Kensit at the 2009 BAFTAs
|Born||Patricia Jude Francis Kensit
4 March 1968
Hounslow, London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Dan Donovan (1988–1991)
Jim Kerr (1992–1996)
Liam Gallagher (1997–2000)
Jeremy Healy (2009—2010)
Patricia Jude Francis "Patsy" Kensit, (born 4 March 1968) is an English actress, singer, model and former child star, known for her television and film appearances; her films include Lethal Weapon 2. She has been married to rock stars Jim Kerr and Liam Gallagher, and fronted the band Eighth Wonder. In May 2004, she returned to television acting, taking the role of Sadie King in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale.
Early life 
Born to James Henry Kensit (1915–1987) and Margaret Rose Kensit (née Doohan, 1947–1993), a native of Ireland who died from breast cancer, Patricia Kensit has an older brother who is named Jamie. Her mother was a publicist; her father was an associate of the notorious London gangsters the Kray twins. Nicknamed "Jimmy the Dip", he was also reportedly an associate of the rival Richardsons, running long firms for the gang. He served time in prison before Kensit was born; she believed he was an antiques dealer. Her paternal grandfather was a robber and counterfeiter, and her brother's godfather was Reggie Kray. She attended Corona Theatre School.
Early work 
At the age of four, Kensit appeared in a television advert for Birds Eye frozen peas. In 1972, she had her first big screen role in the film For the Love of Ada. Her next film role was two years later in The Great Gatsby starring with Mia Farrow—whom she would later portray in the 1995 biopic Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story. She also appeared in a BBC mini series based on the famous historical novel Penmarric (1979).
As a pupil at the Italia Conti Academy stage school, Kensit's first starring roles were in British children's television programmes such as The Adventures of Pollyanna (1982) and Luna (in the title role). She also appeared as Estella in a BBC adaptation of Great Expectations in 1981 and as Lady Margaret Plantagenet in the 1982 BBC Television Shakespeare production of Richard III.
Rise to fame 
In 1985 Kensit led a dual career as a singer and an actress. At the time, Kensit stated: "All I want is to be more famous than anything or anyone".
In 1986, she won the lead female role in the film version of Absolute Beginners, based on the book by Colin MacInnes. In November 1987, she sang a duet with the Italian singer and songwriter, Eros Ramazzotti, entitled 'La luce buona delle stelle', which in English translates to 'The Good Light of the Stars'
In 1988, Kensit's band Eighth Wonder had two Top 40 singles: "I'm Not Scared", written and produced by the Pet Shop Boys, which reached Number 7 in the British charts, and "Cross My Heart", which went up to Number 13, Eighth Wonder appeared on Top of the Pops, while Kensit also starred as Eppie in an adaptation of Silas Marner, with Ben Kingsley. Although the band's success quickly waned, "I'm Not Scared" appeared in the 1989 film Lethal Weapon 2, in which Kensit, now focused solely on being an actress, played Rika van den Haas, a South African consulate secretary with whom cop Martin Riggs (played by Mel Gibson) falls in love.
Following Lethal Weapon 2, she appeared in the 1991 independent feature, Twenty-One for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. Of her role, Variety magazine wrote, "Fans of Kensit get plenty of her; her lovely face and form are always the center of attention. The cool control with which she executes the role is admirable". In 1992, she had a leading role in the British film Blame it on the Bellboy as Miss Carolyn Wright, a desperate estate agent in Venice who would stop at nothing to clinch a deal.
In 1995, Kensit starred in Angels & Insects, with Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Rylance, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design and directed by Philip Haas. Kensit's last major lead film role was in the Newcastle-based The One and Only.
Return to fame 
In 2004, Kensit joined the cast of British soap opera Emmerdale, playing the character Sadie King, and also regularly featured in the third series of Channel 4's Bo' Selecta! and its 2005 spin-off series A Bear's Tail. Kensit's success as the soap super-bitch and in a popular comedy brought her back to the attention of the British public.
In September and October 2005 she appeared as a celebrity contestant in Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon, progressing through to Play Your Cards Right before being eliminated by Carol Vorderman, the eventual winner of the series. Kensit was a special guest host on The Friday Night Project on 23 June 2006 with band Placebo. She appeared as the Grand High Witch of all the World at the Children's Party at the Palace in celebration of the Queen's 80th birthday in 2006. She also became the voice of online gambling website 32red.com.
