Victoria Grayson is the glamorous and powerful matriarch of the Grayson family and the Queen of the Hamptons social scene. And Emily Thorne’s greatest enemy.
As the wife of billionaire Conrad Grayson, she appears to have it all: the perfect husband, children, and home. But these are just the trappings that house a much darker secret – her culpability in the events that destroyed the life of her one true love, David Clarke– Emily Thorne’s father. Wanting to protect the life she had, she let David take the fall for her husband’s crimes, and his little girl Amanda’s childhood was a casualty of that. It’s something Victoria has learned to live with, and something Emily Thorne is making her pay for. Like a violent wave crashing on a beach in Montauk, as soon as Victoria saw Emily Thorne she knew she was trouble. There was just something about her Victoria didn’t trust, and their animosity towards one another could be felt from the Hamptons all the way down to hell itself.
Emily wasn’t Victoria’s only problem that first summer – the revelation that her daughter Charlotte’s biological father was David rather than Conrad, a secret she kept to herself for years, took the Grayson family – and Emily – by storm. With this, Victoria soon filed to divorce Conrad in an attempt to distance herself from the terrible memories they’ve created together. Victoria set a plan in motion to convict Conrad for what he’s done, but it wasn’t without its costs.
Now, after years of being the subject of Emily Thorne’s Revenge-enda, the tables have finally turned. Victoria knows Emily is really Amanda Clarke. Fresh off of an escape from the mental institution that Emily had her committed in, Victoria is out for some revenge of her own. And how she deals with David Clarke’s return-from-the-grave is yet to be seen…
As Victoria Grayson on Revenge, Madeleine Stowe has delighted critics and fans alike with her delicious portrayal of the Grayson family matriarch who is as beautiful as she is evil, but always fiercely defending her family. Stowe was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in A Television Drama in the show's first season. Her next challenge will be her directorial debut on the epic romantic Western she co-wrote, The Unbound Captives, starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson. Stowe feels privileged to have Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Toll (Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Thin Red Line) and producer Charles Roven (Three Kings, Dark Knight, Batman Begins) on her team. The story was inspired by stories she heard while living on her Texas Hill Country ranch.
Stowe had her film debut in Stakeout, opposite Richard Dreyfuss, and went on to work with Kevin Costner in the Tony Scott-directed Revenge and with Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes, which he also directed. She starred in Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, and has worked for directors Terry Gilliam in 12 Monkeys, Michael Apted in Blink and Robert Altman on Shortcuts -- for which she received the Best Supporting Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics.
Other films include The General's Daughter, opposite John Travolta, China Moon, Playing By Heart, alongside Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands, and We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson. She has also appeared on television in the true story Saving Milly, from Morton Kondracke's best-selling book about his marriage to his Parkinson's afflicted wife.
Stowe lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Brian Benben, and daughter May, and she is passionate about her work for Haiti alongside the Artists for Peace and Justice.
HOMETOWN Los Angeles, CA
BIRTHDATE August 18