Lysette Anthony

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Lysette Anthony
Lysette Anne Chodzko

(1963-09-26) 26 September 1963 (age 57)
OccupationActress, model
Years active1980–present
(m. 1990; div. 1995)

David Price
(m. 1999; div. 2003)
Partner(s)Simon Boswell (2004–2010)

Lysette Anne Chodzko (born 26 September 1963), known professionally as Lysette Anthony, is an English actress and model. She is known for her roles in the film Husbands and Wives (1992), the first season of the ITV comedy-drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, the BBC One sitcom Three Up, Two Down, and her role as Marnie Nightingale in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks.

Early life[edit]

Anthony was born in Marylebone, London,[1] the only child[2] of actor Michael Adam Anthony (né Chodzko), an actor from Jersey, and actress Bernadette Milnes. The couple later divorced. Anthony's French-born paternal grandfather, Alexander Victor Chodzko, was a mariner and journalist of Polish descent.[3][4][5]

Anthony's childhood was made difficult by her mother's manic depression and schizophrenia[6] and she left home at 19. In 1980, at age 16, Anthony was heralded as the "Face of the Eighties" by photographer David Bailey. She was a successful model before she became known as an actress at the age of 20.[2] During the decade, she appeared in numerous music videos for artists such as Bryan Adams ("Summer of '69", "Somebody", "Heaven", and "Run to You"), Depeche Mode ("I Feel You"), and Simian Mobile Disco ("Cruel Intentions").[2]

Acting career[edit]


Anthony made her first stage appearance at the Cambridge Theatre at age 10. Four years later, she performed with the National Youth Theatre.[2] She was part of a sell-out run at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End as Arabella Lucretia in the television comedy The New Statesman, with Rik Mayall. She has played the role of Joanna Lyppiatt in Noël Coward's Present Laughter (with Simon Callow) and the role of Eleanor in Terry Johnson's Dead Funny at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.


Anthony's numerous credits include British Telecom In phones advert (non speaking part) ITV's Murder in Suburbia, Agatha Christie's Poirot, a regular role in the award-winning soap opera Night & Day (ITV), Hotel! for Channel 5, BBC's Jonathan Creek, Oliver Twist, Dombey and Son, A Ghost in Monte Carlo, Campion episode "Sweet Danger" (as Lady Amanda Fitton), Lovejoy, Hollyoaks and ITV’s Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. She also starred for four years in the BBC sitcom Three Up, Two Down. She is also memorable for portraying Angelique Bouchard for eight episodes of the prime time revival of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, in which she spoke with a French accent. She also played Miss Clarise Mimsers in The Dead Man's Gun in 1998 as well as Miss Scarlett in the third series of Cluedo on ITV in 1992.

Her television appearances in 2006 included guest lead roles in Casualty and a new sitcom pilot, Baggy Trousers. She also played the roles of Rachel Heath, a semi-regular character in The Bill and Veronica Cray in The Hollow, a two-part Poirot film for ITV. She also appeared briefly in Coronation Street on 13 August 2010 and as an American patient in Holby City in February 2013. In 2014, she appeared on an episode of Pointless Celebrities and won it, partnered with Christopher Timothy.

In February 2016, Anthony began appearing in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks as Marnie Nightingale.


In 2008, Anthony guest starred as Clara Harris in the Doctor Who audio adventure Assassin in the Limelight. In February 2010, it was announced that she would be returning to the world of Dark Shadows starring in the audio drama Kingdom of the Dead.

Personal life[edit]

Anthony married Dutch artist and entrepreneur Luc Leestemaker in 1990; they divorced in 1995. She was later married to American film director David Price for two years until they divorced. Anthony was in a relationship with composer Simon Boswell,[7] with whom she has a son, from 2004 to 2010. In 2008, her son was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. She now raises funds for research.[2]

In The Sunday Times on 15 October 2017, Anthony made public allegations that Harvey Weinstein raped her in the late 1980s.[8][9]

Selected credits[edit]





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  2. ^ a b c d e "Tons of Money, King's Theatre, Leven Street". The Scotman. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Michael Anthony profile". Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  4. ^ Nicole BAUDARD DE FONTAINE. "Michael CHODZKO – Family tree". Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  5. ^ Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. Retrieved 28 March 2015 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ McGrath, Nick (20 December 2014). "Lysette Anthony: 'I earned £6,000 this year, actors can't go on like this'". Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  7. ^ Orr, James (13 December 2011). "Lysette Anthony, the 1980s TV actress, sees long-term partner cleared of assault charge". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  8. ^ Brown, Mark (15 October 2017). "Hollyoaks star Lysette Anthony accuses Weinstein of rape as abuse claims stack up". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Charlotte (15 October 2017). "'Harvey Weinstein raped me in my home,' British actress Lysette Anthony tells police". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 15 October 2017. (subscription required)
  10. ^ "Jonathan Creek - Ghosts Forge". BBC iPlayer. BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  11. ^ 84 Charing Cross Road Programme. The Salisbury Playhouse. 2015.

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