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Also Known As: Joely Kim Richardson Died:
Born: January 9, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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A member of one of the world's most acclaimed acting dynasties, Joely Richardson was a late bloomer in her family's chosen profession, but by the early 1990s and into the next century she established herself as a skilled performer, capable of tackling both period roles and modern day characters in features and on television. Her first major role was as a murderess in the art house favorite "Drowning By Numbers" (1988), and despite Hollywood's tendency to cast her in lighthearted roles like "101 Dalmatians" (1996), she did her best work in darker, more nuanced material like "Sister My Sister" (Channel 4, 1994) and "The Echo" (BBC, 1998). Her best known role - as the conflicted Julie McNamara on "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-2010) - earned her both critical acclaim and widespread exposure, though Richardson appeared to favor substantive work over fame. As a result, she remained among the more widely respected actresses and earned more prestigious roles as a result. But as her career was moving along, Richardson suffered a tragic loss when her sister, actress Natasha Richardson, died from an epidural hematoma as the result of a skiing accident. With the eyes of the world on the famous family, Richardson returned...

A member of one of the world's most acclaimed acting dynasties, Joely Richardson was a late bloomer in her family's chosen profession, but by the early 1990s and into the next century she established herself as a skilled performer, capable of tackling both period roles and modern day characters in features and on television. Her first major role was as a murderess in the art house favorite "Drowning By Numbers" (1988), and despite Hollywood's tendency to cast her in lighthearted roles like "101 Dalmatians" (1996), she did her best work in darker, more nuanced material like "Sister My Sister" (Channel 4, 1994) and "The Echo" (BBC, 1998). Her best known role - as the conflicted Julie McNamara on "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-2010) - earned her both critical acclaim and widespread exposure, though Richardson appeared to favor substantive work over fame. As a result, she remained among the more widely respected actresses and earned more prestigious roles as a result. But as her career was moving along, Richardson suffered a tragic loss when her sister, actress Natasha Richardson, died from an epidural hematoma as the result of a skiing accident. With the eyes of the world on the famous family, Richardson returned to work, playing Queen Katherine Parr on "The Tudors" (Showtime, 2007-2010) and co-starring in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011), which helped underscore the enormity of her talent.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Endless Love (2014)
2.
 Vampire Academy (2014)
4.
 Anonymous (2011)
6.
 Fever, The (2007)
7.
 Last Mimzy, The (2007)
9.
 Lady Chatterley (2003) Lady Chatterley
10.
 Fallen Angel (2003) Katherine Wentworth
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Milestones close milestones

1984:
Directed by her father Tony Richardson in her film debut "The Hotel New Hampshire"
1985:
First feature speaking role, "Wetherby"; portrayed her mother's character as a young woman
1986:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
1988:
First starring role in a feature, "Drowning By Numbers"
1991:
Featured in the comedy "King Ralph"
1996:
Cast opposite opposite Glenn Close in the Disney live-action remake of "101 Dalmatians"
2000:
Played opposite Mel Gibson in the film "The Patriot"
2000:
Starred with Hugh Laurie in "Maybe Baby"
2001:
Made NY stage debut in "Madame Melville" opposite Macauley Culkin
2001:
Portrayed Marie Antoinette in "The Affair of the Necklace"
2002:
Acted opposite mother Vanessa Redgrave in the staging of Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan"
2003:
Played the wife of Dr. Sean McNamara on the FX drama "Nip/Tuck"; received Golden Globe (2004, 2005) nominations for Best Actress; left show in 2006 to care for her sick daughter; returned for the fifth season
2005:
Starred in the Lifetime TV-movie "Lies My Mother Told Me"
2007:
Co-starred with Timothy Hutton in the family film "The Last Mimzy"
2010:
Cast as Queen Katherine Parr, Henry's sixth and last wife, in the fourth season of "The Tudors" (Showtime)
2011:
Portrayed the young Queen Elizabeth I in the drama "Anonymous"; her real-life mother Vanessa Redgrave played Elizabeth later in the film
2011:
Joined the cast of David Fincher directed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
2012:
Acted opposite Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro in the drama thriller "Red Lights"
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Education

St Paul's Girls' School: -
Harry Hopman Tennis School: Tampa , Florida -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -
The Thacher School: Ojai , California - 1983

Notes

"Mum loves working with the family, and has proposed it many times in the past, but I've always held off because it didn't seem right. When you come to the table, you want to be sitting there in your own right. I also worried that we might argue! But now I've got to that stage where I can forget about all that - and it's paid off enormously.

"People have this weird idea that you might not want to work with good people because they might show up the fact that you're actually not that good. But in any job, you want to work with fab people because they teach you so much. Doing 'Lady Windermere', I've learnt how mum is still so dedicated. She is fascinated by detail and still has the hunger of someone who's just out of drama school." --Joely Richardson on working on stage with her mother Vanessa Redgrave in a production of Oscar Wilde's play "Lady Windermere's Fan", quoted in The Independent, February 21, 2002.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Archibald Stirling. Involved c. 1990; Stirling was married to actor Diana Rigg at the time.
husband:
Tim Bevan. Producer. Married c. 1991; separated in 1997; divorced.
companion:
Jamie Theakston. TV host. Began relationship c. 2000; separated in spring 2001 due to work commitments.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Michael Redgrave. Actor. Born in 1908; died in 1985.
grandmother:
Rachel Kempson. Actor. Born in 1910.
mother:
Vanessa Redgrave. Actor. Born in 1937; married Tony Richardson in 1962; divorced in 1967.
father:
Tony Richardson. Director. Born in 1928; died on November 14, 1991.
aunt:
Lynn Redgrave. Actor.
uncle:
Corin Redgrave. Actor.
sister:
Natasha Richardson. Actor. Born in 1963.
daughter:
Daisy Bevan. Born in March 1992; father, Tim Bevan.
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