Georgina “Gina” McKee (born 14 April 1964) is an English actor known for her television roles in Our Friends in the North (1996), The Lost Prince (2003) and The Forsyte Saga (2002); and her portrayal of Bella in the film Notting Hill (1999); and her portrayal of Caterina Sforza in the Showtime series The Borgias.
The daughter of a coal miner, McKee came from an “industrial white working class background”, who was born in Peterlee, County Durham. She grew up in her birthplace as well as in nearby Easington and Sunderland. Her first experience of acting occurred in her final year at primary school as Mrs Hall, her teacher at Dene House Juniors, finished the school week off with improvisations, which she remembers as “the best time for me. Fantastic.” Seeing a poster in a shoeshop window for a new youth drama group, McKee and her friends decided to attend for a laugh. The group — set up and run by Ros and Graeme Rigby — managed to engage the sceptical teenagers, who reluctantly… read more