Amelia Fiona J. Driver was born in Marylebone , London. Her parents never married,  as her father was married to another woman throughout his relationship with her mother. Her parents separated when Minnie was six years old.
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Driver was discussing comments by Matt Damon, whom she once dated and with whom she starred in the Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting. None of us came here perfect. Some more treatable than others. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level. A man cannot do that. No one can. You know what I mean? Driver said that as accusations, suspensions and firings first swept through Hollywood, she initially refrained from comment. She was now moved to expand her initial response to Damon. The comedian was accused of misconduct including masturbating in front of a number of women.
Displaying talent both for acting and for appearing at awards ceremonies wearing dresses that attract more attention than the awards themselves, Minnie Driver rose from almost complete obscurity to her position as one of the most visible British actresses of the s over the course of just a few years. Born Amelia Driver in London on January 31, , she was christened "Minnie" by her sister, who was too young to pronounce her little sister's name correctly. Driver got her start on the stage and on television and made her big-screen debut in Circle of Friends in Playing the film's protagonist -- a "big, soft girl," as one of the film's characters calls her -- she was required to gain over 20 pounds for the role. She won critical acclaim for her performance, but had trouble finding more work until she lost the weight. Once she was revealed to be a statuesque beauty in the James Bond film GoldenEye , she soon was being written up in a number of magazine articles that hailed her as one to watch. Critical appreciation for her work in Sleepers and Stanley Tucci's Big Night followed in , and the next year, Driver proved herself capable of handling both comedy and a convincing Midwestern accent in Grosse Pointe Blank.