Francesca Annis

Actor
Attractive and seemingly ageless, Francesca Annis was an aspiring dancer when she began her film acting career in the late 1950s in teen roles, receiving her first major exposure as a handmaiden of Elizabeth Taylor in ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1944 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (45)

Edward the King 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Return to Cranford 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Shifty 2009 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

Cranford 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Marple Series III 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Revolver 2007 (Movie)

Lily Walker (Actor)

The Libertine 2005 (Movie)

Countess (Actor)

Deceit (BBC) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wives and Daughters 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Milk 1999 (Movie)

Harriet (Actor)

The Debt Collector 1999 (Movie)

Val Dryden (Actor)

Reckless 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dalziel & Pascoe: An Autumn Shroud 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Slight Case of Murder 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Parnell and the Englishwoman 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Romeo-Juliet 1989 (Movie)

of Juliet (Voice)

I'll Take Manhattan 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Adversary 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Partners in Crime, Series II 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Cherry Moon 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Wellington (Actor)

El Rio de Oro 1985 (Movie)

Dubarry (Actor)

Partners in Crime, Series I 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Lady Jessica (Actor)

Krull 1982 (Movie)

Widow of the Web (Actor)

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Stronger Than The Sun 1978 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Madame Bovary 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Macbeth 1971 (Movie)

Lady Macbeth (Actor)

The Sky Pirate 1969 (Movie)

Uptight Girl (Actor)

The Walking Stick 1969 (Movie)

Arabella Dainton (Actor)

Flipper's New Adventure 1964 (Movie)

Gwen (Actor)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Eiras (Actor)

Absolute Hell (TV Show)

Actor

Coming Out of the Ice (TV Show)

Actor

Copenhagen (TV Show)

Actor

Crooks in Cloisters (Movie)

June (Actor)

Doomsday Gun (TV Show)

Actor

His and Hers (Movie)

Wanda (Actor)

Reckless -- the Sequel (TV Show)

Actor

Shades of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Sign It Death (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy of Errors (TV Show)

Actor

Weep No More My Lady (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Attractive and seemingly ageless, Francesca Annis was an aspiring dancer when she began her film acting career in the late 1950s in teen roles, receiving her first major exposure as a handmaiden of Elizabeth Taylor in "Cleopatra" (1963). She was fashionably radical during London's swinging 60s, befriending such scenesters as guitar legend Jimi Hendrix before portraying Ophelia to Nicol Williamson's "Hamlet" on Broadway in 1969. As Lady Macbeth, Annis appeared nude in the sleepwalking scene in Roman Polanski's extra-gruesome "Macbeth" (1971), but when Hugh Hefner (one of the film's backers) asked her to pose for PLAYBOY, she replied, "I'm an actress, not a pinup." While a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1975-1978, she also starred as "Madame Bovary" (1976) and portrayed Lillie Langtry in "Lillie" (1978), with both acclaimed British productions broadcast later as segments of "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS).

Relationships

Quentin Annis

Brother

Tony Annis

Brother

Anthony Annis

Father
born c. 1913

Marquita Annis

Mother
born c. 1913

Ralph Fiennes Actor

Companion
Annis played Gertrude to Fiennes' Hamlet in 1994 Announced split February 2006 after a newspaper reported that Fiennes had had an affair with a Romanian singer

Patrick Wiseman

Companion
had on again, off again relationship between 1974 and 1994 Annis reportedly left him three times for men "10 years, 14 years and now 26 years younger than me"

Charlotte Wiseman

Daughter
born c. 1978 father, Patrick Wiseman

Taran Wiseman

Daughter
born c. 1980 father, Patrick Wiseman

Andreas Wiseman

Son
born c. 1984 father, Patrick Wiseman

Milestones

2001

Acted on the London stage in "Ghosts"

1998

Reprised role in ITV production "Reckless: The Movie" (shown on PBS in the USA in 1999)

1997

Starred in the British serial "Reckless" (shown on PBS in 1998), playing the art-imitating-life role of an older woman falling for a hunky younger man

1996

Appeared in "A Slight Case of Murder" episode (written and directed by Brian Helgeland) of HBO's "Tales of the Crypt"

1995

Critics noted strong incestuous overtones in stage relationship between her Gertrude and Ralph Fiennes' "Hamlet", a production which precipitated their offstage pairing

1994

Acted in HBO movie "The Doomsday Gun"

1991

Played Katherine O'Shea in "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS) production of "Parnell and the Englishwoman"

1988

Portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in the ABC miniseries, "The Richest Man in the World: The Story of Aristotle Onassis"

1987

TV miniseries debut, "I'll Take Manhattan" (CBS)

1985

Episodic TV debut, a guest spot on "Magnum, P.I." (CBS)

1984

Acted the part of Lady Jessica in David Lynch's feature "Dune"

1983

Returned to sleuthing for TV-movie premiere of "Agatha Christie's "The Secret Adversary" (LWT), playing Prudence 'Tuppance' Cowley, later 'Tuppance' Beresford for the "Partners in Crime" series that followed; aired in the USA on PBS' "Mystery!" (Part I in

1980

Played Lady Frances Derwent in TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" (LWT); shown in syndication in the USA

1979

Offered excellent performance as a nuclear power plant worker who attempts to expose a radioactive leak in Michael Apted's "Stronger Than the Sun", a timely drama bearing a striking resemblance to the Karen Silkwood story

1978

Portrayed title role of Lillie Langtry in London Weekend Television (LWT) production of "Lillie"; later aired on "Masterpiece Theatre"

1976

Starred as "Madame Bovary", broadcast as a segment of "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS)

1975

Was member of the Royal Shakespeare Company

1974

TV-movie debut, "Sign It Death" (ABC)

1970

Co-starred as Lady Macbeth in Roman Polanski's "Macbeth"

1968

Appeared on Broadway as Ophelia in "Hamlet" opposite Nicol Williamson in title role

1964

Acted in "Flipper's New Adventure"

1963

Made first significant film appearance as one of the queen's handmaidens in "Cleopatra"

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