Frances Tomelty

Frances Tomelty

Oct. 6th, 1948
Born in
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Frances Tomelty's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Atlantis TV Show
Inspector Morse (UK) TV Show
Inspector Morse (UK)
Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (UK) TV Show
Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (UK)
Strangers (UK) TV Show
Strangers (UK)
The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (UK) TV Show
The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Tomelty was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the daughter of actor Joseph Tomelty (March 5, 1911 – June 7, 1995). She has featured in series including Bergerac, Inspector Morse, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Strangers, Midsomer Murders and Coronation Street, Cracker, as well as many films including Bellman and True, Monk Dawson, Bullshot and The Field. She was Lady Macbeth in the Old Vic's disastrous 1980 production of Macbeth, with Peter O'Toole in the title role.

Tomelty's roles in recent years include the drama series Spooks, Casualty, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Holby City, Law & Order: UK, The Royal, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness as well as big-budget adaptations Atlantis, Merlin, The White Queen, and A Perfect Spy, and the film Chéri.

On May 1 1976, Tomelty married musician Gordon "Sting" Sumner - best known as the lead singer and bassist for the rock band The Police - after knowing him for two years. They met on the set of a rock-musical called Rock Nativity. She played the Virgin Mary; he played in the band. They have two children together, Joseph (b. November 23, 1976) and Fuchsia Katherine ("Kate") (b. April 17, 1982). Sumner left Tomelty for his current wife Trudie Styler, and the couple divorced in 1984. The split was controversial; as The Independent reported in 2006, "The problem was, he was already married - to actress Frances Tomelty, who just happened to be Trudie's best friend (Sting and Frances lived next door to Trudie in Bayswater, West London, for several years before the two of them became lovers). The affair was widely condemned - not least because it coincided with the break-up of The Police".

  • Children: 'Joseph Sumner (II)' (qv)(b. 23 November 1976) and Fuchsia Katherine ('Fuschia Sumner' (qv) (b. 17 April 1982) by 'Sting (I)' (qv).
  • Daughter of the Belfast actor, 'Joseph Tomelty' (qv).
  • Met 'Sting (I)' (qv) in 1974 on the set of Rock Nativity, a Christmas show/rock musical, which was playing in Newcastle, UK: Frances was playing the Virgin Mary; Sting played in the pit orchestra that supplied the music. They married in a Catholic ceremony at Our Lady and St. Oswin's Chapel in Tynemouth.

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