Alex Kingston
Actor
Alex Kingston
Alexandra Elizabeth "Alex" Kingston is an English actress. She is most widely known for her roles as Dr. Elizabeth Corday on the NBC medical drama ER and as River Song in Doctor Who.
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Friday's TV Highlights: 'Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration' on ABC
LATimes - about 1 year
SERIES Doctor Who Alex Kingston reprises her role as River Song in the venerable British sci-fi drama's annual Christmas episode; Peter Capaldi stars. 9 p.m. BBC America SPECIALS Yule Log Images of a blazing hearth are acccompanied by seasonal music. 4 and 9 a.m. KTLA; 6 a.m. KCAL A Gospel Christmas...
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Your Guide to the Best Holiday TV Specials of 2015
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Holiday TV specials are like a warm mug of cocoa with marshmallows: sweet, comforting, and best enjoyed with those you love. Common Sense Media rounded up this season's can't-miss shows to keep your family entertained from Thanksgiving (Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow) all the way through the holidays (Doctor Who Christmas Special). Whether you like 'em heartwarming, quirky, funny, or futuristic, you'll find traditional faves, worthy underdogs, and a few new additions to the classic holiday-special canon. Though not all these shows feature families (or even humans!), they embody the spirit of togetherness, warmth, and tradition. (Check your local listings to confirm show dates and times.) Thanksgiving Friends, Thanksgiving episodes, age 14+, streaming on Netflix Each season of Friends contains a classic Thanksgiving episode, often highlighting time spent with good (you guessed it) friends and family. Start with season five's "The One with All the ...
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‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: New Doctor Will Be ‘Madder’
BBC Blogs- America - about 3 years
This week, Peter Capaldi‘s interview with Doctor Who magazine has dominated all conversations about the future of the show. He has revealed that there’s a big shift on the way, and that the Doctor will no longer be considered to be boyfriend material, partly because of the clear, physical age difference between him and Clara, and partly because his Doctor will be no one’s idea of a nice, safe romantic traveling companion. He explained: ”The last two Doctors have been ‘your boyfriend’ Doctors. It was time for the show to flip around. The new version of the show is quite old now. “We’re going to give Clara a Doctor who is a much older, fiercer, madder, less reliable Doctor who leads her a merry dance.” And let’s face it, she must’ve still been fairly giddy from the last waltz of the Eleventh. Peter also had a chance to talk about his deep love of Doctor Who since he was a child, saying: “I don’t remember Doctor Who not being part of my life, and it became a part of growing up, ...
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Captain Jack & River Song Want A Spinoff
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Captain Jack met River Song and now, they want a spinoff. John Barrowman, the man who brought Captain Jack Harkness to life on "Doctor Who" and its spinoff "Torchwood," told The TV Addict that he and Alex Kingston, who plays River Song on "Doctor Who," met at a party and instantly hit it off. The two, who have both appeared on The CW's "Arrow," met at theater producer Cameron Mackintosh's house in London for an anniversary celebration. "We didn’t even say anything, we just looked at each other and went, 'Aaaaaahhh! My god!' We got a glass of champagne and started talking about how it would be great if River and Jack -- actually, she said River and Jack should have their own TV show," Barrowman said. "Then as we talked more, we realized that we're both born on the same day. We're both March 11 babies and we have so much in common. We like a lot of the same things and our attitude towards stuff is very, very similar. It struck a chord with us because that’s why River a ...
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'Doctor Who' ... Gets A Name?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"The Name of The Doctor," the "Doctor Who" Season 7 finale, may reveal the biggest secret yet. BBC released the synopsis for the "Doctor Who" Season 7 finale, a poster and the title that could shake "Doctor Who" fans to the core. For years, it's been "Doctor who?" but that might all change. BBC America released the details with this statement: "Stand by for something that you might always have believed to be impossible ..." The "Doctor Who" Season 7 finale will see the return of "ER" veteran Alex Kingston as River Song. The episode description: "Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him towards the one place in all of time and space that he should never go." Following the Season 7 finale, "Doctor Who" will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a new special starring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, David Tennant and Billie Piper. "Doctor Who" airs Saturdays, 8 p.m. ET on BBC America.
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BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Alex Kingston swaps the Tardis for toil and trouble with Kenneth Branagh
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
The actors will lead the Manchester International Festival production of Macbeth, which will be performed in a deconsecrated church in the city centre.
