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Virginia McKenna


Talented flaxen-blonde British star combined her deep loves for acting and for wildlife throughout most her adult life. Born in London, England on June 7, 1931, her family possessed a sturdy theatrical background. Mother Anne was a jazz pianist, composer and cabaret performer while father Terry, an auctioneer, had relatives in the arts including ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Born Free
Born Free Joy Adamson
(1966)
Sliding Doors
Sliding Doors James's Mother
(1998)
A Town Like Alice
A Town Like Alice Jean Paget
(1956)
Big Time Operators
Big Time Operators Jean Spenser
(1957)

Filmography

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 2001 The Whistle-Blower (TV Movie)
Theresa Elliot
 1999 Kavanagh QC (TV Series)
Alice Aldermarten
- Time of Need (1999) ... Alice Aldermarten
 1998 The Scold's Bridle (TV Series)
Violet Orloff
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Violet Orloff
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Violet Orloff
 1996 September (TV Movie)
Violet
 1995 Shooting Gallery (TV Series)
- Love Hurts (1995)
 1992 Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
Milborough Lang
- The Speaker of Mandarin: Part One (1992) ... Milborough Lang
 1992 The Camomile Lawn (TV Mini-Series)
Polly (older)
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Polly (older)
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Polly (older)
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Polly (older)
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Polly (older)
 1992 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Harriet Fisher
- Loveknots (1992) ... Harriet Fisher
 1991 Duel of Hearts (TV Movie)
Lady Brecon
 1990 Have a Nice Night (TV Movie)
Jennifer
 1984 Puccini (TV Movie)
Elvira
 1984 Sharing Time (TV Series)
Phoebe
- High Hopes (1984) ... Phoebe
 1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (TV Mini-Series)
Annabel Flack
- Part 2 (1984) ... Annabel Flack
- Part 1 (1984) ... Annabel Flack
 1983 Waters of the Moon (TV Movie)
Mrs. Whyte
 1983 The Blue Dress (TV Movie)
Mrs. Lysarth
 1979 Julius Caesar (TV Movie)
Portia
 1976 Beauty and the Beast (TV Movie)
Lucy
 1976 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
Mrs. Darling
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Mary
- Cheap in August (1975) ... Mary
 1973 The Dragon's Opponent (TV Series)
Margaret - Countess of Suffolk
- Banishment (1973) ... Margaret - Countess of Suffolk
- Rebellion (1973) ... Margaret - Countess of Suffolk
 1973 The Edwardians (TV Mini-Series)
Daisy
- Daisy (1973) ... Daisy
 1968 The Admirable Crichton (TV Movie)
Lady Mary
 1968 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
Ann
- In Loving Memory Of? (1968) ... Ann
 1966 Mystery and Imagination (TV Series)
Mrs. Oke
- The Phantom Lover (1966) ... Mrs. Oke
 1962 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Jane Charlton
- Some Other Love (1962) ... Jane Charlton
 1951-1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Juliet / Muriel Craig / Captain Janine Mayhew
- Romeo and Juliet (1955) ... Juliet
- The Mistress of Jalna (1954) ... Muriel Craig
- Shout Aloud Salvation (I) (1951) ... Captain Janine Mayhew
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, Ann Todd, John Neville, Eric Porter, Robert Hardy and John Wood in the cast. Michael Benthall was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Virginia McKenna OBE | Virginia
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

We saw the results of the film's influence at the time, which is as strong today as it ever was. It doesn't go out of fashion. -- VM, regarding her most popular film Born Free (1966). See more »

Trivia:

Never enjoyed watching herself on screen but would attend rushes just to see what she did wrong and how to correct it. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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