Kathryn Hunter


Andor’s Kathryn Hunter Saw Eedy Karn’s Comedic Potential Immediately

We all know an Eedy Karn or two. The character, played with brutal wit by esteemed Shakespearean actor Kathryn Hunter, burned up the screen whenever she appeared on Andor’s recently concluded first season. In the Tony Gilroy–created series, Eedy, the mother of disgraced rent-a-cop Syril Karn (the Javert to the title character’s Valjean, played by Kyle Soller), lets her son move into her apartment in the galactic capital, Coruscant, after a deadly series of tactical mistakes on the job. But we get the sense that Eedy, with her endless needling of Syril to accept a job offer from his uncle, is not originally from Coruscant or at least not from the social station in which her son was raised. She’s immediately recognizable as the type of hard-working, razor-sharp, utterly overbearing mom from a marginalized community who gets things done at a cost to her children’s sanity and lords it over them in old age. Following Andor’s season-one finale, as production is ramping up on its second, the classically trained Hunter told Vulture that she sees Eedy as a sympathetic figure — an “overarching mother” but also a “thwarted woman,” a figure who falls somewhere between a Woody Allen character and Lady Macbeth.
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King Lear, the Globe review: Kathryn Hunter impresses in an otherwise uneven update

A quarter of a century after she became the first woman to professionally play King Lear in Helena Kaut-Howson’s lauded 1997 production at Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Kathryn Hunter has reunited with the director to retell the tragedy to a new generation at Shakespeare’s Globe for a limited run. It also stars Michelle Terry, artistic director of the Globe doubling up as the Fool and Cordelia, Lear’s least sycophantic daughter.
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Kathryn Hunter interview: ‘Shakespeare was a true free thinker – he blows ideas of privilege and power apart’

I half expect to find Kathryn Hunter perched on a shelf, toes curled over the edge like a bird, just as she was in Joel Coen’s magnificently gothic recent film The Tragedy of Macbeth in which she played all three witches as though they were a single primordial avian spirit. But no, she’s sitting perfectly normally at a table in an office at Shakespeare’s Globe, in London, where she is about to play King Lear for the second time in a revival of Helena Kaut-Howson’s landmark production from 1997. Inhabiting the body of an ageing king should be no trouble for a double-jointed actress with the skills of a contortionist who has spent her career projecting herself as pretty much anything except a conventional woman.
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The Tragedy of Macbeth’s Kathryn Hunter: ‘The car crash wasn’t an accident – it was a suicide attempt’

Kathryn Hunter is riding high. She’s just played all three witches in a scene-stealing performance in Joel Coen’s bravura film of Macbeth, which is being talked up for major awards. A genuine theatrical star has suddenly made an impact on the big screen and is finding a wider audience – to her obvious pleasure. “I’d love to do more film,” she says, with a huge smile. “It’s like going to a new country. You get all the Alice in Wonderland excitement of that.”In the meantime, however, the 64-year-old is busy with her first love: the stage. As a result, we’re...

Kathryn Hunter on Her Haunting and Scene-Stealing Witches Role in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” is, among other things, visually gripping, a stark, haunting dreamscape that often seems to exist outside of time. While the film is carried by Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, much has been made — justifiably — of Kathryn Hunter’s eerily limber witch: you can’t look away as she bends and contorts, calling to mind a real-life Smeagol. But the movie starts with a whiteout, and so we hear Hunter before we see her. It pulls viewers in and reinforces the notion that this nimble performance (she is echoed into all three witches) is not merely...

Kathryn Hunter Kept The Witches At A Boil For ‘Tragedy of Macbeth’ [Interview]

Even in the context of a zoom interview, it’s hard to fathom why there are so few television and film credits on Kathryn Hunter’s resume. A staple of the British theater world, she won an Olivier Award three decades ago, has has a transfixing presence that is almost impossible to ignore. And likely the primary reason Joel Coen decided to cast her as the Witches in his interpretation of “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

The Tragedy of Macbeth star Kathryn Hunter on conjuring a new take on Shakespeare's 3 witches

Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble... With those iconic words in The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare created an indelible image of witches that endures to this day. But for writer-director Joel Coen's interpretation of the play, renowned British stage actor Kathryn Hunter wanted to stay away from anything that felt like Halloween.

Kathryn Hunter Steals The Show as All Three Witches in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

There is no shortage of Oscar-worthy performances in The Tragedy of Macbeth, which is now streaming free on Apple TV+. After all, this Macbeth adaptation from director Joel Coen stars multiple Academy Award-winning titans Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand—which is pretty much a guarantee of terrific acting. And while Washington and McDormand more than deliver on this promise, the surprise stand-out of Macbeth is not either Hollywood behemoth, but instead Kathryn Hunter, whose interpretation of the three witches is unforgettable.
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The mighty Kathryn Hunter leads the cast of Ionesco’s tragic farce

In a crumbling world, an old man and woman set out chairs for the huge audience they’ve invited, in order to deliver one last message before everything ends. But will anyone actually turn up? Marcello Magni, Toby Sedgwick and the great Kathryn Hunter star in director-translator-adaptor Omar Elerian’s new version of Eugene Ionesco’s tragic farce.

Actor Kathryn Hunter: ‘I gravitated towards male roles because men are given more interesting things to do’

Kathryn Hunter, 64, is an actor who has done more than make a name for herself in theatre. In shows for Complicité, Shared Experience and the RSC she has, with physical virtuosity, extended the reach of what theatre can do. She has played great Shakespearean male roles – Lear, Timon of Athens and Richard III – and is now starring in Joel Coen’s film The Tragedy of Macbeth, alongside Denzel Washington as Macbeth and Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth. Hunter plays all three witches as thrilling, crow-like contortionists with voices that stir, disinter and reverberate. She lives in London with her husband, Marcello Magni, co-founder of Complicité.

UPDATING LIVE NY Film Critics: Lady Gaga for “Gucci,” Kathryn Hunter for “Macbeth,” 3 for “Power of the Dog,” Best Film “Drive My Car”

The New York Film Critics Circle is choosing winners in real time. BEST FILM: “Drive My Car.” Why? Just to be different. Lady Gaga wins Best Actress for “House of Gucci.” Very cool. She’s guaranteed an Oscar nod now, along with Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Chastain, and Kristen Stewart.