Richardson at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Joely Kim Richardson
9 January 1965
Marylebone, London, England, UK
|Years active||1968, 1984–present|
|Spouse(s)||Tim Bevan (divorced)|
|Relatives||Natasha Richardson (sister)
Liam Neeson (brother-in-law)
Carlo Gabriel Nero (brother)
Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress, known for her role as Julia McNamara in the FX drama series Nip/Tuck (2003–10), and Queen Catherine Parr in the Showtime series The Tudors (2010). She has also appeared in films such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Event Horizon (1997), The Patriot (2000), Return to Me (2000), Anonymous (2011), and the Hollywood film adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
Richardson was born in Marylebone, London to the theatrical Redgrave family, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, and the granddaughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lady Redgrave.[a] She is the sister of the late actress Natasha Richardson (1963–2009), and through her, she is the sister-in-law of actor Liam Neeson, and the aunt of Micheál and Daniel Neeson. She was the niece of the late Lynn Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave and cousin of actress Jemma Redgrave, who is just five days younger than Richardson. Joely Richardson appeared as an extra at the age of three in the 1968 version of The Charge of the Light Brigade, directed by her father.
Richardson and her sister Natasha's early education began in London at the independent St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith. At age 14 Richardson moved to boarding school at the independent Harry Hopman Tennis School in Tampa, Florida. In 1983, she graduated from the Thacher School in Ojai, California, then returned to London to study at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Possessing an early ambition to become a professional tennis player, she spent two years at a tennis academy in Florida. Richardson then turned to acting. In 1985, she portrayed, by flashbacks, the younger version of the leading character played by her mother in the film Wetherby. After a leading role in Peter Greenaway's cult success Drowning by Numbers (1988), her first major role in front of a mass audience was as Joanna Farley in a 1989 television episode of Poirot, based on Agatha Christie's detective series. In a 1989 episode of Jim Henson's The Storyteller, she was cast as a princess. She portrayed a teacher on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the 1989 Channel 4 serial Behaving Badly and fictional Finnish Princess Anna (with "a voice like a tuba") in the 1991 screen comedy King Ralph.
In 1993, Richardson appeared in the BBC's Lady Chatterley opposite Sean Bean. In 1996, she played fashion designer Anita Campbell-Green in the Disney live-action remake of the animated 101 Dalmatians opposite Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil. In 1998, in the popular television drama The Echo, she played Amanda Powell. The next year, she played in the science fiction horror film Event Horizon as Lieutenant Starck, executive officer of the research and rescue ship Lewis and Clark, sent to rescue crew of the long-lost experimental ship Event Horizon.
One year later, Richardson appeared opposite Mel Gibson in the film The Patriot, an American film based on the American Revolution. Also in 2000, she appeared opposite Hugh Laurie in Maybe Baby, Ben Elton's film adaptation of his book Inconceivable. She was cast in the 2001 film The Affair of the Necklace after director Charles Shyer noticed her resemblance to doomed 18th century French Queen Marie Antoinette.
In 2003, Richardson took on the role of Julia McNamara in the television drama Nip/Tuck, based on the lives of two plastic surgeons in Miami. Her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, has appeared in several episodes, playing her character's mother.
In 2005, Richardson starred in Lies My Mother Told Me, based on a true story about a murderous con artist. In 2007, she played the mother in The Last Mimzy with Timothy Hutton and Chris O'Neil. She also starred in the television drama Wallis & Edward, playing the lead role of Wallis Simpson, lover of Edward, Prince of Wales.
In 2009-10, Richardson appeared as Catherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII, in the fourth (and final) season of Showtime's hit period drama The Tudors. The role reunited her with her ex-husband Tim Bevan, who was part of the show's production team.
Joely has recently joined the cast of TV series Titanic - Blood and Steel in which she will play the role of Countess Markievicz. In 2015 she co-starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the zombie thriller film Maggie.
|1968||The Charge of the Light Brigade||Extra||Uncredited|
|1985||Wetherby||Young Jean Travers|
|1988||Drowning by Numbers||Cissie Colpitts 3|
|1989||A proposito di quella strana ragazza||Giovanna Serafin (Maria)||aka About That Foreign Girl in English|
|1991||King Ralph||Princess Anna of Finland|
|1992||Shining Through||Margrete Von Eberstein|
|1994||Sister My Sister||Christine Papin|
|1995||I'll Do Anything||Cathy Breslow|
|1996||Loch Ness||Laura McFetridge|
|1996||101 Dalmatians||Anita Campbell-Green-Dearly|
|1997||Event Horizon||Lt. Starck|
|1998||Under Heaven||Eleanor Dunston||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|1998||Wrestling with Alligators||Claire|
|2000||Maybe Baby||Lucy Bell|
|2000||Return to Me||Elizabeth Rueland|
|2000||The Patriot||Charlotte Selton|
|2001||The Affair of the Necklace||Marie-Antoinette|
|2004||The Fever||Woman at 30|
|2007||The Last Mimzy||Jo Wilder|
|2007||The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey||Susan McDowel|
|2011||Anonymous||Young Queen Elizabeth I|
|2011||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Anita Vanger/Harriet Vanger|
|2012||Red Lights||Monica Handsen|
|2012||Thanks for Sharing||Katie|
|2013||The Devil's Violinist||Ethel Langham|
|2014||Vampire Academy||Queen Tatiana Ivashkov|
|2014||Endless Love||Ann Butterfield|
|1988||The Storyteller||Princess||Episode: "The Three Ravens"|
|1989||Behaving Badly||Serafina||4 episodes|
|1989||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Joanna Farley||Episode: "The Dream"|
|1993||Lady Chatterley||Lady Chatterley||4 episodes|
|2003–2010||Nip/Tuck||Julia McNamara||100 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama (2004, 2005)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama (2004, 2005)
|2003||Fallen Angel||Katherine Wentworth||TV film|
|2005||Lies My Mother Told Me||Laren Sims||TV film|
|2005||Wallis & Edward||Wallis, Duchess of Windsor||TV film|
|2006||Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America||Dr. Iris Varnack||TV film|
|2009||The Day of the Triffids||Jo Playton||2 episodes|
|2010||The Tudors||Queen Catherine Parr||5 episodes|
|2012||Titanic: Blood and Steel||Countess Markievicz||Episode: "Stained Steel"|
|2017||Emerald City||Glinda||10 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|1999||Independent Spirit Award||Best Supporting Female||Under Heaven||Nominated|
|2004||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama||Nip/Tuck||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama||Nominated|
|2005||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama||Nominated|
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- "Joely Richardson Joins 'Titanic: Blood and Steel'". IFTN. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- "Joely Richardson Joins 'Maggie '". DC. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- Farndale, Nigel (6 July 2008). "Diana Rigg: her story". The Daily Telegraph (London).