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Also Known As: Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston, Alexandra Kingston Died:
Born: March 11, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Alex Kingston, a compelling figure known for her regal bearing and cascade of curly red hair, started acting at a young age and would go on to star in some of the world's top-rated TV shows. She caught the acting bug at school, performing with Surrey County Youth Theatre (coincidently their production of "Tom Jones" also featured a young Sean Pertwee) before training with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She made her TV debut at the age of 15 in three episodes of the long-running soap opera "Grange Hill" (BBC 1978-2008) followed by a tiny role in the comedy feature "The Wildcats of St Trinian's" (1980). She followed this with several years on the stage as a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company before starring in Peter Greenaway's critically acclaimed art house film "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" (1989). In 1993 she married fellow actor Ralph Fiennes, whom she had met at RADA. She also appeared in several British TV productions including "Soldier Soldier" (ITV 1991-97) and police drama "Crocodile Shoes" (BBC 1997) before landing the title role in the saucy period miniseries "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders" (ITV 1996). Her feisty portrayal of 'the...

Alex Kingston, a compelling figure known for her regal bearing and cascade of curly red hair, started acting at a young age and would go on to star in some of the world's top-rated TV shows. She caught the acting bug at school, performing with Surrey County Youth Theatre (coincidently their production of "Tom Jones" also featured a young Sean Pertwee) before training with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She made her TV debut at the age of 15 in three episodes of the long-running soap opera "Grange Hill" (BBC 1978-2008) followed by a tiny role in the comedy feature "The Wildcats of St Trinian's" (1980). She followed this with several years on the stage as a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company before starring in Peter Greenaway's critically acclaimed art house film "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" (1989). In 1993 she married fellow actor Ralph Fiennes, whom she had met at RADA. She also appeared in several British TV productions including "Soldier Soldier" (ITV 1991-97) and police drama "Crocodile Shoes" (BBC 1997) before landing the title role in the saucy period miniseries "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders" (ITV 1996). Her feisty portrayal of 'the wickedest woman in England' won Kingston a BAFTA nomination. Unfortunately just as her career was taking off, Fiennes and Kingston separated, divorcing in 1997. Most American viewers first saw Kingston as Dr Elizabeth Corday in "ER" (NBC 1994-2009). Despite her heavy filming commitments with the hit medical drama, Kingston found time to appear in several feature films including "Croupier" (1998), "Essex Boys" (2000) and playing Boudicca in "Warrior Queen" (2003). She stayed with "ER" for seven seasons, leaving in 2004. 2008 saw her first appearance as the bewitching River Song in the reboot of sci-fi action adventure "Doctor Who" (BBC 1963-1989, 2005-). A regular guest star reappearing at various key points in the Doctor's timeline, her cryptic origins were one of the biggest mysteries of the show. Other TV work included short lived sci-fi series "FlashForward" (ABC 2009-2010), a recurring role in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC 1999-) and lead roles in UK dramas "Hope Springs" (BBC 2009), "Marchlands" (ITV 2011), and the revival of 1970s favorite "Upstairs Downstairs" (BBC 2010-12).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Like Crazy (2010)
2.
 Crashing (2007)
3.
 Alpha Dog (2006)
4.
 Sweet Land (2006)
6.
 Essex Boys (2001) Lisa Locke
7.
 This Space Between Us (1999) Paternelle
8.
 Virtual Encounters 2 (1998) Karen
9.
 Croupier (1998) Jani De Villiers
10.
 Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997) Verity Graham
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1968:
Made stage debut at age five, playing the Angel Gabriel in a Nativity Play
1978:
Landed first professional role at age 15 as judo-trained bully on the successful British TV series "Grange Hill"
:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company after completing her studies at RADA
1989:
Made film debut in "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover"
1994:
Played the title role in the film "Woman of the Wolf"
1995:
Portrayed Frances Partridge in "Carrington"
1996:
Acted the title role of "Moll Flanders" (aired in the U.S. on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")
1997:
Co-starred in the HBO movie "Weapons of Mass Destruction"
1997:
Joined cast of the hit NBC drama series "ER" as British surgeon Elizabeth Corday; reprised role for the final season in 2009
1999:
Co-starred with Clive Owen in "Croupier"; was initially not successful, but later became an art-house success
2006:
Played Nurse Ratched in the West End revival of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
2006:
Co-starred in the independent film "Sweet Land"
2008:
Cast as Mrs. Bennett in ITV's acclaimed four-part production "Lost in Austen"
2009:
Guest starred on multi-episode arc on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
2008:
Joined the cast of the BBC's long-running series "Doctor Who"
2011:
Co-starred with Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in the romantic drama "Like Crazy"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

"Doing television is different from theater because everything has to be done so quickly. You often don't have time to get the best quality. And there's a new director for each show, so there's no continuity in that position. Also, TV directors don't have the power of theatrical directors and don't give as much direction--which I miss. I just have this stage perspective, which is hard to put aside. . . . After a year of doing this show, I'd like to get some movie roles, but I'll really be itching to do a play. Theater is in my blood. I'll be doing theater long after 'ER'." --Alex Kingston in USA Today, October 2, 1997.

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husband:
Ralph Fiennes. Actor. Met as students at RADA; became a couple c. 1983; married in early September 1993; announced separation in October 1995; divorced in October 1997.
husband:
Florian Haertel. Writer, journalist. German; born c. 1964; met on a blind date; married on December 29, 1998 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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sister:
Susie Kingston. Younger; brain-damaged after being deprived of oxygen at birth.
daughter:
Salome Violetta Haertel. Born on March 28. 2001.

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