Felicity Kendal

Felicity Ann Bragg

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.

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 Felicity Kendal's Early life

Her sister, Jennifer Kendal (died 1984, aged 51),also became an actress.

She left India at the age of 20.

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 Felicity Kendal's Stage Work


She made her London stage debut inMinor Murder(1967), and went on to star in a number of well regarded plays.[citation needed]

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.

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 Felicity Kendal's Charity work

Felicity is an ambassador for age-positive charity Royal Voluntary Service , previously known as WRVS.

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 Felicity Kendal's Television work

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:

  • – partnered with Vincent Simone . The couple were eliminated in the eighth week (staged in Blackpool ).
  • Felicity Kendal's Indian Shakespeare Quest, (2012)
  • Piers Morgan's Life Stories, (2012)

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 Felicity Kendal's Film work

Kendal's film roles are:

  • Valentino(1977)
  • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story(1993) – voiced Elsa
  • Parting Shots(1999)
  • How Proust Can Change Your Life, (2000) – as narrator

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 Felicity Kendal's Awards

  • 1976 – Most Promising Newcomer – Variety Club
  • 1979 – Best Actress – Variety Club
  • 1980 – Clarence Derwent Award
  • 1984 – Woman of the Year – Best Actress – Variety Club
  • 1989 – Best Actress – Evening Standard Theatre Awards

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 Felicity Kendal's Personal life

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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 Felicity Kendal's References

  1. "Felicity Kendal". Strictly Come Dancing. BBC Online. 2000. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. "Shakespeare Wallah". Merchant Ivory Productions. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  3. McGibbon, Rob (10 February 2012). "Felicity Kendal: The Good Life portrayed me as sweetness and light, but I can be difficult and very short-tempered". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  4. Kendal 1998.
  5. "Meet Jennifer Kendal". Good Wrench. 2000. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  6. "BBC Radio 4 Extra - Desert Island Discs Revisited, The Good Life, Felicity Kendal". BBC. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  7. Greenstreet, Rosanna (27 March 2010). "Q&A: Felicity Kendal". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  8. "Felicity Kendal and Simon Callow to Star in U.K. Tour of Classic Comedy Chin-Chin" by Mark Shenton, Playbill, 16 July 2013
  9. "Relatively Speaking, Wyndham's Theatre, review" by Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2013
  10. "Hay Fever review – hysteria rules as Felicity Kendal does Coward" by Michael Billington, The Guardian, 28 August 2014
  11. "Win tickets to Noel Coward's Hay Fever!", 774 ABC Melbourne, 8 October 2014
  12. "History of Event". Rear of the Year. 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  13. Garvey, Anne (26 October 2006). "Felicity Kendal's good (Jewish) life". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  14. Hardy, Rebecca (2 October 2010). "'I've never felt sexier': Felicity Kendal on men, her new tattoos – and why she can't wait to sizzle on Strictly". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  15. "Felicity Kendal interview with Saga Magazine". www.saga.co.uk. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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