Lynn Redgrave

Actor, Playwright, Author
Throughout her long and vibrant career, actress Lynn Redgrave was a dogged professional who seemingly worked non-stop, as she went from stage to screen and back again with frequency and ease. Redgrave hailed from one of ... Read more »
Born: 03/07/1943 in London, England, GB


Actor (118)

My Dog Tulip 2010 (Movie)

Nancy/grocer's wife (Voice)

Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 (Movie)

Drunken Lady at Ball (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2009 (Tv Show)


Ugly Betty 2009 (Tv Show)


Desperate Housewives 2007 (Tv Show)


The Jane Austen Book Club 2007 (Movie)

Mama Sky (Actor)

White Countess 2005 (Movie)

Olga Belinskya (Actor)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

cameo (Actor)

Peter Pan 2003 (Movie)

Aunt Millicent (Actor)

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Venus & Mars 2003 (Movie)

Emily Vogel (Actor)

Anita & Me 2002 (Movie)


Hansel and Gretel 2002 (Movie)

Witch (Actor)

How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog 2002 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

My Kingdom 2002 (Movie)

Mandy (Actor)

My Sister's Keeper 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Spider 2002 (Movie)

Mrs Wilkinson (Actor)

The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Cordelia Thornberry (Actor)

Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Rude Awakening 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Annihilation of Fish 2001 (Movie)

Poinsettia (Actor)

The Simian Line 2001 (Movie)

Katharine (Actor)

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

Helen Whittaker (Actor)

Deeply 1999 (Movie)

Celia (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1981 - 1985, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Star Crossed Lovers 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Nanny 1981 - 1983, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)


The Noel Coward Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


All I Wanna Do 1998 (Movie)

Miss McVane (Actor)

Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

Hanna (Actor)

The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Touched 1998 (Movie)

Carrie (Actor)

White Lies 1998 (Movie)


Shine 1996 (Movie)

Gillian (Actor)

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Nova 1981 - 1983, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)


One Second Before Sunrise II 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The Vertical Environment 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Tailor of Gloucester 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


To Tell the Truth 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


One Second Before Sunrise 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The 14th Annual Circus of the Stars 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The House I Live In 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The Music Center 25th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Getting It Right 1989 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Midnight 1989 (Movie)

Midnight--Vera (Actor)

The Old Reliable 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


All-Star Party For Joan Collins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Candid Camera Christmas Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Death of a Son 1987 (Movie)

Pauline Williams (Actor)

Morgan Stewart's Coming Home 1987 (Movie)

Nancy Stewart (Actor)

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Walking on Air 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)


Circus of the Stars 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Teachers Only 1981 - 1983 (Tv Show)


Battle of the Network Stars XII 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Steve Martin's Best Show Ever 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


The Shape of Things 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


The Shooting 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Linda in Wonderland 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Musical Comedy Tonight 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Sunday Lovers 1981 (Movie)

Lady Davina (Actor)

Celebrity Cooks 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Sooner or Later 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


The Big Bus 1975 (Movie)

Camille Levy (Actor)

Vienna 1900: Games With Love and Death 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


The Happy Hooker 1974 (Movie)

Xaviera Hollander (Actor)

The Shape of Things 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Turn of the Screw 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Not For Women Only 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


The National Health 1973 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Don't Turn the Other Cheek 1972 (Movie)


Every Little Crook and Nanny 1971 (Movie)

Nanny (Actor)

Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots 1970 (Movie)

Myrtle (Actor)

The Virgin Soldiers 1970 (Movie)

Phillipa Rashkin (Actor)

Smashing Time 1967 (Movie)

Yvonne (Actor)

The Deadly Affair 1967 (Movie)

Virgin (Actor)

Georgy Girl 1966 (Movie)

Georgy (Actor)

Girl With Green Eyes 1963 (Movie)

Baba Brennan (Actor)

Tom Jones 1963 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

A Season For Miracles (TV Show)


Battle of the Video Games (TV Show)


Beggarman, Thief (TV Show)


Calling the Shots (TV Show)


