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Minnie Driver Biography, Age, Career, Marital Status, Salary and Net Worth
Who is Minnie Driver?
Minnie Driver, fully known as Amelia Fiona Jessica ”Minnie” Driver is a famous British-American actress and singer. Driver rose to popularity with her break-out role in 1995’s Circle of Friends. She went on to star in numerous films such as the cult classic Grosse Pointe Blank, and Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting for which she got nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Driver additionally starred in the musical The Phantom of the Opera, Owning Mahowny, and provided the voice of Lady Eboshi in Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke.
Minnie starred in television with Eddie Izzard in The Riches, getting nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. She has also starred in the ABC sitcom Speechless, the NBC sitcom About a Boy, and in a recurring role in the NBC series Will & Grace. Driver has starred in various miniseries in the UK such as The Deep for BBC One. Additionally, she began as a singer and has launched three full solo albums over the span of her career. Driver has also provided her voice to a variety of animated series and movies comprising of SuperMansion and Tarzan, and also video games such as Jurassic Park: Trespasser.
Minnie Driver career
Minnie received her television debut in a 1991 TV advertisement for Right Guard deodorant. In 1991, she also made her stage debut, supplementing her income by performing as a jazz vocalist and guitarist. She featured in an episode of Maigret in 1993 together with Michael Gambon and Michael Sheen. Driver appeared in The Day Today, on British television, with comedian Steve Coogan and for satirist Armando Iannucci. She also had short roles in Casualty, The House of Eliott, Lovejoy, and Peak Practice. She received broader public popularity when she played the lead role in Circle of Friends in 1995.
Driver went on with supporting roles in GlodenEye (1995), Sleepers (1996), Big Night (1996), and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). She played alongside Matt Damon as Skylar in the drama Good Will Hunting (1997), receiving nominations for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Minnie was also considered to portray Rose DeWitt Butaker in the 1997 movie Titanic, however, director James Cameron felt she was too old and so Kate Winslet was cast.
Driver later starred in Sandra Goldbacher’s movie The Governess in 1998. She then co-starred alongside Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater in the action thriller Hard Rain the same year. Driver served on various animated features, voicing Jane in Disney’s 1999 version of Tarzan and Lady Eboshi in the 1999 English-dubbed launch of the Japanese film Princess Mononoke. She had a recurring role on Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, the nemesis of Karen Walker (Megan Mullaly) and daughter of Karen’s lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese) in 2003 and 2004.
How old is Minnie Driver?
Amelia Fiona Jessica is aged 52 as of 2022, having been born on January 31, 1970, in London, England. She has had citizenship in the United Kingdom since birth and in the United States since 2017. Driver shares her birthday with famous people including Jackie Robinson, Justin Randall Timberlake, Mama Dragun, Kerry Washington, Henri Desgrange, Don Hutson, Jersey Joe, and Thomas Merton, among others.
Minnie Driver Family
Who are Minnie Driver’s parents?
Amelia Fiona Jessica was born in London to Gaynor Churchward (1937-2021) and Charles Ronald Driver (1921-2009). Her mother was a fabric designer and former couture model, while her father was a director of London United Investments. He received the Distinguished Flying Medal for his role in the Battle of Heligoland Bight. Minnie’s parents were never married as her father was married to another woman throughout his relationship with her mother. They broke off their relationship when she was aged six, and her father was born in Swansea, Wales, and was of English and Scottish descent.
Does Minnie Driver have siblings?
Driver was born in a family of two children. She has one older sibling, sister Kate, who is a film producer and manager. She also has one half-sister Susan Driver, from her father’s previous marriage, and two younger half-brothers, Charlie Diver from her father’s next marriage and Edward Churchward from her mother’s next marriage. Kate gave Driver the nickname Minnie from childhood.
Minnie Driver Education
Driver attended Bedales School in Hampshire as a boarder, before joining Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She later attended Collingham College, an independent college in Kensington.
Minnie Driver Interests
Driver is into music from a young age and has launched three albums to date. She was also a long-time ambassador for and supporter of Oxfam, prior to withdrawing her support over the sexual abuse scandal affecting the organization in 2018. This was led to the sexual assault she experienced at the age of 17 while on holiday in Greece, as she had revealed in 2016.
Minnie Driver Spouse
Driver is currently in a relationship with Addison O’Dea from 2019 to the present and is engaged. She was previously engaged for a short time to Josh Brolin in 2001. Driver was also in a short relationship with television writer and producer Timothy j. Lea and has one child together.
Minnie Driver Children
Driver has one child as of the present. She has a son, Henry Story Driver, born on September 5, 2008, while in a short relationship with Timothy J. Lea.
Minnie Driver Height
Driver has a sexy, beautiful, and curvaceous body, adding up to an average height of 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) and a weight of 64 kg (141 lbs).
2007 to present
Minnie made a come back to TV in the FX Network show The Riches in March 2007. She got nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Driver was scheduled to appear in The Simpsons Movie, however, her appearance was cut from the last version. She appeared in the January 2010 episode of Modern Family called ”Moon Landing”. Minnie starred in the television series The Deep and appeared in Conviction, in the comedy-drama Barney’s version, receiving a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She began filming for The Crash in October 2013, which was launched on January 13, 2017. Driver landed the lead role in the ABC sitcom Speechless, portraying the mother of three children, one of whom has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. The series debuted in the 2016-17 television season but was canceled after three seasons in May 2019.
Driver started making music at boarding school. She then collaborated on Bomb the Bass’s album Clear, in 1994, as part of the outfit River. Minnie was part of the Milo Roth Band, which got a recording deal when she was aged 19. She later signed with EMI and Rounder Records in 2001 and performed at the SXSW music festival. The title track of Everything I’ve Got in My Pocket, her first album, topped at No. 34 in the UK, and the track ”Invisible Girl” topped at No. 68. She wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album. She was also the supporting act for the Finn Brothers on the UK portion of their world tour in 2004.
Driver portrayed Carlotta Giudicell in Joel Schumacher’s movie The Phantom of the Opera, based on the musical of the same title by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2004. She sang ”Learn to be Lonely”, an original song written for the movie by Lloyd Webber. However, due to her lack of opera experience, all her songs as Carlotta were dubbed by opera singer Margaret Preece. She launched her second album, Seastories, featuring guest appearances by the Cardinals, Ryan Adams, and Liz Phair in July 2007. Minnie launched a third album titled Ask Me to Dance in October 2014, which consisted of tracks by Neil Young, Elliot Smith, and The Killers.
Driver began a podcast, Minnie Questions with Minnie Driver in 2021. She asks guests a series of seven questions, inspired by the Proust Questionnaire. The guests have comprised Nick Jonas, Chelsea Clinton, and Cindy Crawford.
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Minnie Driver Net Worth
British-American actress and singer, Driver has been active from 1991 to the present. She has appeared and statted in numerous films and launched three music albums. Driver has accumulated an estimated net worth of approximately $14 million as of 2022.
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