MINNIE DRIVER first came to the attention of audiences and critics alike in 1995
for her critically acclaimed
performance in Circle of Friends, in which she starred with Chris O'Donnell. She
went on to earn Oscar
and Screen Actors Guild nominations, both in the category of Outstanding
Performance by a Female Actor
in a Supporting Role for Miramax's award-winning feature, Good Will Hunting,
directed by Gus Van Sant. In
1998 she was honored with ShoWest's prestigious Female Star of Tomorrow for her
Her film career is not only filled with characters from all over the world, but
includes diverse choices in both
the independent and major film worlds. Among her critically acclaimed
performances are the films Take,
which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, the dark comedy, Grosse
Pointe Blank, Return to Me
opposite David Duchovny, the feature of Oscar Wilde's, An Ideal Husband;
provided the voice of "Jane" in
Walt Disney's, Tarzan; High Heels and Low Lifes; The Governess; Beautiful"
(which she produced with her
sister, Kate for their production company, Two Drivers); Big Night; Ella
Enchanted; Sleepers; the only
female alongside Robert DeNiro, Brad Pitt and Dustin Hoffman, directed by Barry
Levinson; Marc Evans'
British musical-comedy, Hunky Dory (opposite Aneurin Barnard); and the British
ensemble comedy I Give
it a Year.
On the small screen, Driver can be seen starring in one of ABC's highest rated
comedies, Speechless. The
series follows a family with a special-needs child and the challenges they face
together. Driver heads up
the family as the matriarch, with John Ross Bowie as her husband. Creator Scott
Silveri ("Friends") cast
Micah Fowler, the son, who has cerebral palsy in real life. This truly unique
comedy explores the difficulty
of a special-needs child through comedy in a truly groundbreaking way. Not just
another family sitcom,
Speechless Season 2 premiered Fall 2017.
Driver most recently can be seen starring in Wilde Wedding with Glenn Close and
In 2014, Driver starred as Fiona, a needy, highly-strung single mom to her
11-year-old son Marcus
(Benjamin Stockham) who moved in next door to Will (David Walton) and manages to
disrupt his perfect
world in NBC's charming comedy About a Boy.
In December 2014, Driver appeared in the two-part, four-hour American television
miniseries The Red
Tent. Based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, the series tells the
story of the twelve tribes of
Israel. Also that month, Driver appeared in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!." playing the
adult version of female
lead Wendy Darling in its live staging of the musical.
Driver starred in the Lifetime television movie Return to Zero, a devastating
true story of a couple's attempts
to navigate their way through a pregnancy filled with doubt, grief and
trepidation. She was nominated for
a 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award and a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award on
behalf of her performance
in the film.
Driver was also seen in Beyond the Lights from Relativity opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw
and Danny Glover.
She played cutthroat "momager" to Mbatha-Raw's conflicted pop star, Noni Jean.
The film opened to strong
reviews on November 14, 2014.
In 2011, Minnie received the Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress for her
role as "Mrs. P," a New York
Jewish American princess and the second of Paul Giamatti's three wives in the
Version. Adapted from the 1997 novel written by Canadian author Mordecai
Richler, the film also starred
In 2010, Minnie starred in Fox Searchlight's Conviction, which depicted the true
story of a woman (Hilary
Swank) who devotes her life to freeing her brother from a life sentence for a
crime she knows he didn't
commit. Driver, with an unerring Boston cadence, plays "Abra," Swank's only
friend, who joins the
cause. Also in 2010, Minnie starred opposite Jimmy Nesbit in the five-part
television series, The Deep,
which premiered in the UK on August 3, 2010 on the BBC.
Driver appeared as the unforgettable, "Dahlia Molloy" on the critically
acclaimed FX television series, The
Riches. An audience favorite, Driver received an Emmy and Golden Globe
nomination for her role. She also
made several guest appearances on NBC's Will & Grace, as "Lorraine Finster," a
critic and fan darling. Her
credits also include her role in the five-part thriller set thousands of feet
below the arctic ice in BBC's, The
Driver, a singer before she became an actress, lent her vocals to the original
title track, "Learn to be
Lonely," written by Andrew Llyod Weber, for the 2004 film version of his
"Phantom of the Opera," directed
by Joel Schumacher. The song, which played over the end credits, was nominated
for a Golden Globe and
an Oscar in the "Best Original Song" category. She also made an indelible
impression as "Carlotta," the
reigning Italian opera house diva, and received critical praise for her
performance including a nomination
by the Critics Circle in the Best British Actress in a Supporting Role category.
Driver released her debut album, Everything In My Pocket in 2004. Driver toured
with the Finn Brothers in
the UK and headlined her own sold-out tour in the United States. In 2007,
Driver's second album,
SEASTORIES, was released. The album features performances from Ryan Adams and
his band The
Cardinals, as well as indie queen Liz Phair.
Her latest album, Ask Me to Dance, was released on October 7, 2014. The album
features Minnie covering
a wide array of artists - from Elliott Smith to Neil Young to Frank Sinatra.
On stage, Driver appeared at London's Comedy Theatre with Matthew Perry and Hank
Azaria in David
Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. The play held the record for the largest
box-office advance for a
West End show at that time. Other theatrical productions include: The Comedy of
Errors, The Married
Man, School for Scandal and Camino Real.
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