Since training at LAMDA, Harriet has worked extensively in theatre, television, film and radio. Most recently she was Livia in Women Beware Women at the Olivier NT. She is an associate artist with the RSC, where she played Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra alongside Patrick Stewart, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Lady Macbeth opposite Anthony Sher, The Duchess of Malfi, All’s Well That Ends Well (with Peggy Ashcroft) Twelfth Night and Three Sisters (winning an Olivier award for the last two). Harriet played Elizabeth Ist in Mary Stuart (Donmar, West End) for which she won the Evening Standard Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway transfer. Earlier theatre credits include Dinner, The Children’s Hour and Arcadia all at the NT and Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Cloud Nine, Hamlet and The Seagull all at the Royal Court.
Film credits include The Young Victoria (Queen Adelaide) Atonement, Bright Young Things, Sense and Sensibility and Louis Malle’s Milou et Mai.
She has published three books: Other People’s Shoes and Macbeth for the Faber series ‘Actors on Shakespeare’ & Facing It.
She was appointed a CBE in 2000 and DBE in the Honours List 2011