Maria Friedman is a British actress and director of stage and screen, best known for her work in musical theatre.
18 Facts About Maria Friedman
Maria Friedman is an eight-time Olivier Award nominee, winning three.
Maria Friedman has twice won Best Actress in a Musical for the original London productions of Passion and Ragtime.
Maria Friedman played Elaine Peacock on EastEnders from 2014 to 2017.
Maria Friedman's father is from a Russian-Jewish immigrant family, whereas her mother is English.
Maria Friedman began her education in Germany, and by the age of five moved with her family to England after the divorce of her parents.
Maria Friedman won an Olivier Award for her one-woman cabaret, Maria Friedman By Special Arrangement and another Olivier Award in 1997, starring in Sondheim's Passion.
Maria Friedman appeared in Passion in the West End at the Queen's Theatre in 1996 as Fosca.
Maria Friedman starred in Chicago in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre as Roxie starting in 1998.
Maria Friedman played the role of Mother in the West End production of Ragtime at the Piccadilly Theatre starting in March 2003, winning the 2004 Olivier Award, Best Actress in a Musical.
Maria Friedman said she would begin radiation treatment for the cancer in December 2005.
Maria Friedman has won three Laurence Olivier Awards and been nominated for seven.
In 2010, Maria Friedman appeared as a soloist in the BBC Proms tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Maria Friedman sang the role of Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd opposite Bryn Terfel.
In October 2014, Maria Friedman joined the cast of EastEnders as Elaine Peacock, the mother of established character Linda Carter.
Maria Friedman has since appeared in December 2014 and February to March 2015 to date, before returning for a three-month stint in September 2015.
Maria Friedman directed a revival of Stepping Out in the West End Vaudeville Theatre in 2017.
Maria Friedman was married to dancer Roland Brine; her boyfriend is Adrian Der Gregorian.