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Joely Richardson

Joely Richardson has established herself as an internationally successful and versatile actress in the worlds of film, television and theatre.

Richardson has garnered two Golden Globe nominations for ‘Best Actress' and critical praise for her starring role in FX's top rated drama, Nip/Tuck, a Golden Globe winner for ‘Best Drama.' Joely's extraordinary portrayal of a woman caught in deep emotional struggles has established her as one of televisions most talented actresses. Nip/Tuck recently completed its 4th season.

Richardson recently appeared ABC original movie Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America, a meticulously researched story of an Avian Flu virus which mutates at a devastating speed to become a lethal pandemic. Richardson plays the role of Dr. Iris Varnack of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. The film is directed by Richard Pearce and also stars Ann Cusack, Stacy Keach, Justina Machado and Scott Cohen.

In March 2005, Richardson starred in the Lifetime movie, Lies My Mother Told Me. The movie told the true story of Laren Sims, a charming con-woman who, with her young daughter, scams her way across the country and into a prosperous marriage before the past catches up to her and leads to murder. The movie drew exceptional ratings from the network and critical praise for Richardson.

Richardson also starred in the UK ITVI drama, Wallis and Edward where she portrayed Wallis Simpson, starring opposite Stephen Campbell Moore. The film was based on Wallis Simpson's love affair with King Edward VIII.

In 2003, Richardson starred in the CBS movie Fallen Angel opposite Gary Sinise, which was the highest rated ‘Made for TV' movie that year.

Richardson has also been successful in theatre in London and started by doing seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Old Vic and The West End. In 2001, she played the title role in Madame Melville at the promenade in New York, opposite Macauley Culkin.

Richardson also starred in a few popular UK television shows including Ken Russell's Lady Chatterley with Sean Bean, The Echo with Clive Owen and Heading Home with Gray Oldman.

Richardson has also built an impressive list of feature credits with her roles in such films as The Patriot, Return to Me, The Affair of the Necklace and the successful Disney remake of 101 Dalmatians. Prior to that, Richardson proved her versatility by starring in films ranging from Peter Greenaway's arthouse favorite, Drowning By Numbers in 1988 to her critically acclaimed performance in the drama Sister, My Sister.

Richardson currently divides her time between Los Angeles and London.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Joely Richardson Facts

Birth NameJoely Kim Richardson
BirthdayJanuary 9, 1965 (59)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Joely Richardson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Sister My Sister
101 Dalmatians
Endless Love
Event Horizon
The Patriot
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Last Mimzy
Return to Me
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