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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
Sliding Doors
Sliding Doors James's Mother
A Town Like Alice
A Town Like Alice Jean Paget
Big Time Operators
Big Time Operators Jean Spenser


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 2016 Ethel & Ernest
Lady of the House (voice)
 2016/I Golden Years
 2013 Leona Calderon (Video)
Elderly English Lady
 2010 Love/Loss
 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)
 1995 Shooting Gallery (TV Series)
- Love Hurts (1995)
 1994 Staggered
 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)
 1984 Puccini (TV Movie)
 1984 Sharing Time (TV Series)
- 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)
 1977 Holocaust 2000
Eva Caine
 1977 The Disappearance
 1976 Beauty and the Beast (TV Movie)
 1976 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
Mrs Darling
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
- 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 (1973) ... Daisy
 1969 Ring of Bright Water
Mary MacKenzie
 1968 The Admirable Crichton (TV Movie)
Lady Mary
 1968 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
- 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
 1953 The Horse's Mouth
 1953 The Cruel Sea
Julie Hallam
 1952 Father's Doing Fine
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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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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 »


Virginia and Bill were asked to reprise their "Born Free" roles as the Adamsons in the sequel Living Free (1972) but they declined. Susan Hampshire and Nigel Davenport assumed the roles. The subsequent reviews and box office receipts for the sequel were underwhelming. See more »

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