Kensit left Emmerdale in September 2006, stating that commuting to Yorkshire and the resultant time away from her sons was too stressful. As part of a dramatic week of episodes which coincided with Jeff Hordley's exit from the show. Hordley's character Cain Dingle and Sadie hatched an elaborate kidnap plan involving Tom King - they set up the transfer of £2 million from the Kings to Cain in order for Tom to be released, however Cain double crossed Sadie. Her last appearance was at an airstrip watching Cain fly away, leaving her penniless and alone.
Kensit has played ward sister Faye Morton in the BBC One medical drama series Holby City since October 2006. Kensit is signed to Models 1 in London. From 18 December 2011 until 8 January 2012, she will be playing the Evil Queen in Snow White at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.
On 14 March 2010, it was revealed that Kensit had decided to quit her role in Holby City. She stopped filming in September but will be onscreen until the end of the year. She has competed in the 2010 BBC TV series 8 of Strictly Come Dancing partnered by Robin Windsor, they finished in 7th place. She narrated Channel 4 documentary Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys, which was broadcast on 15 May 2012.
Personal life 
Kensit has been married four times. In 1988, she married Dan Donovan of band Big Audio Dynamite. In 1992, she married Jim Kerr, lead singer of Simple Minds. During her second marriage, she gave birth to her first child, James in 1993. In 1997, she married Liam Gallagher from Oasis. Kensit and Gallagher had a son, Lennon born 13 September 1999, named after John Lennon; they divorced in 2000. Lennon's godmother is actress Elizabeth Hurley.
By 2000, Kensit's private life had brought her to as much attention as her acting or singing, as the tabloid newspapers detailed the breakdown of her marriage to Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr and her romance with Oasis singer Liam Gallagher. Her career stalled as she focused on her marriage, over which she claimed to cry every day until it ended, as it eventually headed towards divorce. This personal downward spiral led to the resumption of her acting career.
After reported relationships with Jamie Foreman, Ally McCoist, Calum Best, David Walliams, Matt Holbrook and in 2005 with Jean-Christophe Novelli, Kensit began dating rap artist and beatboxer Killa Kela. They split up after a year, with Kensit stating that she did not see a future with Killa.
Kensit later became involved with the DJ Jeremy Healy and announced that she was marrying for a fourth time on 29 November 2007. On 31 March 2008 it was reported that the pair had split by mutual consent and had called off their wedding. They eventually married on 18 April 2009, in an event covered by a magazine, but the Daily Mail reported in February 2010 that the couple had separated. Kensit has vowed never to marry again following this split, describing it as "embarrassing and humiliating".
Kensit has three tattoos: on her back; above the blade of her left foot (Gaelic words); and on her ankle. She changed the tattoo of her ex-husband's name from Liam to the name of their son, Lennon.
Kensit is a devout Roman Catholic. She and co-star Mel Gibson both had concerns over a love scene in Lethal Weapon 2, as both actors were married and Catholic, playing characters who were having unmarried sex. The scene was reduced to alleviate their concerns.
|1972||Birds Eye frozen peas||Herself||TV advert|
|For the Love of Ada||Little girl||TV series, uncredited|
|1973||The Brothers||Toddler||TV series, one episode|
|1974||Z-Cars||Joanna Page||TV series, one episode|
|The Great Gatsby||Pamela Buchanan|
|Gold||Little Girl at Christmas Party||Uncredited|
|Churchill's People||Brewster child||TV series, one episode|
|1976||The Blue Bird||Mytyl|
|Dickens of London||Georgina Hogarth||TV series, two episodes|
|1978||Armchair Thriller 'Quiet as a Nun'||Tessa||TV series, five episodes|
|1979||Lady Oscar||Oscar François de Jarjayes (as a child)|
|Hanover Street||Sarah Sellinger||Nominated-Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture|
|Prince Regent||Young Princess Charlotte||TV mini-series|
|The Legend of King Arthur||Morgan le Fay (as a child)||TV series|
|Penmarric||Young Mariana||TV series, two episodes|
|1980||Hannah||Ruth Corder||TV series, four episodes|
|1981||Great Expectations||Young Estella||TV series, two episodes|
|1982||Disneyland||Pollyanna||TV series, one episode|
|The Adventures of Pollyanna||Pollyanna||TV film|
|Frost in May||Nanda Gray||TV series, one episode|
