One To Watch – Maxine Peake

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Maxine Peake – this is an actor who has a broad range, an actor who is not afraid to push herself for the roles she wants. She is perhaps best known for her role as as Twinkle in Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies and as legal eagle Martha Costello in the BBC drama series, Silk, 

Maxine Peake was born in Bolton, Manchester in 1974. Peake’s interest in Drama began when she started at Bolton Octagon Youth Theatre, she was rejected for three years from Manchester Polytechnic Theatre School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. However, at 21 she obtained a place at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Her television career began when she was cast in Channel 4’s Shameless and in Victoria Wood’s situation comedy, dinnerladies. From 2006 onwards, Peake was at the heart of many dramas on TV, from playing Myra Hindley in See No Evil: The Moors Murders, to playing Miss Wade in Little Dorrit. 

But her breakthrough roles were in Criminal Justice, where she recieved rave reviews and was able to show her emotional range, in this lavish BBC drama.

You can next see her in the Second Episode of Room At The Top

And in the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Private Peaceful.

This is an actor one should always watch, with a broad range and who gives gutsy, all out performances, which is probably why she has a legion of fans.

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