Amelia Fiona Driver is a British-American actress and singer-songwriter popularly known as Minnie Driver. She is best known for her roles in Speechless and Good Will Hunting. Her name – Minnie, was given to her by her kid sister who could barely pronounce her name Amelia correctly when they were younger. She has since adopted the name in good fate and is now widely known around the world as Minnie Driver.
Minnie Driver Bio
She was born as Amelia Fiona Driver on January 31, 1970, in Marylebone, City of Westminster, England, to a successful businessman father and a fabric designer mother. Her father, Charles Ronald Driver, and mother, Gaynor Churchward were never married. The pair were having an affair when Minnie was born, Charles was legally married while Gaynor was not married at all. Her parents ended their affair at the time when Minnie was 6 and she lived with her mother and siblings Charlie Driver, Edward Churchward, and Kate Driver. Her brother, Charlie is of the same father as her but for different mothers while her other brother, Edward, shares the same mother with her but a different father. Her sister, Kate Driver is a film director and they both share the same parents.
Driver attended Bedales Boarding School in Hampshire, England. Later on, she attended Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She earned her degree from art school and decided to focus full-time on her acting career.
The driver kicked off her acting career in 1990 when she featured in the TV show God on the Rock as Lydia. The following year, she was cast in two TV shows, The House Of Elliott and Casually as Mary and Zena Mitchell respectively.
In subsequent years, she continued to pick up roles in several TV shows but it was until she played the role of Benny in Circle of Friends back in 1995 that people began to fully recognize her talent. In the same year, she featured in GoldenEye as Irina in the 007 film series. She went on to play significant roles in films like Sleepers, Good Will Hunting, and Grosse Pointe Blank.
She voiced in several animations, like in Tarzan as Jane Porter, An All Dogs Christmas Carol as Belladonna, as Lady Eboshi in Princess Mononoke, as Brooke Shields in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, and in American Tail: The Mystery Of The Night Monster as Madame Mousey.
Minnie starred in Will and Grace TV series between 2003 and 2004 as Lorraine Finster. After which she didn’t make an appearance in any TV show until 2007.
She made her return to the TV series when she was cast in The Riches as Dahlia Malloy. She stayed on the show between 2007 and 2008 until her child was born, and then, she went on another break away from TV shows for two years.
Minnie Driver also reappeared on the screen in 2009, when she starred in the film Motherhood as Sheila. A year later, she was cast in conviction as Abra, and as Mrs. P in Barney’s Version. In the same year, she made a reappearance in TV shows and was cast as Valerie in Modern Family.
Her latest and ongoing cast in TV shows is Speechless, which she has featured in since 2016 till date. She was cast as Ellen Birch in the 2018 film, Spinning Man.
Minnie Driver has never been married, the closest she has ever been to marriage is an engagement. She was previously engaged to American actor Josh James Brolin in 2001. The pair called off their engagement in the same year, with Driver stating that the cause of their breakup was as a result of Josh’s stepmother being too involved in their relationship.
Even though Minnie has not been married, she has been in several relationships. It was through one of her many relationships that she got pregnant and conceived her son, Henry Story Driver. Initially, Driver didn’t reveal the father of her child, until recently when she came out to shed light on who the father of her son is. His name is Timothy Lea, a screenwriter, and producer.
Minnie Driver Net Worth
The talented British-American actress has a net worth of $20 million. Her earnings come largely from her acting job, followed by her music career.
Is She Related To Adams Driver?
Both Minnie and Adam bear the same last name and they are in the same line of jobs. But that’s the closest it comes to the two celebrities being related. There is no blood link that relates to the movie stars.
Adams, whose middle name is Douglas was born in San Diego, California. His father’s name is Joe Douglas Driver and he is from Little Rock, Arkansas, South America, while his mother Nancy Wright, is a paralegal from Mishawaka, Indiana. He is married to Joanne Tucker, an actress best known for her role in the 2014 comedy-drama Listen Up Philip.