Geraldine Somerville

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Geraldine Somerville
Born(1967-05-19) 19 May 1967 (age 47)
County Meath, Ireland
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)William Osbourne-Young (1995–present; 3 children)
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Geraldine Somerville
Born(1967-05-19) 19 May 1967 (age 47)
County Meath, Ireland
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)William Osbourne-Young (1995–present; 3 children)

Geraldine Margaret Agnew-Somerville (born 19 May 1967) is an Irish born British actress[1] best known for her roles as Detective Sergeant Jane Penhaligon in Cracker, and Lily Potter in the Harry Potter film series.

Early life[edit]

Geraldine Agnew-Somerville was born in County Meath, Ireland, the daughter of Sir Quentin Charles Agnew-Somerville, 2nd Baronet, and Margaret April Irene, Lady Agnew-Somerville (née Drummond), an antiques dealer, but was brought up on the Isle of Man.

Her mother is a daughter of John Drummond, 15th Baron Strange, and sister of the late Cherry Drummond, 16th Baroness Strange.[2] She has an elder sister, Amelia Rachel (who owns and works in a restaurant with her husband in the Australian rainforest), and a younger brother, James Lockett Charles Agnew-Somerville, who worked in Hong Kong and writes poetry.

Somerville attended dance classes from the age of six, and at eight was sent to the Arts Educational School, a boarding school in Tring, Hertfordshire. There she was taught ballet. She left at sixteen, but continued her studies in London.


Somerville trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1989) in London. She did stage work and appeared on TV in episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Casualty (1993) before landing the role of Penhaligon in Cracker, which she held from the show's inception in 1993 until its demise in 1995 and became one of the most memorable characters of the series.[3]

Somerville played Lady Stockbridge in Julian Fellowes's Gosford Park and Harry Potter's mother Lily in all the Potter movies. In May 2007, she played author Daphne du Maurier in the BBC TV drama Daphne. She plays a leading role as fictional Louisa, Countess of Manton in the 2012 ITV mini-series Titanic.

In 2014 she played Princess Antoinette of Monaco in the film Grace of Monaco.

Personal life[edit]

Somerville married William Osbourne-Young in December 1998 with whom she has three children; her oldest son Casper was born in May 2002, her second son Arthur was born in 2004 and her youngest daughter Rose in 2007.


1990CasualtyRuthTV series (1 episode: "All's Fair")
1991The Black Velvet GownBiddy MillicanTV movie
Close My EyesNatalie's Boss
1993Agatha Christie's PoirotPauline WetherbyTV series (1 episode: "The Yellow Iris")
The BillTV series (1 episode: "Playing Away")
CrackerDS Jane PenhaligonTV series (23 episodes: 1993–1995)
Nominated — BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress
1994Romeo & JulietJulietTV movie
A Business AffairSaleswoman
PerformanceAnn Welch/Miss JulieTV series (2 episodes: 1994–1995)
1996True BlueRuth McDonald
1998Heaven on EarthDeborah BennettTV movie
Jilting JoeOlivia
The Canterbury TalesDorigen/PerteloteTV series (1 episode: "Leaving London")
1999AristocratsLady Emily LennoxTV series (5 episodes)
Daylight RobberyVal McArdleTV mini-series
2001Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneLily Potter
Gosford ParkLouisa, Lady StockbridgeCritics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture
2002Murder in MindAngela CoatesTV series (1 episode: "Disposal")
Re-inventing EddieJeanie Harris
The Safe HouseDr. Sam GrahamTV movie
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsLily Potteruncredited
2004Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanLily Potter
2005JerichoFiona HewittTV series (1 episode: "To Murder and Create")
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireLily Potter
2006Sixty SixAlice Barrie
2007DaphneDaphne du MaurierTV movie
The Inspector Lynley MysteriesDS Michelle TateTV series (1 episode: "Limbo")
Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixLily Potter
2008The ChildrenSueTV series (2 episodes)
2009Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceLily Potter
2010SurvivorsFiona DouglasTV series (3 episodes)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1Lily Potter
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2Lily Potter
My Week with MarilynLady Jane Clark
2012TitanicLouisa, Countess of MantonTV series (4 episodes)
Inspector George GentlyAlethea BlackstoneTV series (1 episode: "Gently With Class")
2014QuirkeSarahTV series
Kids in LoveLinda
Grace of MonacoPrincess Antoinette of Monaco


  1. ^ Internet Movie Database Geraldine Somerville, retrieved 9 April 2011
  2. ^ "Hon. Margaret April Irene Drummond1" The
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