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26 September 1963
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Luc Leestermaker (1990-1995; divorced)
David Price (U.S. film director; divorced)
|Partner(s)||Simon Boswell (2004-2010); 1 child|
Anthony was born in Fulham, London, the only child of actors Michael Anthony (né Michael Adam Anthony Chodzko, born in Jersey, Channel Islands) and Bernadette Milnes, who later divorced. Her paternal grandfather, Alexander Victor Chodzko, was a mariner and journalist, born in Paris of Polish descent.
In 1980, at age 16, Anthony was heralded as the "Face of the Eighties" by photographer David Bailey. She was a successful model before she became a household name as an actress at the age of 20. She is perhaps best known for her roles in Woody Allen's Husbands And Wives (1992), the first series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and the BBC sitcom Three Up, Two Down.
Anthony’s work in films includes Krull with Kenneth Marshall and Freddie Jones, 1987 Dutch film Zoeken naar Eileen, 1988 mini series Jack the Ripper as Mary Jane Kelly with Michael Caine and Jane Seymour, Without A Clue again with Michael Caine and also Ben Kingsley, Woody Allen’s award winning Husbands and Wives in which she played Sydney Pollack’s neurotic mistress. Further film credits include: Farewell to Harry, The Loch with Patrick Bergin, the Miramax/Dimension feature Tale of the Mummy with Christopher Lee, Mel Brooks' Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde with Sean Young; Tri-Star’s Look Who's Talking Now with John Travolta, Alan Robert's Save Me with Harry Hamlin, The Advocate starring alongside Colin Firth and The Lady and the Highwayman with Hugh Grant and Emma Samms. She played Mistral in Barbara Cartland's A Ghost in Monte Carlo in 1990.
Well-known to television audiences, Anthony’s numerous credits include ITV's Murder in Suburbia, Agatha Christie's Poirot, a regular role in the award winning soap opera Night & Day (ITV), Hotel! for Channel 5, BBC’s Jonathan Creek, Oliver Twist, Dombey and Son, Campion episode Sweet Danger, Lovejoy, Hollyoaks and ITV’s Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. She also starred for six years in the repeated BBC sitcom Three Up, Two Down. She is also memorable as portraying Angelique the Witch for eight episodes of the primetime revival of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, in which she spoke with a French accent. She also played Miss Clarise Mimsers in The Dead Man's Gun USA in 1998. She also played Miss Scarlett in the third series of Cluedo on ITV in 1992. She starred in USA network's Trilogy of Terror II in which she battled the infamous Zuni doll, and faces an odd form of torture as a giant moth traps her in a tree hollow, unbuttons her blouse and then tickles her breasts with its antennae. Lysette also played Rowena in the 1982 TV film Ivanhoe, with actors James Mason, Sam Neill and Anthony Andrews.
Her television appearances in 2006 included guest lead roles in Casualty and a new sit-com pilot, Baggy Trousers. She also recently played the roles of Rachel Heath, a semi regular character in The Bill and Veronica Cray in The Hollow, a two-part Poirot film for ITV, with David Suchet. She also appeared briefly in Coronation Street on 13 August 2010, and as an American patient in Holby City in February 2013.
Anthony made her first stage appearance at the Cambridge Theatre, at age 10. Four years later she performed with the National Youth Theatre. She was part of a sell-out run at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End as Arabella Lucretia in the hit comedy The New Statesman, with Rik Mayall, directed by Josie Rourke. She has also played the role of Joanna Lyppiatt in Noël Coward's Present Laughter (with Simon Callow) and the role of Eleanor in Terry Johnson's Dead Funny at Leeds' West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Her other notable theatre credits include:
- The Vagina Monologues at the Royal Albert Hall
- Jackie (as Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in the play's transfer from Broadway) at the Queen's Theatre
- Toys In the Attic at Watford with Hayley Mills
- Restoration at Bristol Old Vic
- The Lady's Not for Burning at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter
- Ghosts (by Ibsen)
- The New Statesman with Rik Mayall
- Lady Windermere's Fan at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
Anthony also appeared in numerous music videos for artists such as Bryan Adams ("Summer of '69","Somebody", "Heaven", and "Run to You"), Depeche Mode ("I Feel You"), Rainbow ("Street of Dreams") and Simian Mobile Disco ("Cruel Intentions").
In 2008, Anthony guest starred as Clara Harris in the Doctor Who audio adventure Assassin in the Limelight. In February 2010, it was announced that she would be returning to the world of Dark Shadows starring in the audio drama Kingdom of the Dead.
Anthony's childhood was made difficult by the manic depression and schizophrenia her mother suffered, to the point that she left home for good at 19. Tragedy struck in December 2012, when her mother was accidentally killed in a house fire. In February 2013, she gave an interview to The Daily Mail, detailing her mother's troubles and her own determination to raise more awareness about mental illnesses.
Until recently she lived with composer Simon Boswell, and with him has a son. In 2008, he was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, and recovered after an operation a year later. She now raises funds for research.
She was married to Dutch actor Luc Leestermaker (married 1990 – divorced, 1995) and later to American film director David Price for two years.
- Knight, Kathryn (17 December 2011). "Rows over infidelity, a 'suicide bid' and a violent end of a very passionate affair". Daily Mail (London).
- Liam Rudden (30 January 2009), "Tons of Money, King's Theatre, Leven Street", Edinburgh Evening News
- Hoyle, Antonia (24 January 2009), "The only word I can use for my son's recovery is MIRACULOUS, says actress Lysette Anthony", Daily Mail (London)
- Knight, Kathryn (5 February 2013). "I'm haunted by guilt over the night my mother burned to death: With painful honesty, actress Lysette Anthony reveals how her mother's troubled life came to a traumatic end two months ago". Daily Mail.
- Orr, James (13 December 2011). "Lysette Anthony, the 1980s TV actress, sees long-term partner cleared of assault charge". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- Lysette Anthony rheumatology appeal|Great Ormond Street Hospital