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'Arrow' Postmortem: Can You Believe What Just Happened?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on unless you've seen the February 27 episode (Season 1, Episode 16) of The CW's "Arrow," titled "Dead to Rights." With "Dead to Rights," "Arrow" just delivered its most shocking, action-packed hour yet, with Oliver (Stephen Amell) revealing his identity to best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell) in order to help save Tommy's father's (John Barrowman) life. Thanks to Oliver's revelation -- and the fact that he apparently would never have told his best friend the truth were it not for the Malcolm's dire condition -- it seems as though his relationship with Tommy might be irreparably damaged. As if that wasn't enough, "Dead to Rights" also introduced Alex Kingston as Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) mother, Dinah Lance, who brought her daughter the shocking news that Laurel's sister, Sarah, may not have died on the boat that stranded Oliver on the island after all. HuffPost TV caught up with the episode's writer, DC Comics' Chief Creative Officer Geoff Jo ...
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River Song Of 'Doctor Who' Joins 'Arrow' As Laurel Lance's Mother
MTV News - about 4 years
"Arrow" has found itself its Dinah Lance. Entertainment Weekly has learned that the mother of Laurel Lance will be played by British actress Alex Kingston. The "ER" and "Doctor Who" alum will reportedly return to Starling City in an attempt to win back the family she left after her daughter Sara. Like everyone in the "Arrow" universe, we'd bet that Dinah is more than meets the eye. Is her real motive just to make amends with her ex-husband Detective Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) and her daughter (Katie Cassidy)? Or does she have some ulterior reasons for her return? Honestly, it would be as much fun if Dinah didn't have a couple tricks up her sleeve. At least Kingston knows a thing or two about nerd culture thanks to her role in "Doctor Who." Hopefully she'll make as big of an impact in "Arrow" as she did in the BBC series as River Song. Do you think Kingston is a good pick for Dinah Lance? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!
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'General Hospital' Favorite Returns
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"General Hospital" favorite Jack Wagner is coming back to the ABC soap, according to TV Guide. The beloved soap star, who played Frisco Jones from 1983 to 1995, is reportedly already filming scenes, and is among a number of fan-favorite alums who are scheduled to return to celebrate the sudser's 50th anniversary. TV Guide also reports that Antonio Sabato, Jr., who played Jagger Cates, has already met with producers to discuss his own involvement in the milestone event. Since starring on "GH," Wagner has made appearances on "Melrose Place," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and more recently, ABC's "Castle." It's not all good news for "General Hospital," though, as some actors who joined the series after the broadcast end of "One Life To Live" may have to rejoin "OLTL" as it launches online, as part of a deal between Prospect Park and ABC. In other casting news ... Alex Kingston has joined "Arrow." The "ER" actress will play Dinah Lance, Quentin’s (Paul Blackthor ...
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Doctor Who’s Alex Kingston Travels to NCIS
Boom Tron - over 4 years
Look out Doctor Who fans! Alex Kingston is making her way to the most watched and highest rated drama series on TV: NCIS. Kingston, known these days as the Doctor’s wife, River Song, will be making a welcomed appearance in a November sweeps episode, which will make good use of her wonderful on-screen persona. When you have somebody who commands attention like Kingston, the immediate reaction is to design a character that will be able to take full advantage of what she has to offer, and NCIS is doing just that. She’ll be turning things up a notch in ways only she can, making me quite excited to see exactly how they put her to work. Kingston will be playing Miranda Pennebaker, who, according to TVLine, is a woman of questionable morals. Showrunner Gary Glasberg said she “deals in everything from high end weapons sales to priceless gems. Her connections go all the way up the ladder of D.C. politics, and Gibbs needs her for this very disturbing, emotional case.” So she is clearly wea ...
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‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: World Reacts to Amy and Rory’s Farewell
BBC Blogs- America - over 4 years
The Doctor hugs Amy and Rory in ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ OK hands up, who’s still reeling? All of you? Thought as much. Saturday’s revelation and recrimination adventure The Angels Take Manhattan, in which Amy and Rory Pond not only leave the Doctor but revert to (semi)-normal life, somewhere in New York, as Mr. and Mrs. Williams, tested the tissue strength of hardened Whovians all over the world. And it’s not only the viewers who found it heavy going. As Steven Moffat explained to the audience at a recent BAFTA screening, he got emotional trying to get the story just right, and this is even reflected in the Doctor’s mindset as events unfold: “This weekend’s episode is more devastating for the Doctor, at certain points he becomes useless and emotional.” ‘It was torment and hell trying to write the episode, I struggled for ages to work out a fitting ending and changed my mind until I finally got it right.” • Here’s our recap of the whole story, in which we discover that t ...
