Frances Tomelty

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Frances Tomelty
Born (1948-10-06) 6 October 1948 (age 69)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actress
Gordon "Sting" Sumner
(m. 1976; div. 1984)
Children 2, including Joe Sumner
Parent(s) Joseph Tomelty

Frances Tomelty (born 6 October 1948) is a Northern Irish actress. Her numerous television credits include Strangers (1978–79), Testament of Youth (1979), Inspector Morse (1988), Cracker (1993), The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006), The White Queen (2013) and Unforgotten (2015). Her theatre roles include playing Kate in the original production of Dancing at Lughnasa in Dublin (1990). She was married to the musician Sting from 1976 to 1984.


Tomelty was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the daughter of actor Joseph Tomelty (5 March 1911 – 7 June 1995). She has featured in series including Bergerac, Inspector Morse, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Strangers, Midsomer Murders and Coronation Street, Cracker, as well as many films including Bellman and True, Monk Dawson, Bullshot and The Field. She was Lady Macbeth in the Old Vic's disastrous 1980 production of Macbeth, with Peter O'Toole in the title role.[1]

Tomelty's roles in recent years include the drama series Spooks, Casualty, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Holby City, Law & Order: UK, The Royal, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, Unforgotten, Catastrophe, as well as big-budget adaptations Atlantis, Merlin, The White Queen, and A Perfect Spy, and the film Chéri.

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On 1 May 1976, Tomelty married musician Gordon "Sting" Sumner – best known as the lead singer and bassist for the rock band The Police – after knowing him for two years. They met on the set of a rock-musical called Rock Nativity.[2] She played the Virgin Mary; he played in the band. They have two children together, Joseph (born 23 November 1976) and Fuchsia Katherine ("Kate") (born 17 April 1982). Sumner left Tomelty for his current wife Trudie Styler, and the couple divorced in 1984. The split was controversial; as The Independent reported in 2006, "The problem was, he was already married – to actress Frances Tomelty, who just happened to be Trudie's best friend (Sting and Frances lived next door to Trudie in Bayswater, west London, for several years before the two of them became lovers). The affair was widely condemned – not least because it coincided with the break-up of the Police."[3]


  1. ^ Timothy West "The king of comedy", The Guardian, 7 April 2001
  2. ^ ["Frances Tomelty: Life and Career of Sting's First Wife" Melanie Gold]
  3. ^ "Trudie Styler: The truth about Trudie". 2006-08-04. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 

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