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Also Known As: Sadie Liza Vaughn Died:
Born: March 27, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Although she initially gained notoriety as the sexiest victim of the vampire count in "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), actress Sadie Frost became more widely known as the wife of leading man Jude Law, and as a member of a cadre of young celebrities in London's fashionable Primrose Hill district. After early stage work and roles in smaller films, she began to attract attention with turns in U.K. period pieces such as "Diamond Skulls" (1989) and "The Krays" (1990). However, it was her portrayal of the doomed Lucy Westenra in Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" that helped establish her as an up-and-coming film talent. After teaming with Law in his feature debut for "Shopping" (1994), the pair married and soon became England's "BrIT Couple," partying and collaborating with other young movie and music stars throughout the mid-1990s, much to the delight of the tabloids. In between a string of independent - and frequently critically assailed - film projects, Frost and Law reared three children, prior to their much-publicized breakup in 2003. Taking a break from acting, Frost concentrated on her children and her fashion design company, FrostFrench, for a time before returning to the craft in small...

Although she initially gained notoriety as the sexiest victim of the vampire count in "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), actress Sadie Frost became more widely known as the wife of leading man Jude Law, and as a member of a cadre of young celebrities in London's fashionable Primrose Hill district. After early stage work and roles in smaller films, she began to attract attention with turns in U.K. period pieces such as "Diamond Skulls" (1989) and "The Krays" (1990). However, it was her portrayal of the doomed Lucy Westenra in Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" that helped establish her as an up-and-coming film talent. After teaming with Law in his feature debut for "Shopping" (1994), the pair married and soon became England's "BrIT Couple," partying and collaborating with other young movie and music stars throughout the mid-1990s, much to the delight of the tabloids. In between a string of independent - and frequently critically assailed - film projects, Frost and Law reared three children, prior to their much-publicized breakup in 2003. Taking a break from acting, Frost concentrated on her children and her fashion design company, FrostFrench, for a time before returning to the craft in small film and stage projects by 2009. Having enjoyed her early years as an ingénue, a London party-girl, and as one-half of a British film power couple, Frost eventually found her niche as an infrequent performer and design entrepreneur.

Born Sadie Liza Vaughan on June 19, 1965 in London, England, U.K., she was the daughter of psychedelic artist David Vaughan - who once worked for the Beatles - and actress Mary Davidson. The product of a free-wheeling, bohemian childhood, Frost began her acting career at the age of three in a Jelly Tots commercial and won a scholarship at the age of 11 to London's Italia Conti Academy, a private theatrical conservatory. Deep in the throes of preteen angst, she left the academy and quit acting briefly to attend Hampstead Comprehensive at age 13. Before long, Frost returned to performing and made her film debut with the starring role in the family adventure "A Horse Called Jester" (1980). Later, while appearing in a video for the pop group Spandau Ballet in 1983, the 16-year-old Frost would meet her future husband Gary Kemp, the band's guitarist. The actress also pursued stage work, and in 1986 appeared in the Nicholas Hytner-directed play "Mumbo Jumbo" at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre. On screen, Frost picked up a supporting role in the urban thriller "Empire State" (1988), in addition to marrying her musician-actor boyfriend, Kemp, that same year. She attracted some attention as Gabriel Byrne's promiscuous little sister in "Diamond Skulls" (1989), a stylish melodrama about sex and violence among the British aristocracy, and also appeared in Peter Medak's based-on-fact U.K. crime film "The Krays" (1990), co-starring Kemp, who shared the title role his twin brother, Martin.

Frost's work in "Diamond Skulls" helped her land the role of Lucy Westenra, the flirtatious, aristocratic best friend of Mina Murray (Winona Ryder) who is turned into a vampire in Francis Ford Coppola's operatic "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992). Sinking her teeth into the vivacious, quirky portrayal of the spooky vampire victim, Frost garnered some of the film's best notices, but her compelling performance also served to typecast her as a gothic presence, making a decent follow-up project difficult to find. Her next three films went largely unnoticed by the public - the clunky Brit comedy "Splitting Heirs" (1993), co-starring Rick Moranis and Eric Idle, the fantasy adventure "Magic Hunter" (1994), in which she once again co-starred with Kemp, and the gritty crime drama "Shopping" (1994), alongside a young Jude Law in his film debut. Although "Shopping" would only draw a modicum of attention in its native country, the film would be more notable for being the mise-en-scène in which Law and Frost first met - eventually leading to her separation and divorce from Kemp and marriage to Law in 1995. That same year saw her co-starring with William Baldwin and John Leguizamo in the whimsical romance "A Pyromaniac's Love Story" (1995), a quirky fairytale of arson and misunderstandings that was largely panned by critics. Her teaming with another Baldwin brother - this time Stephen - in the generally ignored thriller "Crimetime" (1996) did little to improve her career, either. Other projects over the next few years included a small part in an acclaimed adaptation of the stage play "Bent" (1997), the odd seafaring drama "Captain Jack" (1999), and the improvisational ensemble drama, "Final Cut" (1999).