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Time’s Up for ‘Upstairs Downstairs’
BBC Blogs- America - almost 5 years
Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard in 'Upstairs, Downstairs' Fans of the revived Upstairs Downstairs will no longer be able to view the goings-on either upstairs or downstairs at 165 Eaton Place. The BBC has announced that the period drama, which aired the final episode of its second season in the UK last month, has been cancelled. Like the original Upstairs, Downstairs (1970-74), the show followed the lives of the occupants of a London townhouse. The new series was set on the eve of World War II and focused on an aristocratic couple (Ed Stoppard and Keeley Hawes) who lived upstairs and their servants (Jean Marsh, Anne Reid and others) working below. In the U.S., Season One of the revived Upstairs Downstairs ran on PBS’ Masterpiece last year; Season Two is expected to air in 2013. The original Upstairs, Downstairs also appeared on PBS nearly four decades ago. PBS’ Masterpiece is also home to Downton Abbey, the Emmy-winning period drama that, like Upstairs Downstairs, focuses on b ...
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Doctor Who thing of the day: Matt Smith and... Alex Kingston’s driving double?
Flick Filosopher - almost 5 years
Geoffrey De Voe sent me this pic he snapped in New York the other night, of what appears to be Matt Smith with -- I hope -- Alex Kingston’s double for extremely long shots...
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Alex Kingston tells of fall horror
Brentwood Weekly News - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-8695" href="/alex+kingston+1">Alex Kingston</a> has told how she bashed in her front teeth after trying to save face following an earlier bump.
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Alex Kingston and Emilia Fox to Play Lesbian Lovers in Upstairs, Downstairs
Advocate - about 5 years
Finally, the <a class="fplink fp-8695" href="/alex+kingston+1">Alex Kingston</a> lesbian affair the collective imagination has been pining for since ER! Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but the good news is that the lovely and amazing Kingston’s Upstairs, Downstairs character will engage in a torrid, hidden lesbian affair with Silent Witness star <a class="fplink fp-77663" href="/emilia+fox+1">Emilia Fox</a>.
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 5 years
8 P.M. (HBO) CONVICTION (2010) In yet another hardscrabble role, Hilary Swank, right, plays Betty Anne Waters, the product of a negligent mother and foster care, who pushes through college and law school while working at a bar and rearing two sons in an effort to defend -- finally --her beloved and mercurial brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), for a
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Stake 'em: 'Priest,' 'Stake Land' - VillageSoup Belfast (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The mysterious River Song (Alex Kingston) returns and the final episode of the half-season finally reveals who she is, and it&#39;s a shocker. Episode six also ends with a shock. Richard Nixon makes an appearance as The Doctor and companions are battling
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alex Kingston
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 51
    Kingston married television producer Jonathan Stamp in a ceremony in Rome on 18 July 2015.
    More Details Hide Details As of 2011, Kingston continues to reside in the US. Kingston appeared on the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? in September 2012, investigating the lives of her great-grandfather Will Keevil and her four-times great-grandmother, Elizabeth Braham.
    Kingston returned as the character in the 2015 Christmas special, "The Husbands of River Song".
    More Details Hide Details It was her first appearance alongside Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor.
  • 2014
    Age 50
    In September 2014, Kingston starred as Ruth Hattersley, an analyst working for the Missing Persons Bureau on the ITV mini-series drama Chasing Shadows.
    More Details Hide Details Kingston met English actor Ralph Fiennes while they were both students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. They were together for ten years before marrying in 1993.
    She reprised the performance with Branagh at the Park Avenue Armory in June 2014.
    More Details Hide Details It was her New York stage debut.
  • FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 49
    In July 2013 Kingston played Lady Macbeth opposite Kenneth Branagh in Macbeth at Manchester International Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance was broadcast to cinemas on 20 July as part of National Theatre Live.
    In early 2013, Kingston appeared in Arrow, playing Professor Dinah Lance, the mother of Laurel and Sara Lance.
