Richardson at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Joely Kim Richardson
9 January 1965
London, England, UK
|Years active||1968, 1984–present|
|Spouse(s)||Tim Bevan (divorced)|
|Relatives||Natasha Richardson (sister)
Liam Neeson (brother-in-law)
Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress, known for her role as Queen Catherine Parr in the Showtime television show The Tudors and Julia McNamara in the television drama Nip/Tuck. She also appeared in films such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Event Horizon (1997), The Patriot (2000), Anonymous (2011), and the Hollywood film adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
Richardson was born in London to a theatrical family, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, and the granddaughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lady Redgrave. 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 of The Charge of the Light Brigade, directed by her father.
Richardson and her sister Natasha's early education began in London at the independent St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith. 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.
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, via flashbacks, the younger version of the leading character played by her mother in the film Wetherby. After a leading role in Peter Greenaway's cult success Drowning by Numbers (1988), her first major role in front of a mass audience was as Joanna Farley in a 1989 television episode of Poirot, the Agatha Christie based detective series. In a 1989 episode of Jim 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 serial Behaving Badly and fictional Finnish Princess Anna (with "a voice like a Tuba") in the 1991 screen comedy King Ralph.
In 1993, Richardson appeared in BBC's Lady Chatterley opposite Sean Bean. In 1996, she played fashion designer Anita Campbell-Green in the Disney live-action remake of the animated 101 Dalmatians opposite Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil. In 1998, in the popular television drama The Echo, she played Amanda Powell. The next year, she played in the science fiction/horror film Event Horizon as Lieutenant Starck, executive officer of the research and rescue ship Lewis and Clark, sent to rescue crew of the long-lost experimental ship Event Horizon.
One year later, Richardson appeared opposite Mel Gibson in the film The 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 film The Affair of the Necklace. Also in 2000, she appeared opposite Hugh Laurie in Maybe Baby, Ben Elton's film adaptation of his book Inconceivable.
In 2003, Richardson took on the role of Julia McNamara in the television drama Nip/Tuck, 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 leaving Nip/Tuck to 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 of Nip/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 in Lies My Mother Told Me, based on a true story about a murderous con artist. In 2007, she played the mother in The Last Mimzy with Timothy Hutton and Chris O'Neil. She also starred in the television drama Wallis & 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 drama The Tudors. The role reunited her with her ex-husband Tim Bevan, who was part of the show's production team.
Richardson had a much publicised affair with Archie Stirling. She also dated television presenter and actor Jamie Theakston; their relationship ended in 2001. Richardson was also linked to her Nip/Tuck co-star John Hensley.
Richardson is divorced from film producer Tim Bevan. The couple have a daughter, Daisy (b. 1992).
|1968||The Charge of the Light Brigade||Extra||Uncredited|
|1985||Wetherby||Young Jean Travers|
|1988||Drowning by Numbers||Cissie Colpitts 3|
|1989||A proposito di quella strana ragazza||Giovanna Serafin (Maria)||aka About That Foreign Girl in English|
|1991||King Ralph||Princess Anna of Finland|
|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|
|1997||Event Horizon||Lt. Starck|
|1998||Under Heaven||Eleanor Dunston||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|1998||Wrestling with Alligators||Claire|
|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||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|
|2015||, FallenFallen||Ms. Sophia Bliss||Filming|
|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 – Television Series Drama (2004–05)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2004–05)
|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"|
Awards and nominations
|1999||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Female||Under Heaven||Nominated|
|2004||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Nip/Tuck||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Nominated|
|2005||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Nominated|
- 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.
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- "Joely Richardson Joins 'Titanic: Blood and Steel'". IFTN. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- Scott, Paul (6 September 2007). "Why Joely Richardson looks shadow herself". The Daily Mail (UK).
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