Lesley-Anne Down

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Lesley-Anne Down

Lesley-Anne Down in 2008
BornLesley Anne Down
(1954-03-17) 17 March 1954 (age 58)
Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, model, singer
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Enrique Gabriel (1980–1981)
William Friedkin (1982-1985) 1 son
Don E. FauntLeRoy (1985–present) 1 son
Partner(s)Bruce Robinson (1969–1979)[1]
Website
www.lesleyannedown.com
 
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Lesley-Anne Down

Lesley-Anne Down in 2008
BornLesley Anne Down
(1954-03-17) 17 March 1954 (age 58)
Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, model, singer
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Enrique Gabriel (1980–1981)
William Friedkin (1982-1985) 1 son
Don E. FauntLeRoy (1985–present) 1 son
Partner(s)Bruce Robinson (1969–1979)[1]
Website
www.lesleyannedown.com

Lesley-Anne Down (born 17 March 1954) is a British film and television actress, former model and singer.

Down achieved fame as Georgina Worsley in the ITV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs (1973–75). She received further recognition for her performances in the films The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), A Little Night Music (1977), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), Hanover Street (1979), Sphinx (1981) and Nomads (1986). She is also known as Madeline Fabray LaMotte Main in miniseries North and South (1985–86), for which she was nominated for Golden Globe Awards in 1986.

In 1990, Down played the role Stephanie Rogers in the CBS drama series Dallas. During 1997–99 she played Olivia Blake in the NBC series Sunset Beach. Since April 2003 to February 2012, she has portrayed Jackie Marone Knight in the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.[2]

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Early life

Lesley-Anne Down on Upstairs Downstairs (1975)

Down was born in Wandsworth, London.[3] She began acting and modelling, and in her teenage years had won several beauty pageants. She was voted Britain's most beautiful teenager at the age of fifteen.[2][3]

Career

Lesley-Anne Down on the 1976 movie The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Down portrayed Georgina Worsley on the popular British series, Upstairs, Downstairs from 1973 to 1975. She then went on to act in films such as The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), A Little Night Music (1977), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), Hanover Street (1979), Rough Cut (1980), Sphinx (1981) and Nomads (1986).

In 1982, she played the leading role of Esméralda in a British-American TV movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In 1985, she starred in Arch of Triumph with Anthony Hopkins and Donald Pleasence.

She starred in the TV miniseries North and South, for which she was nominated for Golden Globe Awards in 1986.[4] She also played in the third part in 1994.

She has played opposite leading men Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins and Donald Sutherland in various films.[5] She has played leading roles in TV movies, such as The One and Only Phyllis Dixey in 1978 as Phyllis Dixey, Murder Is Easy in 1982, Indiscreet and Ladykillers in 1988.

In 1990, Down had a starring role in the CBS drama series Dallas, playing Stephanie Rogers. From 1994 to 1996, Down played guest roles on TV shows, such as The Nanny and Diagnosis: Murder.

In 1994, she starred in the film Death Wish V: The Face of Death, along with Charles Bronson, with whom she starred in the 1995 TV movie Family of Cops. She portrayed Olivia Blake on the NBC soap opera Sunset Beach from January 1997 until December 1999. In 2001, she starred in TV movie The Perfect Wife and in 2002, in the You Belong to Me.

Lesley-Anne Down and Bruce Robinson (1979)

Down has been playing the role of Jacqueline Payne Marone on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful since March 2003. In January 2012, Down confirmed that she would be departing the program in the coming weeks.[6]

From 2000 to 2006, Down appeared in the films The King's Guard with Eric Roberts and Ron Perlman, The Meeksville Ghost, 13th Child, Today You Die and Seven Days of Grace, where she also was a writer.[7] In 2011, Down appeared on the Victor Salva's thriller film Rosewood Lane. The film also stars Rose McGowan, Ray Wise, and Lauren Vélez, and is set for a 2011 release.[8]

Personal life

After ending a ten-year relationship with actor-writer Bruce Robinson, she married Enrique Gabriel in 1980, but ended their marriage after a year and a half.[3]

Down's second marriage was to film director William Friedkin from 1982 to 1985, with whom she had one son, Jack (born 1982).[3]