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  • 2011
    Age 47
    In 2011, Kingston was a cast member on British supernatural series Marchlands, portraying Helen Maynard.
    More Details Hide Details She also guest-starred in the Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice as Marla Tompkins, a psychiatrist who writes book reviews for newspapers. Kingston appeared in Friedrich Schiller's Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse in London.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    In 2010, Kingston returned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the season 12 episode, "Trophy", which reunited Kingston with her former ER castmate Maria Bello.
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  • 2009
    Age 45
    In February 2009, Kingston portrayed Miranda Pond, a defence attorney in two episodes of the legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
    More Details Hide Details This guest spot reunited Kingston with her former cast mate from ER, Mariska Hargitay. In June, Kingston starred as the lead character Ellie Lagden, one of four former convicts in the BBC One drama series Hope Springs until its cancellation in July. In September that year, she had a recurring role in FlashForward, playing Inspector Fiona Banks.
  • 2008
    Age 44
    In September 2008, Kingston took the part of Mrs. Bennet in ITV's acclaimed four-part production Lost in Austen which is based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
    More Details Hide Details In October that same year, Kingston appeared in the police procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in the season 9 episode, "Art Imitates Life" as Patricia Alwick, a psychiatrist and grief counsellor who helps the team cope with the recent death of CSI member Warrick Brown.
    In 2008, Kingston guest-starred in the fourth series of the long-running science fiction television programme Doctor Who in the two-part story "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" as River Song.
    More Details Hide Details She reprised the role in fifteen episodes in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. Kingston says she thought her role was simply a one-off, but was delighted that she would be a returning character.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    In 2006, Kingston starred as Nurse Ratched, opposite Christian Slater as Randle Patrick McMurphy, in the Garrick Theatre's West End production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
    More Details Hide Details Kingston revealed that she auditioned for role of Lynette Scavo on ABC's Desperate Housewives, but was turned away for being too curvy. In the same article, she admitted to considering and nearly attempting suicide after her separation from her husband Ralph Fiennes.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    In November 2005, Kingston guest-starred in the long-running mystery drama Without a Trace in the season 4 episode, "Viuda Negra".
    More Details Hide Details The episode was directed by Kingston's former ER cast mate Paul McCrane. She played Lucy Costin, a wealthy vacationer from the U.S. whose husband is kidnapped by a Mexican street gang during their honeymoon.
  • 2004
    Age 40
    Kingston played this role for just over seven seasons, leaving in October 2004 with the season 11 episode, "Fear".
    More Details Hide Details In spring 2009, Kingston returned to ER during its 15th and final season for two episodes, "Dream Runner" and the two-hour series finale, "And in the End".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 34
    At the end of 1998, Kingston married her second husband, German writer and freelance journalist Florian Haertel, having met the previous year on a blind date arranged by friends; they have a daughter together, Salome Violetta Haertel, born 28 March 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Kingston and Haertel separated in 2010.
  • 1997
    Age 33
    In September 1997, Kingston gained North American television fame after being cast on the long-running medical drama ER.
    More Details Hide Details Her first appearance was in the premiere of the fourth season, the award-winning live episode "Ambush", as British surgeon Elizabeth Corday.
  • 1996
    Age 32
    Her sisters are Susie, who is mentally and physically disabled as a result of being deprived of oxygen at birth, and Nicola, a former actress who appeared in the 1996 British TV production of The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, in which Kingston starred.
    More Details Hide Details Kingston was inspired to pursue acting by one of her teachers at Rosebery School for Girls. Kingston auditioned and performed in the Surrey County Youth Theatre production of Tom Jones as Mrs Fitzpatrick, alongside Sean Pertwee as Captain Fitzpatrick and Thwackum played by Tom Davison. She later completed a three-year programme at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. Kingston has appeared in a number of British-produced television dramas, including Grange Hill, Crocodile Shoes, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, The Knock and various guest roles on The Bill. Kingston's film credits include The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), A Pin for the Butterfly (1994), The Infiltrator (1995), Croupier (1998), Essex Boys (2000), Boudica (Warrior Queen in the USA) (2003) in which she played the eponymous Boudica, Sweet Land (2005) and Crashing (2007).
  • 1995
    Age 31
    In 1995, Fiennes began an affair with his Hamlet co-star, Francesca Annis, and left Kingston the following year; they were divorced in 1997.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on March 11, 1963.
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