Sara Kestelman

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Sara Kestelman
Sara Kestelman Breath of Fresh Air.jpg
Kestelman performing at A Breath of Fresh Air, 17 June 2008
Born (1944-05-12) 12 May 1944 (age 77)
London, England

Sara Kestelman (born 12 May 1944) is an English actress.[1] She is known for her role as Lady Frances Brandon, Lady Jane Grey's mother, in the 1986 film Lady Jane, as well as for providing the voice of Kreia in Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

Life and career[edit]

Kestelman was born in London, the daughter of Dorothy Mary (née Creagh), a dress designer, and Morris Kestelman, an artist.[2][3] Her father was Jewish, from a family from Russia.[4] In 1994, she won a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for her performance as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret in the London revival of the show. She has performed with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Kestelman joined the latter in 1968 but left in 1973 when she had her first film role in Zardoz. In 1982 she played Lady Macbeth.

She also voiced the character Kreia in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.



  • Zardoz ~ 1974 – May
  • Lisztomania ~ 1975 – Princess Carolyn
  • Break of Day ~ 1976 – Alice
  • Lady Jane ~ 1986 – Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk
  • Love Story: Berlin 1942 ~ 1997 – Narrator
  • Ex Memoria (short) 2006 – Eva




  • Telegraph
  • Bryant Homes
  • Erwins


Audio books[edit]

  • King Lear ~ 2002 – Regan
  • Mill on the Floss
  • Proto Zoe
  • Quarantine
  • The Siege
  • When I Lived in Modern Times
  • Full House


  • Full House (read and adapted)
  • Baldi


  • A Two Hander

Video games[edit]

Awards, honours and nominations[edit]

  • Australian Film Institute
  • Nom 1977 Best Actress in a Lead Role for Break of Day
  • Clarence Derwent Award
  • Rec'd 1994 Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Cabaret
  • Irish Times ESB Awards
  • Nom 2004 for The Shape of Metal
  • Laurence Olivier Theatre Award
  • Rec'd 1994 Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Cabaret


  1. ^ "Sara Kestelman". BFI.
  2. ^ "Sara Kestelman Biography (1944–)".
  3. ^ Agi Katz (17 June 1998). "Obituary: Morris Kestelman". The Independent.
  4. ^ Kate Kellaway. "Sara Kestelman: 'I didn't enjoy my immersion in Shakespeare. I was frightened of it'". The Guardian.

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