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Joely Richardson

Joely Richardson
Richardson at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Joely Kim Richardson
(1965-01-09) 9 January 1965
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968, 1984–present
Spouse(s) Tim Bevan (divorced)
Children 1 (Daisy Bevan)
Parents Tony Richardson
Vanessa Redgrave
Relatives Natasha Richardson (sister)
Liam Neeson (brother-in-law)

Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress, known for her role as Queen Catherine Parr in the Showtime television show The Tudors and Julia McNamara in the television drama Nip/Tuck. She also appeared in films such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Event Horizon (1997), The Patriot (2000), Anonymous (2011), and the Hollywood film adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

Early life

Richardson was born in London to a theatrical family, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, and the granddaughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lady Redgrave.[1] She is the sister of the late actress Natasha Richardson (1963–2009), and through her, she is the sister-in-law of actor Liam Neeson, and the aunt of Micheál and Daniel Neeson. She was the niece of the late Lynn Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave and cousin of actress Jemma Redgrave, who is just five days younger than Richardson. Joely Richardson appeared as an extra at the age of three in the 1968 version of The Charge of the Light Brigade, directed by her father.

Richardson and her sister Natasha's early education began in London at the independent St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith.[2] At age 14 Richardson moved to boarding school at the independent Harry Hopman Tennis School in Tampa, Florida. In 1983, she graduated from the Thacher School in Ojai, California, then returned to London to study at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[3]


Possessing an early ambition to become a professional tennis player, she spent two years at a tennis academy in Florida. Richardson then turned to acting. In 1985, she portrayed, by flashbacks, the younger version of the leading character played by her mother in the film Wetherby. After a leading role in Peter Greenaway's cult success Drowning by Numbers (1988), her first major role in front of a mass audience was as Joanna Farley in a 1989 television episode of Poirot, based on Agatha Christie's detective series. In a 1989 episode of Jim Henson's The Storyteller, she was cast as a princess. She portrayed a teacher on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the 1989 Channel 4 serial Behaving Badly and fictional Finnish Princess Anna (with "a voice like a tuba") in the 1991 screen comedy King Ralph.

A year later she appeared in Shining Through alongside her future brother-in-law, Liam Neeson, when both played Nazis.

In 1993, Richardson appeared in BBC's Lady Chatterley opposite Sean Bean. In 1996, she played fashion designer Anita Campbell-Green in the Disney live-action remake of the animated 101 Dalmatians opposite Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil. In 1998, in the popular television drama The Echo, she played Amanda Powell. The next year, she played in the science fiction/horror film Event Horizon as Lieutenant Starck, executive officer of the research and rescue ship Lewis and Clark, sent to rescue crew of the long-lost experimental ship Event Horizon.

One year later, Richardson appeared opposite Mel Gibson in the film The Patriot, an American film based on the American Revolution. Later that year, she was modelling a necklace, when director Charles Shyer noticed her resemblance to doomed 18th century French Queen Marie Antoinette. Thus, she secured the role of that queen in the 2001 film The Affair of the Necklace. Also in 2000, she appeared opposite Hugh Laurie in Maybe Baby, Ben Elton's film adaptation of his book Inconceivable.

In 2003, Richardson took on the role of Julia McNamara in the television drama Nip/Tuck, based on the lives of two plastic surgeons in Miami. Her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, has appeared in several episodes, playing her character's mother. In November 2006, it was announced that Richardson would be leaving Nip/Tuck to take care of her sick daughter. She last appeared on the show on 14 November, although creator/writer Ryan Murphy wrote alternate season finale episodes, in case Richardson decided to return.[4] Soon after the season finale, it was announced that Richardson would return for the fifth season of Nip/Tuck, though her role may be limited. In June 2007 it was announced that she would return for 15 of the 22 episodes during the fifth season.[5]

In 2005, Richardson starred in Lies My Mother Told Me, based on a true story about a murderous con artist. In 2007, she played the mother in The Last Mimzy with Timothy Hutton and Chris O'Neil. She also starred in the television drama Wallis & Edward, playing the lead role of Wallis Simpson, lover of Edward, Prince of Wales.

Richardson is signed to Models 1.

In 2009-10, Richardson appeared as Catherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII, in the fourth (and final) season of Showtime's hit period drama The Tudors. The role reunited her with her ex-husband Tim Bevan, who was part of the show's production team.

