Francesca Annis(born 14 May 1945)is an English actress. She is known for television roles inReckless(1998),Wives and Daughters(1999),Deceit(2000) andCranford(2007). A six-time BAFTA TV Award nominee, she won the 1979 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for the ITV serialLillie. Her film appearances includeKrull(1983),Dune(1984),The Debt Collector(1999) andThe Libertine(2004).
(1959). Her first major film role was as Elizabeth Taylor 's handmaiden inCleopatra(1963), which she was cast in while still studying Russian ballet. Her big break was as one of the leads in the 1965 West End stage musicalPassion Flower Hotel.She played Estella in a television adaptation ofGreat Expectations(1967) and presented children's television programmes. She garnered attention for her performance as Lady Macbeth in Roman Polanski 's film version ofMacbeth(1971) in which she performs the sleepwalking soliloquy in the nude . The critic Kenneth Tynan was present when the scene was shot:
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Her films have includedKrull(1983) andDune(1984). She appeared as Tuppence with James Warwick as Tommy inAgatha Christie's Partners in Crime(1983–84) stories as well as its precedingThe Secret Adversary(1983). She appeared inOnassis: The Richest Man in the World(1988), in which she played Jacqueline Kennedy . She portrayed Mrs. Wellington in the second film and directorial debut by the musician Prince ,Under The Cherry Moon(1986).
in 1976, and Juliet inRomeo and Julietalongside Ian McKellen in 1977.At the National Theatre in 1981 she played Natalya Petrovna in Peter Gill 's production of Ivan Turgenev 'sA Month in the Country.At the Comedy Theatre , September 2005 – January 2006, Annis starred as Ruth inEpitaph for George Dillonwith Joseph Fiennes .She returned to the stage in April 2009 to star as Mrs. Conway in Rupert Goold 's National Theatre revival of J. B. Priestley 'sTime and the Conways.
She has appeared in television productions in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, appearing in series such asEdward the Seventh(1975) as Lillie Langtry , a role she reprised inLillie(1978);Madame Bovary(1975); andParnell and the Englishwoman(1991), in which she played Kitty O'Shea ; as well as the miniseriesReckless(1998) and its 2000 sequel. Annis co-starred with Michael Gambon and Dame Judi Dench as Lady Ludlow (an aristocrat opposed to the education of the lower classes) in the BBC1 costume-drama seriesCranford(2007). More recently, Annis played a leading role in the ITV dramaHome Fires .
in a parting described as "acrimonious" following his affair with a Romanian singer.
in 2009, Annis described herself as being one that tends "to forget the bad things – I don't dwell on them. I think, 'Oh, f– it, life's too short,'" and that though single, she "believes it is better to be with someone than alone," stating "'I think you live a fuller life… to have someone else's input on anything – a book, a meal, your children, life, a walk – is fantastic,'" and expressing optimism as she looked to the rest of her sixth decade, stating "'I like to have a big open canvas. I am a glass-half-full person. Something will turn up, you know, and whatever it is it'll be fine.'"
|1974||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||A Pin to See the Peepshow||Nominated|
|1976||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||Madame Bovary||Nominated|
|1977||Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Revival||Troilus and Cressida||Nominated|
|1979||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||Lillie||Won|
|1998||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||Reckless||Nominated|
|1999||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||Reckless||Nominated|
|2000||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||Wives and Daughters||Nominated|
Mara was from a wealthy Brazilian family,and the Annises moved to Brazil when Francesca was a year old, and spent six years there,returning to England when she was 7.In recollecting the years in Brazil, she describes her parents as running "a nightclub on Copacabana beach," and her mother Mara "performing as a blues singer."
Her career break came in acting, when at age 16 she landed a role alongside Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor inCleopatra ,which appeared in 1963.
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