Back in 1997, quirky British actress Minnie Driver was riding a Hollywood high, madly in love with her Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon and basking in the glory of her multiple award nominations for the film, which would net Damon and pal Ben Affleck a coveted Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
At the time of making Good Will Hunting, Driver was hot from 007 fame, having appeared opposite Pierce Brosnan in 1995’s GoldenEye, while Damon and Affleck were charming newbies from Boston.
But young love is fickle and Driver, then 27, learned that she and Damon were no longer an item after he announced it to the world on The Oprah Winfrey Show a few months after the Oscars.
Now 50 years old, tall, willowy Driver has hardly aged a year, with her trademark long curly boon hair and sharp sense of humour. Having become a naturalised yank, she has long enjoyed her laid-back Malibu lifestyle, where she is a keen swimmer and horseback rider.
But after two decades of broken hearts – a broken engagement to Josh Brolin and a brief relationship with TV writer Timothy J. Lea, resulting in the birth of son Henry, now 12 – she is today engaged to documentary filmmaker Addison O’Dea.
Working steadily over the last two decades, her most recent film project saw her reunite with Brosnan for the indie thriller Spinning Man. And the pair will re-team once again, with Driver cast as Queen Beatrice in Sony’s musical comedic remake of Cinderella (projected for 2022). She’s also been busy on the small screen, finding regular work on Will & Grace and Hell’s Kitchen, as well as appearing in two seasons of the TV spin-off of Nick Hornby’s About a Boy and three seasons of TV sitcom Speechless, which was cancelled last year.