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Francesca Annis



A glamorous actress whose beauty and sophistication has only increased as the years pass, London-born screen star Francesca Annis is well known to cinema lovers for her roles in such films as Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971) and David Lynch's Dune (1984). Though she would later become better known to gossip column readers for her May-September romance with actor Ralph Fiennes following an appearance opposite the intense actor in the Broadway version of Hamlet, Annis has continued to impress both on stage and screen thanks to numerous challenging roles.



Though a convent education initially steered her toward life as a nun, studies in acting and dance gradually led her into the entertainment industry until she was cast in the lead of the 1958 film The Cat Gang at age 14. The featured child actor in the tale of a group of children who stumble across a smuggling ring while spending long days on the local harbor, Annis made a distinct impression on audiences and was soon advancing in such films as No Kidding (1960) and His and Hers (1961). A role in the 1963 film Cleopatra gained the young starlet international attention, and shortly after the family film Flipper's New Adventure, Annis was cast as Estella in the 1967 U.K. television series Great Expectations. If audiences had not previously recognized her talent by this point, her remarkably powerful performance in Roman Polanski's 1971 feature film Macbeth would be hard to deny. After continuing to gain credit on stage and screen throughout the 1970s, roles in the following decade's Dune, Krull (1983), and Under the Cherry Moon (1986) culminated with an impressive performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1988 made-for-television feature Onassis: The Richest Man in the World.



Perhaps her most well-known performance to date due to the romantic scandal that resulted from it, her part in the 1995 Broadway production of Hamlet found both her and co-star Ralph Fiennes abandoning their longtime partners to embark on a heated romance (after playing mother and son Gertrude and Hamlet in the play). Though the scandal caused quite a stir, her memorable (and BAFTA-nominated) performance in 1998's Reckless steered gossip hounds back toward recognizing her remarkable skills as an actress. In 1999 Annis would once again remind the public of her affairs, though, when she appeared opposite Fiennes in the film Onegin, a cinematic adaptation of a 19th century Russian novel. In addition to appearing in such efforts as Deceit (2000) and Copenhagen (2002) in the new millennium, Annis continued her many impressive on-stage performances with an appearance in the West End production of Noël Coward's The Vortex.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Loving Miss Hatto
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Return to Cranford
  • Actor
2009
96% Shifty
  • Valerie
2008
No Score Yet Cranford
  • Lady Ludlow
2007
33% The Libertine
  • Countess
2006
17% Revolver
  • Lily Walker
2005
No Score Yet Copenhagen
  • Margrethe Bohr
2002
No Score Yet Milk
  • Harriet
2001
48% Onegin
  • Katiusha
1999
No Score Yet The Debt Collector
  • Val Dryden
1999
No Score Yet Reckless: The Movie
  • Anna Fairley
1998
No Score Yet Reckless
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Doomsday Gun
  • Sophie
1994
No Score Yet Weep No More, My Lady
  • Leila
1993
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime - Case of the Missing Lady
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime - The Ambassador's Boots
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Onassis: The Richest Man in the World
  • Actor
1988
33% Under the Cherry Moon
  • Mrs. Wellingotn
1986
57% Dune
  • Lady Jessica
1984
33% Krull
  • Widow of the Web
1983
No Score Yet Maze
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Coming Out of the Ice
  • Galina
1982
No Score Yet Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
  • Lady Frances Derwent
1981
No Score Yet Lillie
  • Lillie Langtry
1979
No Score Yet Marriage
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Edward the King
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Madame Bovary
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Judgement
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Penny Gold
  • Actor
1973
86% Macbeth
  • Lady Macbeth
1971
No Score Yet The Walking Stick
  • Arabella Dainton
1970
No Score Yet Pleasure Girls
  • Sally Feathers
1966
No Score Yet Murder Most Foul
  • Sheila Upward
1964
No Score Yet Crooks in Cloisters
  • June
1964
No Score Yet Flipper's New Adventure
  • Gwen
1964
55% Cleopatra
  • Eiras
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
100% Home Fires on Masterpiece
2015
  • Joyce Cameron
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Lady Ludlow Hyacinth Gibson Lady Ingram Hyacinth
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor

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