Date of Birth : Oct 8th 1970
English actress best known for playing Fiona Gallagher in Shameless, and Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen. Duff was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2000, but first became well known as Fiona in the television programme Shameless, and for her portrayal of Elizabeth I of England in the lavish 2005 BBC television miniseries, The Virgin Queen which also starred Joanne Whalley and Tara Fitzgerald.
An accomplished theatre actor, she has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and also in London’s West End (Vassa, Collected Stories). Credits at the National Theatre include Collected Stories, King Lear and most recently the title character in Marianne Elliott’s production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan to great acclaim. In 2010 she will play Rosalind in As You Like It and Ariel in The Tempest for Sam Mendes Bridge Project.