Felicity Ann Kendal,CBE(born 25 September 1946) is an English actress, working in television and theatre. She has appeared in numerous stage and screen roles over a 45-year career, but the role that brought attention to her career was that of Barbara Good in the 1975 television seriesThe Good Life.
Her sister, Jennifer Kendal (died 1984, aged 51),also became an actress.
She left India at the age of 20.
She made her London stage debut inMinor Murder(1967), and went on to star in a number of well regarded plays.
Kendal's stage career blossomed during the 1980s and 1990s when she formed a close professional association with Sir Tom Stoppard , starring in the first productions of many of his plays, includingThe Real Thing(1982),Hapgood(1988),Arcadia(1993), andIndian Ink(1995). This last was originally a radio play and the role was written for her.
She won theEvening StandardTheatre Award in 1989 for her performances inMuch Ado About NothingandIvanov.
In 2002, Kendal starred in Charlotte Jones's play,Humble Boy, when it transferred from the National Theatre to the West End . In 2006 she starred in the West End revival ofAmy's Viewby David Hare .
In 2008 she appeared in the West End in a revival of Noël Coward 's playThe Vortex.
In 2009 she appeared in the playThe Last Cigarette(by Simon Gray ) and in 2010 inMrs. Warren's Profession(by Shaw ). Both played at the Chichester Festival Theatre and subsequently in the West End .
Chin-Chin, an English translation by Willis Hall of Francois Billetdoux'sTchin-Tchin.
and Australia as Judith Bliss in Noël Coward'sHay Fever.
Felicity is an ambassador for age-positive charity Royal Voluntary Service , previously known as WRVS.
Kendal has appeared in many television series (both before and afterThe Good Life), including:
From 1976, Kendal has appeared as herself in about 40 television shows and documentaries, the most recent being:
Kendal's film roles are:
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The affair with Stoppard ended in 1998, and Kendal has since reunited with Michael Rudman.
Her conversion took more than three years; she has stated that her decision to convert had "nothing to do" with her husband.
in 2010) whom she would invite to her "dream dinner party", Kendal replied " Emmeline Pankhurst , Gandhi , Byron , Eddie Izzard , George Bernard Shaw , Golda Meir , and Marlene Dietrich ".
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