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Kate Nelligan (born March 16, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian stage, film and television actress.

Nelligan, the fourth of six children, was born Patricia Colleen Nelligan in London, Ontario, the daughter of Josephine Alice (née Dier), a schoolteacher, and Patrick Joseph Nelligan, a factory repairman and municipal employee in charge of ice rinks and recreational parks. Her mother, whom Nelligan has described as "very powerful, very brilliant and very, very crazy", suffered from alcohol abuse and other psychological problems, and was subsequently institutionalized. Nelligan attended South Secondary School in London, Ontario, then studied at the University of Toronto but did not graduate. Instead, she switched to studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, United Kingdom.

In 1973, she made her professional stage debut, plus she appeared in a regular role on the British television series The Onedin Line. Her classical training saw her appear opposite Anthony Hopkins in the televised 1975 play, The Arcata Promise followed by the televised theatrical version of The Count of Monte Cristo that featured an all-star cast of British and American actors. That same year her first feature-length film The Romantic Englishwoman was released. In 1977, she played the part of Rosalind in As You Like It, directed by Terry Hands, opposite Charles Dance, in Stratford-upon-Avon and the following year in London. This she followed with Plenty at the National Theatre, for which she received the 1978 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a New Play. The winner was Joan Plowright in Filumena.

Again on screen, in 1978 she was part of the BBC Television Shakespeare productions, and in 1979 she was the female lead with Frank Langella and Sir Laurence Olivier in Dracula. In 1981, she starred opposite Donald Sutherland in Eye of the Needle, a wartime espionage thriller based on the Ken Follett best-selling novel. Two years later, Nelligan moved to New York City where she earned four Tony Award "Best Actress" nominations between 1983 and 1989 from the five Broadway plays she appeared in. For her performance in the 1991 film, The Prince of Tides, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Between 1990 and 2004 she was nominated for five Gemini Awards for her performances on Canadian television mini-series and films.

Nelligan has appeared in more than 50 feature-length or made-for-television films and on the stage in numerous plays. She returned to Broadway in 1997 and continues to appear in film.

Award wins:
- BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Frankie and Johnny (1991)
- Genie Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Margaret's Museum (1995)

Award nominations:
- Olivier Award for Best Actress in a New Play for Plenty at the National Theatre, London. (1978)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Road to Avonlea (1989)
- Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for White Room (1990)
- Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Prince of Tides 1991

Filmography (features and television):
- The Onedin Line (1973-1974) (TV series)
- The Arcata Promise (1975)
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1975)
- The Romantic Englishwoman (1975)
- The Lady of the Camellias (1976)
- Dracula (1979)
- Therese Raquin (1980) (TV mini series)
- Eye of the Needle (1981)
- Without a Trace (1983)
- Eleni (1985)
- Control (1987)
- Frankie and Johnny (1991)
- The Prince of Tides (1991)
- Golden Fiddles (1991)
- Fatal Instinct (1993)
- Spoils of War (1994)
- Wolf (1994)
- How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
- Margaret's Museum (1995)
- Up Close & Personal (1996)
- U.S. Marshals (1998)
- The Cider House Rules (1999)
- Walter and Henry (2001)
- Human Cargo (2004)
- In From the Night (2005)
- Premonition (2007)

Broadway plays:
- Plenty (1983)
- A Moon for the Misbegotten (1984)
- Serious Money (1988)
- Spoils of War (1988)
- Love Letters (1989)
- An American Daughter (1997)
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