Minnie Driver (age: 49) is an English actress and singer known for Good Will Hunting, The Riches, Sleepers, Grosse Pointe Blank, Ella Enchanted and Speechless.
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Minnie Driver Bio
Minnie Driver (born January 31, 1970 as Amelia Fiona Driver) is an English-American actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting (1997) for her role as Skylar, and an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for her work in the television series The Riches (2007-2008). Her film work includes Sleepers, Big Night, Grosse Pointe Blank, Tarzan, Return to Me, Ella Enchanted, The Phantom of the Opera, Conviction, Barney’s Version, and Beyond the Lights. She starred as Fiona Bowa on the NBC sitcom About a Boy and currently stars as Maya DiMeo on the ABC sitcom Speechless.
Driver’s television debut was in a 1991 TV advertisement for Right Guard deodorant. Driver also made her stage debut in 1991, supplementing her income by performing as a jazz vocalist and guitarist.She appeared on British television with comedians Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci, and had small parts in Casualty, The House of Eliott, Lovejoy and Peak Practice. Driver gained broader public attention when she played the lead role in Circle of Friends in 1995. She followed this with supporting roles in GoldenEye (1995), Sleepers (1996), Big Night (1996) and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). She played opposite Matt Damonas Skylar in the drama Good Will Hunting (1997), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 1998, Driver starred in Sandra Goldbacher’s film The Governess. That same year, she co-starred opposite Christian Slater and Morgan Freeman in the action thriller Hard Rain. Driver has also worked on several animated features, voicing Jane in Disney‘s 1999 version of Tarzan and Lady Eboshi in the 1999 English-dubbed release of the Japanese film Princess Mononoke. In 2003 and 2004, she had a recurring role on Will & Graceas Lorraine Finster, the nemesis of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) and daughter of Karen’s lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese).
In March 2007, Driver made her return to television in the FX Network show The Riches. She was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 and 2008, respectively. She was scheduled to appear in The Simpsons Movie, although her appearance was cut from the final version. Driver appeared in the January 2010 episode of Modern Family entitled “Moon Landing”.She also starred in the television series The Deep and appeared in Conviction, in the comedy-drama Barney’s Version, winning a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In October 2013, Driver started filming for The Crash., released 13 January 2017.
Driver landed the lead role in the ABC sitcom Speechless, playing the mother of three children, one of whom has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. The series debuted in the 2016–17 TV season. On 12 May 2017, ABC announced that it had renewed the series for a second season.
Driver began making music at boarding school. She was part of the Milo Roth Band, which received a recording contract when she was 19. In 2001 she signed with EMI and Rounder Records and performed at the SXSW music festival. The title song of Everything I’ve Got in My Pocket, her first album, reached No. 34 in the UK, and the song “Invisible Girl” peaked at No. 68. Driver wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album. In 2004, Driver was the supporting act for the Finn Brothers on the UK portion of their world tour.
In 2004, Driver played Carlotta Giudicelli in Joel Schumacher’s film The Phantom of the Opera, based on the musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Driver sang “Learn to be Lonely”, an original song written for the film by Lloyd Webber. However, because of her lack of opera experience, all her songs as Carlotta were dubbed by opera singer Margaret Preece. Driver released her second album, Seastories, in July 2007, featuring guest appearances by Ryan Adams, the Cardinals and Liz Phair. Driver released a third album in October 2014 called Ask Me to Dance that includes songs by Elliott Smith, Neil Young and The Killers.