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Overview (3)

Born in Middlesex Hospital, London, England, UK
Birth NameAmelia Fiona J. Driver
Height 5' 9¾" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Amelia Fiona J. Driver was born January 31, 1970 in Finsbury Park, London. Her mother, Gaynor Churchward (née Millington), was a designer and former couture model, and her father, Charles Ronald "Ronnie" Driver, was a businessman. She has a sister, Kate Driver, who is a model and a producer. Minnie's mother was her father's mistress. Minnie's father's wife did not know about his second family. Her father was born in Swansea, Wales, of English, Scottish, and Irish descent, and her mother is English. Minnie was raised partly in Barbados.

Her first major role was in the film Circle of Friends (1995)opposite Chris O'Donnell and Colin Firth. In the next few years she had roles in films such has GoldenEye (1995), Sleepers (1996) and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). In 1997 she starred in the popular and financially successful film Good Will Hunting (1997) opposite Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who also wrote the screenplay for the film and received Oscars for their achievement. The film also earned Minnie an Oscar nomination for best actress in a supporting role.

She had a noted recurring role on Will & Grace (1998) in 2003-2004 and also appeared in films such as An Ideal Husband (1999), Return to Me (2000), Owning Mahowny (2003), Ella Enchanted (2004), The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Delirious (2006) and Take (2007). She starred in the popular Tv-series The Riches (2007) opposite Eddie Izzard, and more recently stars in the NBC sitcom, About a Boy (2014).

Minnie has been romantically linked with several of her co-stars, including Matt Damon and John Cusack. She was engaged to marry Josh Brolin before they broke up suddenly in 2001. In the last few years she has kept her private life, private. On March 13, 2008, during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), she announced that she was expecting her first child. On September 5, 2008, she gave birth to a boy named Henry Story Driver. The name of the baby's father has not been revealed.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A.G.

Trivia (27)

She was raised in Barbados.
Attended finishing schools in Paris and Grenoble.
Her sister, Kate Driver, is a model and producer.
Worked as a jazz singer and guitarist in London.
Had her appendix removed. [August 2000]
Officially announced her engagement to boyfriend, actor Josh Brolin. [April 2001]
Announced she and Josh Brolin had broken up. [October 2001]
Claims that one of the reasons why she and ex-fiance Josh Brolin broke-up is due to Brolin's step-mother, Barbra Streisand, constantly trying to take charge of her wedding.
Completed her debut album, 'Everything I've Got In My Pocket' (2004)
Trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, whose alumni include Elizabeth Knowelden, Terence Stamp, Julia Ormond, Rupert Friend, Angela Lansbury, Matthew Goode, Daniel Hunt, Sue Johnston, Hugh Bonneville and Julian Fellowes.
The name Minnie was a childhood nickname.
She was inspired to act after being bowled over by Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice (1982).
During her appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), she described her place of dwelling as a "modular" home by the beach in Los Angeles, CA. She used the word "modular" despite Jay Leno's attempts at correcting her to say "trailer".
She is an avid surfer (hence living by the beach) as revealed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992).
Recorded dialogue for a scene in The Simpsons Movie (2007). Her scene was ultimately cut from the film.
Announced on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) on March 13, 2008 that she is pregnant with her first child.
Gave birth to first child, a boy named Henry Story Driver, on September 5, 2008. He weighed 9 lbs. 12 oz.
Did not return to work until five months after giving birth to her son Henry, in order to begin filming Conviction (2010).
Sister of Edward Churchward.
Daughter of Gaynor Churchward and Ronnie Driver.
Performing "Sexual Perversity In Chicago" alongside Matthew Perry, Hank Azaria and Kelly Reilly in London's Comedy Theatre. [July 2003]
Born at 5:25 AM.
Father of her son Henry is Timothy J. Lea. His identity as the father of Driver's son remained a secret until 2012, when Driver opened up about the identity of the father of Henry. Driver and Lea, who dated for a short time in 2009, weren't dating anymore during Driver's pregnancy and Lea wasn't involved much in his son's upbringing.
Gave birth to her son Henry naturally at home after enduring a 25-hour labor.
Her half uncle Leslie Driver was a stage actor in repertory theatres under the name of Leslie Stancliffe. He died in 1947 age 38.
Her father was a front gunner in bombers early in WWII and was awarded the DFM for saving some of his crew when they were shot down and crashed in the sea.
In 2017, Minnie became an American citizen.

Personal Quotes (3)

People go 'You look a lot like Minnie Driver.' Once I said, 'Thanks, Minnie is a great actress.' But, it blew up in my face. This person said, 'Nah, didn't like the last movie she did.'
Visiting factories in Cambodia: "Every time companies squeeze to get lower production costs, faster production, it's nobody but the working women who suffer and their families back at home."
I box as a sport, but I'd never box with a man. I'm not afraid of getting hurt. Quite the opposite: I'm afraid I'd get carried away and hurt the guy.

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