Helen Hartramph

played by Vanessa Redgrave


Dr. Helen Hartramph is Dr. Catherine Black's deeply intuitive and insightful psychiatrist. Dr. Hartramph is more than just Catherine's doctor -- she's also a mentor. She knows more about Catherine than anyone else, and holds the key to her mysterious background.


Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave was called "the greatest actress of our time" by the playwright Tennessee Williams. Redgrave came from a legendary theatrical family. Her father, Sir Michael Redgrave, was one of Britain's most popular and respected actors. Her mother, Rachel Kempson, was a noted stage actress. Her sister, Lynn, was also a film and stage actress and her brother, Corin, was a successful stage director and actor. Redgrave made her professional debut in the play A Touch of the Sun, in which she co-starred with her father. Although she appeared in her first film, Behind the Mask, in 1958, she concentrated mostly on stage work throughout the 1950's and early 1960's. During the 1959-1960 seasons, she was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Her film career began in earnest in 1966 and within the space of two years she appeared in four films that established her reputation as an intelligent actress with a commanding presence. The first of her six Academy Award nominations was for Morgan! She then appeared in Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow-Up. Her performance as Guinevere in Camelot further secured her status as one of the most popular and respected actresses of the era. In the late 1960's and early 1970's Redgrave showed her mastery of both classical and commercial fare. In 1968, she appeared as Nina in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Sea Gull and as dancer Isadora Duncan in Isadora, for which she won a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, a second Prize for the Best Female Performance at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination. In 1971, Redgrave took on the role of Andromache in The Trojan Women and received another Oscar nomination for her work as the title character in Mary, Queen of Scots. In 1977 she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Julia.

During the following two decades, Redgrave eschewed popular, commercial films, for smaller films. In 1980, her controversial performance as a Nazi concentration camp victim in the television adaptation of Arthur Miller's Playing for Time won her an Emmy. Redgrave received a sixth Oscar nomination in 1992 for her work as Mrs. Wilcox in Howard's End. In 2000, her performance as a lesbian grieving the loss of her longtime partner in the series If These Walls Could Talk 2, earned her a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the Excellence in Media Award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. In 2005, Redgrave joined the cast of the FX series Nip/Tuck. In 2006, Redgrave starred opposite Peter O'Toole in the acclaimed film Venus and a year later in the acclaimed films Evening and Atonement, which she garnered a Broadcast Film Critics Association award nomination for her performance. More recently, Redgrave has been in diverse films such as Julian Schnabel's Miral, Letters to Juliet, The Whistleblower opposite Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes' film adaptation of Coriolanus, Roland Emmerich's Anonymous as well as the film A Song for Marion.

Redgrave will next be seen in Foxcatcher opposite Steve Carell and Channing Tatum.

HOMETOWN Greenwich, London, England
BIRTHDATE January 30