Dissatisfied with the quality of roles she was being offered, Frost formed Natural Nylon with fellow "Primrose Hill mobsters" Law, Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee and Ewan McGregor. The since-defunct production company received its first producing credit on David Cronenberg's virtual-reality nightmare "eXistenZ" (1999), starring Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Frost reteamed with the crew from "Final Cut" for another improvised effort, the mob farce "Love, Honor & Obey" (2000), followed by the aptly-named "Rancid Aluminum" (2000). She took on the role of a governess attempting to protect the children in her care from malevolent spirits in "Presence of Mind" (2001), an adaptation of Henry James' oft-filmed classic novella The Turn of the Screw. On television in the U.S., Frost played the part of a dedicated Jewish freedom fighter battling Nazis in the WWII-era drama "Uprising" (NBC, 2001). Although her professional careers as an actress, producer and fashion designer (in 1999 she and friend Jemima French launched the label FrostFrench) were progressing smoothly, Frost's personal life would soon hit a rough patch. While filming the remake of Michael Caine's iconic romantic comedy "Alfie" (2004) in 2003, husband Law began a torrid affair with his young co-star, Sienna Miller. By year's end, Frost and Law were divorced after a split lasciviously covered by the British tabloids. After a period away from the spotlight, she returned to screens as an attorney in the suspenseful terrorism drama "Shoot on Sight" (2008), followed by a small turn in the hit man thriller "The Heavy" (2009). Frost returned to the stage with a one-woman show, "Touched... For the Very First Time" in 2009, and in a production of Sam Shepard's "Fool For Love" in 2010. In 2011, she also unveiled a line of high-tech kitchen designs for an upscale London real estate development.

By Bryce Coleman

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Heavy, The (2010)
3.
 Shoot on Sight (2008)
4.
 Rancid Aluminum (2002) Sarah
5.
 Love, Honour & Obey (2000) Sadie
6.
 Flypaper (1998)
7.
 Final Cut (1998) Sadie
8.
 Captain Jack (1998) Tessa
9.
 Bent (1997) Max'S Friend
10.
 Crimetime (1996) Val
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Raised by her mother and a succession of different men, the last a follower of the Indian mystic Baghwan Shree Rajneesh
1970:
Appeared in a Jelly Tots commercial at the age of three (date approximate)
1971:
Confined to a hospital at age four with a collapsed lung (date approximate)
1978:
Won a scholarship at age 11 to the Italia Conti Academy, a private theatrical conservatory (date approximate)
1980:
Film debut, "A Horse Called Jester"
1981:
Ran away to Liverpool and shaved her head at age 14; found and returned to conservatory but promptly expelled (date approximate)
1983:
Returned to acting at age 16 (date approximate)
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Appeared on stage and in children's films
1986:
Became a member of Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre (date approximate), where she appeared in "Mumbo Jumbo", the only female in a cast of 14
1986:
Acted in director Matthew Jacobs's debut short film, "Vardo"
1987:
Was featured in the English thriller "Empire State"
1989:
Had recurring role on the popular British children's show "The Press Gang"
1989:
Attracted some attention in the US for her work in "Diamond Skulls", helping her to land "Dracula" role
1990:
Appeared in Peter Medak's English gangster film, "The Krays", starring first husband Gary Kemp and his twin brother Martin
1992:
American film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's version of "Bram Stoker's Dracula"; played the free-spirited Lucy Westenra
1993:
Acted with John Cleese and Eric Idle, among others, in "Splitting Heirs"
1994:
First film with future husband Jude Law, "Shopping"; played his girlfriend
1994:
Starred opposite Gary Kemp in Hungarian helmer Ildiko Enyedi's fantasy thriller "Magic Hunter"
1995:
Played a spunky American waitress in "A Pyromaniac's Love Story"
:
Formed production company Natural Nylon with fellow actors Law, Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee and Ewan McGregor; company received a producing credit on David Cronenberg's "eXistenZ" (1999), starring Law
1997:
Had small role as one of Max's friends in "Bent"; Law also appeared as a stormtrooper
1998:
Filmed the role of Mrs. Cheveley in a modern-dress version of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband"; unreleased as of April 2000
1999:
Acted in Ray Burdis and Dominic Anciano's feature writing-directing debut, "Final Cut", an infuriating piece of cinema verite that also featured Law; she had previously worked with the pair as producers of "The Krays"
2000:
Co-starred as Rhys Ifans' lover in the critically drubbed "Rancid Aluminum"
2000:
Made screen singing debut covering the White Plains' 1971 hit "When You Are a King" in "Love, Honor and Obey", written and directed by Burdis and Anciano; Law, Miller, Pertwee and Ifans also featured
2000:
Arrested in Berlin, Germany after becoming stuck in an elevator in the apartment block where Law was staying while filming in the city; when she told police she had left her passport in her husband's apartment, they refused to believe her and locked her up for eight hours
2000:
Portrayed young governness in "Presence of Mind", an adaptation of Henry James' "Turn of the Screw" with Harvey Keitel and Lauren Bacall
2001:
Had featured role in the NBC miniseries "Uprising"; briefly released in theaters after its TV showing; also released theatrically in Europe in 2002
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Education