Joely has recently joined the cast of TV series Titanic - Blood and Steel in which she will play the role of Countess Markievicz.[6]

Personal life

Richardson had a much publicised affair with Archie Stirling. She also dated television presenter and actor Jamie Theakston; their relationship ended in 2001. Richardson was also linked to her Nip/Tuck co-star John Hensley.[7]

Richardson is divorced from film producer Tim Bevan. The couple have a daughter, Daisy Bevan (b. 1992), who is also an actress.



Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade Extra Uncredited
1985 Wetherby Young Jean Travers
1987 Body Contact Dominique
1988 Drowning by Numbers Cissie Colpitts 3
1989 A proposito di quella strana ragazza Giovanna Serafin (Maria) aka About That Foreign Girl in English
1991 King Ralph Princess Anna of Finland
1992 Rebecca's Daughters Rhiannon
1992 Shining Through Margrete Von Eberstein
1995 Sister My Sister Christine
1995 I'll Do Anything Cathy Breslow
1996 Loch Ness Laura McFetridge
1996 101 Dalmatians Anita Campbell-Green Dearly
1996 Hollow Reed Hannah
1997 Event Horizon Lt. Starck
1998 Under Heaven Eleanor Dunston Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1998 Wrestling with Alligators Claire
1998 The Tribe Emily
2000 Maybe Baby Lucy Bell
2000 Return to Me Elizabeth Rueland
2000 The Patriot Charlotte Selton
2001 The Affair of the Necklace Marie-Antoinette
2003 Shoreditch Butterfly
2003 Fallen Angel Katherine Wentworth Television movie
2004 The Fever Woman at 30
2005 Lies My Mother Told Me Laren Sims Television movie
2005 Wallis & Edward Wallis, Duchess of Windsor Television movie
2006 Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Dr. Iris Varnack Television movie
2007 The Last Mimzy Jo Wilder
2007 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Susan McDowel
2011 Anonymous Young Queen Elizabeth I
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Anita Vanger/Harriet Vanger
2012 Red Lights Monica Handsen
2012 Thanks for Sharing Katie
2013 The Devil's Violinist Ethel Langham
2014 Vampire Academy Queen Tatiana Ivashkov
2014 Endless Love Ann Butterfield
2014 Maggie Caroline
2015 Fallen Sophia Bliss Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Storyteller Princess Episode: "The Three Ravens"
1989 Behaving Badly Serafina 4 episodes
1989 Agatha Christie's Poirot Joanna Farley Episode: "The Dream"
1993 Lady Chatterley Lady Chatterley 4 episodes
2003–2010 Nip/Tuck Julia McNamara 100 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama (2004–05)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama (2004–05)
2007 Freezing Rachel Episode: "1.1"
2009 The Day of the Triffids Jo Playton 2 episodes
2010 The Tudors Queen Catherine Parr 5 episodes
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel Countess Markievicz Episode: "Stained Steel"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1999 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female Under Heaven Nominated[8]
2004 Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nip/Tuck Nominated[9]
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominated[10]
2005 Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominated[11]
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominated[12][13]


  1. ^ In his autobiography, Tony Richardson notes that Kim was the original chosen name in honour of the actress Kim Stanley, but at the last minute they copied Natasha's swimming teacher who named her daughter Joely. It was actually a misspelling of the French jolie.
  2. ^ Singh, Anita (19 March 2009). "Natasha Richardson skiing accident in Canada: profile of actress". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Rosen, Marjorie (23 March 1992). "Family Way". People. Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Joely quits Nip/Tuck to take care of her ill daughter". (London). Retrieved 9 November 2006. 
  5. ^ Puts the "Rich" in Joely Richardson"Nip/Tuck". Retrieved 25 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "'"Joely Richardson Joins 'Titanic: Blood and Steel. IFTN. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Scott, Paul (6 September 2007). "Why Joely Richardson looks shadow herself". The Daily Mail (UK). 
  8. ^ "Independent Spirit Awards (1999)".  
  9. ^ "Golden Globes, USA (2004)".  
  10. ^ "Satellite Awards (2004)".  
  11. ^ "Golden Globes, USA (2005)".  
  12. ^ "Satellite Awards (2005)".  
  13. ^ "Satellite Awards (2005)".  

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