She was awarded the 1985 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Supporting Actress for her performances in A Chorus of Disapproval and The Corn is Green.
She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1986 for Best Performance in a Supporting a Role for "A Chorus of Disapproval" and "The Corn is Green".
She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1991 for Best Actress in a Musical for "Into the Woods".
Has a beautiful singing voice, heard in the film Peter's Friends .
Daughter, Bessie Carter, born in 1993.
She was nominated for a 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards for Best Actress in a Musical of the 1996 season for her performance in "Guys and Dolls".
She won the "Coppa Volpi" award for her performance in Vera Drake at the 2004 Venice Film Festvial. The movie "Vera Drake" also won the "Gold Lion" award for the best movie at the same event.
Turned down a recurring role in "Desperate Housewives" .
One of 112 invitees to join AMPAS in 2005.
Offered a role in Bewitched .
She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for her services to drama.
Played an educational bureaucrat in two films in 2007: Freedom Writers and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix .