Gina McKee is an English actress who portrayed the character of ‘Mary Cox / Mary Soulsby’ in the television miniseries ‘Our Friends in the North’. She won the 1997 BAFTA Award for Best Actress for that role. McKee has appeared in several popular television shows over the course of her four-decade long acting career and has featured in more than 20 films. McKee featured in the television show ‘The Lenny Henry Show’ as ‘Julie’ and later played the character of ‘Sue Bishop’ in ‘An Actor's Life for Me’. She was nominated at the British Independent Film Awards for her role in the 1999 independent film ‘Wonderland’. She featured in the series ‘The Street’ and ‘The Lost Prince’ for which he was nominated again at the BAFTA Awards. McKee also appeared in the Netflix original series ‘Bodyguard,’ portraying one of the lead characters on the show.
Gina McKee spent a considerable period of time at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain learning acting and other aspects of the show business. She started her acting career as a 15-year-old in the series ‘Quest of Eagles’. She was part of the show for seven episodes, playing the character of ‘Jane’ in 1979. After appearing in a number of television movies and shows as a supporting actress, McKee appeared in the series ‘The Lenny Henry Show’. She later appeared as ‘Sue Bishop’ in ‘An Actor's Life for Me’, a comedy series which tells the story of a Scottish actor trying to find work, in 1991.
Her next notable work came in the 1996 television miniseries ‘Our Friends in the North’ as ‘Mary Cox / Mary Soulsby.’ The show was directed by Simon Cellan Jones, Pedr James, and Stuart Urban. It featured Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong, and Daniel Craig in other lead roles alongside Gina McKee. McKee won two awards for her performance in the show, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award in the same category.
She played important roles in the comedy series ‘Brass Eye’ and in the drama show ‘Passion’, between 1997 and 1999. She featured in many films in 1999, including ‘Notting Hill’, ‘Wonderland’, ‘Women Talking Dirty’, and ‘The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,’ all as a supporting actress.
In the 2001 television miniseries ‘Dice’, featuring Aidan Gillen, Martin Cummins, and Fred Ward, McKee portrayed the character of ‘Angela Starck’. Her next big role came in the romantic drama series ‘The Forsyte Saga’ in 2002-03. She appeared alongside ‘Damian Lewis’, ‘Rupert Graves’, ‘Amanda Root’, ‘Ben Miles’, and ‘Gillian Kearney’. In the Netflix original series ‘Bodyguard’, McKee appeared as ‘Anne Sampson’, the Head of the Counter Terrorism Command. The show was a big success and received multiple awards, including a Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor (Richard Madden).
Gina McKee has won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for her powerful performance in the Donmar Warehouse revival of ‘King Lear’. She was also featured in the West End revival of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s ‘Ivanov’.
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Family & Personal Life
Gina McKee was born on April 14, 1964, in Peterlee, County Durham, England. Her father was a coal miner and she grew up in the suburbs of Easington and Sunderland. She once saw a poster of a new youth drama group which encouraged her to attend. She later found it very interesting and fell in love with acting. She attended East Durham College and completed her A-levels. However, when she decided to go to a drama school, she was rejected by popular institutions like London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama.
McKee married Kez Cary in August 1989. She has been a vegetarian since the early 1980s. She received an honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland in 2002.