The daughter of popular Scots entertainer, Johnny Beattie (MBE), and his late wife, former model/theatrical agent, Kitty Lamont, Maureen is the eldest of four children. She has two brothers, Mark and Paul, and a sister, Louise.
Originally, she wanted to become a ballet dancer, but was bitten by the acting bug at the age of ten. After attending High School in Glasgow, she went on to do a three year course at Scotland's most prestigious drama school, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), where she won the James Bridie Gold Medal for Acting during her final year. She graduated in 1974 with a Diploma in Dramatic Arts.
She began her career as Acting ASM (Assistant Stage Manager) for Joan Knight at Perth Rep and made her professional debut, gaining her Equity card, after working as a comedy feed at Perth Theatre for 11 weeks in the Summer of 1971, alongside the late great, Larry Marshall.
Her first 'straight' role was in the farce 'Not Now Darling', by John Chapman and Ray Cooney, at Perth, in the mid 1970s.
During the mid 1970s, Maureen was part of Dundee Rep's Theatre-In-Education company, which took live drama into local schools and it was one of these performances, that influenced the then schoolboy, Alan Cumming, to become an actor! A decade later, the two appeared at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow together in 'Macbeth' and 'Macbeth Possessed'. Coincidentally, Alan was also a college pal of Maureen's younger sister, Louise, at RCS.
She has taken part in numerous Edinburgh Festivals, with various theatre companies, including The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh and her own theatre company, JJAMM Theatre Company, which she set up in the mid 1970s, along with four of her fellow actors/friends.
Maureen has acted as a professional mentor to final year students on the BA (Acting) course at RCS in Glasgow. A respected member of her craft, she has also taught workshops for the RSC and the National Theatre.
In addition to acting, Maureen has proved herself to be a talented singer, having performed 'She Moved Through The Fair' in the RSC's production of 'Mary And Lizzie' at the Barbican in London and The Beatle's hit, 'A Hard Day's Night', as part of a karaoke session featured in the BBC hit series 'Casualty', in which she played staff nurse, Sandra Nichol.
Maureen has a good ear for accents, including Scots (native), Eastern European, Welsh, American, Irish, West Country, and RP standard English.
In recent years, Maureen has also turned her hand to directing - notably Liz Lochhead's comedy 'Good Things' for the Borderline Theatre Company and Judith Thompson's emotional drama, 'Perfect Pie' for Stellar Quines Theatre Company - both of which received good reviews from the Press.
She is currently Vice President of the Council for the arts and entertainment Union, Equity.
You can contact Maureen at:
Conway van Gelder Grant Ltd. Third Floor, 8-12 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 8HW.
1981: Pye Radio Award (Best Performance by an Actress) - for her role in 'Can You Hear Me?' by Trish Fine - Winner.
2000: 'Herald Angel' - for 'Medea' at the Edinburgh Fringe - Winner.
2001: The Stage Awards For Acting Excellence (Best Actress) for 'Medea' at Edinburgh Fringe - Shortlisted.
2001: Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards (Best Actress in A Visiting Production) for 'Medea' - Winner.
2009: Laurence Olivier Award (Best Company Performance) - Maureen was part of the celebrated RSC's Histories Ensemble, which won the award.
2012: CATS Awards (Best Female Performance) for '27' - Shortlisted.
2012: Fringe First Award - Stellar Quines Theatre Company won the award for 'The List', in which Maureen starred.
2012: 'Herald Angel' - Stellar Quines Theatre Company won the award for 'The List.'
2013: CATS Awards (Best Female Performance) for 'The List' - Shortlisted.
2013: CATS Best Production Award - Stellar Quines Theatre Company won the award for 'The List' in which Maureen starred.
2014: Fringe First Award - Stellar Quines Theatre Company won the award for 'The Carousel', in which Maureen starred.
2015: Fringe First Award - Stellar Quines Theatre Company won the award for 'The Deliverance' in which Maureen starred.
2015: The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence for the Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - Winner.
2016: CATS Awards (Best Female Performance) for 'Right Now' - Shortlisted.