Diana Marilyn Quick
23 November 1946
|Education||Dartford Grammar School for Girls|
|Alma mater||Oxford University|
(m. 1974; div. 1978)
|Partner(s)||Bill Nighy (1980–2008)|
Diana Marilyn Quick (born 23 November 1946) is an English actress known for playing British aristocrats.
Early life and family background
Quick was born in London, England. She grew up in Dartford, Kent, the third of four children. Her father was Leonard Quick, a dentist. She was educated at Dartford Grammar School for Girls, Kent. She was greatly aided by her English teacher, who encouraged her to pursue acting. She became a member of an amateur dramatic society in Crayford, Kent, while at school as well as appearing in many school productions. On leaving school, she went on in 1964 to pursue further studies at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Quick was the first female president of the Oxford University Dramatic Society.
Quick spent seven years researching a book about her paternal family's life in India, which was published in 2009 by Virago with the title A Tug on the Thread: From the British Raj to the British Stage. In her book, Quick reveals that she is of mixed race (Anglo-Indian) descent. Her great-grandfather served 23 years in the army in India before becoming a policeman, and her great-grandmother had to flee from the Indian Rebellion of 1857 after her father was killed.
Quick is perhaps best known for the role of Lady Julia Flyte in the television production of Brideshead Revisited. She received an Emmy and British Academy Television Awards nomination for her work. Quick has also appeared in many theatre, film and television productions. Her stage work has included roles in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and Brecht's The Threepenny Opera.
In 2009, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Camilla?", an episode of the television documentary drama The Queen. Quick had played the same character as a younger woman in Alan Bennett's stageplay A Question of Attribution, one half of his Single Spies double bill. She explained how she prepared for the television role:
I think one has to try to be as accurate as possible. You have to wear the right clothes, and in my case I wore a white wig, because I'm playing her as a mature Queen rather than when she was a younger woman. So you try and get the externals as accurate as possible, but then I think it's like any acting challenge, you just try to play the situation as truthfully as you can. So you play the spirit of the thing rather than the documentary reality of it.
Her ex-partner is actor Bill Nighy with whom she worked in David Hare's A Map of the World at the National Theatre in 1982. They have one daughter, actress Mary Nighy. She was previously married to the actor Kenneth Cranham for a short time.
- The Brothers Karamazov (1958) - Minor Role (uncredited)
- Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) - Sonya
- A Private Enterprise (1974) - Penny
- The Duellists (1977) - Laura
- The Big Sleep (1978) - Mona Grant
- The Odd Job (1978) - Fiona Harris
- Ordeal by Innocence (1984) - Gwenda Vaughan
- 1919 (1985) - Anna
- Max, Mon Amour (1986) - Camille
- Vroom (1988) - Susan
- Wilt (1989) - Sally
- Nostradamus (1994) - Diane de Poitiers
- Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996) - Grand Duchess Ella
- The Leading Man (1996) - Susan
- Vigo (1998) - Emily
- A Monkey's Tale (1999) - Princess Ida (English version, voice)
- Saving Grace (2000) - Honey
- The Discovery of Heaven (2001) - Sophia Brons
- The Affair of the Necklace (2001) - Madame Pomfré
- AKA (2002) - Lady Gryffoyn
- Revengers Tragedy (2002) - The Duchess
- Love/Loss (2010) - Angela
- Mother's Milk (2011) - Kettle
- Side by Side (2013) - Joan Dunbar
- The Death of Stalin (2017) - Polina Molotova
- The Complete and Utter History of Britain (1969) - Ladye / Damsel in Distress
- A Christmas Carol (1971, TV Short) - Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
- The Protectors (1974, Episode: "The Bridge") - Anna De Santos
- The Three Hostages (1977, TV Movie) - Mary Hannay
- Brideshead Revisited (1981) - Julia Flyte / Julia Mottram
- The Woman in White (1982) - Marian Halcombe
- Minder: An Officer and a Car Salesman (1988) - Angie
- Inspector Morse (1992) - Hilary Stephens
- Dandelion Dead (1994) - Marion Glassford-Gale
- Dalziel and Pascoe (2002) - ACC Stella Applegarth - “For Love Nor Money”, “The Unwanted”
- Agatha Christie’s Poirot (2003) - Mrs. Welman - Episode: “Sad Cypress”
- Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003) - Prime - 5 episodes
- Midsomer Murders (2004) - Clare Bonavita - Episode: “Dead in the Water”
- Kingdom (2008) - Janet Cramer
- The Queen (2009) - The Queen
- New Tricks (2009) - Julia Eldridge
- Lewis (2010) - Gwen Raeburn
- The Missing (2014) - Mary Garrett - Episode: “Molly”
- Midsomer Murders (2016) - Hermione Lancaster - Episode: “Habeas Corpus”
- The Living and the Dead (2016) - Sylvia - TV Series
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- "LMH, Oxford - Prominent Alumni". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- Interview: The Queen, Channel 4, Thursday, 5 November 2009
- "Kenneth Cranham Biography (1944-)". www.filmreference.com.
- Elgot, Jessica (24 April 2015). "Celebrities sign statement of support for Caroline Lucas – but not the Greens". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 23 July 2015.