Centennial (TV Show)


Chicken Soup (TV Show)


Different (TV Show)


Gauguin the Savage (TV Show)


Hellzapoppin (TV Show)


House Calls (TV Show)


Jury Duty: The Comedy (TV Show)


My Two Loves (TV Show)


Rehearsal For Murder (TV Show)


Silent Mouse (TV Show)


The Bad Seed (TV Show)


The Seduction of Miss Leona (TV Show)


Timmy's Special Delivery (TV Show)


Toothless (TV Show)


Varian's War (TV Show)


Walking on Air (Movie)


William (TV Show)



Throughout her long and vibrant career, actress Lynn Redgrave was a dogged professional who seemingly worked non-stop, as she went from stage to screen and back again with frequency and ease. Redgrave hailed from one of the most famous performing families, whose roots in theatre stretched far back into her family tree and continued on past her own generation into the acting careers of her nieces Joely and Natasha Richardson. Four short years after making her professional debut in a stage production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1962), she was in direct competition with her sister, Vanessa, for an Academy Award for her seriocomic performance in "Georgy Girl" (1966). Ever since, Redgrave delighted audiences across the globe, touring in many theatre productions in major cities while constantly working in film and on television. Despite outward appearances, Redgrave fought an ongoing battle with bulimia, which led to perhaps her greatest television exposure as the spokesperson for Weight Watchers from 1984 to 1992. After a long absence from notable feature roles, Redgrave returned to the silver screen with "Shine" (1996), then earned her second Oscar nod for her role in "Gods and Monsters" (1998), which reminded a new generation of the actress' exemplary talents.

Born on March 8, 1943 in London, England, Redgrave was raised by her actor parents, Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, both of whom - particularly her father - were shocked that she wanted to enter into the family profession, even though older sister, Vanessa, was practically expected to follow in their footsteps. Nonetheless, she was intent on becoming an actress and trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. She made her professional stage debut in a Royal Court Theatre production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1962), then joined director Laurence Olivier the following year at the National Theatre in "Hamlet" (1963). She made subsequent appearances in "Saint Joan" (1963), Henrik Ibsen's "The Master Builder" (1964) and Samuel Beckett's "Play" (1964). Redgrave landed her first feature role in then brother-in-law Tony Richardson's Academy Award-winning Best Picture "Tom Jones" (1963), then had a part in "The Girl with the Green Eyes" (1964), playing a smart-mouthed Dubliner who rooms with a girl (Rita Tushingham) newly arrived from the country.

Redgrave continued on with the National Theatre, appearing opposite Olivier in "Love for Love" (1965), which also toured Moscow and Berlin, and Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage" (1965). But it was her breakthrough with "Georgy Girl" (1966) that propelled Redgrave to international stardom. She played a slightly overweight young woman torn between the advances of an older, wealthy married man and her roommate's dashing young boyfriend. Redgrave starred alongside her mother, who had a small supporting role, and was in contention for an Academy Award opposite sister Vanessa, who was nominated for "Morgan!" (1966). Both lost out to Elizabeth Taylor's superlative performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966). After making her Broadway debut in Peter Shaffer's "Black Comedy" (1967), she starred in the British comedy misfire "Smashing Time" (1967) and had a supporting role in the maudlin spy movie "The Deadly Affair" (1967), directed by Sidney Lumet. Redgrave reunited with Lumet for the underwhelming and depressing drama, "The Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots" (1969), then starred alongside her mother again in "The Virgin Soldiers" (1969), a situation comedy about British army life.

By this point in her career, Redgrave was never wont for work, as she spent equal time performing on stage and on screen. After starring in David Hare's "Slag" (1970) at the Royal Court Theatre, she appeared in "Every Little Crook and Nanny" (1972), then had a memorable co-starring turn as the Queen in the "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" segment of Woody Allen's uneven sex comedy, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)" (1972). Following a television adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" (BBC, 1973), Redgrave played an Irish journalist supporting a peasant revolution in Mexico in "Don't Turn the Other Cheek" (1974), then portrayed real-life call girl and madam Xaviera Hollander in "The Happy Hooker" (1975). Back on the stage, she earned a Tony nomination for her performance in "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (1976), then played Viola in an American Shakespeare Festival production of "Twelfth Night" (1976) in Stratford, CT. She also appeared on the small screen in "Centennial" (NBC, 1978), an epic 12-part miniseries about the making of America that was the most ambitious project made for television up until that time.

