English actress well-known for her performance as Bess in the award-winning indie film Breaking the Waves. In 2017 she appeared in the National Geographic original TV series Genius. In 2019, she began starring in the HBO historical miniseries, Chernobyl.
She graduated from the University of Bristol with an English degree.
She was rejected from the first drama school she applied to.
She married Jack Waters in 1995. They have a son named Dylan and a daughter named Juliet.
Helena Bonham Carter turned down the role in Breaking the Waves that eventually went to Watson.