Patsy Kensit

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Patsy Kensit
Patsy Kensit BAFTA.jpg
Kensit at the 2009 BAFTAs
BornPatricia Jude Francis Kensit
(1968-03-04) 4 March 1968 (age 46)
Hounslow, London, England
Alma materCorona Theatre School
OccupationActress, singer, model
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Dan Donovan (m. 1989–91)
Jim Kerr (m. 1992–96)
Liam Gallagher (m. 1997–2000)
Jeremy Healy (m. 2009–10)
ChildrenJames Kerr
Lennon Gallagher
ParentsJames Henry Kensit (deceased)
Margaret Rose Doohan (deceased)
Musical career
Years active1983–1989
Associated actsEighth Wonder
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Patsy Kensit
Patsy Kensit BAFTA.jpg
Kensit at the 2009 BAFTAs
BornPatricia Jude Francis Kensit
(1968-03-04) 4 March 1968 (age 46)
Hounslow, London, England
Alma materCorona Theatre School
OccupationActress, singer, model
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Dan Donovan (m. 1989–91)
Jim Kerr (m. 1992–96)
Liam Gallagher (m. 1997–2000)
Jeremy Healy (m. 2009–10)
ChildrenJames Kerr
Lennon Gallagher
ParentsJames Henry Kensit (deceased)
Margaret Rose Doohan (deceased)
Musical career
Years active1983–1989
Associated actsEighth Wonder

Patsy Kensit (born 4 March 1968) is an English actress, singer, model and former child star, best known for her television and film appearances in films such as Lethal Weapon 2.

Between 2004 and 2006, Kensit played the role of Sadie King in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Following this, Patsy played Faye Byrne in the BBC One medical drama series Holby City from 2007 until 2010.

She has been married to rock stars Jim Kerr and Liam Gallagher, and fronted the band Eighth Wonder.

Early life[edit]

Born Patricia Jude Francis Kensit to James Henry Kensit (1915 – September 1987) and Margaret Rose Doohan (1935 – December 1993), a native of Ireland who died from breast cancer, Kensit has an elder brother, Jamie, born in 1963. Her mother was a publicist; her father was an associate of the notorious London gangsters the Kray twins. Nicknamed "Jimmy the Dip", he also reportedly worked for the rival Richardsons, running long firms for the gang. He served time in prison before Kensit was born; she believed he was an antiques dealer. Kensit's parents did not marry until 1986.[1] Her paternal grandfather was a robber and counterfeiter.[2] She attended Corona Theatre School.

Kensit is a practising Catholic,[3] having begun attending church after her mother's death.[4]


Early work[edit]

At the age of four, Kensit appeared in a television advert for Birds Eye frozen peas. In 1972, she had her first big screen role in the film For the Love of Ada. Her next film role was two years later in The Great Gatsby starring with Mia Farrow—whom she later portrayed in the 1995 biopic Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story. She also appeared in a BBC mini series based on the famous historical novel Penmarric (1979).[citation needed]

As a pupil at the Italia Conti Academy stage school, Kensit's first starring roles were in British children's television programmes such as The Adventures of Pollyanna (1982) and Luna (in the title role). She also appeared as Estella in a BBC adaptation of Great Expectations in 1981 and as Lady Margaret Plantagenet in the 1982 BBC Television Shakespeare production of Richard III.

Rise to fame[edit]

Kensit in France (1991)

In 1985 Kensit led a dual career as a singer and an actress. At the time, Kensit stated: "All I want is to be more famous than anything or anyone".[2]

In 1986, she won the lead female role in the film version of Absolute Beginners, based on the book by Colin MacInnes. In November 1987, she sang a duet with the Italian singer and songwriter, Eros Ramazzotti, entitled 'La luce buona delle stelle', which in English translates to 'The Good Light of the Stars'

In 1988, Kensit's band Eighth Wonder had two Top 40 singles: "I'm Not Scared", written by Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe and produced by the Pet Shop Boys & Phil Harding (for PWL), which reached Number 7 in the British charts, and "Cross My Heart", which went up to Number 13, Eighth Wonder appeared on Top of the Pops, while Kensit also starred as Eppie in an adaptation of Silas Marner, with Ben Kingsley. Although the band's success quickly waned, "I'm Not Scared" appeared in the 1989 film Lethal Weapon 2, in which Kensit, now focused solely on being an actress, played Rika van den Haas, a South African consulate secretary with whom cop Martin Riggs (played by Mel Gibson) falls in love.

