Is the fifth of seven children.
Began taking drama lessons when she was eight.
Studied printing and photography at St. Martin's College in London.
When she played Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare Shorts (1996), it was set not in the original medieval times, but about 50 years in the future in an industrial setting. The reasons for all the conflict were global warming and industrialization.
Studied English Literature at Cambridge University.
Has two children.
Was voted People magazine's 50 most beautiful people in 1994.