She met her third husband, cinematographer Don E. Fauntleroy, during filming of the television miniseries North and South in 1985. They began an adulterous relationship, which ended Down's marriage to Friedkin and Fauntleroy's marriage to Susan Ducat.[9] The resulting legal and custody proceedings interrupted the careers of both Down and Fauntleroy for two years and ultimately cost Down and Friedkin US$1 million apiece.[3][9] Down and Fauntleroy have a son, George-Edward (b. 1998).[9][10]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1969All the Right NoisesLaura
The Smashing Bird I Used to KnowDiana
1971Six Dates with BarkerCheeky1 episode, "2774 AD: All the World's a Stooge"
Out of the UnknownDiana Carver1 episode, " To Lay a Ghost"
Public EyeAnne Biddersloe1 episode, "Shades of White"
AssaultTessa Hurst
Countess DraculaIlona Nodosheen
1972Pope JoanCecilia
1973From Beyond the GraveRosemary Seatonsegment "The Door"
Scalawag'Lucy-Ann
1974Bedtime StoriesMonica1 episode, "The Snow Queen"
1975The SweeneyCaroline Selhurst1 episode, "Chalk and Cheese"
BranniganLuana
1973–1975Upstairs, DownstairsGeorgina Worsley22 episodes
1976When the Boat Comes InJane Cromer1 episode, "King for a Day"
The Pink Panther Strikes AgainOlga Bariosova
1977A Little Night MusicAnne Egerman
Play of the MonthEllie Dunn1 episode, " Heartbreak House"
SupernaturalFelizitas1 episode, "Mr. Nightingale"
1978The One and Only Phyllis DixeyPhyllis Dixey
The BetsyLady Bobby Ayres
1979The First Great Train RobberyMiriam
Hanover StreetMargaret Sellinger
1980Rough CutGillian Bromley
1981SphinxErica Baron
BBC2 PlayhouseUnity Mitford1 episode, "Unity"
1982Murder Is EasyBridget Conway
The Hunchback of Notre DameEsmeralda
1984The Last Days of PompeiiChloeTV mini-series
1985Arch of TriumphJoan Madou
North and SouthMadeline Fabray LaMotteTV mini-series
1986North and South, Book IIMadeline LaMotte Main
NomadsFlax
1988IndiscreetAnne Kingston
LadykillersMorganna Ross
1989CBS Summer PlayhouseCassandra1 episode, "Shivers"
Night WalkGeneva Miller
1990DallasStephanie Rogers13 episodes
19921775Annabelle ProctorTV pilot
Out of ControlElaine Patterson
1993Night TrapChristine Turner
1994The NannyChloe Simpson1 episode, "Maggie the Model"
Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book IIIMadeline MainTV mini-series
Munchie Strikes BackLinda McClelland
Death Wish V: The Face of DeathOlivia Regent
In the Heat of Passion II: UnfaithfulJean Bradshaw
1995A Family of CopsAnna Novacek
1996Beastmaster III: The Eye of BraxusMorgana
The Secret Agent ClubEve
Diagnosis: MurderCatherine Windsor1 episode, "A Model Murder"
1997Meet Wally SparksHooker Nursecameo
1997–1999Sunset BeachOlivia BlakeTV series, Main cast
1998Young Hearts UnlimitedBarbara Young
2000The King's GuardQueen Beatrice
2001The Meeksville GhostEmily Meeks
You Belong to MeDr. Susan Chancellor
The Perfect WifeHelen Coburn
Days of our LivesLady Sheraton5 episodes
200213th ChildDistrict Attorney Murphy
2003–2012The Bold and the BeautifulJackie Marone KnightTV series, Main cast
2005Today You DieBank Manager
2006Seven Days of GraceLillianActress and writer
Mercenary for Justicecameouncredited
2011My Dog's Christmas MiracleAunt Dora
Rosewood LaneDr. Cloey Talbot
2012Haunted
Of God and KingsMadame Renard
2013Kill Me, DeadlyGrand Dame Lady Clairmont
Rattleman

Awards and nominations

YearResultAwardCategoryFilm or series
1978WonEvening Standard British Film AwardsMost Promising Newcomer - Actress
1986NominatedGolden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNorth and South
1997WonSoap Opera Update AwardsBest ActressSunset Beach
2005WonRose D'Or Light Entertainment FestivalBest Soap FemaleThe Bold and the Beautiful
2005NominatedSoap Opera Digest AwardsFavorite ReturnThe Bold and the Beautiful
2006WonTV Soap Golden Boomerang AwardPopular Supporting FemaleThe Bold and the Beautiful

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