Vanessa's theatre, film and TV career is prolific. Her award rosta includes the recent 2012 comedic-drama film Song for Marion, written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams, for which she was nominated for a 2012 BIFA award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2011 she starred in Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus, for which she received the BIFA Best Supporting Actress Award.
Her many film credits include Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment; A Man for all Seasons; Blow-Up; Camelot; sadora; Mary, Queen of Scots; Julia; The Bostonians; Wetherby; Prick Up Your Ears; Howard’s End; A Month by the Lake; Mrs. Dalloway; Cradle Will Rock; Atonement; Evening; Cars 2; Miral; Letters to Juliet; The Whistleblower and Anonymous. Further film work includes Foxcatcher (2014), directed by Bennett Miller, The Butler (2013) directed by Lee Daniels and The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012). Vanessa’s most recent film work includes Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool and Mrs Lowry and Son.
Her television credits include If These Walls Could Talk 2; The Fever; The Day of the Triffids; Playing for Time, Nip/Tuck, Call The Midwife, Political Animals and Man in an Orange Shirt (2017 TV mini-series).
On stage, recent appearances have included the role of Queen Margaret in the 2016 Almeida Theatre production of Richard III directed by Rupert Goold and The Inheritance at the Young Vic / Noel Coward Theatre after the play transferred to the West End due to a sell-out run and critical acclaim. This fantastic play was directed by Stephen Daldry.
In 2011 Vanessa starred opposite James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines in Driving Miss Daisy at the Wyndham’s Theatre. For her performance she won Best Actress at the 2012 WhatsOnStage Awards. The play previously enjoyed a record-breaking sell-out run on Broadway, and Vanessa received a Tony Award nomination.
Vanessa’s other Broadway credits include the landmark 2003 production of Long Day’s Journey into Night and acclaimed revivals of Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending (1989) and Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. In her native England, her scores of major roles on the stage have ranged through The Year of Magical Thinking at the National Theatre (2008); Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket (2002) to the ground-breaking The Tempest for the RSC at Shakespeare’s Globe (2000) and The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre (2000).
Redgrave worked with UNICEF-UK as a Special Representative from 1993-1995, and has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1995. Her continued work with UNICEF led to her involvement with UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) in many countries, and with UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency). She is a member and supporter of Memorial and Za Prava Cheloveka, the two principal Russian human rights foundations, and is also a supporter of Amnesty International and “Liberty”, which together comprise the leading human rights organizations in Britain.