The Secret of Moonacre - JULIET STEVENSON CBE Profile

JULIET STEVENSON CBE plays Miss Heliotrope, Maria's straitlaced governess accompanying her on her adventures in Moonacre Valley.

One of the most respected actors of her generation Stevenson started her stage career in the early 1980s, after her graduation from RADA, with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her television career took off when she appeared in the popular TV serialization of Catherine Cookson's novels, The Mallens. It was, however, the 90s that saw Juliet making her name in films playing Nina opposite Alan Rickman in Truly, Madly, Deeply, a performance that won her the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress. Other accolades include the Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award for Death and the Maiden plus a BAFTA nomination for The Politician's Wife. Her mainstream popularity continues with recent roles in Bend it Like Beckham, Mona Lisa Smile and Anthony Minghella's Breaking & Entering.

As well as her extensive film, television and radio work, Stevenson continues her stage performances with recent highlights being Beckett Shorts, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Seagull at The National, and Alice Trilogy at The Royal Court. Stevenson was awarded a CBE in 1999.

The Secret Of Moonacre.Staring: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden. Film by Warner Brothers.

In Cinemas February 6 2009

Staring: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden.

The Secret of Moonacre is an enchanting tale of magic and adventure. It follows the quest of thirteen-year-old orphan, Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards), who is sent away to live with her uncle, Sir Benjamin (Ioan Gruffudd), in the mysterious Moonacre Manor. It is there Maria uncovers the dark truth of the ancient curse that has nourished the feud that has been destroying Moonacre Valley for centuries. She has only until the next full moon to undo the curse and save Moonacre from destruction. Aided by a stable of wonderful characters and fantastical beasts, Maria sets out to bring peace to this magical world.

The cast includes: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden.

The film is directed by award-winning Hungarian director Gabor Csupo. The screenplay has been adapted by Lucy Shuttleworth and Graham Alborough from the children's classic novel The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. It is produced by Meredith Garlick and Monica Penders for Forgan-Smith Entertainment and Jason Piette and Michael L. Cowan for Spice Factory UK with partners Eurofilm Studio in Hungary and Davis Films in France. The film is released in the UK by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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