Lysette Anthony

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Lysette Anthony
Born Lysette Chodzko
(1963-09-26) 26 September 1963 (age 52)
Marylebone, London, England
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Luc Leestemaker (1990-1995; divorced)[1]
David Price (U.S. film director; divorced)[1]
Partner(s) Simon Boswell (2004-2010; 1 child)
Website Official website

Lysette Anthony (born Lysette Chodzko; 26 September 1963) is an English film, television and theatre actress.

Early life[edit]

Anthony was born in Marylebone, London, England,[2] to actors Michael Anthony (né Michael Adam Anthony Chodzko, born in Jersey, Channel Islands, of Polish and English descent) and Bernadette Milnes. The couple later divorced. Lysette was an only child.[3] Her Paris-born paternal grandfather, Alexander Victor Chodzko, was a mariner and journalist of Polish descent.[4][5][6]


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 a household name as an actress at the age of 20.[3] She is perhaps best known for her roles in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives (1992), the first series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and the BBC sitcom Three Up, Two Down.[7]


Anthony’s films include Krull (1983), Night Train to Murder (1984), the Dutch film Zoeken naar Eileen (1987), Without a Clue (1988), and Husbands and Wives (1992). Other film credits include Switch (1991), The Pleasure Principle (1992), Look Who's Talking Now (1993), The Advocate (1993), Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995), Robinson Crusoe (1997), Misbegotten (1998), Tale of the Mummy (1999), and Farewell to Harry (2002). She appeared in TV adaptations of Ivanhoe (1982), Princess Daisy (1983), The Lady and the Highwayman (1989), the Michael Caine miniseries Jack the Ripper (1988) as Mary Jane Kelly, and the TV film Trilogy of Terror II (1996).


Well known to television audiences, Anthony’s numerous credits include 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, Lovejoy, Hollyoaks and ITV’s Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. She also starred for four years in the repeated BBC sitcom Three Up, Two Down. She is also memorable as portraying Angelique Bouchard for eight episodes of the primetime 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 USA in 1998. She also played 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, with David Suchet. She also appeared briefly in Coronation Street on 13 August 2010, and as an American patient in Holby City in February 2013.


Anthony made her first stage appearance at the Cambridge Theatre, at age 10. Four years later she performed with the National Youth Theatre.[3] She was part of a sell-out run at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End as Arabella Lucretia in the hit comedy The New Statesman, with Rik Mayall, directed by Josie Rourke. She has also 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 Leeds' West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Her other notable theatre credits include:

Music videos[edit]

Anthony also appeared in numerous music videos[3] for artists such as Bryan Adams ("Summer of '69","Somebody", "Heaven", and "Run to You"), Depeche Mode ("I Feel You"), Rainbow ("Street of Dreams") and Simian Mobile Disco ("Cruel Intentions").


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's childhood was made difficult by the manic depression and schizophrenia her mother, also an actress,[9] suffered, to the point that she left home for good at 19. Her mother was accidentally killed in a house fire in 2012, and in February 2013, she gave an interview to the Daily Mail, detailing her mother's troubles and her own determination to raise more awareness about mental illnesses.[10]

Until recently she lived with composer Simon Boswell,[11] and with him has a son.[7] In 2008, he was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, and recovered after an operation a year later.[7] She now raises funds for research.[3]

She was married to Dutch artist and entrepreneur Luc Leestemaker (married 1990 – divorced 1995) and later to American film director David Price for two years.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Knight, Kathryn (17 December 2011). "Rows over infidelity, a 'suicide bid' and a violent end of a very passionate affair". Daily Mail (London). 
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  3. ^ a b c d e Liam Rudden (30 January 2009), "Tons of Money, King's Theatre, Leven Street", Edinburgh Evening News 
  4. ^ "Michael Anthony profile". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Nicole BAUDARD DE FONTAINE. "Michael CHODZKO - Family tree". Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c Hoyle, Antonia (24 January 2009), "The only word I can use for my son's recovery is MIRACULOUS, says actress Lysette Anthony", Daily Mail (London) 
  8. ^ 84 Charing Cross Road Programme. The Salisbury Playhouse. 2015. 
  9. ^ McGrath, Nick (20 December 2014). "Lysette Anthony: 'I earned £6,000 this year, actors can't go on like this'". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Knight, Kathryn (5 February 2013). "I'm haunted by guilt over the night my mother burned to death: With painful honesty, actress Lysette Anthony reveals how her mother's troubled life came to a traumatic end two months ago". Daily Mail (London). 
  11. ^ Orr, James (13 December 2011). "Lysette Anthony, the 1980s TV actress, sees long-term partner cleared of assault charge". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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