2) KATE DICKIE
As the quivering, demented and damaged Lysa Arryn, Kate Dickie was impressive. She’s one of those actresses you know you’ve seen before, even if you can’t quite put your finger on where and when. She’s appeared in dark dramas like The Witch and Filth, and has admitted to being drawn to troubled characters:
I don’t feel drawn to lightness, I need something more. I feel that – oh, I hate saying this, it sounds so wanky – but I feel a real urge to give voices to people we don’t usually hear from in real life. There are always reasons for people’s behaviour, and it’s easy just to dismiss them and assume that we already know their story, especially if they’re no good at showing their emotions. Life gives you all these knocks, it’s so easy to form a shell to protect yourself. I’ve done it myself.
You may also have seen Dickie as a member of the ill-fated crew in Prometheus (2012).
The Scottish-born actress stars as Kate Ford, the USCSS Prometheus’ Medical and First Officer. As an actress used to smaller fare, being in a big budget spectacular was an experience, something she laughed about in a 2014 interview with ReelScotland:
It was surprising to me to see me popping up in that one! I had a great time on that. The first month I couldn’t quite believe I was there and I remember thinking ‘I’m either having this vivid dream or I’ve lost the plot and I’m delusional’. Then I thought they’d maybe meant to call Kate Winslett, it just seemed too surreal … Michael Fassbender was very kind to me, I think he could see I was quite nervous.
Even in small roles, Dickie’s ability to convey naked emotion is striking. She received accolades for the thriller Red Road, where she played the depressed and isolated Jackie Morrison, a video-surveillance officer working in Glasgow.
In a poll of film critics and filmmakers by the Observer, Red Road was voted one of the best British films in the last 25 years. It also received the 2006 Cannes Jury Prize, and Dickie won the 2006 Scottish BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Scottish Film. Looking ahead, Dickie will appear in the Second World War era drama Landgericht in 2017.