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Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: actor

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This strikingly attractive black English performer made a memorable feature debut playing an enigmatic high-class call girl with a secret or two in Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" (1986). As the mysterious love-object of her driver, a short, dull-witted but good-hearted ex-con (Bob Hoskins), Tyson projected what the NEW YORK TIMES hailed as "a magical screen personality . . . beautiful, intelligent and hard as nails." The press hype of the day selected her for future film stardom--but something subsequently went awry with her movie career.

This strikingly attractive black English performer made a memorable feature debut playing an enigmatic high-class call girl with a secret or two in Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" (1986). As the mysterious love-object of her driver, a short, dull-witted but good-hearted ex-con (Bob Hoskins), Tyson projected what the NEW YORK TIMES hailed as "a magical screen personality . . . beautiful, intelligent and hard as nails." The press hype of the day selected her for future film stardom--but something subsequently went awry with her movie career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Priest (1994) Maria Kerrigan
3.
 Turbulence (1991)
4.
 Serpent And The Rainbow, The (1988) Marielle Celine
5.
 Business As Usual (1987) Josie Patterson
6.
 Mona Lisa (1986) Simone
8.
 Lost Language of Cranes, The (1991) Jerene Parks
10.
 Angels (1992) Frances
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Raised in Liverpool, an only child
1984:
Professional stage debut, performed in "The Blitz Show" in Liverpool's Everyman Theatre
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Invited to audition for the Royal Shakespeare Company; read the part of Miranda in "The Tempest"; admitted into the RSC where she served an apprenticeship before appearing in productions
1986:
Feature acting debut, Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa"
1988:
US feature debut, Wes Craven's "The Serpent and the Rainbow"
1995:
Returned to US screens after a seven-year hiatus in a supporting role in the British feature "Priest"
1998:
Portayed Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" and Audrey in "As You Like It" with the English Shakespeare Company
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Education

St Winifred's Roman Catholic School for Girls: -

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husband:
Craig Charles. Actor; poet; performance artist; TV host. Married 1984; worked on the satirical "Saturday Live" TV series.

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father:
Charles Tyson. Barrister. Black Trinidadian; divorced from Tyson's mother.
mother:
Margaret Tyson. Retired senior social worker. White Liverpudlian of Irish descent; raised Tyson after the divorce.
uncle:
Bob Keegan. Actor.

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