Samantha Bond

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Samantha Bond
Born (1961-11-27) 27 November 1961 (age 52)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Alexander Hanson; 2 children

Samantha Bond (born 27 November 1961) is an English actress best known for her roles as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films during the Pierce Brosnan years, as Auntie Angela in the BBC comedy Outnumbered, as Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton Abbey, and as the original Ms Liz Probert in Rumpole of the Bailey.

Early life[edit]

Samantha Bond is the daughter of actor Philip Bond and TV producer Pat Sandys, and is the sister of the actress Abigail Bond and the journalist Matthew Bond. She was brought up in London, where the family home was in Barnes and St Margarets.[1] She attended the Godolphin and Latymer School, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Career[edit]

She has appeared in many television series, notably the 1997 adaptation of Emma starring Kate Beckinsale. She is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and starred opposite Dame Judi Dench in David Hare's award-winning play Amy's View at the Royal National Theatre.

In 1983, she appeared in the original Southampton production of Daisy Pulls It Off before it moved to the West End.[2] Also in 1983 she appeared in Mansfield Park and in the fourth series of Rumpole of the Bailey, where she played Rumpole's pupil 'Mizz' Liz Probert. In 1985, she appeared in the BBC's adaptation of A Murder is Announced, a Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie.

In 1989, she starred in the television adaptation of Oswald Wynd's novel The Ginger Tree. She played Mary MacKenzie, a young Scottish woman who finds disillusionment, love and heartbreak, in turn of the century Japan. It spans the time from 1903 to the outbreak of the Second World War. She also had a featured role in Erik the Viking, starring Tim Robbins, Eartha Kitt and Mickey Rooney.

In 1990, she appeared in the Agatha Christie's Poirot television series episode "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat". In 1992, she also appeared in the "Inspector Morse" television series - 6th, episode 1 ("Dead on time" as Helen Marriat). In 2004, she starred opposite Peter Davison in the ITV drama-comedy Distant Shores. In 2006, she returned to the stage in a new production of Michael Frayn's Donkey's Years at the Comedy Theatre.

On 1 January 2007, Bond appeared as the villain Mrs Wormwood in the pilot episode of the BBC children's drama series The Sarah Jane Adventures, a spin-off from the popular science fiction series Doctor Who.[3] She later reprised this role for "Enemy of the Bane", the two-part finale of the show's second series. She guest starred in Midsomer Murders in three episodes: "Destroying Angel" (2001) and "Shot at Dawn" (2008), and again in Neil Dudgeon's 2011 debut as lead character, in the episode "Death in the Slow Lane". In the West End she starred in David Leveaux's production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the Duke of York's Theatre (2009).

From 2007-2014, Bond has appeared as the recurring character of Sue's sister, Auntie Angela in the BBC semi-improvised comedy Outnumbered, alongside Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner and David Ryall. In series one (2007) she appeared in the episodes; "The Special Bowl", "The City Farm", "The Quiet Night In", "The Mystery Illness" and "The Dinner Party". In series two (2008), Bond only appeared in the first episode "The Wedding". In series three (2010), Bond appeared in the episode "The Restaurant". Bond also starred in series four (2011) for the final two episodes "The Cold Caller" and "The Exchange Student" and returned in series five for the final episode of the show which aired on 5 March 2014.

In 2009, she took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home, about her Welsh family history. In 2009, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in part of a series of television programmes for Channel 4 charting particular periods of the monarch's reign. She starred as Mrs. Cheveley in a new production of An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre in November 2010. In 2011 she narrated a documentary on Operation Crossbow[4] and one on the science of colour on BBC's Horizon series. She has made several guest appearances as Lady Rosamund Painswick, sister of Lord Grantham, in the ITV costume drama Downton Abbey.[citation needed]

James Bond (1994-2005)[edit]

Samantha Bond starred as Miss Moneypenny all throughout Pierce Brosnan's tenure as James Bond 007 which began in 1994 and ended in 2005. She was preceded by Caroline Bliss and Lois Maxwell. In a BBC interview, she remarked that she would retire from the role should Pierce Brosnan step down as the lead.[5] She played the role in four films which were GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

The role of Miss Moneypenny was not cast in the following Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The character eventually returned in Skyfall under the alias 'Eve', played by Naomie Harris.

In an advert for London's 2012 Olympic bid, Bond once again suited up as Miss Moneypenny. She appeared alongside Roger Moore, who played agent 007 between 1973 and 1985.

Personal life[edit]

She lives in St Margarets, London[1][6] and is married to Alexander Hanson with whom she has two children.[1][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Brocklehurst, Philip (Winter 2011). "Mr Brocklehurst meets...". Mystmargarets.com. p. 28. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Review of 2002 production of Daisy, Telegraph, 25 April 2002.
  3. ^ "Doctor Who spin-off set for BBC". BBC News Online. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2006. 
  4. ^ "Operation Crossbow – How the Allies used 3D photographs to thwart the Nazis' super-weapons". BBC. 15 September 2006. 
  5. ^ "Bond on Bond". BBC News. 7 May 2006. Retrieved April 2014. 
  6. ^ Buchanan, Clare (15 January 2014). "St Margarets resident Samantha Bond misses out on star baker". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Philby, Charlotte."My Secret Life: Samantha Bond, Actress, 47"The Independent, 13 December 2008.
  8. ^ Wolf, Matt."Samantha Bond on Her Ideal London Role Opposite Real-Life Husband Alexander Hanson", broadway.com, 5 January 2011; accessed 13 April 2014.

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Preceded by
Caroline Bliss
1987–1989
Miss Moneypenny
(in Eon James Bond films)
1995–2002
Succeeded by
Naomie Harris
2012–