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Minnie Driver

as Maya DiMeo
Actor Biography

Minnie Driver first came to the attention of audiences and critics alike in 1995 for her critically acclaimed performance in Circle of Friends, co-starring Chris O'Donnell. She went on to earn Oscar® and Screen Actors Guild nominations, both in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Miramax's award-winning feature, Good Will Hunting, directed by Gus Van Sant. In 1998, she was honored with ShoWest's prestigious Female Star of Tomorrow for her work.

Her film career is not only filled with characters from all over the world, but includes diverse choices in both the independent and major film worlds. Among her critically acclaimed performances are the films Take, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival; the dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank; Return to Me, opposite David Duchovny; the feature of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband; provided the voice of Jane in Walt Disney's Tarzan; Beautiful, which she produced with her sister, Kate, for their production company, Two Drivers; and Sleepers, as the only female alongside Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt and Dustin Hoffman, directed by Barry Levinson. Her most recent work includes Simon Kaijser's The Spinning Man, also starring Pierce Brosnan and Guy Pearce, and The Wilde Wedding with Glenn Close and John Malkovich.

In December 2014, Driver appeared in the two-part, four-hour American television miniseries The Red Tent. Also that month, Driver appeared in NBC's Peter Pan Live! playing the adult version of female lead Wendy Darling in its live staging of the musical. That same year, she also starred in the Lifetime television movie Return to Zero, in which she was nominated for a 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award and a 2014 Primetime Emmy® Award for her performance in the film.

Driver appeared as the unforgettable "Dahlia Molloy" on the critically acclaimed FX television series The Riches. An audience favorite, Driver received an Emmy and Golden Globe® nomination for her role. She also made several guest appearances on NBC's Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, a critic and fan darling. Her credits also include her role in the five-part thriller set thousands of feet below the arctic ice in BBC's The Deep.

Driver, a singer before she became an actress, lent her vocals to the original title track "Learn to be Lonely," written by Andrew Llyod Weber, for the 2004 film version of his Phantom of the Opera, directed by Joel Schumacher. The song, which played over the end credits, was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar in the Best Original Song category. She also made an indelible impression as Carlotta, the reigning Italian opera house diva, and received critical praise for her performance, including a nomination by the Critics Circle in the Best British Actress in a Supporting Role category.

Driver released her debut album, Everything I've Got in My Pocket in 2004 when she toured with the Finn Brothers in the U.K. and headlined her own sold-out tour in the United States. Driver's second album, Seastories, was released in 2007 and her latest album, Ask Me to Dance, was released in 2014. Ask Me to Dance features her covering a wide array of artists from Elliott Smith to Neil Young and Frank Sinatra.

Onstage, Driver appeared at London's Comedy Theatre with Matthew Perry and Hank Azaria in David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." The play held the record for the largest box-office advance for a West End show at that time. Other theatrical productions include "The Comedy of Errors," "The Married Man," "School for Scandal" and "Camino Real."

Among Driver's charitable causes is OXFAM, for which she is a spokesperson. In 2004, she traveled to Cambodia and Thailand for the international aid agency to draw attention to the exploitation of the poverty-stricken workforce in the garment industry. She is also active on behalf of the environment and animal well-being.

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