Once the 1980s came around, Redgrave was appearing less on the big screen and more on television. In fact, after co-starring in the episodic comedy "Sunday Lovers" (1981), Redgrave was absent from feature films until the end of the decade. Meanwhile, she returned to the stage with productions of Rogers & Hammerstein's "The King and I" (1982), as well as starred alongside Robert Preston and Larry Pressman in the made-for-television whodunit "Rehearsal for Murder" (CBS, 1982). After several small screen projects, including a 1984 episode of "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996), Redgrave was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in "Aren't We All?" (1985), co-starring Rex Harrison and Claudette Colbert. Unafraid to venture into unchartered waters, Redgrave had a supporting role in the made-for-television movie "My Two Loves" (ABC, 1986), a tastefully balanced drama about a widowed mother (Mariette Hartley) torn between her late husband's business partner (Barry Newman) and her own best friend (Redgrave). Following a six-year absence, she returned to features with the goofball teen comedy "Morgan Stewart's Coming Home" (1987), before starring in low-budget projects like "Death of a Son" (1988), "Midnight" (1989) and "Getting It Right" (1989) before once again leaving features to focus again on theater and television.

Despite her pedigreed acting family, there were only rare instances when any members performed together. In fact, Redgrave and her famous sister, Vanessa, never found the time or opportunity to collaborate on the stage. That all changed in 1990 when the two co-starred together on the London stage alongside niece Jemma Redgrave in Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters," which opened at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guilford, before moving on to Queen's Theatre in London and an international stop in Zurich. Redgrave co-starred alongside sister Vanessa again, this time on the small screen, playing the titular character in a made-for-television adaptation of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (ABC, 1991). After performing at Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre in "A Little Hotel on the Side" (1991) and a revival of Ibsen's "The Master Builder" (1992), Redgrave wrote and starred in "Shakespeare for my Father" (1993), a one-woman play in two acts that depicted her childhood relationship with her imposing father. Initially staged in Cerritos, CA, the play toured 26 cities across the United States before finally landing on Broadway, where it stayed for 274 appearances - a then-unprecedented feat for a one-person show. It later toured the country again, making stops in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Cleveland, before traveling overseas to Melbourne, Australia. Meanwhile, Redgrave was nominated for another Tony Award.

Although she has remained active onstage, replacing Carol Burnett in "Moon Over Buffalo" (1996), she made a triumphant return to the big screen with the career-reviving role of Gillian, the astrologer who wins the heart of pianist David Helfgott (Geoffrey Rush), in Scott Hicks' acclaimed "Shine" (1996). Her strong performances in two made-for-television movies - "Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brennigan" (CBS, 1997) and "Toothless" (ABC, 1997) - were mere prelude to an extraordinary year that followed. First came her eccentric headmistress in Sarah Kernochan's "Strike!/The Hairy Bird" (1998), a fine coming-of-age saga set in 1963, followed by her debut as Sherilyn Fenn's wealthy mother in the Showtime comedy series "Rude Awakening" (1998). But the real revelation was Bill Condon's fictionalized biopic "Gods and Monsters" (1998). Almost unrecognizable as Hanna - the frumpy, stern, fiercely loyal European housekeeper of film director James Whale (Ian McKellen) - she provided superb comic relief, voicing tidbits like, "I'm sorry, Mr. Jimmy. Your movie is not my teacup." Submerging all vestiges of glamour, Redgrave made a great stand-in for all the long-suffering Igors, earning a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for perhaps her broadest turn to date.

