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Overview (3)

Born in Marylebone, London, England, UK
Birth NameJoely Kim Richardson
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

For Joely, the theatre must be in her genes. Born in Marylebone, London, England, she is the daughter of director Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, niece of Lynn Redgrave, and sister of Natasha Richardson. Former husband Tim Bevan is a producer. However the genes were slow - as a child she saw her older sister Natasha interested in acting but she was imagining a career in tennis. Her father put his foot down, and tennis was out. British by birth, she considers herself a sort of honorary Yank, having attended boarding school at Thacher in Ojai, California. Beginning in the '80s film became her life, from small parts in Wetherby (1985) to BBC dramas such as Lady Chatterley (1993) to today's Disney studio going to the dogs in 101 Dalmatians (1996).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

Spouse (1)

Tim Bevan (10 January 1992 - 12 July 2001) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (18)

Gave birth to her only child at age 27, a daughter Daisy Bevan on March 28, 1992. Child's father is her ex-husband Tim Bevan.
Daughter of Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave. Granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Greatgranddaughter of Roy Redgrave.
Younger sister of Natasha Richardson, who passed away, on 18 March 2009, in New York City, New York, USA.
Aunt of Raphael (b. 1995) and Lilli (b. 2004) Carlo's children. Michael Richard Antonio Neeson (born on June 22, 1995) and Daniel Jack Neeson (born on August 27, 1996) Natasha's sons.
Niece of Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave. Cousin of Jemma Redgrave.
Former sister-in-law of Robert Fox.
Graduated from RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in 1985. Is now an Associate Member.
Sister-in-law of actor Liam Neeson and Jennifer Wiltsie.
Her real mother, Vanessa Redgrave, plays the mother of Joely's character on the TV series Nip/Tuck (2003).
Is only 12 years older than John Hensley, who plays her son on Nip/Tuck (2003).
Stepdaughter of Franco Nero.
Both she and her mother Vanessa Redgrave have played an historical queen who was executed by beheading. Richardson played Marie Antoinette in The Affair of the Necklace (2001) while her mother played the title character in Mary, Queen of Scots (1971).
She and her mother Vanessa Redgrave both appear in Anonymous (2011) as the same character "Queen Elizabeth I" at different ages during the story.
She has played the wife of two former English kings; Wallis Simpson (Wallis & Edward, 2005), wife of the abdicated Edward, Duke of Windsor, and Henry VIII's final consort Catherine Parr in The Tudors (2010).
In the joint ventures made with her real-life mother Vanessa Redgrave, Joely has either played her mother's character as a young woman (Wetherby (1985), The Fever (2004), Anonymous (2011)) or her screen daughter (Nip/Tuck (2003)).
Both she and her sister Natasha Richardson starred in remakes of classic Disney movies. Joely starred in 101 Dalmatians (1996), while Natasha starred in The Parent Trap (1998).
She has three roles in common with her mother Vanessa Redgrave: (1) they both played Jean Travers in Wetherby (1985), (2) they both played the unnamed protagonist in The Fever (2004), and (3) they both played Queen Elizabeth in Anonymous (2011).

Personal Quotes (18)

I live quite an unsettled life.
I care so much less, now, about going up the ladder; if I cared about the ladder I would be doing it all very wrong.
Everyone knows in the industry that when these great roles come up, every two years, there's a huge number of people up for them. I'm not one of those top five females that can personally finance any film.
Seize the day. Well, I aspire to that anyway.
OK, I wasn't as successful as, say, Julia Roberts, but I'd spent years in a very respectable career, some big American films but a host of other smaller, really exciting, maybe experimental films, being paid rubbish but working with fine people, that was what I thought I was known for.
To newspapers and publishing houses I urge the use of fact over fiction, freedom of the press, and responsibility at all times.
The early part of my career I really struggled, getting turned down again and again. I was in debt, and it was horrible. And then my family hit such highs in their careers, I asked myself what I was thinking going into the same profession.
My mother, for the last 20 years anyway, would not call herself a Marxist but a human rights activist.
When I very first started out, I had that arrogance of youth.
I'd love to adopt, but having a daughter, Daisy, who's in the middle of her teens, I'm now thinking: Is this a time to start all over again or is this a time to realise those child-rearing years are over?
And whatever my weight, I've always been skinny from the waist up.
So finally, I can feel a sort of pride in all my family - Mum, Lynn, Corin, Tasha, my cousin Gemma - because, I think how wonderful that this troop of gypsies can carry on telling stories.
I think work really is a life saver, because it carries you forward, which is good.
So often people say something and you realise you haven't really heard it.
You grow up by making mistakes. I've made a ton of them, but as long as I keep on failing better, I don't mind.
There's still a bit of a problem, in that so many leading English roles are taken by American or French actresses.
It's very difficult when there are pictures taken on the red carpet. I find those things so terrifying that another persona just kicks in. I don't recognise myself.
The highest pay cheque my mother ever received funded the building of a nursery school in Shepherd's Bush - the school cost well over three times the money she donated to the making of the film 'The Palestinian.' Unsurprisingly this always goes unmentioned in the press.

Salary (1)

Nip/Tuck (2003) $90,000 /episode (2007)

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