The 37-year-old was nominated for best supporting actress for "Good Will Hunting," in which she co-starred with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams.
Her ability to create many authentic accents has been featured in some of her films. Driver has starred in "Circle of Friends," in which she developed a strong Irish brogue, to "Big Night," in which she played an American.
She also starred in "Sleepers" with Robert DeNiro and Brad Pitt, "The Governess" and "Return to Me."
In 2003 and 2004, Driver made a number of guest appearances in the comical sitcom "Will and Grace," where she played Lorraine Finster, a rival of Karen Walker's (Megan Mullally.)
In 2004, she also played a leading role in the screen version of "The Phantom of the Opera," the largest-grossing stage production ever.
One of five children, Driver attended Bedales, a Hampshire, England, boarding school from the ages of 6 to 18. She credits its well-rounded curriculum ("a place where you could play musical instruments, learn yoga, milk cows'") with helping shape her self-confidence enough to pursue an acting career.
Driver produces projects under Two Drivers, a Los Angeles-based production company she established with older sister, Kate.
A jazz singer and guitar player, Driver has branched out into the music industry with her two albums that reflect a pop/folk sound.
Driver has been linked to John Cusack, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, tennis player Robby Ginepri and Criss Angel. She doesn't have any children.