the film will soon premiere at Venice Film Festival ahead of a November 2nd release. GWEN (prod. Hilary Bevan Jones and BFI) will have its world premiere at TIFF in September. For television, she will next star in THE BISEXUAL, a modern story about love and adventure set in London. The Channel 4 series also stars actor/writer/producer Desiree Akhavan, who recently won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for her film The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
In theatre, her work includes the iconic role of Blanche DuBois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, directed by Sarah Frankcom, who has directed many critically acclaimed productions with Peake – HAPPY DAYS, THE SKRIKER, THE MASQUE OF ANARCHY, MISS JULIE, THE CHILDREN’S HOUR and HAMLET all at the Royal Exchange, where Maxine has the honour of being ‘Artist in Residence.’ Further theatre credits include HOW TO HOLD YOUR BREATH, BREAKTHROUGH and MOTHER THERESA IS DEAD all at the Royal Court; LUTHER, THE RELAPSE, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE JOHN FORD INVESTIGATION and ROBIN HOOD all at the Royal National Theatre.
As a writer, she has retold fascinating stories of women in British history who achieved greatness or faced adversity. She had critical success with her plays BERYL, based on the real life professional cyclist Beryl Burton, which has been made into a radio and stage play, and is currently being developed into a film. QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE told the incredible story of Anne Scargill and the miner’s wives who attempted to save UK pits from closure by occupying the mines in the early 1990s. It’s currently being adapted from radio play to TV and made its premiere as a stage play at the Royal Exchange in July.