Samantha Bond

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Samantha Bond
Born (1961-11-27) 27 November 1961 (age 54)
London, England
Nationality English
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983-present
Known for James Bond
Television Downton Abbey
Home Fires
Spouse(s) Alexander Hanson (1989-present); 2 children
Children Molly

Samantha Bond (born 27 November 1961) is an English actress, best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films during the Pierce Brosnan years. She is also known for her roles as meddlesome wealthy Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton Abbey, spanning from 2010 - 2015. Bond appeared in the final ever episode of the show. Bond has also grown prominet from her role as the unreliable Auntie Angela in the BBC comedy Outnumbered, Bond appeared in the whole show performing in each of the series from 2007 - 2014. Bond also receives notable mention as the original Ms Liz Probert in Rumpole of the Bailey in 1987.Bond has appeared in ITV Series Home Fires in which she pappears as the inspirationally intelligent Frances Barden the leader of Cheshire WI during the second world war. Bond has had a career featuring on both ITV and BBC shows as she appeared on Agatha Christie's Poirot and Miss Marple in two different roles and with her most prominent appearance on BBC being role the heartless alien Mrs Wormwood in The Sarah Jane Adventures. Bond also appeared on the TV Movie Emma as Mrs Weston.

Early life[edit]

Samantha Bond is the daughter of actor Philip Bond and TV producer Pat Sandys, and is the sister of the actress Abigail Bond and the journalist Matthew Bond.[2] She was brought up in London, in homes in Barnes and St Margarets.[3] She attended the Godolphin and Latymer School, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Bond has appeared in many television series. Her first was as Maria Rushworth, née Bertram, in the 1983 BBC mini-series adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. A later notable role, in which she returned to the world of Jane Austen, was as the titular heroine's close friend (and former governess) Miss Taylor in the 1996 adaptation of Emma starring Kate Beckinsale. She is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and starred opposite Dame Judi Dench in David Hare's award-winning play Amy's View at the Royal National Theatre.

In 1983, she appeared in the original Southampton production of Daisy Pulls It Off before it moved to the West End.[4] Also in 1983 she appeared in Mansfield Park and in the fourth series of Rumpole of the Bailey, where she played Rumpole's pupil 'Mizz' Liz Probert. In 1985, she appeared in the BBC's adaptation of A Murder is Announced',' a Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie.

In 1989, she starred in the television adaptation of Oswald Wynd's novel The Ginger Tree. She played Mary MacKenzie, a young Scottish woman who finds disillusionment, love and heartbreak, in turn of the century Japan. It spans the time from 1903 to the outbreak of the Second World War. She also had a featured role in Erik the Viking, which starred Tim Robbins, Eartha Kitt and Mickey Rooney.

In 1990, she appeared in the Agatha Christie's Poirot television series episode "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat." In 1992, she also appeared in the "Inspector Morse" television series - 6th, episode 1 ("Dead on time" as Helen Marriat). In 2004, she starred opposite Peter Davison in the ITV drama-comedy Distant Shores. In 2006, she returned to the stage in a new production of Michael Frayn's Donkey's Years at the Comedy Theatre.

On 1 January 2007, Bond appeared as the villain Mrs Wormwood in the pilot episode of the BBC children's drama series The Sarah Jane Adventures, a spin-off from the popular science fiction series Doctor Who.[5] She later reprised this role for "Enemy of the Bane," the two-part finale of the show's second series. She guest starred in Midsomer Murders in three episodes: "Destroying Angel" (2001) and "Shot at Dawn" (2008), and again in Neil Dudgeon's 2011 debut as lead character, in the episode "Death in the Slow Lane." In the West End she starred in David Leveaux's production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the Duke of York's Theatre (2009).

From 2007-2014, Bond has appeared as the recurring character of Sue's sister, Auntie Angela in the BBC semi-improvised comedy Outnumbered, alongside Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner and David Ryall. In series one (2007) she appeared in the episodes "The Special Bowl," "The City Farm," "The Quiet Night In," "The Mystery Illness" and "The Dinner Party." In series two (2008), Bond only appeared in the first episode "The Wedding." In series three (2010), Bond appeared in the episode "The Restaurant." Bond also starred in series four (2011) for the final two episodes "The Cold Caller" and "The Exchange Student" and returned in series five for the final episode of the show which aired on 5 March 2014.

