Virginia McKenna


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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 »

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Known For

Born Free Joy Adamson
(1966)
A Town Like Alice Jean Paget
(1956)
Waterloo Duchess of Richmond
(1970)
Carve Her Name with Pride Violette Szabo
(1958)

Filmography

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 2020/I Wings (Short)
Dora
 2019 Widow's Walk
Myrtle
 2016 Ethel & Ernest
Lady of the House (voice)
 2016 Golden Years
Martha
 2013 Leona Calderon (Video)
Elderly English Lady
 2010 Love/Loss
Mary
 2009/X Home (Short)
Elsie
 2005 What Do You See? (Short)
Elsie
 2005 Marple (TV Series)
Belle Goedler
- A Murder Is Announced (2005) ... Belle Goedler
 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 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 #1.5 (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 Case of the Frightened Lady (TV Movie)
Lady Lebanon Amersham
 1983 The Blue Dress (TV Movie)
Mrs. Lysarth
 1982 Blood Link
Woman in Ballroom
 1979 Julius Caesar (TV Movie)
Portia
 1977 The Chosen
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
 1974 The Gathering Storm (TV Movie)
Clementine Churchill
 1974 Swallows and Amazons
Mother - Mrs. Walker
 1965-1974 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Hester / Mary Stuart / Fraulein von Bernburg / ...
- The Deep Blue Sea (1974) ... Hester
- Mary Queen of Scots (1969) ... Mary Stuart
- Girls in Uniform (1967) ... Fraulein von Bernburg
- Passage to India (1965) ... Adela Quested
 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
 1970/I Waterloo
Duchess of Richmond
 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
 1966 Born Free
Joy Adamson
 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
 1958 Carve Her Name with Pride
Violette Szabo
 1957 Big Time Operators
Jean Spenser
 1957 The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Henrietta Barrett
 1956 A Town Like Alice
Jean Paget
 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 Randall
 1955 Simba
Mary Crawford
 1953 The Horse's Mouth
Shelagh
 1953 The Cruel Sea
Julie Hallam
 1952 The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
Ellean Tanqueray
 1952 Father's Doing Fine
Catherine her daughter
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, John Neville and Eric Porter in the cast. Robert Helpmann 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:

According to Laura Waskin's in-depth article of Virginia in Classic Images film magazine, February 2013, after the filming of Born Free (1966), the real Joy Adamson invited Virginia to go with her and camp at Meru, the location where the story was based. She also presented Virginia and Bill with a painting she'd done of Elsa the lion on a camp bed accompanied by a touching personal message that ... See more »

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