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Joely Richardson
Joely Richardson

Full Name: Joely Kim Richardson

Birth Date: January 9, 1965

Birth Place: London, England, UK

Height: 5' 9"

Quote: "I love weddings but it seems that the couples I know who aren't married stay happier because they never take each other for granted. I would feel scared to sign on the dotted line again."



Joely Richardson Biography

This theatrical blueblood started her film acting career while still in drama school appearing in her father's "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984) and as the young Jean Travers in David Hare's "Wetherby" (1985), with the mature Jean being played by Richardson's real-life mother, grande dame Vanessa Redgrave. The radiant and blithe blonde, a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, subsequently marched through such undistinguished endeavors as "King Ralph" (1991), "Shining Through" (1992) and the de-musicalized "I'll Do Anything" (1994). In the former two, she played chilly elegant Europeans, in the latter, a film executive. Perhaps her most demanding film role to date has been as the youngest of the three Cissie Colpitts in Peter Greenaway's riddle-ridden classic "Drowning by Numbers" (1988).

Richardson won critical acclaim for her superb performance in "Sister, My Sister" (1995), the inspired by true events film about two sisters working as maids who ultimately kill their employer. She co-starred as the fashion designer owner of the puppies in the live-action remake of "101 Dalmatians" (1996). After her talents were squandered in the bloated, lackluster sci-fi drama "Event Horizon" (1997), Richardson's attention turned away from conventional Hollywood fare and she gave distinctive performances in the indie character drama "Wrestling with Alligators" (1998); "Under Heaven" (1998), a modernization of novelist Henry James' "The Wings of the Dove" (Richardson received an Independent Spirit nomination as best supporting female for the film); the above average UK telepics "The Tribe" (1998) and "The Echo" (1998).

The actress played David Duchovny's perfect, doomed wife in the underrated 2000 romantic comedy "Return to Me" for director Bonnie Hunt, and played opposite Hugh Laurie as a couple trying desperately to conceive in the witty Brit comedy "Maybe Baby" (2000). After a stint playing Mel Gibson's sister-in-law in the historical themed blockbuster "The Patriot" (2000) and as Marie-Antoinette in the period drama "The Affair of the Necklace" (2001), Richardson hit paydirt when she was cast in the edgy, adult cable drama "Nip/Tuck" (f/x, 2003 - ), playing frustrated housewife Julia McNamara, who likes to believe she's sacrigficed her personal growth for the advancement of her plastic surgeon husband's career. The juicy role earned Richardson a Golden Globe nomination as Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama in the series' first season. In the 2004 season, she was joined on-screen by her real-life mother Vanessa Redgrave, appropriately playing Julia's hyper-critical and condescending matriarch.

Joely Richardson Filmography

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007) .... Susan McDowell
The Last Chapter (2007)
Freezing (2007) (TV)
The Last Mimzy (2007)
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America (2006) (TV) .... Dr. Iris Varnack
Wallis & Edward (2005) (TV) .... Wallis Simpson
Lies My Mother Told Me (2005) (TV) .... Laren Sims
The Fever (2004)
"Nip/Tuck" .... Julia McNamara (2003 - )
Fallen Angel (2003) (TV) .... Katherine Wentworth
Shoreditch (2003) .... Butterfly
The Affair of the Necklace (2001) .... Marie-Antoinette
The Patriot (2000) .... Charlotte Selton
Maybe Baby (2000) .... Lucy Bell
Return to Me (2000) .... Elizabeth Rueland
Toy Boys (1999)
The Echo (1998) (TV) .... Amanda Powell
The Tribe (1998) .... Emily
Under Heaven (1998) .... Eleanor Dunston
-- aka In a Private Garden
-- aka In the Shadows
Wrestling with Alligators (1998) .... Claire
Event Horizon (1997) .... Lt. Starck
101 Dalmatians (1996) .... Anita
Hollow Reed (1996) .... Hannah Wyatt
-- aka Believe Me
Loch Ness (1996) .... Laura
Sister My Sister (1994) .... Christine
I'll Do Anything (1994) .... Cathy Breslow
Lady Chatterley (1993) (TV) .... Lady Chatterley
Rebecca's Daughters (1992) .... Rhiannon
Shining Through (1992) .... Margrete Von Eberstein
King Ralph (1991) .... Princess Anna
Heading Home (1991) (TV) .... Janetta Wheatland
A proposito di quella strana ragazza (1989) .... Giovanna Serafin aka Maria
-- aka About That Foreign Girl
"Poirot" .... Joanna Farley (1 episode: "The Dream" 1989)
-- aka Agatha Christie's Poirot
"Behaving Badly" (1989) (TV Mini Series) .... Serafina
Drowning by Numbers (1988) .... Cissie Colpitts 3
"The Storyteller" .... Princess (1 episode: "The Three Ravens" 1988)
-- aka Jim Henson's The Storyteller
Kin of the Castle (1987) (TV) .... Pamela
Body Contact (1987) .... Dominique
Wetherby (1985) .... Young Jean Travers
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) .... Waitress
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) .... Extra (not credited)

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