Francesca Annis

Francesca M. P. Annis

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).

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 Francesca Annis's Early life and education

Mara was from a wealthy Brazilian family,and the Annises moved to Brazil when Francesca was a year old, and spent six years there,[citation needed]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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 Francesca Annis's Career

(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.[citation needed]At the National Theatre in 1981 she played Natalya Petrovna in Peter Gill 's production of Ivan Turgenev 'sA Month in the Country.[citation needed]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 .

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 Francesca Annis's Personal life

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.'"

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 Francesca Annis's Filmography

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 Francesca Annis's Selected television appearances

  • Danger Man ,episodes "No Marks For Servility," "That's Two of Us Sorry" (1964)
  • The Human Jungle ,episode "Wild Goose Chase" (1964)
  • The Saint ,episode "Locate and Destroy" (1966)
  • A Pin to See the Peepshow(1973), as Julia Almond
  • Madame Bovary(1975), as Emma Bovary
  • Lillie(1978), as Lillie Langtry
  • Why Didn't They Ask Evans?(1980), as Lady Frances "Frankie" Derwent
  • The Secret Adversary(1983), as Prudence Cowley
  • Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime(1983), as Prudence "Tuppence" Beresford
  • Magnum P.I. ,episode "Deja Vu" (1985)
  • "I'll Take Manhattan" (1984), miniseries, as Lily Davina Adamsfield
  • Between the Lines(1993), as Angela Berridge
  • Dalziel and Pascoe ,episode "An Autumn Shroud" (1996)
  • Reckless(1998), as Anna Fairley
  • Wives and Daughters(1999), as Hyacinth Gibson
  • Cranford(2007), as Lady Ludlow
  • Return to Cranford(2009) as Lady Ludlow
  • The Little House(2010), as Elizabeth
  • Home Fires(2015), as Joyce Cameron

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 Francesca Annis's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1974 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress A Pin to See the PeepshowNominated
1976 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress Madame BovaryNominated
1977 Olivier Award Best Actress in a Revival Troilus and CressidaNominated
1979 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress LillieWon
1998 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress RecklessNominated
1999 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress RecklessNominated
2000 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress Wives and DaughtersNominated

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 Francesca Annis's References

  1. Birthdays,, 14 May 2008; accessed 12 August 2014.
  2. "Francesca Annis interview". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  3. Ciara Dwyer. "Fine without Fiennes". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  4. "Francesca Annis, actor – portrait of the artist | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  5. Diary, 16 February 1971: The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan (ed. John Lahr, 2001)
  6. Matt Wolf (2005-10-04). "Epitaph for George Dillon". Variety. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  7. Michael Billington (2009-05-05). "Theatre review: Time and the Conways / Lyttelton, London | Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  8. Sheldon, Michael (14 August 2003). "'I'm not afraid to take risks'". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  9. Hoggard, Liz (2006-02-12). "Francesca Annis: Pretty woman – Profiles – People". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  10. Hoggard, Liz (2006-02-12). "Francesca Annis: Pretty woman – Profiles – People – The Independent". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 

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