Actress Hermione Norris was born in Essex, England in 1968. Her father named her after Helen of Troy’s daughter. In 2002, Norris married Simon Wheeler who is head of Development at the Coastal TV Company. They have a son, Wilf, born the same year. Prior to joining BBC’s espionage drama, MI-5, Norris worked on two other series. She played Karen Marsden on Cold Feet and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan opposite Robson Green on Wire in the Blood. Norris was initially trained as a dancer, winning a scholarship at the Elmhurst Ballet School in Surrey. She later took up drama at an after-school club, where she performed dance as well. When she was 19, she enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She later went on an exchange to the Moscow Theater School, playing Nina in an onstage production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Her other stage credits include Stephen Poliakoff's Blinded By The Sun at the National, and the world premiere of Ariel Dorfman's Reader at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre.
Hermione Norris’ early television career was marked by appearances in Agatha Christie’s Poirot and other productions like Clarissa, Blood Rights, The Count of Solar and Drop the Dead Donkey. She later got a recurring role in Casualty, and was seen in episodes of Cadfael, See You Friday, The Bill, Berkeley Square, Heartbeat and Peak Practice. In 2000, she landed a role in the David Kane comedy Born Romantic. She later worked with Michael Keaton and Michael Caine on the thriller Quicksand. She was soon seen on TV productions like Lucky Jim and The Kindness of Strangers. After a role in the film Separate Lies, she was given the part of the ruthless Ros Myers in the spy series MI-5. In 2007, Norris joined the cast of the series Kingdom, playing the character Beatrice.
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