A great year for caring actress Maxine Peake

Fortalice support centre Bolton. Maxine Peake officially opening the revamped support
Picture by Richard Holton Newsquest(Bolton) ltd Copyright. 21st October 2014

WHAT a year for Bolton’s Maxine Peake!

Apart from all the TV hit series like ‘Silk’, she gave a highly-acclaimed performance as the Prince of Denmark in “Hamlet” – and finishes the year with a striking film role in what is likely to be box-office smash “The Theory of Everything.”

In this, she plays the second wife of the famous English physicist Stephen Hawking. Elaine Mason. She came to nurse Hawking, who suffers from motor neurone disease, and the two fell in love.

As a result of this, she’s been interviewed everywhere about this role, among other things, and is as erudite as ever. In one TV interview with Andrew Marr that I watched she made some excellent points about care and the problems experienced by care workers.

When she came to officially open the revamped support centre for Bolton’s Fortalice, she proved remarkably compassionate and offered her support to the organisation.

She’s not simply an actress but one with a conscience – and not afraid to act on it, either.


Maxine Peake: ‘We don’t support carers enough’

Oscar-tipped film The Theory of Everything, featuring actress Maxine Peake, is based on the life of Stephen Hawking, and pairs Peake with Eddie Redmayne.

She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr how her character comes into the physicist’s life as a carer.

Watch the interview here.

Maxine Peake on The Andrew Marr Show – 14 December

EDIT: You can watch the interview on our site now as well:

Many thanks to Kathryn Morris UK for helping out!

Andrew Marr is joined by the business secretary, Vince Cable MP, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper MP, the chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP and the actress Maxine Peake.

Former home secretary Alan Johnson and the Spectator’s Isabel Hardman review the Sunday papers, and there is a performance from muscian Debbie Wiseman.

You can watch her on Marr’s show by clicking here.

Maxine Peake Recruits Neville Salon for the Red Carpet

Multi-award winning actress Maxine Peake recently called upon James Wilson from Neville Salon to style her hair for two high-profile red carpet appearances.

The actress, who stars in the Oscar-tipped film The Theory of Everything, was in London for the British Independent Film Awards and the movie’s London premiere.

For the awards, James created a cool textured quiff.

He says: “Maxine wanted a quiff to complement the tailored suit she was wearing. I started by prepping her damp hair with L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Volume Lift Spray Mousse to create volume and lift, blow-drying at the roots with a vent brush. After the volume was created, I lightly smoothed over the ends with a Denman brush.

“Once the hair was dry I sprayed L’Oreal Professionnel Fresh Dust from root to tip and lightly teased the roots with a comb. To finish this look I used L’Oreal Professionnel Play Ball Density Material and L’Oreal Professionnel Fix Design to hold the look in place.”

The second event James worked on was the premiere of Maxine’s new film, Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

He says: “For the premiere, Maxine wanted to work with a messy style to complement her polo neck top and accentuate her funky undercut hair. I prepped her hair with L’Oreal Professionnel Beach Waves and a round brush to blow-dry the hair smooth but with a matte texture.

“Once dry I used L’Oreal Professionnel Fresh Dust to give even more texture to the hair before applying L’Oreal Professionnel Play Ball Deviation Paste to really mess up her hair.”


Maxine Peake thrilled to be co-starring with Martin Freeman in comedy film Funny Cow

Maxine Peake has confessed her excitement that Martin Freeman has signed up to co-star in her new film Funny Cow.

The Silk star will play a female stand-up comic trying to make it in the male-dominated clubs of northern England in the 1970s and 80s, and Sherlock’s Martin has signed up to the cast along with Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham and Rebus star John Hannah.

Maxine said: “It’s about a woman in the 70s from Sheffield who starts off in the working men’s clubs in the 70s and it’s about her rise through that world, and what a tough and misogynistic world it is.

“And we’ve got Martin Freeman attached, which is amazing. We all went ‘Woo hoo!’ when he said yes.

“We’ve still got to get the finances together – so if anybody’s got a bit of spare cash behind the settee they’d like to invest…

“But hopefully it’ll be end of this year it’ll go into production.”

The script has been written by Peaky Blinders and former Emmerdale actor Tony Pitts, who has experienced stand-up in the working men’s clubs of the north first hand and will also appear in the film.

Junkhearts’ Tinge Krishnan is attached to direct.


Radcliffe and Maconie – Live from Manchester Christmas Market – 19 December

EDIT: If you missed the broadcast you can listen to it again on the BBC website.

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie broadcast live from the Manchester Christmas Market!

Grab an audio gluhwein and huddle round the wireless hearthside, with live music from The Unthanks and King Creosote plus chat with actress Maxine Peake and more special guests to be confirmed.


Video Update: Confessions of a Diary Secretary (2007)

Do you remember Maxine’s film ‘Confessions of a Diary Secretary‘?
It was never released on DVD but the admin of our FB fan page found a rare copy of it on YouTube.
If you haven’t seen the film yet you can watch it below or in our video archive. Hope you enjoy! :)

Video Update: Maxine Peake Interview at ‘The Theory of Everything’ UK Premiere – 9 December 2014

Maxine Peake is interviewed at the Premiere of The Theory of Everything which tells the true life story of Stephen Hawking and his love affair with his first wife Jane Hawking.

Actor Maxine Peake – says why she supports Palestine & asks for support for PSC


I hope you saw the email Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) sent out a few days ago talking about its incredible achievements this year, and the messages of support it has received from Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank for its work.

The reason I support PSC is because I can see the genuine and long-lasting change it is making. The seismic shift in public and political opinion that we have seen this year has come after years of work that PSC and its supporters have been doing.

It’s an exciting time to be involved in this issue. We have the potential to bring about a real transformation through supporting organisations like PSC.

Please give generously to keep pushing Palestine to the forefront of the agenda and bring justice and freedom to the Palestinians.

Best wishes and season’s greetings,

Maxine Peake
Actor (BBC’s The Village and Silk)

Donate now


Video Update: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Movie Clip with Maxine Peake

Watch a short clip of Maxine Peake as Stephen Hawking’s nurse and eventually second wife, Elaine Mason:

In theaters 1 January! :D

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