British actress Joely Richardson is the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, niece of actors Corin and Lynn Redgrave, and sister of actress Natasha Richardson. Thus, it would be fair to say that Richardson has acting in her genes. Her film credits range from Peter Greenaway's arthouse favorite Drowning By Numbers (1988) -- in which she is one of three murderesses, all named Cissy Colpitts -- to the abortive musical I'll Do Anything (1993) to the winning 1996 remake of 101 Dalmatians. She has repeatedly demonstrated a capacity for tackling difficult subjects, as was the case with Sister My Sister (1994), which cast her as a maid caught up in an incestuous lesbian love affair with her sister, and Hollow Reed (1996), in which she played the divorced mother of a young boy who is abused by her live-in boyfriend. In 2000, she was seen in a number of projects, including the romantic comedy Return to Me and the revolutionary war drama The Patriot. In 2003, Richardson landed a starring role as Dr. Sean McNamera's (Dylan Walsh) frustrated wife on F/X's popular nighttime drama, Nip/Tuck. A quick transition to The Tudors followed when Nip/Tuck went off the air in 2010, and following a turn as Young Queen Elizabeth I in Roland Emmerich's Shakespearian conspiracy drama Anonymous (2011), Richardson could been seen as the mysterious Anita Vanger in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- At age 3, she appeared as an extra in the 1968 film The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968), which was directed by her father, Tony Richardson, and starred her mother, Vanessa Redgrave.
- Was interested in sports as a child and attended the Harry Hopman Tennis School in Tampa at age 14.
- Performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
- Made feature-film debut in 1984's The Hotel New Hampshire, which was also directed by her father.
- Best known for her role as a plastic surgeon's unfaithful wife on Nip/Tuck. Redgrave, her real-life mother, played her mom on the series.
- Briefly dated her Nip/Tuck costar, John Hensley, who played her son on the show.
- Left Nip/Tuck in November 2006 to care for her ailing daughter. She later returned to the series.
- Shared the role of Queen Elizabeth I in the 2011 film Anonymous with her mother, Vanessa, each playing the monarch at different stages in her life.