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- Catherine McCormack
- Alton England
- United Kingdom
- Listening To Oldies
- Choices Of Roles Following Braveheart
Catherine McCormack is an English actress best known to audiences for her role in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. (People really responded to those blue faces, what can we say). After a string of less successful films, Catherine bounced back in the early 2000’s, playing Brad Pitt’s love interest in Spy Game. In addition to her film work, Catherine is devoted to acting on the stage in her native England. Hopefully she will realize her folly and do more film work, for that’s much too small an arena for so grand a beauty.
Contrary to many actresses who had a posh upbringing, Catherine was born in Alton, Hampshire, England, and had her mother die when she was six-years-old. Catherine’s father carried on, and raised her by himself while employed as a steelworker. Catherine attended the Convent of Our Lady of Providence, which probably wasn’t as a liberal and freewheeling a school as it sounds. Nonetheless, she focused on liberal arts, and became an actress.
Catherine’s first feature role was in a small film, Loaded, in 1994. However, Braveheart followed one year later, in 1995, and thrust her into the international spotlight. Catherine’s representatives then landed her a slew of roles in unsuccessful films (Catherine, if you’re reading this we hope you’ve fired whoever was “working” on your behalf during the late 90’s…Was it the same people who were steering John Travolta’s career after Pulp Fiction? Anyway, we digress). In 2001, Catherine bounced back to international attention with the role of Brad Pitt’s love interest in Spy Game. She has most recently been seen in 2007’s 28 Weeks Later.
Catherine has a British mini-series coming in 2008, and she continues to pursue her stage work. She had done this throughout the early 2000’s, and despite her success there (nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001…Whatever that is), we hope she’ll return to features. Hey, we’re Americans, we don’t care about the theater, or theatre, however you want to spell it.