Naomi Anna March|
March 1962 (age 55–56)
Kingston upon Thames, UK
|Other names||Nimmy March|
|Spouse(s)||Gavin Burke (divorced)|
Charles Gordon-Lennox, 10th Duke of Richmond|
Her biological parents were a black South African father from Lesotho and white English mother. As an illegitimate child she was abandoned by her birth mother. She was then adopted up by the Earl and Countess of March and Kinrara, who later became the Duke and Duchess of Richmond. Because of her race, the adoption caused a stir within the peerage and the future Duke and Duchess were vilified by some for "sullying the aristocracy", as March herself described it.
She went to Bedales, an exclusive Hampshire school, before going on to drama school.
Her television screen credits include Albion Market, Common As Muck, Goodnight Sweetheart, Casualty, William and Mary, Doctors, Strictly Confidential, The Bill, Death in Paradise and Emmerdale. She narrated the 2008 TV serial Last Voices of World War 1 on the History Channel, along with the BBC1 documentary The War On Loan Sharks.
Until 2004, children who were adopted by peers had no right to any courtesy title. However, as a result of a Royal Warrant dated 30 April 2004, all children are now automatically entitled to the same styles and courtesy titles. Therefore, on that date, Naomi March became The Lady Naomi Gordon-Lennox.
She married Gavin Burke in 1999 (they are now divorced) and they have three children: Khaya (born 1999), Malachy (born 2001), and Carlotta (born 2005). She has four siblings, including a sister who is also mixed-race.
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