Hampstead Comprehensive: -
Italia Conti Academy: - 1978 - 1981

Notes

With her friend Jemima French, Frost designs a small clothing line, FrostFrench. Products include scented knickers and vests, bikinis, suits with magic symbols, and the like.

In early 2002, Frost appeared in an anti-fur advertising campaign, including a TV spot directed by Jude Law.

On Hollywood: "I have spent time there, but I don't want to be involved with that sort of film. You know, you've got some Hollywood star playing a down-and-out, you just know that they're part of that whole Hollywood system--they've got this person styling, they're going to this hairdreser, that person's done their make up. I don't see any realism in it. It's just about glamour and superficiality. As soon as people get over there, they change, they become part of the system.

"When I went over there people said 'Sadie Frost is flat-chested'--you know, directors, because I didn't walk in there with my tits standing there like this ... It's all to do with what waist size you are, how pert your breasts are; I don't think there's any substance. People here have more fun, have a laugh and don't take themselves so seriously." --Frost to The Guardian December 10, 1998.

"I never thought I'd spend all my life with Gary [Kemp]. I suppose I was quite cynical about marriage. But with Jude [Law], I knew right from the beginning: there was an electricity I'd never felt before. It was so easy, we talked for hours. It was a relief, really.

"Jude meets a lot of plain sex kittens, but I can make him laugh till he's in stitches on the floor--I dance, I do impressions. I'm a bit bonkers and he loves that. There are people out there who want me to fail, who want Jude to fail, who want our relationship to fail. I have to try not to mind when people come up and say, 'My partner fancies you,' or 'I split up with my girlfriend because she hates you because you're married to Jude.' I don't understand how people can say those things!" --Frost quoted in the Daily Telegraph, August 30, 1999.

"I feel my age in terms of experience. And I feel like a woman. I'm comfortable with it all. I'm a grown-up. This is my life, and it's a lovely life. I used to care about what other people thought. I was quite defensive, as Jude was getting so successful and people were saying nasty things about me. But it doesn't affect me any more, it really doesn't." --Sadie Frost in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, February 13, 2002.

Frost experienced severe post-partum depression following the premature birth of her fourth child, Rudy, in 2002. In early 2003 she was treated at a clinic in the U.K. Prior to the official explanation from Frost's publicist on Jan. 28, 2003, British tabloids previously reported that the actress was admitted to a hospital with injured wrists and suggested she had attempted suicide.

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husband:
Gary Kemp. Singer, actor. Born on October 16, 1960; formerly a member of the 1980s "synth-pop" group Spandau Ballet; met c. 1984, when she was 16 (and he was 23), appearing in one of band's videos sprayed with gold paint; married in 1988; Frost also acted in "The Krays" (1990), in which he co-starred with with twin brother Martin; separated in 1993; divorced in 1995.
husband:
Jude Law. Actor. Born on December 29, 1972; together since c. 1993 when they met during filming of "Shopping" (1994); married in August 1997.

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father:
David Vaughn. "psychedelic" artist, muralist. Painted John Lennon's Rolls Royce; admitted to an asylum in the 1960s after a bad LSD experience; jailed in 1994 for "anarchy"; was seventeen at time of Frost's birth.
mother:
Mary Davidson. Stage actor. Was sixteen and unmarried when Frost was born; ran away to London and hid after giving birth; performed in Manchester; worked in Camden Lock antiques market, and in the summers packed up an old Citroen and travelled across Europe with her five daughters.
sister:
Holly Frost. Actor. Younger.
son:
Finley Kemp. Born c. 1990.
son:
Rafferty Law. Born in 1995.
daughter:
Iris Law. Accidentally ingested an Ecstasy tablet found on the floor at a children's party at London club the Soho House on October 5, 2002; treated and released in good health.
son:
Rudy Law. Born five weeks premature.
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