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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, 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, 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.”
2018 projects include BLACK MIRROR on Netflix, in April FUNNY COW (EOne) will be out in cinemasfollowing the story of a comedienne working the northern comedy circuit in the 1970s also starring Stephen Graham, Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman. It screened at the LFF in October to rave reviews with The Guardian saying she “dominates the screen” with a “fierce blazing energy and holds everything together through the magnetic force of her performance”; PETERLOO directed by multi-award winning British director Mike Leigh also starring Rory Kinnear and Nico Mirallegro (date tbc), FANNY LYE DELIVER’D with Charles Dance and Freddie Fox (directed by Thomas Clay) and THE DARK OUTSIDE (prod. Hilary Bevan Jones and BFI).
In theatre, her work includes 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.’ This year she will star in HAPPY DAYS at the venue, directed again by Frankcom.
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 it will make it’s premiere as a stage play at the Royal Exchange in July.