Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave

Jan. 30th, 1937
Born in
Greenwich, London, England, UK
5' 11

Vanessa Redgrave's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Black Box TV Show
Black Box
The Day of the Triffids (2009) TV Show
The Day of the Triffids (2009)
The Gathering Storm TV Show
The Gathering Storm
The Thirteenth Tale (UK) TV Show
The Thirteenth Tale (UK)
HARDtalk (UK) TV Show
HARDtalk (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Foxcatcher
2011 - Anonymous
2011 - Cars 2
2011 - The Whistleblower
2011 - Coriolanus
2011 - Cars 2
2010 - Letters to Juliet
2010 - Miral
2008 - Restraint
2007 - Evening
2007 - Atonement
2007 - The Riddle
2006 - The Thief Lord
2005 - The Keeper - The Legend of Omar Khayyam
2005 - The White Countess
2004 - The Fever
2003 - Merci Docteur Rey
2003 - Good Boy!
1999 - Girl, Interrupted
1998 - Deep Impact
1997 - Wilde
1997 - Smilla's Sense of Snow
1996 - Mission: Impossible
1995 - A Month by the Lake
1994 - Little Odessa
1993 - The House of the Spirits
1992 - Howards End
1987 - Prick Up Your Ears
1984 - The Bostonians
1979 - Yanks
1979 - Agatha
1977 - Julia
1976 - The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
1974 - Murder on the Orient Express
1971 - Mary, Queen of Scots
1971 - The Devils
1971 - The Trojan Women
1968 - Isadora
1968 - The Charge of the Light Brigade
1967 - Camelot
1966 - A Man for All Seasons
1966 - Blowup

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Dr. Erica Noughton
Mature Jenny (Voiced)
The Evil Queen
Elderly Woman
Herself - Actress (segment "Vanessa Redgrave")
Diane Nash
[Complete List]


Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born January 30, 1937) is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist.

Redgrave was born in Greenwich, London, the daughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. She was educated at the Alice Ottley School, Worcester & Queen's Gate School, London before "coming out" as a debutante. Her late siblings, Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, were also acclaimed actors.
Redgrave's daughters, 'Natasha Richardson' (1963–2009) and 'Joely Richardson' (b. 1965) from her 1962–67 marriage to film director Tony Richardson, also built respected acting careers.

In 1967, the year she divorced her husband Tony Richardson, who left her for the French actress 'Jeanne Moreau', she became romantically involved with Italian actor 'Franco Nero' when they met on the set of Camelot. In 1969, they had a son, Carlo Gabriel Redgrave Sparanero (known professionally as Carlo Gabriel Nero), a screenwriter and director. After separating for many years, during which they both had relationships with other people, they reunited and married on December 31, 2006. Carlo Nero directed Redgrave in the cinematic adaptation of Wallace Shawn's play The Fever.

In 1967, Redgrave was made a Commander (CBE) of the Order of the British Empire. It was reported that she declined a damehood in 1999.

From 1971 to 1986, she had a long-term relationship with actor 'Timothy Dalton', with whom she had starred in the film Mary, Queen of Scots.

Within 14 months in 2009-10, she lost both a daughter and her two younger siblings. Her daughter Natasha Richardson (died March 18, 2009) from a traumatic brain injury caused by a skiing accident. Her brother, Corin Redgrave (died April 6, 2010) and her sister, Lynn Redgrave (died May 2, 2010).

Redgrave rose to prominence in 1961 playing Rosalind in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has since made more than 35 appearances on London's West End and Broadway, winning both the Tony and Olivier Awards. On screen, she has starred in more than 80 films; including Blowup (1966), Isadora (1968), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), The Devils (1971), Julia (1977), The Bostonians (1984), Howards End (1992), Mission: Impossible (1996) and Atonement (2007). Redgrave was proclaimed by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as "the greatest living actress of our times," and she remains the only British actress ever to win the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards. She was also the recipient of the 2010 BAFTA Fellowship "in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film".

In 2004, Redgrave joined the second season cast of the hit FX series Nip/Tuck, portraying Dr. Erica Noughton, the mother of Julia McNamara, who is played by her real-life daughter 'Joely Richardson'. She also made appearances in the third and sixth seasons. In 2006, Redgrave starred opposite Peter O'Toole in the acclaimed film Venus. In 2009, Redgrave starred in the BBC remake of The Day of the Triffids, with her daughter Joely. She was next seen in Letters to Juliet opposite her husband 'Franco Nero'.

More recently she starred with 'Terence Stamp' and 'Gemma Arterton' in the British comedy-drama Song for Marion and with 'Forest Whittaker' in The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels. She will also appear with 'Steve Carell' and 'Channing Tatum' in the upcoming Foxcatcher.

  • She was nominated for a 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Play of 1996 for her performance in John Gabriel Borkman.
  • In 2003, she became the sixteenth performer to win the Triple Crown of acting. Oscar: Best Supporting Actress, _Julia (1977)_ (qv), Tony: Best Actress-Play, "Long Day's Journey into Night" (2003), and Emmys: Best Actress-Limited Series/Special, _Playing for Time (1980) (TV)_ (qv) & Best Supporting Actress-Miniseries/Movie, _If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) (TV)_ (qv).
  • Lost her daughter Natasha Richardson on March 18, 2009 as the result of a skiing accident at Mont Tremblant Quebec.
  • Was set to star in 'Dario Argento' (qv)'s _Opera (1987)_ (qv), but dropped out shortly before production was scheduled to commence.
  • She was the first of the only four actresses to win the Best Actress award twice at Cannes Film Festival. She won for _Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)_ (qv) in 1966 and _Isadora (1968)_ (qv) in 1968. The others are: 'Isabelle Huppert' (qv) for _Violette Nozire (1978)_ (qv) in 1978 and _La pianiste (2001)_ (qv) in 2001; 'Helen Mirren' (qv) for _Cal (1984)_ (qv) in 1984 and _The Madness of King George (1994)_ (qv) in 1995; 'Barbara Hershey' (qv) for _Shy People (1987)_ (qv) in 1987 and _A World Apart (1988)_ (qv) in 1988.
  • Appeared on "BBC News 24" Breakfast and stated that the massacre of Russian school children by Chechen guerrillas was not an act of terrorism. (4 September 2004).
  • She was awarded the 1988 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in A Touch of the Poet.
  • She was awarded the 1985 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for her performance in The Seagull.

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