Miranda Raison

Miranda Caroline Raison (born 18 November 1977) is an English screen and stage actress.

Miranda Raison
Raison in 2014
Miranda Caroline Raison

(1977-11-18) 18 November 1977
ResidenceFulham, London, England
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England
Years active1999–present
Raza Jaffrey
(m. 2007; div. 2009)

Christopher Mollard
(m. 2017)

Early life

Miranda Raison was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk on 18 November 1977. Her mother, Caroline Raison (née Harvey),[1] read the news for Anglia Television, and her father, Nick Raison, is a jazz pianist. She is the granddaughter of cricketer Max Raison and the niece of politician Timothy Raison. She is the great-granddaughter of Thomas William Coke, 4th Earl of Leicester and the great niece of Thomas William Coke, 5th Earl of Leicester.

Her parents divorced when she was five years old. From a young age she attended five boarding schools, including Gresham's School, Felixstowe College and Stowe School; her education was paid for by her grandfather.[2][3][4]

It was at Felixstowe College where she cemented an interest in acting; she moved there after experiencing bullying at her previous school.[5] She trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[6]



In 1999, she played the role of June Stanley in the play The Man Who Came to Dinner.[7]

In 2000, Raison played Desdemona in William Shakespeare's Othello at the Theatre Royal, York.[8]

From 27 February to 7 April 2001, she performed in the role of Davina in the farce Don't Just Lie There, Say Something! (originally titled Whitehall Farce) at The Mill, Sonning.[9][10]

From 2002–3, she appeared as Ben-Hur's love interest in a minimalist production of the eponymous play at the Battersea Arts Centre.[11] Later in 2003, she was featured in Pains of Youth, again at the Battersea Arts Centre, playing the death obsessed bisexual Desiree;[12] Lyn Gardner of The Guardian described her performance as making "Desiree's death wish seem tragic rather than merely silly."[13]

In 2010 she played the title role in Anne Boleyn, a new play by Howard Brenton (who had also been involved in scripts for BBC's Spooks’’ in which Raison went on to appear in 5 series) which premiered at Shakespeare's Globe on 24 July 2010 to high critical acclaim. In the same Shakespeare's Globe season Raison also played Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII by William Shakespeare.

In 2011, she appeared as Ann in the short play "Oliver Lewis" by Jack Thorne, part of the series of plays 66 Books performed at the Bush Theatre.[14]

In June/July 2012 she appeared in a production of The Physicists: A Comedy in Two Acts at the Donmar Warehouse, playing the roles of Lina Rose, the lead character's ex-wife, and Monika Settler, the lead's attending nurse.[15] From October 2012 Raison starred in The River, a new play by Jez Butterworth, at the Royal Court Theatre (Jerwood) alongside Dominic West. Tickets became "the most sought-after theatre tickets in London" after rave reviews.[16]

In 2013–14 she played Anne Faulkner in the theatrical version of Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud Theatre, produced by Barbara Broccoli.

From January to February 2015, she starred opposite Shaun Evans in Hello/Goodbye at the Hampstead Theatre.[17] In August 2015 she joined the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in The Winter's Tale and Harlequinade which ran at the Garrick Theatre from October 2015 until January 2016. Raison played the wife of Kenneth Branagh's character in both plays.[18] She stated that she enjoyed the experience and was grateful for the opportunity, given that previously she had a bad audition with Branagh for Macbeth in 2011. She also enjoyed learning from Judi Dench.[19]

Film and television

In 1999, she starred in her first TV film, Suzy Q, playing Marianne Faithfull.

In 2003, she was featured in the TV comedy film The Private Life of Samuel Pepys as Deb Wilet.

In 2005, she landed a role in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, which she described as that it "may as well have been the most brutal Lars von Trier film. Another actress and I actually spent a whole night just crying." She called the experience "regrettable from start to finish" and a "hideous, hideous moment and a great lapse of judgement on my part."[20]

Raison's breakthrough role was as Jo Portman (2005–2009) in the BBC One television drama series Spooks (also broadcast under the title MI-5). She requested that the production company let her go in 2009 as she felt that her character could not develop further and wanted to follow up on theatre opportunities.[21]

In the same year as she joined Spooks, she appeared in the films Match Point and Land of the Blind.

In April 2007 she appeared in the Doctor Who episodes "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks" as Tallulah, a show girl whose opening scene involved singing to a musical number, for which Raison's father played the piano background as part of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.[22]

In 2008, she had the role of "Mlle. Blanche" in Agatha Christie's Poirot for the adaptation of Cat Among the Pigeons; in it, she spoke English with a French accent.

