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Lindsay Vere Duncan, CBE (born 7 November 1950) is a Scottishmarker actress. She is a noted stage and television actress, winning the Tony Award for Private Lives.

Personal life

Duncan was born in Edinburghmarker, Scotlandmarker to a father who served in the army for 21 years. She is married to fellow Scottishmarker actor Hilton McRae. They have one son, Cal McRae, born September 1991.


Duncan was educated at King Edwards VI High School for Girlsmarker in Birminghammarker. She later studied at London's Central School of Speech and Drama and worked in mostly unheralded theatre roles before graduating to television productions in the 1980s. These productions included On Approval (1982), Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983), Dead Head (1985), and Traffik (1989). On stage she created the role of La Marquise de Merteuil in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in Stratford, London and New York.

In the 1990s, she continued to appear in prestigious London stage and screen productions, such as the 1999 TV version of Oliver Twist, in which she portrays Elizabeth Leeford. Duncan also appears in the 1999 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (in dual roles as the heroine's mother and drug-addicted aunt), in the 1997 TV series A History of Tom Jones: A Foundling as Lady Ballaston, in the 1996 film adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as Hippolyta and Titania, and in the 1993 TV serial A Year in Provence as the wife of author Peter Mayle.

Most recently Duncan played Servilia Caepionis in the 2005 HBO-BBC series Rome and she starred as Rose Harbinson in Starter for 10. Aged by make-up, she played Lord Longford's wife, Elizabeth, in the TV film Longford. On 29 January 2009, Duncan released in an interview with BBC that she will be playing Alice's mother in Tim Burton's upcoming film Alice in Wonderland, alongside Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. In February 2009 she played the title role in Margaret. In November 2009, Duncan played Adelaide Brooke, companion to the Doctor, in the second of the 2009 Doctor Who specials.

Duncan was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.


Year Title Format Role Notes
1977 The New Avengers TV Series Jane Episode: "Angels of Death"
1987 Prick Up Your Ears Film Anthea Lahr
1989 Traffik TV Mini-series Helen Rosshalde
1990 The Reflecting Skin Film Dolphin Blue
1991 G.B.H. TV Mini-series Barbara Douglas
1993 A Year in Provence TV Mini-series Annie Mayle
1996 City Hall Film Sydney Pappas
1996 A Midsummer Night's Dream Film Hippolyta / Titania
1999 Shooting the Past TV Film Marilyn Truman
1999 An Ideal Husband Film Lady Markby
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Film TC-14 Voice
1999 Mansfield Park Film Mrs. Price / Lady Bertram
1999 Oliver Twist TV Mini-series Elizabeth Leeford
2001 Perfect Strangers TV Film Alice
2003 AfterLife Film May Brogan
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Film Katherine
2005-2007 Rome TV Series Servilia of the Junii
2005-2006 Spooks TV Series Angela Wells Episodes: "Diana" and "Gas and Oil, Part One"
2005 Agatha Christie's Poirot TV Series Lady Tamplin Episode: "The Mystery of the Blue Train"
2006 Starter for 10 Film Rose Harbinson
2006 Longford TV Film Lady Elizabeth Longford
2008 Criminal Justice TV Mini-series Alison Slaughter Episodes: Episode 3-5
2008 Lost in Austen TV Mini-series Lady Catherine de Bourgh Episodes: Episode 3 and 4
2009 Margaret TV Film Margaret Thatcher
2009 Doctor Who TV Series Adelaide Brooke Episode: "The Waters of Mars"
2010 Alice in Wonderland Film Alice's mother


  1. Lindsay Duncan: When in Rome... - Features, Film & TV -

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