Anne-Marie Duff is a British actress who has starred in various movies and in different and unconventional roles. Her breakthrough arrived when she was recognized for her roles several successful projects including, Shameless and The History of Mr Polly. She has since been a part of many commercially successful films and TV series and has been noticed for her commendable and convincing performances.
The lovely actress has earned many prestigious award nominations including the Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her immense theatre contributions. She is also known as the ex-wife of the Scottish actor, James McAvoy. Aside from being an actress, Duff is an activist who has spoken openly and joined numerous advocators in the campaign against domestic violence and sexual abuse. Read on to know more about her family and some interesting facts about James McAvoy’s ex-wife.
Anne-Marie Duff’s Biography
The confident actress was born to Brendan Duff and Mary Doherty in Chiswick, London, England on 8th October 1970. Her father was into decorations and painting while her mother worked in a footwear shop. She has an elder brother named Eddy and they were brought up in Southall, London. For her academics, the actress is an alumna of Mellow Lane School.
Anne-Marie Duff suffered from shyness while growing up and in a bid to cure it, she enrolled at the local youth theatre called the Young Argosy. In order to hone her acting skills, Duff entered the reputable British drama school located in King’s Cross, London known as The Drama Center.
Anne-Marie Duff made her theatrical debut as Maud Ruthyn in the 1994 stage production, Uncle Silas. She followed it up the same year by appearing as First Maggie in The Mill On The Floss. Her outstanding depictions of Joan in Saint Joan and Lisa in Collected Stories fetched her Laurence Olivier Award nominations for both performances. She has starred in several notable stage productions like A Doll’s House, Common, Days of Wine and Roses, among others. Her radio and audio credits include A Time That Was, Kingdom of Golden Dragon and Twelfth Night.
In 1997, Anne-Marie Duff made her first television appearance by featuring as Cathy Gillingham in two episodes of the TV series, Trial & Retribution. She further appeared as Sheila in two episodes of Amongst Women the following year. Luck came her way when she cast as Fiona Gallagher in the 2004 award-winning comedy TV series, Shameless. Not only was the series a super hit but it also gained Duff a lot of publicity and recognition which includes winning the 2004 Irish Film and Television Best Actress in a TV Drama Awards, 2005 Broadcasting Press Guild Best Actress Award and 2006 Royal Television Society Best Female Actor Award.
After making her big screen debut in the 1998 short film, Mild and Better, Duff’s popularity reached new heights following her appearance as Miriam in the 2007 TV film, The History of Mr Polly. She received several awards and nominations for her performance including winning the 2008 BAFTA Cymru Best Actress Award. Other award-winning movies and television series she has starred in are, Garage, The Virgin Queen, Nowhere Boy, Sanctuary and Suffragette.
The talented actress has additionally won many awards and nominations for her impressive character depictions which include BIFA awards, Evening Standard British Film Awards, London Film Critics’ Circle Award, and many others.
Furthermore, Anne-Marie Duff is an activist who joined many advocators in What’s It Going To Take? A 2007 campaign to create sensitization for sexual abuse and domestic violence in the UK.
Anne-Marie Duff’s Family – Her Kids
Anne-Marie Duff exchanged marital vows with the Scottish actor, James McAvoy whom she met on the set of the TV series, Shameless, on 11th November 2006. The two share a son, Brendan, whom she gave birth to on 26th February 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, Westminster. However, the couple revealed their decision to get separated to the media on 13th May 2016.
Facts About James McAvoy’s Ex-wife
1. Her Choice Drama School Denial
Prior to her entry into The Drama Centre, London, Anne-Marie Duff was denied admission into her preferred London drama school.
2. Life After Divorce
Anne-Marie Duff was devastated following her separation from James McAvoy but she later picked herself up and found reasons to be happy through her son. She tattooed the word ‘Grace’ on her right arm to often remind herself that grace will see her through.
3. Anne-Marie Duff’s Net Worth
The gorgeous actress has earned a good sum of money from her blossomed acting career. Having featured in many commercially successful films and TV series, she has an estimated net worth of $1.9 million.
4. Her Height
Anne-Marie Duff stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m). Her other body measurements are yet unknown.