Following Lethal Weapon 2, she appeared in the 1991 independent feature, Twenty-One for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. Of her role, Variety magazine wrote, "Fans of Kensit get plenty of her; her lovely face and form are always the center of attention. The cool control with which she executes the role is admirable".[5] In 1992, she had a leading role in the British film Blame it on the Bellboy as Miss Carolyn Wright, a desperate estate agent in Venice who would stop at nothing to clinch a deal.

In 1995, Kensit starred in Angels & Insects, with Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Rylance, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design and directed by Philip Haas. Kensit's last major lead film role was in the Newcastle-based The One and Only.


In 2004, Kensit joined the cast of soap opera Emmerdale, playing the character Sadie King, and also regularly featured in the third series of Channel 4's Bo' Selecta! and its 2005 spin-off series A Bear's Tail. Kensit's success as the soap super-bitch and in a popular comedy brought her back to the attention of the public.

In September and October 2005, she appeared as a celebrity contestant in Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon, progressing through to Play Your Cards Right before being eliminated by Carol Vorderman, the eventual winner of the series. Kensit was a special guest host on The Friday Night Project on 23 June 2006 with band Placebo. She appeared as the Grand High Witch of all the World at the Children's Party at the Palace in celebration of the Queen's 80th birthday in 2006. She also became the voice of online gambling website[6]

Kensit left Emmerdale in September 2006, stating that commuting to Yorkshire and the resultant time away from her sons was too stressful. As part of a dramatic week of episodes that coincided with Jeff Hordley's exit from the show. Hordley's character Cain Dingle and Sadie hatched an elaborate kidnap plan involving Tom King – they set up the transfer of £2million from the Kings to Cain in order for Tom to be released, however Cain double crossed Sadie. Her last appearance was at an airstrip watching Cain fly away, leaving her penniless and alone.

In October 2006, Kensit joined the BBC One medical drama series Holby City where she played ward sister Faye Morton. On 14 March 2010, it was revealed that she had decided to leave the show.[7]

In August 2008, Kensit featured in an episode of the BBC One series Who Do You Think You Are?.

She narrated the Channel 4 documentary Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys, which was broadcast on 15 May 2012.

On 7 April 2014, Patsy was a guest panellist on the ITV chat show Loose Women.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Kensit has been married four times. In 1988, she married Dan Donovan of band Big Audio Dynamite. In 1992, she married Jim Kerr, lead singer of Simple Minds. During her second marriage, she gave birth to her first child, James in 1993. In 1997, she married Liam Gallagher from Oasis. Kensit and Gallagher had a son, Lennon born 13 September 1999, named after John Lennon; they divorced in 2000. Lennon's godmother is actress Elizabeth Hurley.[9]

After a reported relationship with Ally McCoist,[10] Kensit took up with rap artist and beatboxer Killa Kela. They split up after a year, with Kensit stating that she did not see a future with Killa.[11]

Kensit later became involved with the DJ Jeremy Healy and announced that she was marrying for a fourth time on 29 November 2007.[12] On 31 March 2008 it was reported that the pair had split by mutual consent and had called off their wedding.[13] They eventually married on 18 April 2009, in an event covered by a magazine,[14] but it was reported in February 2010 that the couple had separated. Healey does not warrant a mention in her 2013 autobiography.


