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Francesca Annis

Biography

British actress who appeared within the film Wives and Daughters and in the tv screen series Cranford. She visited a convent college as a kid and also analyzed ballet and episode. She was just a year . 5 more than her on-screen child within the 1978 film Lillie. She’s three kids during her earlier relationship with acting professional Patrick Wiseman. She experienced a long-term romantic relationship with acting professional and Hamlet co-star Ralph Fiennes.

Quick Facts


Full Name Francesca Annis
Date Of Birth May 14, 1945
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Corona Theatre School
Nationality British
Children Charlotte Wiseman, Andreas Wiseman, Taran Wiseman
Parents Mariquita Purcell, Lester William Anthony Annis
Siblings Tony P. Annis, Quenton D. Annis
Awards British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
Nominations Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a Revival
Movies Dune, Macbeth, Krull, Cleopatra, Revolver, Under the Cherry Moon, The Libertine, Murder Most Foul, The Pleasure Girls, Shifty, Flipper's New Adventure, Crooks in Cloisters, The Debt Collector, Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, Doomsday Gun, The Walking Stick, The Eyes of Annie Jones, Penny Gold, Coming Out of the Ice, Onegin, Copenhagen, Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, Weep No More, My Lady, Deadly Summer, Loving Miss Hatto, His and Hers, Sign It Death, The Young Jacobites, Romeo.Juliet, The Cat Gang, Reckless: The Sequel, Dalziel & Pascoe: An Autumn Shroud, The Comedy of Errors, Milk, Deceit, Stronger Than the Sun, Secret Adversary
TV Shows Cranford, Wives and Daughters, Lillie, Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime, Home Fires, Return to Cranford, Reckless, I'll Take Manhattan, Jane Eyre, Deceit, Madame Bovary
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1Although she played Joanna David's mother in Lillie (1978), she is only a year and a half, her senior, in real life.
2She played Lily Langtry between the ages of 15 (in 1868) and 75 (in 1929) in Lillie (1978).
3She played the English stage actress Lily Langtry in both Edward the King (1975) and Lillie (1978).
4She played Ophelia to Nicol Williamson's famous Hamlet (1969), directed by Tony Richardson, in both London at the Roundhouse and on Broadway. Richardson cast Marianne Faithfull in the film version made that same year. When Roman Polanski was casting Macbeth (1971) a year later, he vetoed co-screenwriter Kenneth Tynan's suggestion of Williamson for the title role and nixed Faithfull for the role of Lady Macbeth that went to Annis due to her heroin addiction. A generation later, Annis played the role of Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, to her then-lover Ralph Fiennes 1995 Hamlet in London and Broadway.
5Lived with her Macbeth (1971) co-star Jon Finch.
6Daughter of Mara Purcell and Tony Annis.
7Daughter Charlotte Wiseman is a costume designer.
8Attended convent schools and wanted to be a nun when she was young.
9Has 3 children (daughters: Charlotte Wiseman and Taran Wiseman, son: Andreas Wiseman - a.k.a. Rainbow) from a long relationship, with Patrick Wiseman, that began in 1976.
10Former long-term companion was British actor Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient (1996)). They met while performing the play "Hamlet" in 1994. She portrayed Gertrude, he played Hamlet. The couple broke up in February 2006.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Milk1999/IHarriet
The Debt Collector1999Val Dryden
Reckless: The Sequel1998TV MovieAnna Fairley
Deadly Summer1997TV MovieCelia Harcourt
Reckless1997TV Mini-SeriesAnna Fairley
Tales from the Crypt1996TV SeriesSharon Bannister
Dalziel and Pascoe1996TV SeriesBonnie Fielding
Doomsday Gun1994TV MovieSophie
Headhunters1994TV SeriesSally Hall
A Haunting Harmony1993TV MovieDavid's mother
Between the Lines1993TV SeriesAngela Berridge
Weep No More, My Lady1992TV MovieLeila
The Gravy Train Goes East1991TV Mini-SeriesKatya Princip
Performance1991TV SeriesElizabeth Collier
Parnell & the Englishwoman1991TV Mini-SeriesKatharine O'Shea
Romeo.Juliet1990Juliet (voice)
Onassis: The Richest Man in the World1988TV MovieJacqueline Kennedy
I'll Take Manhattan1987TV Mini-SeriesLily Amberville
Inside Story1986TV Mini-SeriesPaula Croxley
Under the Cherry Moon1986Mrs. Wellington
El río de oro1986Dubarry
Magnum, P.I.1985TV SeriesPenelope St. Clair
Dune1984Lady Jessica
Partners in Crime1983-1984TV SeriesTuppence Beresford
The Secret Adversary1983TV MovieTuppence Cowley
Krull1983Widow of the Web
Shades of Darkness1983TV SeriesCatherine Frode
Coming Out of the Ice1982TV MovieGalina
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?1980TV MovieLady Frances Derwent
Lillie1978TV Mini-SeriesLillie
The Comedy of Errors1978TV MovieLuciana
Play for Today1977TV SeriesKate Crowley
Madame Bovary1975TV Mini-SeriesEmma Bovary
Edward the King1975TV SeriesLillie Langtry
BBC Play of the Month1967-1974TV SeriesHelen / Manuela von Meinhardis
ITV Playhouse1968-1974TV SeriesElaine / Roxane / Jill
