Maxine Peake performed the Masque of Anarchy as part of MIF13, where she delivered Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem of the same name, directed by the Royal Exchange's Sarah Frankcom. This took place at the Albert Hall, mere steps from the site of the poem's topic, the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.
One of the nation’s favourite actresses, Maxine Peake has had a prolific run of top quality dramas; See No Evil: The Moors Murders, Red Riding, The Devil’s Whore, Criminal Justice, Little Dorrit, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Hancock and Joan (BAFTA nominated), The Street and Shameless.
2012 proved to be yet another big year for Peake. She was seen treading the boards at the Manchester Royal Exchange and received outstanding reviews for her title role in Miss Julie as well as the return of the Peter Moffat penned drama, Silk, which also received outstanding reviews following it’s return to our screens last May. As part of the BBC’s ‘Cultural Olympiad’ last Summer Maxine joined the cast of Henry IV part 1 and 2 as Doll Tearsheet. The formidable line-up of the cream of British acting talent included Julie Walters, Niamh Cusack and Jeremy Irons. To finish off perhaps one of her busiest years to date, Maxine stars in the feature film, Private Peaceful, with acting heavyweights Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths and promising newcomer, Jack O’Connell. Private Peaceful is currently showing in cinema’s nationwide. In addition to these Maxine also recently starred in the BBC production of Room At The Top, an adaption of John Braine’s classic novel about a young man on the make in 1940’s Yorkshire.
She made her debut as a script writer for BBC Radio 4 with a play called Beryl: A love story on two wheels. She also starred in The Village for BBC1, written by BAFTA winning writer Peter Moffat who also wrote Silk and Criminal Justice. Maxine also took a lead role alongside alongside John Simm in The Village.
With a rich list of TV credits, Maxine’s career in theatre is as equally impressive. She has performed at some of the most prestigious theatres in the country including The Cherry Orchard, The Relapse and Luther all at The National Theatre, The Deep Blue Sea and Hamlet at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Mother Theresa is Dead at the Royal Court, The Children’s Hour at the Royal Exchange and Miss Julie at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.