In 2009, she took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home, about her Welsh family history. In 2009, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in part of a series of television programmes for Channel 4 charting particular periods of the monarch's reign. She starred as Mrs. Cheveley in a new production of An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre in November 2010. In 2011 she narrated a documentary on Operation Crossbow[6] and one on the science of colour on BBC's Horizon series. She has made several guest appearances as Lady Rosamund Painswick, sister of Lord Grantham, in the ITV costume drama Downton Abbey.[citation needed] Most recently appeared in Home Fires (2015) as Frances Barden.

James Bond (1994-2005)[edit]

Samantha Bond starred as Miss Moneypenny all throughout Pierce Brosnan's tenure as James Bond 007 which began in 1994 and ended in 2005. She was preceded by Caroline Bliss and Lois Maxwell. She was Miss Moneypenny to Pierce Brosnan's James Bond for his four 007 films which were GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. In a BBC interview, she remarked that she would retire from the role should Pierce Brosnan step down as the lead.[7]

In an advert for London's 2012 Olympic bid, Bond once again appeared as Miss Moneypenny. She appeared alongside Roger Moore, who played agent 007 between 1973 and 1985.

The role of Miss Moneypenny was not cast in the following Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The character eventually returned in Skyfall under the alias 'Eve', played by Naomie Harris.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 - 2015 Downton Abbey Lady Rosamund Painswick Recurring Character (17 Episodes)
2015 Home Fires Frances Barden Main Character (6 Episodes)
2007 - 2014 Outnumbered Auntie Angela Recurring Character (10 Episodes)
2001 - 2011 Midsomer Murders Kate Cameron/Arabella Hammond/Suzanna Chambers Several Different Characters (3 Episodes
2010 New Tricks Anne Gorton Guest Star (1 Episode)
2010 The Queen The Queen 1 Episode
2009 Heartbeat Sylvia Swinton Guest Star (1 Episode)
2009 Lark Rise to Candleford Celestia Brice Coulson Guest Star (1 Episode)
2009 Agatha Christie's Marple Sylvia Savage Guest Star (1 Episode)
2008 Distant Shores Lisa Shore Main Character (6 Episodes)
2007 - 2008 The Sarah Jane Adventures Mrs Wormwood Recurring Character (3 Episodes)
2008 Hotel Babylon Caroline Guest Star (1 episode)
2007 Fanny Hill Mrs Cole Main Character (2 Episodes)
2005 - 2006 Donovan Kate Donovan Main Character (3 Episodes)
2004 Blinded Doctor Caroline Lamor
2002 Die Another Day Miss Moneypenny Main Character
1999 The World Is Not Enough Miss Moneypenny Main Character
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Miss Moneypenny Main Character
1995 GoldenEye Miss Moneypenny Main Character

Personal life[edit]

She lives in St Margarets, London[3][8] and is married to Alexander Hanson with whom she has two children, Molly and Tom.[3][9][10][2]


  1. ^ "My perfect weekend: Samantha Bond". 7 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Genevieve Roberts (21 April 2012). "Samantha Bond: From sex symbol to sozzled wife". The Independent. 
  3. ^ a b c Brocklehurst, Philip (Winter 2011). "Mr Brocklehurst meets...". p. 28. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Review of 2002 production of Daisy, Telegraph, 25 April 2002.
  5. ^ "Doctor Who spin-off set for BBC". BBC News Online. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2006. 
  6. ^ "Operation Crossbow – How the Allies used 3D photographs to thwart the Nazis' super-weapons". BBC. 15 September 2006. 
  7. ^ "Bond on Bond". BBC News. 7 May 2006. Retrieved April 2014. 
  8. ^ Buchanan, Clare (15 January 2014). "St Margarets resident Samantha Bond misses out on star baker". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Philby, Charlotte."My Secret Life: Samantha Bond, Actress, 47"The Independent, 13 December 2008. Archived 11 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Wolf, Matt."Samantha Bond on Her Ideal London Role Opposite Real-Life Husband Alexander Hanson",, 5 January 2011; accessed 13 April 2014. Archived 17 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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Preceded by
Caroline Bliss
Miss Moneypenny
(in Eon James Bond films)
Succeeded by
Naomie Harris