Joely Richardson

9 January 1965

Joely Kim Richardson(born 9 January 1965) is an English actress, known for her role as Queen Catherine Parr in the Showtime television showThe Tudorsand Julia McNamara in the television dramaNip/Tuck. She also appeared in films such as101 Dalmatians(1996),Event Horizon(1997),The Patriot(2000),Anonymous(2011), and the Hollywood film adaptationThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo(2011).

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 Joely Richardson's Early life

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 ofThe Charge of the Light Brigade, directed by her father.

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 .

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 Joely Richardson's Career

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 filmWetherby. After a leading role in Peter Greenaway 's cult successDrowning by Numbers(1988), her first major role in front of a mass audience was as Joanna Farley in a 1989 television episode ofPoirot, based on Agatha Christie 's detective series. In a 1989 episode ofJim 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 serialBehaving Badlyand fictional Finnish Princess Anna (with "a voice like a tuba ") in the 1991 screen comedyKing Ralph.

A year later she appeared inShining Throughalongside her future brother-in-law, Liam Neeson, when both played Nazis .

In 1993, Richardson appeared in BBC 'sLady Chatterleyopposite Sean Bean . In 1996, she played fashion designer Anita Campbell-Green in the Disney live-action remake of the animated101 Dalmatiansopposite Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil . In 1998, in the popular television dramaThe Echo, she played Amanda Powell. The next year, she played in the science fiction/horror filmEvent Horizonas Lieutenant Starck, executive officer of the research and rescue shipLewis and Clark, sent to rescue crew of the long-lost experimental shipEvent Horizon.

One year later, Richardson appeared opposite Mel Gibson in the filmThe 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 filmThe Affair of the Necklace. Also in 2000, she appeared opposite Hugh Laurie inMaybe Baby, Ben Elton 's film adaptation of his bookInconceivable.

, 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 leavingNip/Tuckto 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.Soon after the season finale, it was announced that Richardson would return for the fifth season ofNip/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.

In 2005, Richardson starred inLies My Mother Told Me, based on a true story about a murderous con artist. In 2007, she played the mother inThe Last Mimzywith Timothy Hutton and Chris O'Neil . She also starred in the television dramaWallis & 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 dramaThe Tudors. The role reunited her with her ex-husband Tim Bevan , who was part of the show's production team.

in which she will play the role of Countess Markievicz .

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 Joely Richardson's Personal life

Nip/Tuckco-star John Hensley .

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

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 Joely Richardson's Filmography


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) akaAbout That Foreign Girlin English
1991 King Ralph Princess Anna ofFinland
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


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"

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 Joely Richardson's Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1999 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female Under Heaven
2004 Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Television Series – DramaNip/Tuck
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama
2005 Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama

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 Joely Richardson's References

  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. "Nip/Tuck Puts the "Rich" in Joely Richardson". 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)". IMDb. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  9. "Golden Globes, USA (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  10. "Satellite Awards (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  11. "Golden Globes, USA (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  12. "Satellite Awards (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  13. "Satellite Awards (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 

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