She won a British Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She was born in London, Ontario. She studied at the London South Collegiate Institute in Ontario, the Glendon College in Toronto, and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK.
She was nominated for Tony Awards for her work in the plays, Plenty, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Spoils of War.
She married Robert Reale in 1989 and they had a son in 1994.
She played the role of the female lead in the 1979 film, Dracula, with Frank Langella.