Born on January 1, 1972 in Hampshire England, Catherine McCormack is an Olivier Award-nominated actress who catapulted into stardom and international recognition as the doomed love of Mel Gibson's William Wallace in his multiple Academy Award-winning film Braveheart.
Although her portrayal of Murron in Braveheart was her first notable role, Catherine McCormack made her screen debut as the lead in the Anna Campion directed film Loaded, which she deemed a horrible experience. Nevertheless, she had better luck as she got cast in films such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Dangerous Beauty, Shadow of the Vampire, The Weight of Water, Born Romantic and The Tailor of Panama, just to name a few. She also starred in Spy Game, opposite Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.
On TV, McCormack starred in the television-movie Elizabeth David: A Life in Recipes, which is a dramatization of the turbulent life of Elizabeth David. She starred as the titular character and worked along with Greg Wise, Karl Johnson and Kieran O'Brien. She also made a guest appearance on Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire as Poppaea Sabina in the episode entitled “Nero.”
Despite being in demand in the big screen, Catherine McCormack considers only a few scripts and has shown significant preference in her career towards the theater. Some of her stage credits include Honour, The Woman in The 39 Steps and All My Sons, where she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 Best Supporting Actress.
Catherine McCormack was cast to act alongside Finbar Lynch in A Doll's House at the Theatre Royal, Bath, which is directed by Peter Hall, and was cast to work alongside Finbar Lynch, Niamh Cusack and Jean Marsh in The Portrait of a Lady at the Theatre Royal, Bath, which is also helmed by the same director.