In 2008 and 2009, she appeared in short films produced by Exit Strategy Films. In 2009, she was featured in the show Plus One. She was originally featured in the Comedy Showcase pilot in 2007, where she wore a fat suit.[23]

She was also involved in the film Heaven and Earth, an intended biopic of Dr. James Miranda Barry, in which Raison played the role of Helena Langrish Smith.[24] However, the project was pulled after filming had started in South Africa.[25]

In 2010 after leaving Spooks, she played a model called Abbey in the ITV1 comedy-drama Married Single Other.[26]

In 2011 she returned to BBC1 in Sugartown, a guest role Death in Paradise, and portrayed the warrior Isolde in the fourth series of Merlin in two episodes.

She had a small role in My Week with Marilyn. She expressed pleasure in being able to work with great British talent and her fascination with Marilyn Monroe.[27]

In 2012 she played DI Georgina Dixon in the second series of Vexed, screened on BBC2.[25] She also had a guest spot on the first episode of Dirk Gently and an episode of Sinbad.

In 2013 she played 'Harriet Hammond' in the third series of the BBC legal drama Silk; her character was a practice manager that shook up the firm and a potential love interest for her former Spooks co-star Rupert Penry-Jones' character. Also in 2013, she played the role of Dr. Stella Drew in Lewis in the two-part episode "Intelligent Design".

In 2014, she had a small role in I Am Soldier, playing "Stella", the lead interrogator in the "Tactical Questioning" portion of the lead character's training.[9] She also appeared in six episodes of 24: Live Another Day.

In July 2014 she was announced as a new cast member of Spotless, a (10 × 1 hour episode) drama produced by Canal+.[28] Despite speaking French fluently, the producers decided not to use her for the French voiceover because she spoke "with a slight accent."

On 15 April 2015 it was announced that a second series of Spotless was in development.[29]

She appeared in a lead role in the acclaimed short-film "Yussef Is Complicated" in 2015.

In July 2016 Spotless was launched on Netflix as a 'Netflix Original' series. Also in 2016 she appeared in the ITV drama Dark Heart (also known as Wagstaffe) as "Sylvie," the on-again, off-again love interest of the lead character.

Raison appeared in four 2017 films, Breathe, Murder on the Orient Express, My Daughter is Missing (the opening film of the 2017 Dances With Films festival), and Widow's Walk.

In 2018, Raison reprised her role as ‘Sylvie’ in 6 episodes of Dark Heart, played xenobiologist ‘Tessia’ in 6 episodes of Nightflyers and filmed Artemis Fowl. [30]

In May 2019 it was announced that Raison would be joining the main cast of Warrior for the second season. [31]

Other works

She appeared alongside then husband Raza Jaffrey in the music video for her brother's band, The Lost Levels, song "Never The First".

In 2005 she appeared in the BBC radio comedy Deep Trouble. She has voiced several video game characters, including Cassandra Pentaghast in the Dragon Age series, Lieutenant Sandra Lansing in Apache: Air Assault and Natasha and other characters in Renegade Ops. BioWare also hired Raison for providing several voices in Mass Effect: Andromeda. She voiced three characters in The Secret World and lent her voice for Dreamfall Chapters and Blades of Time.

Raison has also voice-acted in several Big Finish Doctor Who audios, including The Davros Mission and The Wreck of the Titan, and plays Constance Clarke, a regular companion to the Sixth Doctor. She also provides additional voices in other Big Finish audio productions, including other Doctor Who stories and The Avengers.

In 2013 she joined the CGI series cast of Thomas & Friends and provides the voice of Millie (UK/US), first introduced in King of the Railway.

Starting in July 2017 she is narrating the BBC2 documentary Hospital.

Personal life

Raison owns a flat in Fulham, London for work and had a cottage in Aldeburgh, close to her family.

She plays golf and is a member of the Aldeburgh Golf Club.[32]

She was married to Spooks co-star Raza Jaffrey in 2007 after meeting him on-set in 2005 but divorced in December 2009, citing estrangement.[33][34]

While separated from her first husband, she began a relationship with her Married Single Other co-star Ralf Little in November 2009; their relationship ended in February 2013.[3][33][35][36]

She married again in 2017 to Christopher Mollard and had a daughter in that same year. [37][38]

She speaks fluent French and is conversational in Italian and Spanish.[39][32]

She gave up drinking alcohol for health reasons, and is distantly related to Jack Huston.[40]

Raison supports King's Lynn Town F.C.

