COMING HOME: Maxine Peake
Past national programme archive
1 July - 21 October 2019
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
by Jonathan Oakes
19 April 2011
Acclaimed actor, Maxine Peake was born in Bolton and studied Performing Arts at Salford College of Technology before gaining a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Her role as Twinkle in the BBC television sitcom Dinnerladies (1998-2000) brought her to prominence, and subsequent roles have demonstrated the range of her talent, from Veronica Ball in Channel 4’s Shameless (2004-7), to Myra Hindley in the BAFTA award winning See No Evil (2006). Peake has also enjoyed success as a writer, theatre and film actor, including starring roles in Mike Leigh’s Peterloo (2018) and within Avalanche: A Love Story at the Barbican (2019).
Maxine Peake’s long association with the Royal Exchange Theatre began as a member of the youth theatre and, in 2013, the Theatre appointed her as an Associate Artist. She has long championed the contribution of regional theatre to national culture (for which she received an Outstanding Contribution at the 2018 UK Theatre Awards) and, throughout her career, has advocated for better representation of female, working class, and northern voices on stage, screen and television.