|1983||The Tragedy of Richard III||Lady Margaret Plantagenet||TV film|
|Luna||Luna||TV series, six episodes|
|1984||Diana (TV series)||Young Diana||TV mini-series, two episodes|
|1985||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Emilie du Cailland||TV series, one episode|
|Silas Marner||Eppie||TV film|
|A Chorus of Disapproval||Linda Washbrook|
|1989||Arms and the Man||Louka||Theatre Night TV series, one episode|
|Lethal Weapon 2||Rika van den Haas|
|Chicago Joe and the Showgirl||Joyce Cook|
|Bullseye!||Sick Lady on Train|
|1991||Adam Bede||Hetty Sorrel||TV film|
|Does This Mean We're Married||Deena||TV film|
|Timebomb||Dr. Anna Nolmar|
|Twenty-One||Katie||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead|
|1992||Screen One||Hetty Sorrel||TV series, one episode|
|Blame It on the Bellboy||Caroline Wright|
|The Turn of the Screw||Jenny|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Bridget||TV series, one episode|
|Full Eclipse||Casey Spencer|
|1994||Fall from Grace||Lady Deirdre Sebright||TV film|
|1995||Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story||Mia Farrow||TV film|
|Dream Man||Kris Anderson|
|Angels & Insects||Eugenia Alabaster Adamson|
|At the Midnight Hour||Elizabeth Guinness||TV film|
|Tunnel Vision||Kelly Wheatstone|
|1996||Grace of My Heart||Cheryl Steed|
|1998||The Last Don II||Josie Cirolia||TV mini-series, one episode|
|Human Bomb||Marcia Weller||TV film|
|1999||The Pavilion||Clara Huddlestone|
|Janice Beard 45 WPM||Julia|
|2001||Things Behind the Sun||Denise|
|Loves Music, Loves to Dance||Darcy Scott||TV film|
|Casualty||Charlotte Leith-Jones||TV series, one episode|
|2002||Bad Karma||Maureen Hatcher/Agnes|
|Murder in Mind||Angela Stephenson||TV series, one episode|
|The One and Only||Stella|
|2003||Who's Your Daddy?||Heather McKay|
|Shelter Island||Alexandria 'Alex'|
|2004||The All Star Comedy Show||Various characters||TV series|
|A Bear's Christmas Tail||Helen Hennerson||TV Christmas special|
|2004-2006||Emmerdale||Sadie King||TV series
Nominated-British Soap Award for Soap Bitch of the Year
Nominated-National Television Award for Most Popular Newcomer
|2005||A Bear's Tail||Helen Hennerson||TV series|
|Children's Party at the Palace||The Grand High Witch (from The Witches)||TV special|
|2007||The Magic Door||Rachel|
|A Bucket o' French & Saunders||Various characters||TV series, Two episodes|
|2007-2010||Holby City||Faye Byrne||TV series|
|2011||Celebrity Juice||Herself||TV series, series 5, episode 6|
|2012||Would I Lie to You? (TV series)||Herself||TV series, series 6, episode 6|
|The Million Pound Drop Live||Herself||TV series, series 11, episode 8
won ₤150,000 with playing partner Keith Lemon
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- "Twenty-One" Variety.com 1 January 1991 (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- "Patsy Kensit is the voice of 32Red Online Casino" 32red.com (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- "Patsy Kensit to join Holby cast " BBC News, 14 December 2005 (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- Elizabeth Hurley – thebiographychannel.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
- "'I cried every day when married to Liam', says Patsy" Mail Online, 30 January 2007 (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- Cramb, Auslan; "I have been a fool over Kensit affair, admits McCoist" Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2001 (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- Fletcher, Alex; "Kensit breaks up with human beatbox" Digital Spy, 9 August 2007 (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- Dadds, Kimberley; "Patsy Kensit to marry for fourth time" Digital Spy, 29 September 2007 (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- "Actress Kensit calls off wedding" BBC News, 31 March 2008 (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- "Kensit ties knot for fourth time" BBC News, 19 April 2009 (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- Heartache for Patsy Kensit as fourth husband Jeremy Healy 'walks out' Mail Online, 28 February 2010
- Nathan, Sara (13 August 2010). "I will never marry again after fourth split, says 'foolish and ashamed' Patsy Kensit". Daily Mail, UK. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- "Celebrity Tattoos - Patsy Kensit Tattoos" Tattoos-by-Design.co.uk (Retrieved: 30 July 2009)
- Patsy Kensit - The Advertising Archives, No.30532929, 1972
- Birds Eye Peas Ad Patsy Kensit on YouTube
- First Annual Youth in Film Awards 1978-1979 - Young Artist Award
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