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1972Birds Eye's Frozen PeasHerselfTV advert[15][16]
For the Love of AdaLittle girl
1973The BrothersToddlerTV series, one episode
1974Z-CarsJoanna PageTV series, one episode
The Great GatsbyPamela Buchanan
GoldLittle Girl at Christmas PartyUncredited
1975Alfie DarlingPenny
Churchill's PeopleBrewster childTV series, one episode
HennessyAngie Hennessy
1976The Blue BirdMytyl
Dickens of LondonGeorgina HogarthTV series, two episodes
1978Armchair Thriller 'Quiet as a Nun'TessaTV series, five episodes
1979Lady OscarOscar François de Jarjayes (as a child)
Hanover StreetSarah SellingerNominated-Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture[17]
Prince RegentYoung Princess CharlotteTV mini-series
The Legend of King ArthurMorgan le Fay (as a child)TV series
PenmarricYoung MarianaTV series, two episodes
Quincy's QuestJennifer
1980HannahRuth CorderTV series, four episodes
1981Great ExpectationsYoung EstellaTV series, two episodes
1982DisneylandPollyannaTV series, one episode
The Adventures of PollyannaPollyannaTV film
Frost in MayNanda GrayTV series, one episode
1983The Tragedy of Richard IIILady Margaret PlantagenetTV film
LunaLunaTV series, six episodes
1984DianaYoung DianaTV mini-series, two episodes
1985Hallmark Hall of FameEmilie du CaillandTV series, one episode
Silas MarnerEppieTV film
1986Absolute BeginnersSuzette
1988Don BoscoLina
A Chorus of DisapprovalLinda Washbrook
1989Arms and the ManLoukaTheatre Night TV series
Lethal Weapon 2Rika van den Haas
1990Kill CruiseSu
Chicago Joe and the ShowgirlJoyce Cook
Bullseye!Sick Lady on Train
1991Adam BedeHetty SorrelTV film
Does This Mean We're MarriedDeenaTV film
TimebombDr. Anna Nolmar
Blue TornadoIsabella
Twenty-OneKatieNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1992Screen OneHetty SorrelTV series, one episode
Blame It on the BellboyCaroline Wright
The Turn of the ScrewJenny
1993Tales from the CryptBridgetTV series, one episode
Bitter HarvestJolene
Full EclipseCasey Spencer
1994Fall from GraceLady Deirdre SebrightTV film
1995Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow StoryMia FarrowTV film
Dream ManKris Anderson
Angels & InsectsEugenia Alabaster Adamson
At the Midnight HourElizabeth GuinnessTV film
Tunnel VisionKelly Wheatstone
1996Grace of My HeartCheryl Steed
1998The Last Don IIJosie CiroliaTV mini-series, one episode
Human BombMarcia WellerTV film
1999Speedway JunkyDonna
Janice Beard 45 WPMJulia
AladdinPrincessTV film
2001Things Behind the SunDenise
Loves Music, Loves to DanceDarcy ScottTV film
CasualtyCharlotte Leith-JonesTV series, one episode
2002Bad KarmaMaureen Hatcher/Agnes
Darkness FallingVicki
Murder in MindAngela StephensonTV series, one episode
The One and OnlyStella
2003Who's Your Daddy?Heather McKay
Shelter IslandAlexandria 'Alex'
2004The All Star Comedy ShowVarious charactersTV series
The PavilionClara Huddlestone
A Bear's Christmas TailHelen HennersonTV Christmas special
2004–2006EmmerdaleSadie KingTV series
Nominated-British Soap Award for Soap Bitch of the Year
Nominated-National Television Award for Most Popular Newcomer
2005A Bear's TailHelen HennersonTV series
Children's Party at the PalaceThe Grand High Witch (from The Witches)TV special
2007The Magic DoorRachel
A Bucket o' French & SaundersVarious charactersTV series, Two episodes
2007–2010Holby CityFaye ByrneTV series
2014Loose WomenHerself, Guest panellist2 episodes

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Patsy Kensit Biography Film
  2. ^ a b Picardie, Justine; "Patsy Kensit: super trouper" The Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2008
  3. ^ Carroll, Helen (26 February 2011). "Patsy Kensit: My family values". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Patsy Kensit: You ask the questions". The Independent. 26 February 2003. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Twenty-One" Variety 1 January 1991. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  6. ^ "Patsy Kensit is the voice of 32Red Online Casino" (Retrieved 30 July 2009)
  7. ^ "Patsy Kensit to join Holby cast " BBC News, 14 December 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  8. ^ "Claire Goose joins Monday's Loose Women". 7 April 2014
  9. ^ Elizabeth Hurley – Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  10. ^ Cramb, Auslan; "I have been a fool over Kensit affair, admits McCoist" The Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2001. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  11. ^ Fletcher, Alex; "Kensit breaks up with human beatbox" Digital Spy, 9 August 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  12. ^ Dadds, Kimberley; "Patsy Kensit to marry for fourth time" Digital Spy, 29 September 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  13. ^ "Actress Kensit calls off wedding" BBC News, 31 March 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  14. ^ "Kensit ties knot for fourth time" BBC News, 19 April 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  15. ^ Patsy Kensit – The Advertising Archives, No.30532929, 1972
  16. ^ Birds Eye Peas Ad Patsy Kensit on YouTube
  17. ^ First Annual Youth in Film Awards 1978–1979 – Young Artist Award
  18. ^ "The Chase: Celebrity Special".

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