Maxine Peake

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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 THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, THE FALLING, THE VILLAGE, SILK, SHAMELESS, DINNERLADIES 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, The Guardian described Maxine as ‘a delicately ferocious Prince’ 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.” 

A hugely exciting return to the Manchester Royal Exchange takes place this year, where Maxine will step into the iconic role of Blanche DuBois, the deeply troubled and tragic protagonist in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Directed by Sarah Frankcom, a woman who has worked on many critically acclaimed productions with Peake - 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.’

As a writer, she has retold fascinating stories of women in Britishhistory who achieved greatness or faced adversity. Always putting the story of women first, she has had critical success with her plays BERYL, based on the real life professional cyclist Beryl Burton, and QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE, which told the incredible story of Anne Scargill and the miner’s wives who attempted to save UK pits from closure by occupying the mines.

Further projects include feature film FUNNY COW, following the story of a comedienne working the northern comedy circuit in the 1970s also starring Stephen Graham and Martin Freeman, feature film FANNY LYE DELIVER’D with Charles Dance and Freddie Fox, and she’ll make her directorial debut in a Warp Films productions starring Jim Broadbent. More info on that soon. In television, she stars in THREE GIRLS with Lesley Sharp, BBC1 drama based on the true stories of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale.