British-born actress Minnie Driver has survived Hollywood for over 20 years and is still in demand. Here’s a few more facts from her early years as a unknown singer to star of film and TV
– Was born Amelia Fiona J Driver in Finsbury Park, London. Her mother was her father’s mistress at the time – his wife didn’t know about his second family.
– The name Minnie was a childhood nickname.
– Her TV debut was in 1991 in an ad for deodorant.
– She enjoys boxing to keep fit but says she’d never take on a man – in case she hurt him.
– Early in her career she was a member of a band called Puff, Rocks and Brown. They were signed by Island Records, but the deal ended without a release.
– In the film The Phantom of the Opera, she was the only cast member to have her voice dubbed, but her real voice is used the in the song that plays over the closing credits.
– In Circle of Friends Minnie was forced to walk in a ditch alongside Chris O’Donnell to make him appear taller.