Lesley-Anne Down

Actor, Model
A beautiful leading lady of British and American film and TV, Lesley-Anne Down began her career as a model at age 10. She was named the "Prettiest Teenager in England" and began acting about six years later and has gone ... Read more »
Born: 03/17/1954 in London, England, GB


Actor (53)

Days of Our Lives 1965 - 2016 (TV Show)


Dark House 2014 (Movie)

Lilian (Actor)

In the Heat of Passion II 2014 (Movie)


Saving Grace (Picture Perfect) 2014 (Movie)


The Silver Winchester 2014 (Movie)


Rosewood Lane 2012 (Movie)


13th Child - Legend of the Jersey Devil, Volume 1 2002 (Movie)

District Attorney Murphy (Actor)

The Perfect Wife 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Sunset Beach 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)


The King's Guard 1999 (Movie)


Young Hearts Unlimited 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)


Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Hooker Nurse (Actor)

Family of Cops 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The Secret Agent Club 1995 (Movie)

Eve (Actor)

Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus 1994 (Movie)

Morgana (Actor)

Death Wish V: The Face of Death 1994 (Movie)

Olivia Regent (Actor)

The Nanny 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)


1775 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Munchie Strikes Back 1993 (Movie)


Mardi Gras for the Devil 1992 (Movie)

Christine Turner (Actor)

Over the Line 1992 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Frog Girl: The Jenifer Graham Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Shivers 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Nomads 1986 (Movie)

Dr Flax (Actor)

Scenes From the Goldmine 1986 (Movie)


Arch of Triumph 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


The Last Days of Pompeii 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Agatha Christie's "Murder Is Easy" 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

Erica Baron (Actor)

Rough Cut 1980 (Movie)

Gillian Bromley (Actor)

Hanover Street 1979 (Movie)

Margaret Sellinger (Actor)

The First Great Train Robbery 1979 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

The Betsy 1977 (Movie)

Lady Roberta Ayres (Actor)

A Little Night Music 1976 (Movie)

Anne Egerman (Actor)

The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1975 (Movie)

Olga (Actor)

Upstairs, Downstairs 1974 (TV Show)


Scalawag 1973 (Movie)

Lucy-Ann (Actor)

All the Right Noises 1972 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Pope Joan 1972 (Movie)

Cecila (Actor)

Assault 1970 (Movie)

Tessa Hurst (Actor)

The Smashing Bird I Used to Know 1968 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

Indiscreet (TV Show)


Ladykillers (TV Show)


Night Walk (TV Show)


North and South (TV Show)


North and South: Book II (TV Show)


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Show)


The Last Days of Pompeii (Movie)



A beautiful leading lady of British and American film and TV, Lesley-Anne Down began her career as a model at age 10. She was named the "Prettiest Teenager in England" and began acting about six years later and has gone on to perform in numerous popular entertainments. On TV, Down first became known to US audiences as Georgina Worsley on "Upstairs, Downstairs" (aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater"). She portrayed the British stripper in "Peek-a-Boo: The One and Only Phyllis Dixey" (1979) and played Esmerelda in the 1982 CBS TV remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". She also took the Ingrid Bergman role in the small screen remake of "Indiscreet" (CBS, 1988) before spending a year (1989-90) on the CBS primetime soap "Dallas" as Stephanie Rogers, a scheming public relations consultant who helped Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) become National Energy Czar.

In the 80s, Down was seen in various ABC miniseries, such as "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1984), "North and South" (1985) and its two sequels "North and South: Book II" (1986) and "John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III" (1994). She earned a whole new cadre of fans when she took on one of the leading roles as the scheming rich bitch Olivia Richards in the NBC daytime drama "Sunset Beach" (1997- ).

Down broke into films with "The Smashing Bird I Used to Know/The School for Unclaimed Girls" (1969), about a girls reformatory. She was still playing juveniles in "Scalawag" (1973), in which her character and that played by Mark Lester were befriended by Kirk Douglas, leading to adventure. In 1977, she made her feature singing debut as the 18-year old virgin bride of an older man (Len Cariou) in Harold Prince's "A Little Night Music", based on the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical. Down was the married British woman with whom Harrison Ford falls in love in the banal "Hanover Street" (1979). By the 80s, her film roles became sporadic and the quality dwindled. By the 90s, she was in such low-budget fare as "Munchie Strikes Back" (1994) and "Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus" (1995). Down was even leading lady to Hulk Hogan in "The Secret Agent Club"(1996).

Down's private life has often been fodder for the tabloids. She was romantically involved with screenwriter-director Bruce Robinson for nearly a decade before breaking it off with him to marry an obscure assistant director from Argentina. After less than a year of marriage, she obtained a divorce and married director William Friedkin in 1982. Their three-year union produced a son, Josh (aka Jack), who was the subject of a bitter custody battle which gave Down more publicity than most of her screen roles.


Julianna FauntLeRoy


Season FauntLeRoy


James Down


Isobel Down


George FauntLeRoy

born on March 11, 1998

William Friedkin Director

Married in 1982 Divorced in 1985 Waged bitter custody battle for son Jack

Jack Friedkin

born c. 1983 object of a bitter custody battle on divorce of his parents

Henri Gabriel

born c. 1958 in Argentina met during filming of "Sphinx" married in 1980 when Down found out she was pregnant, she had an abortion divorced

Bruce Robinson Director

romantically involved for ten years beginning when Down was 15 Down claims that "we were like brother and sister . . . there was nothing else going on."


dropped out of school at age 12



Cast in a prominent role in the NBC daytime drama "Sunset Beach"


Played opposite Hulk Hogan in "The Secret Agent Club"


Appeared as regular on "Dallas" for one season


Starred as Madeline Fabray in "North and South" miniseries; reprised role in 1986 sequel


Cast as Harrison Ford's love interest in "Hanover Street"


Had featured role in film musical "A Little Night Music"


Appeared as Lady Georgina Worsley on "Upstairs, Downstairs" (PBS)


As model, named "The Prettiest Teenager in England" (date approximate)


Made screen debut in "The Smashing Bird I Used to Know:


Began career as a professional model at age 10

Bonus Trivia


"My life has been so fast. So fabulous. So intense." --Lesley-Anne Down quoted in The Daily Telegraph, July 17, 2000.