Following performances in forgettable offbeat comedies like "The Annihilation of Fish" (1999) and "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog" (2000), Redgrave starred in "The Mandrake Root" (2001) at the Long Warf Theatre in New Haven, CT, then played the overbearing mother of an institutionalized woman (Kathy Bates) yearning for freedom in "My Sister's Keeper" (CBS, 2002). Around this time, Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy in 2002, which she later chronicled in her memoir of the experience, Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer (2004). Back on the big screen, she played Aunt Millicent in "Peter Pan" (2003), then had a small supporting role opposite Liam Neeson in "Kinsey" (2004). As her career reached its autumn years, Redgrave stayed focused on the stage with occasional stints on the screen. After theatrical turns in "Sisters of the Garden" (2005) and "The Constant Wife" (2005), she had supporting feature roles in "The White Countess" (2005) and "The Jane Austen Book Club" (2007), followed by a slapstick turn as Ian's mother on a season three episode of "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ). She then had a short, but amusing cameo as a drunk at a ball in "Confessions of a Shopaholic" (2009).

On March 16, 2009, Redgrave found herself in the news for the most unfortunate of circumstances when her niece, Natasha Richardson, suffered a critical head injury in a skiing accident while on vacation in Canada. Redgrave, Richardson's sister Joely, Redgrave's own sister, Vanessa, and Richardson's husband of over a decade, actor Liam Neeson, kept a bedside vigil at the New York hospital where Natasha was transferred after the head injury two days before. On March 18, 2009, Redgrave lost her niece after she was taken off life support following confirmation that she was officially brain dead. She was just 45. Tragedy continued to plague the famous family when little over a year later, the actress' older brother, actor Corin Redgrave, died in London at age 70. Within less than a month, Redgrave, herself, lost her battle with breast cancer, passing away on May 2, 2010. She was 67 years old.


John Clark

Married April 2, 1967 the marriage ended in divorce in 2000 after it was revealed that Clark fathered an illegitimate child with his personal assistant (Nicolette Henry, who was married to, but later divorced their son Benjamin)

Annabelle Clark

Born in 1981 father, John Clark

Kelly Clark

Born in 1970 father, John Clark co-starred together in Masterpiece Theatre's "Calling the Shots" (1993)

Benjamin Clark

Born in 1968 father, John Clarke married c. 1994 to father's former personal assistant it was later revealed her child Zachary was actually fathered by John Clark

Rachel Kempson

Appeared together in "Tom Jones" (1963), "Georgy Girl" (1966) and "The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

Jemma Redgrave Actor

Born in 1965 daughter of Corin Redgrave appeared with Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave in a 1990 production of "Three Sisters" in London

Michael Redgrave Actor

Born in 1908 died in 1985 of complications from Parkinson's disease well-known English stage and film actor Lynn created a one-woman show in his honor called "Shakespeare for My Father"

Vanessa Redgrave Actor

Born Jan. 30, 1937 Both nominated for the 1967 Best Actress Academy Award Acted with sister on the London stage in "Three Sisters" (1990) and in the TV movie remake of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (ABC, 1991)

Corin Redgrave

Born July 16, 1939 co-founded the Moving Theater with older sister Vanessa in 1994 died in April 2010

Roy Redgrave

Born in 1873 had been previously married and sired four children before his wedding to Daisy Scudamore died in Australia in 1922

Luke Redgrave

Born in 1967 son of Corin Redgrave

Joely Richardson

Born in 1965 daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson

Nathasha Richardson

Born in 1963 daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson married to Liam Neeson died March 18, 2009 of head injury from a skiing accident at age 45

Daisy Scudamore


Carlo Speranero

Born in 1969 son of Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero


Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England



Featured in the film adaptation of "Confessions of a Shopaholic"


Appeared in the one-woman play, "Nightingale," based upon her maternal grandmother Beatrice, at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum


Starred in the revival of W. Somerset Maugham's "The Constant Wife"; earned a Tony nomination for her performance


Had a cameo in "Kinsey," starring Liam Neeson as Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research


Played Aunt Millicent in the live action adaptation of "Peter Pan"


Cast as Joanne in the Kennedy Center staging of the musical "Company"


