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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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 2016 Ethel & Ernest (post-production)
Lady of the House (voice)
 2016/I Golden Years
Martha
 2013 Leona Calderon (Video)
Elderly English Lady
 2010 Love/Loss
Mary
 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
 1998 Sliding Doors
James's Mother
 1996 September (TV Movie)
Violet
 1995 Shooting Gallery (TV Series)
- Love Hurts (1995)
 1994 Staggered
Flora
 1992 The Lady in Waiting (Short)
Miss Peach
 1992 The 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
 1982 Blood Link
Woman in Ballroom
 1979 Julius Caesar (TV Movie)
Portia
 1977 Holocaust 2000
Eva Caine
 1977 The Disappearance
Catherine
 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
 1969 Ring of Bright Water
Mary MacKenzie
 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
 1961 Two Living, One Dead
Helen Berger
 1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Janet Taggart
 1958 Storm Over Jamaica
Judy Waring
 1957 Big Time Operators
Jean Spenser
 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
 1955 PT Raiders
Helen
 1953 The Horse's Mouth
Shelagh
 1953 The Cruel Sea
Julie Hallam
 1952 Father's Doing Fine
Catherine
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She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Winter's Tale," at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Diana Wynyard, Flora Robson, Brewster Mason, Lewis Casson, John Moffatt, John Whiting, Paul Hardwick, George Howe, George Rose, and Richard Gale in the cast. Peter Brook was director. See more »

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1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Virginia McKenna OBE | Virginia
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Personal Quote:

"There are some roles you can put out of your mind the moment you get home. But not this one. (Violette Szabo in Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)) It's the part of a life time. See more »

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Has written several books: "On Playing with Lions" (1976), "Some of My Friends Have Tails" (1970), "Beyond the Bars: The Zoo Dilemma" (1987), "Into the Blue (1992), "Journey to Freedom" (1997) and, most recently, her autobiography, "The Life in My Years" (2009). See more »

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