Alice Patten

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Alice Patten
Born August 1980 (age 35)
London, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actress

Alice Patten (born 1980) is an English actress, and the daughter of Chris Patten, a prominent British Conservative politician and the last Governor of Hong Kong. She has played a key role in the Hindi film Rang De Basanti (2006). Her role earned her praise from film critics in India.

Early life[edit]

Patten was educated at Island School in Hong Kong and at Queens' College, Cambridge.


Her first major role after graduation was Eugenie in Vincent in Brixton in the West End.[1]

In 2004, she appeared in Jonathan Creek as Gillian Bailey.

In 2005 and 2006, she appeared in English Touring Theatre's Hamlet, playing Ophelia opposite Ed Stoppard's Prince of Denmark.

In 2006, she appeared in the Hindi film Rang De Basanti as Sue McKinley, a young British woman who comes to India to make a documentary film about the British rule in the Indian subcontinent. In 2008, she played Thea in Hedda, a new version of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, at London's Gate Theatre and, in 2009, she guest-starred as Arthur's mother Ygraine in the BBC fantasy drama series Merlin.

Somewhat coincidentally, she played the role of Vicky Anderson, in an episode of New Tricks. Vicky Anderson was the daughter of an English born Hong Kong businessman, Douglas Anderson, who had been involved in questionable building deals in Hong Kong, shortly before the Chinese took back Hong Kong in 1997.


  1. ^ Cassandra Jardine, Eastern princess turns West End girl, Daily Telegraph, 29 July 2002

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