Rosemary Harris: Actress Behind Aunt May & Other TV/Movie Roles

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Rosemary Harris is a British actress with a long and distinguished film, television, and theatre career. She is best known for playing Aunt May Parker in the Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007), starring Tobey Maguire as the titular superhero. However, she has also played many other roles in various genres and mediums, showcasing her versatility and talent. Here are some highlights of her impressive resume:

Film: Harris made her film debut in 1954, playing Mrs. Fitzherbert in Beau Brummell, a historical drama about the life of the famous dandy. Since then, she has appeared in over 30 films, ranging from comedies to dramas to biopics. Some of her notable film roles include Gabrielle Chandebisse in A Flea in Her Ear (1968), a farce based on a French play; Mrs. Doring in The Boys from Brazil (1978), a thriller about Nazi war criminals; Pauline Swift in Crossing Delancey (1988), a romantic comedy set in New York; Rose Haigh-Wood in Tom & Viv (1994), a biographical drama about the poet T.S. Eliot and his wife; and Nana Foster in This Means War (2012), an action comedy about two CIA agents competing for the same woman.

Television: Harris has also been active on the small screen, appearing in over 40 television shows and movies. She won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of George Sand, the French novelist, and feminist, in Notorious Woman (1974), a BBC miniseries. She also received Emmy nominations for her roles as Minerva Chisholm in The Chisholms (1979-1980), a Western miniseries; Berta Palitz Weiss in Holocaust (1978), a miniseries about the Nazi genocide; and Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman (1996), a television adaptation of the classic play by Arthur Miller. Some of her other memorable television roles include Mrs. Ramsay into the Lighthouse (1983), a BBC adaptation of the novel by Virginia Woolf; Calypso (older) in The Camomile Lawn (1992), a Channel 4 miniseries based on the novel by Mary Wesley; and Janet Fraser in The Undoing (2020), an HBO miniseries Cast Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant.

Rosemary Harris: Actress Behind Aunt May & Other TV/Movie Roles (Credit - Rosemary Harris)
Rosemary Harris: Actress Behind Aunt May & Other TV/Movie Roles (Credit – Rosemary Harris)

Theatre: Harris is also an accomplished stage actress, having performed on Broadway, West End, and other theatres worldwide. She won a Tony Award as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter (1966), a historical play about the medieval royal family. She also received Tony nominations for her roles as Viola in Twelfth Night (1958), Hilde Wangel in The Master Builder (1958), Alice Sycamore in You Can’t Take It with You (1967), Anna in Old Times (1971), Portia in The Merchant of Venice (1973), Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1973), and Agnes Wickfield in The Royal Family (2009). Some of her other notable stage roles include Ophelia in Hamlet (1963), Elvira Condomine in Blithe Spirit (1966), Jelena Andrejewna in Uncle Vanya (1967), Natasha Rostova in War and Peace (1965-66), and Megara in Herakles (1965).

Rosemary Harris stands as one of her generation’s most esteemed and revered actresses, amassing a collection of awards and accolades that underscore her exceptional talent. Her career has been punctuated by notable achievements, including an Academy Award nomination, recognition from the Golden Globe Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four BAFTA Awards. A true luminary of both screen and stage, she continues to grace the industry with her presence, as evidenced by her recent appearance in the HBO Max comedy thriller series “Search Party” (2022).
Rosemary Harris is also celebrated as the mother of actress Jennifer Ehle, renowned for her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the iconic adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” (1995).


Movies Table:

Title Role Year
Beau Brummell Mrs. Fitzherbert 1954
The Shiralee Lily Parker 1957
Uncle Vanya Yelena 1963
A Flea in Her Ear Gabrielle Chandebisse 1968
The Boys from Brazil Mrs. Doring 1978
The Ploughman’s Lunch Ann Barrington 1983
Crossing Delancey Pauline Swift 1988
The Delinquents Isobel 1989
The Bridge Aunt Jude 1992
Tom & Viv Rose Haigh-Wood 1994
Hamlet Player Queen 1996
My Life So Far Gamma 1999
Sunshine Valerie Sors 1999
The Gift Annie’s Granny 2000
Blow Dry Daisy 2001
Spider-Man Aunt May Parker 2002
Spider-Man 2 2004
Being Julia Julia’s mother 2004
Spider-Man 3 Aunt May Parker 2007
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead Nanette 2007
Is Anybody There? Elsie 2008
The Monday Before Thanksgiving Lillian Cotlo 2008
Radio Free Albemuth VALIS (voice role) 2010
This Means War Nana Foster 2012
The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music Older Agathe von Trapp 2015



Rosemary Harris: Actress Behind Aunt May & Other TV/Movie Roles (Credit - Rosemary Harris)
Rosemary Harris: Actress Behind Aunt May & Other TV/Movie Roles (Credit – Rosemary Harris)



TV Shows Table:

Title Role Year
A Cradle of Willow (TV film) Tansy Clampett 1952
Studio One in Hollywood Herself 1952
Othello (TV film) Desdemona 1955
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Louise Rogers / Dorothy Whitely / Countess Helen Mattoni 1957
Twelfth Night (TV film) Viola 1957
Suspicion Sybil Merton 1958
Omnibus Cordelia 1958
Dial M for Murder (TV film) Margot Wendice 1958
Folio Dynamene 1958
DuPont Show of the Month Cathy Linton 1958
Encounter Norah Marsh 1959
Profiles in Courage Mary S. McDowell 1964
Blithe Spirit (TV film) Elvira Condomine 1966
Uncle Vanya (TV film) Jelena Andrejewna 1967
Notorious Woman (miniseries) George Sand 1974
The Royal Family (TV film) Julie Cavendish 1977
Holocaust (miniseries) Berta Palitz Weiss 1978
The Chisholms (miniseries) Minerva Chisholm 1979
To the Lighthouse (TV film) Mrs. Ramsay 1983
The Camomile Lawn (miniseries) Calypso (older) 1992
Under the Hammer Hester Bovington 1994
Summer Day’s Dream (BBC’s Performance series) Margaret Dawlish 1994
The Little Riders (TV film) Grandma Roden 1996
Death of a Salesman (TV film) Linda 1996
Belonging (TV film) May 2004
Law & Order: SVU Francine Brooks 2010
The Money (TV film) Ellen Knox 2014
The Undoing Janet Fraser 2020
Search Party Beatrice 2022



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