Thriller1974TV SeriesTracy Conway
Great Mysteries1973TV SeriesNicole Zachary
A Pin to See the Peepshow1973TV SeriesJulia Almond
Penny Gold1973Delphi / Diane
Big Truck and Sister Clare1972Sister Clare
Stage 21972TV SeriesSolveig
Macbeth1971Lady Macbeth
Heritage1971TV SeriesAntigone
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1970TV Series
The Walking Stick1970Arabella Dainton
The Sky Pirate1970Uptight Girl
Ooh La La!1968TV SeriesChristiane
Theatre 6251968TV SeriesHelen
The Golden Age1967TV SeriesAnne
No Hiding Place1967TV SeriesJenny
Great Expectations1967TV SeriesEstella
The Saint1966TV SeriesMaria
Run with the Wind1966Jean Parker
This Man Craig1966TV SeriesJane Brewer
ITV Play of the Week1962-1966TV SeriesCatherine / Christine Burrows / Margery Hamilton
The Five-Nineteen1966TV MovieThe Girl
The Pleasure Girls1965Sally
Scott On...1965TV Series
Our Man at St. Mark's1965TV SeriesFrances Harding
Alexander Graham Bell1965TV SeriesMabel Hubbard
Secret Agent1964-1965TV SeriesSheila / Judy
The Human Jungle1964TV SeriesMary
Armchair Theatre1964TV SeriesAmy Racey
Crooks in Cloisters1964June
Flipper's New Adventure1964Gwen
Love Story1964TV SeriesRuth Starr
The Eyes of Annie Jones1964Annie Jones
Saturday Night Out1964Jean
Murder Most Foul1964Sheila Upward
Dr. Finlay's Casebook1964TV SeriesFiona Senlac
Comedy Playhouse1964TV SeriesAnn
West 111963Phyl
Cleopatra1963Eiras
Suspense1963TV SeriesAnn, the girl
Drama 61-671963TV SeriesSally
Wednesday's Child1962TV MovieVicky Lemming
ITV Television Playhouse1961-1962TV SeriesLiz / Carla
Sir Francis Drake1962TV SeriesMariella
Ghost Squad1961TV SeriesEthel Rice
Harpers West One1961TV SeriesJenny Bates
Stress Point1961TV MovieLesley Gifford
His and Hers1961Wanda
The Afterthought1961TV MovieElaine Coombes
Probation Officer1960TV SeriesJudy Beale
Beware of Children1960Priscilla
BBC Sunday-Night Play1960TV Mini-SeriesAnne Miller
The Young Jacobites1960Jean
Carry on Teacher1959Schoolgirl (uncredited)
The Cat Gang1959Sylvia
Home Fires2015-2016TV SeriesJoyce Cameron
The Briny2015Short
Loving Miss Hatto2012TV MovieJoyce
The Little House2010TV SeriesElizabeth
Playhouse: Live2010TV Series
Cranford2007-2009TV SeriesLady Ludlow
Shifty2008Valerie
Agatha Christie's Marple2007TV SeriesLady Selina Hazy
Jane Eyre2006TV Mini-SeriesLady Ingram
Jericho2005TV SeriesLady Clare Wellesley
Revolver2005Lily Walker
The Libertine2004Countess
Copenhagen2002TV MovieMagrethe Bohr
Deceit2000TV SeriesEllen Richmond
Wives and Daughters1999TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Gibson
Onegin1999Katiusha (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of Cranford2007Video documentary shortHerself / Lady Ludlow
Deleted 'Dune'2006Video documentary shortLady Jessica (uncredited)
Network First1994TV Series documentaryAlexandra
Entertainment UK1992TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Aspel & Company1991TV SeriesHerself
Destination Dune1984TV Movie documentaryHerself / Lady Jessica
Journey to Krull1983Video documentary shortHerself / Widow of the Web
The British Academy Award1979TV MovieHerself - Winner: Best TV Actress
Golden Gala1978TV MovieHerself
Call My Bluff1974TV SeriesHerself
Macbeth - Power and Corruption (Polanski's the Tragedy of Macbeth)1973Documentary shortLady Macbeth
Polanski Meets Macbeth1972DocumentaryHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Disney Wonderland1966TV SeriesHerself - presenter
Juke Box Jury1965TV SeriesHerself - Panellist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thriller: The Restoration2005Video shortTracy Conway
Omnibus1999TV Series documentaryMrs. Gibson

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressLillie (1978)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressWives and Daughters (1999)
1999BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressReckless: The Movie (1998)
1998BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressReckless (1997)
1976BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressMadame Bovary (1975)
1974BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressA Pin to See the Peepshow (1973)


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#Quote
1[Speaking about her 1978 role as Lily Langtry] She exploited everything and everyone, but she still managed to maintain their respect. I don't know if I would have gone to bed with a man to get what I wanted, even if I had been born in her era, when women had so little freedom. But I can think of worse things people have done to succeed.
2Each decade, I've lived in that decade, so I could easily shed the 20s, the 30s, the 40s.
3As you grow older, your whole life becomes very rich, multifaceted.
4Eat well and sleep well. That will feed your nervous system and your psyche. As you get older, you look how you feel.
5Everything has changed. An interview has become such a confrontational thing. It makes you very defensive.
6From 1 till 7, when we moved to England, I spoke only Portuguese. But I can't speak a word of it now.

#Trademark
1Deep sultry voice
2Voluptuous figure
3Natural brunette hair

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