Brenda Blethyn is an English actress who tends to take on characters with working-class backgrounds and eccentric personalities. She is revered by numerous critics for her dedication to roles. This praise has extended to award organizations that have given her several accolades. This has included a Golden Globe and BAFTA, as well as two Oscar nominations.
Blethyn has a strong theatrical background, studying at the Guildford School of Acting and working at the Royal National Theatre. Her early stage work has included the Shakespeare play Troilus and Cressida, as well as the dramas Steaming and Benefactors. However, most of the attention given to her by news sites such as the Sun has been due to Blethyn’s roles in movies.
By far her most successful film is the Mike Leigh drama, Secrets and Lies. Blethyn plays a woman who is forced to reconnect with the daughter she gave up for adoption. Blethyn’s emotionally devastating performance remains one of the best of any British film. Thanks mainly to Brenda Blethyn, Secrets and Lies has become the most successful film directed by Mike Leigh to date. The actress is now watched by millions of television viewers on the show Vera. She plays the titular homicide detective in more than 8 seasons.