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Gerda Stevenson (b.1st January 1959) is a Scottish actress, director and writer, described by The Scotsman in 1999 as "Scotland's finest actress". She has played many parts in the theatre, including Desdemona and Lady MacBeth, and has appeared in many television dramas. She was Murren's mother in the Mel Gibson film Braveheart, and her voice is familiar to listeners of British radio, as a reader of short stories and adaptations. In particular, she has performed several poems and songs by Robert Burns for the BBC.[1]

As a writer she has adapted a number of works for radio: Self-Control by Mary Brunton in which Gerda played the part of Laura Montreville; For the Love of Willie by Agnes Owens in which Stevenson played the part of Liza; The Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott for BBC Radio 4, nominated for a Sony Award in 2008, in which Stevenson played the part of the heroine Jeanie Deans;[2] and Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon.[3] She has written radio plays including: Island Blue,[4] Secrets: The Punter's Tale,[5] Secrets: The Escort's Tale[6] and The Apple Tree.[7] She directed the Afternoon Play The Price of a Fish Supper.[8]

Stevenson's partner is the Scottish Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail.

Her father is the musician and composer Ronald Stevenson.[9] Her sister Savourna Stevenson (born 1961) has recorded works on the Scottish harp.

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Date Title Role Director Station
12 September 1982 – 10 October 1982 The Bride of Lammermoor BBC Radio 4
16 May 1985 Watching Waiters BBC Radio 4

Afternoon Play

13 March 1990 Fair Kirsten Marilyn Imrie BBC Radio 3
1 June 1990 The Interview Reader Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Morning Story
11 June 1990 Blood and Ice Marilyn Imrie BBC Radio 4 The Monday Play
27 October 1990 Witchwood BBC Radio 4 Saturday Playhouse
7 February 1995 The Upshot BBC Radio 4 Thirty Minute Theatre
14 December 1997 The Secret Commonwealth Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
22 January 1998 Tam o'Shanter Hamish Wilson BBC Radio 4
21 March 1998(Recorded on 22 February 1998) Camelot[10] Nimue BBC Radio 2
6 December 1999 – 13 December 1999 Last Days of Mankind Giles Havergal BBC Radio 3 Sunday Play
5 February 2001 – 16 February 2001 Telling Liddy Bridie Pam Wardell BBC Radio 4

Woman's Hour Drama

11 February 2001 Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off Mary, Queen of Scots / Marian Marilyn Imrie BBC Radio 4
11 March 2001 Every Bit of It Georgia Susan Roberts BBC Radio 4
19 February 2002 A Hundred Miles[11] Bruce Young BBC Radio 4

Afternoon Play

25 August 2002 – 1 September 2002 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie[12] Jean Brodie Bruce Young BBC Radio 4

Classic Serial

25 January 2003 – 1 February 2003 Inspector RebusThe Falls[13] Jean Burchill Bruce Young BBC Radio 4

The Saturday Play

31 March 2003 – 11 April 2003 Self-Control Laura Montreville Bruce Young BBC Radio 4

Woman's Hour Drama

6 May 2003 The Whole Story and Other Stories: Gothic by Ali Smith Reader David Jackson Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading
5 April 2004 – 9 April 2004 For the Love of Willie Liza Bruce Young BBC Radio 4

Woman's Hour Drama

10 January 2005 – 21 January 2005 The Gowk Storm Innkeeper's Wife David Ian Neville BBC Radio 4

Woman's Hour Drama

31 March 2005 Wooden Heart Uta Mary Ward Lowery BBC Radio 4

Afternoon Play

16 May 2005 A Breath from Other Planets Mathilde Bruce Young BBC Radio 4

Afternoon Play

25 February 2006 Christabel's Anarchist Christabel Bruce Young BBC Radio 4

Saturday Play

7 August 2006 – 2 October 2006 Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery[14] Steve Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
30 August 2006 The Madeleine Effect: Mangoes by Joanna Blythman Reader Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading
9 September 2007 – 16 September 2007 The Heart of Midlothian[2] Jeanie Deans Bruce Young BBC Radio 4

Classic Serial

23 March 2008 The Muse of Rose Street[15] Reader Monise Durrani BBC Radio 4
16 May 2008 – 4 July 2008 Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery[16] Steve Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
4 December 2009 Distributing Dave[17] BBC Radio Scotland Drama
22 December 2009 The Three Knots[18] Old Woman Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4

Afternoon Play

11 June 2010 – 30 July 2010 Paul Temple and Steve[19] Steve Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
23 September 2010 The Second Mr Bailey[20] Margaret Bruce Young BBC Radio 4

Afternoon Play

25 January 2011 The Culture Café: Completely Burns[21] Reader Esme Kennedy BBC Radio Scotland
14 February 2011 The Book Café[22] Reader BBC Radio Scotland
28 February 2011 Secrets: The Punter's Tale[5] Cara Bruce Young BBC Radio Scotland Drama
8 May 2011 Hume, the Philosophical Historian[23] Reader Louise Yeoman BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature
24 August 2011 – 12 October 2011 A Case for Paul Temple[24] Steve Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
12 October 2011 I Confess: The Power of the Confession[25] Isobel Gowdie Liza Greig BBC Radio 3 The Essay
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