Filmography and voice over

Year/s Title Role Notes
1999 Suzy Q Marianne Faithfull TV Film.
Heartbeat Lucy TV Series. Ep "Kindness of Strangers"
2000 Sunburn Madeline Chalfont TV Series. Episode 2.13
2001 Perfect Strangers Young Grace TV Series. Flashback scenes; 3 episodes
Dark Realm Nicole TV Series. Episode "Castle Keep"
Emmerdale Nurse TV Series.
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Ros TV Series. 2 episodes: For the Sake of Elena, part 1 + 2
2003 The Private Life of Samuel Pepys Deb Willet TV Film.
Emmerdale Rosanna Jennings TV Series.
Holby City Michelle Andrews TV Series. Episode "Me and My Gal"
2004 The Deal Virginia Short Film.
Heartbeat Kate TV Series. "No Hard Feelings"; also guest starred Benedict Cumberbatch
2005 Spooks Jo Portman TV Series. 37 episodes: 2005–2009
Coming Up Katy TV Series. 1 episode: "Bird's Eye View" with Charles Mnene
Match Point Heather Film.
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Svetlana Revenko Film.
2006 Land of the Blind Daisy Film.
Nostradamus Henriette TV Film.
2007 Doctor Who Tallulah TV Series. 2 episodes: Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks
Totally Doctor Who guest TV Series. 1 episode
Plus One Linsey TV Series. 6 episodes
2008 Exit Strategy Wife / Eve Klammer Short film.
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Mlle. Blanche TV Series. Ep. "Cat Among The Pigeons."
2009 HeavenScent Voice of HeavenScent Short Film.
2010 Married Single Other Abbey TV Series. 6 episodes
Heaven and Earth Helena Langrish Smith Filming had begun but production was then pulled; Miranda Raison is no longer involved.[25]
Apache: Air Assault Lieutenant Sandra Lansing Video Game.
2011 Dragon Age II Cassandra Pentaghast Video Game.
Sugartown Emily TV Series. 3 episodes
Renegade Ops Natasha (voice) Video Game.
Death in Paradise Megan Talbot TV Series. Series 1 Episode 4 Missing a Body?
Sugartown Emily Shirley TV Series.
Merlin Isolde TV Series. 2 episodes
My Week with Marilyn Vanessa Film.
2012 Lockwood & Co. Book 1: The Screaming Staircase Narrator Audio-Book.
2012 Dirk Gently Kate Edwards TV Series. Episode 1
Blades of Time Ayumi (voice) Video Game.
The Secret World Zaha, Rada Nastase, Aveline Belmont, Additional Voices (voice) Video Game.
Sinbad Lara Assuage TV Series. 1 episode
Vexed DI Georgina Dixon TV Series. Series 2, 6 episodes
2013 Lewis Dr. Stella Drew TV Series. 2 episodes, "Intelligent Design" parts 1 and 2
Jo Katie Miville TV Series. 1 episode
King of the Railway Millie (voice) Film.
2013–present Thomas & Friends Millie (voice) TV Series. 10 episodes
2014 24: Live Another Day Caroline Fowlds TV Series. 6 episodes
I Am a Soldier Stella Film.
Dragon Age: Inquisition Cassandra Pentaghast Video Game.
Dreamfall Chapters Nela Vlček & Na'ane Video Game.
2015 Spotless Julie Greer-Bastière TV Series. 10 episodes
Yussef Is Complicated Emily Robson Short Film.
AfterDeath Robyn Film.
2016 Dark Heart Sylvie TV Film.
2017 My Daughter is Missing Sara TV Film. First lead role in a film; Production Alternative title is Missing in Europe. By Lifetime Channel.
Breathe Mary Dawnay Film.
Murder on the Orient Express Sonia Armstrong Film.
Hospital Narrator BBC2 Documentary. Series 2
Widow's Walk Eve Film.
2018 Dark Heart Sylvie TV Series. 6 episodes
Hospital Narrator BBC2 Documentary. Series 3
2019 Nightflyers Tessia TV Series. 6 episodes
Hospital Narrator BBC2 Documentary. Series 4
2020 Artemis Fowl Angeline Fowl Film.
Warrior Nellie Davenport TV Series.


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