Anne-Marie was born in 1970 in London, to Irish parents, and the youngest of three children. Her father is a painter/decorator and her mother works in a shoe shop.
Her parents encouraged her to join an acting group at 12 as they were concerned about her shyness. She attended…more
In 2007, Anne Marie appeared at the National Theatre in Saint Joan, directed by Marianne Elliot.
Anne-Marie Duff was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actress in 2007 for her leading role in 'The Virgin Queen'.
In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys camping and reading.
Anne-Marie is 5'3" tall.
Anne-Marie was interviewed in 'The Independent Traveller' and 'Radio Times' for their December 16th 2006 issues.
Following work on Elizabeth 1, Anne-Marie took a year out and travelled in South America and New Zealand with her husband.
Anne-Marie believes in research-based acting. For her role in Elizabeth 1 she read David Starkey's and Elizabeth Jenkins' books on the period, whereas for her part in Born Equal she visited a womens' refuge.
For her part in Elizabeth I, Anne-Marie had to have the first half of her head shaved.
At the age of 30, Anne-Marie played a teenager in 'The Magdalene Sisters', and 18 months later she played a 20-year-old in 'Shameless'. Critics have suggested this is due to both good skin and amazing facial expressions.
Both of Anne-Marie's parents are Irish, and despite describing herself as an utter Londoner, Anne-Marie claims that much of her acting work has seen her playing an Irish character.
In 2007, Fiona appeared in 'Notes on a Scandal', along with Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, albeit in a small role.
Anne-Marie was nominated for a BAFTA for her role as Fiona in 'Shameless'. She also won 'Best television Actress' at the 'Irish Film and Television Awards' for the role.
Best Supporting Actress for Collected Stories (2000) (Nomination)
(Commenting on her large eyes, the subject of much praise)
Anne-Marie: As a child, my brother used to call me Frog Eyes. They were this size even when I was four. I looked like a camel.
(Discussing her first season's acting on 'Shameless')
Anne-Marie: We were all slightly terrified that it was going to be the worst thing we had ever done. Because it was a real unknown quantity. And because of all those kids, and it was hard work, and we weren't sure, sometimes, if these weren't really broad strokes. It wasn't so bad for me, in a way, because Fiona isn't really comedy. I didn't have to be the comic support or anything, which made my job a wee bit easier. But we'd just look at each other sometimes...