Harriet Walter is a leading actor on stage and screen.
On stage, she has played many Shakespearean characters including Ophelia, Helena, Portia, Viola, Imogen, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice and Cleopatra (most of them for the RSC). She has also played Brutus, Henry IV and Prospero in all-female productions at the Donmar Warehouse.
She has played many other great classical stage roles, including the Duchess of Malfi (RSC), Hedda Gabler (Chichester and tour), Nina in Thomas Kilroys Irish version of Chekhovs The Seagull with Anna Massey and Alan Rickman (Royal Court), Masha in Three Sisters (RSC; Olivier Award), Anna Petrovna in Ivanov with Ralph Fiennes (Almeida), Hester in The Deep Blue Sea (Theatre Royal Bath and tour), and Elizabeth I in Schillers Mary Stuart (Donmar Warehouse, West End, and Broadway; Evening Standard Award and Tony Award nomination). She has also performed in several contemporary classics including Caryl Churchills Cloud Nine (Royal Court), Harold Pinters Old Times (West End), Lillian Hellmans The Childrens Hour (National), and as Linda in Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman with Antony Sher (RSC, Stratford and West End).
She has created roles in new plays including Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and Yasmina Rezas Life x 3 (National), Timberlake Wertenbakers Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Royal Court), Stephen Lowes adaptation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Joint Stock), Moira Buffinis Dinner (National and West End), Simon Grays The Late Middle Classes, Stephen Poliakoffs Sweet Panic, Tamsin Oglesbys US and Them (Hampstead), and Clara Brennans Boa opposite her husband, Guy Paul (Trafalgar Studios).
Her films include The Sense of an Ending, Mindhorn, Denial, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Suite Française, Man Up, The Wedding Video, Young Victoria, Babel, Villa des Roses (British Independent Film Award nomination), Sense and Sensibility and Louis Malles Milou en Mai. Her television work ranges from The Imitation Game by Ian McEwan and The Cherry Orchard (both directed by Richard Eyre), The Price (Channel 4 and RTÉ), Harriet Vane in the BBCs Lord Peter Wimsey series and The Mens Room, via guest appearances in Inspector Morse, Waking the Dead, Spooks, Poirot, Midsomer Murders and New Tricks, to more recent appearances as D.I. Natalie Chandler in Law and Order: UK, Little Dorrit, Downton Abbey, Black Sails, Call the Midwife and as Clementine Churchill in the Netflix series The Crown.
She has written several books, including Brutus and Other Heroines and Other Peoples Shoes (both published by Nick Hern Books), Macbeth (Faber and Fabers Actors on Shakespeare series) and Facing It: Reflections on Images of Older Women (Facing It Publications).
She is an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC, an Honorary D.Litt at Birmingham University, and was awarded a CBE in 2000 and a Damehood in 2011.