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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)

Minnie Driver was born January 31, 1970 in London and raised in Barbados until she was seven. Her mother, Gaynor Churchward, was a designer and former couture model. Her father, Charles Ronald "Ronnie" Driver, was a businessman. Minnie's mother was her father's mistress while he was still married to his wife. Minnie's sister, Kate Driver, is a manager and producer.

Her breakout role was in the 1995 film Circle of Friends. Minnie then appeared briefly in the James Bond picture Goldeneye. Since then, she has focused on working in a wide tonal range of films. These include several cult classics: Grosse Point Blank, Big Night, and Owning Mahowny; the painted romance of Good Will Hunting (earning an Oscar nomination for best actress in a supporting role); musicals like The Phantom of the Opera; period comedies like the Oscar Wilde classic An Ideal Husband; and Princess Mononoke, the seminal animated Japanese film by Hayao Miyazaki. Minnie has also starred in several family films such as Tarzan, Ella Enchanted, and the 2021 live action Cinderella.

Minnie has a wide-range of television work in place from FX's dark comedy classic The Riches, in which she co-starred with Eddie Izzard, to starring in two network sitcoms including NBC's About A Boy adaptation as well as ABC's Speechless. Both of which ran for several seasons. Minnie also pops up in key guest-starring roles such as her turn as Lorraine Finster on Will & Grace which lasted almost fifteen years and as Cath on the current BBC / HBO comedy Starstruck. Minnie is also starring in the Amazon anthology Modern Love which is on air now (2021).

On September 5, 2008, she gave birth to a boy named Henry Story Driver. She is in a long-term relationship with Addison O'Dea.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A.G.

Family (2)

Parents Driver, Charles Ronald "Ronnie"
Gaynor Churchward
Relatives Kate Driver (sibling)
Edward Churchward (sibling)

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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