Featured in David Cronenberg's psychological thriller, "Spider"


Wrote and starred in the stage play "The Mandrake Root"


Acted in the festival-screened "The Simian Line"


Was part of the fine ensemble of Sarah Kernochan's feature directing debut, "Strike!/The Hairy Bird"


Received acclaim for her performance as filmmaker James Whale's (Ian McKellen) loyal housemaid in "Gods and Monsters"; received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination


Portrayed Gillian, the woman who weds pianist David Helfgott, played by Geoffrey Rush, in the Scott Hicks directed, "Shine"


Replaced Carol Burnett in the Broadway production of "Moon Over Buffalo"


Portrayed Maggie Donnelly in the PBS "Masterpiece Theatre" miniseries, "Calling the Shots"


Appeared on Broadway in the one-woman play, "Shakespeare For My Father," a living memorial to her father Michael Redgrave; husband John Clark produced and directed; earned a Tony Award nomination


Co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in an ABC TV-movie remake of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"


Appeared with sister Vanessa and niece Jemma in London stage production of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters"


Appeared on Broadway in "Love Letters" with her husband John Clark; also performed the play for the jury in the OJ Simpson case


Co-starred with Jackie Mason in the short-lived ABC series, "Chicken Soup"


Appeared in the acclaimed TV remake of "The Bad Seed" (ABC)


Played high-principled, dedicated English teacher Diana Swanson in the short-lived NBC sitcom, "Teachers Only"


Earned an Emmy nomination as Best Performer in Children's Programming for "The Shooting" (CBS)


Co-starred with Wayne Rogers on the CBS sitcom, "House Calls"; fired from the series, following the birth of her third child


Album recording debut, Make Mine Manhattan


Had a featured role in the NBC miniseries, "Centennial"


Starred in the Broadway production, "Mrs Warren's Profession"; earned a Tony Award nomination


Played title role in the feature "The Happy Hooker"


Hosted own syndicated TV talk-show, "Not For Women Only"


Had featured role alongside mother in "The Virgin Soldiers"


Broadway debut in Peter Shaffer's "Black Comedy"


Breakthrough screen role in "Georgy Girl"; earned Best Actress Oscar nomination; mother had featured role


Was company member at London's National Theatre


British TV debut, "The Power and the Glory"


Made film debut in "Tom Jones"; directed by her then brother-in-law Tony Richardson and co-starred her mother Rachel Kempson


Made professional debut in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Royal Court Theatre

Was TV spokesperson for Weight Watchers

Co-starred as Sherilyn Fenn's wealthy mother in the Showtime comedy series "Rude Awakening"

Bonus Trivia


Appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Eve honors 2001.


About her father: "Perhaps it was because I was the youngest, or because of whatever was going on in his life at the time, but in my presence he wore this blank mask and as a child that was of course quite terrifying because you couldn't tell. Was he cross, was he sad, was he pleased, was he thinking, was he listening? Then I would go and see him on stage. He was the most brilliant, chameleon actor in that physically he changed according to the role. So out would walk, say, Richard II and I would think, if I could just get down on the stage and get close enough and touch him, I'll find Dad. It was only when I matured and he was declining with Parkinson's that I could talk to him, although still not with him." - Redgrave to The London Times, Nov. 12, 1996


About her relationship with sister Vanessa: "Oh, I have a good relationship with my sister. There have been times in the past where, in her more radical days, where the biggest problem for me really was not that she had the views she had, but that I was confused with that. But we've had a very nice relationship over the last few years, and doing 'Shakespeare for My Father' has actually brought us closer together. Once she saw it, it made her understand me better. And it's been very lovely times together, indeed." - Redgrave quoted in A&E Monthly, December 1996


Commenting on Ian McKellen's eight hours spent floating in the pool as James Whale's corpse for "Gods and Monsters": "He was the most remarkable dead body I've ever seen. And I've worked with one or two in my time." - Redgrave, quoted in Time magazine, Nov. 2, 1998


Redgrave was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and underwent a 2002 mastectomy.