RADA trained MAXINE PEAKE has enjoyed a prolific career as a theatre, television
and film actress with many career highlights including 'Black Mirror', 'Red
Riding', 'The Devil's Whore', 'The Theory Of Everything', 'The Falling', 'The
Village', 'Silk', 'Shameless', 'Criminal Justice', 'The Hollow Crown', 'Dinnerladies',
'Three Girls' and many award-winning TV dramas and theatre productions. Peake
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.
2018 projects include 'Funny Cow', directed by Adrian Shergold, the story of a
comedienne working the northern comedy circuit in the 1970s also starring
Stephen Graham, Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman, 'Fanny Lye Deliver'd' with
Charles Dance and Freddie Fox, directed by Thomas Clay. Upcoming work includes
the TV movie 'The Bisexual', a modern story about love and adventure set in
London, in which Peake stars with actor/writer/producer Desiree Akhavan.
In theatre, Peake's 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 of these have been at the Royal Exchange, where Maxine
has the honour of being 'Artist in Residence.' In 2018, she has starred in
'Happy Days' at the venue, again directed by Frankcom.
As a writer, she has retold fascinating stories of women in British history who
have 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 its premiere as a stage play at the Royal Exchange in July 2018.