Miranda Caroline Raison (born 18 November 1977) is an English screen and stage actress.
Raison in 2014
Miranda Caroline Raison
18 November 1977
(m. 2007; div. 2009)
Miranda Raison was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk on 18 November 1977. Her mother, Caroline Raison (née Harvey), 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.
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.
It was at Felixstowe College where she cemented an interest in acting; she moved there after experiencing bullying at her previous school. She trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
From 2002–3, she appeared as Ben-Hur's love interest in a minimalist production of the eponymous play at the Battersea Arts Centre. Later in 2003, she was featured in Pains of Youth, again at the Battersea Arts Centre, playing the death obsessed bisexual Desiree; Lyn Gardner of The Guardian described her performance as making "Desiree's death wish seem tragic rather than merely silly."
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) 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 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. 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.
From January to February 2015, she starred opposite Shaun Evans in Hello/Goodbye at the Hampstead Theatre. 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. 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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. However, the project was pulled after filming had started in South Africa.
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. 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+. 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.
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.
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.
Starting in July 2017 she is narrating the BBC2 documentary Hospital.
She plays golf and is a member of the Aldeburgh Golf Club.
Raison supports King's Lynn Town F.C.
|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"|
|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|
|Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo||Svetlana Revenko||Film.|
|2006||Land of the Blind||Daisy||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.|
|Apache: Air Assault||Lieutenant Sandra Lansing||Video Game.|
|2011||Dragon Age II||Cassandra Pentaghast, Varania, Dulci de Launcet, Additional Voices (voice)||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. 8 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.|
|2016||Dark Heart AKA Wagstaffe||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.|
|Murder on the Orient Express||Sonia Armstrong||Film.|
|Hospital||Narrator||BBC2 Documentary. Series 2 -|