Felicity Kendal
Actress
Felicity Kendal
Felicity Ann Kendal, CBE is an English actor known for her television and stage work. Born in 1946, Kendal spent much of her childhood in India, where her father managed a touring repertory company. First appearing on stage at the age of nine months, Kendal appeared in her first film, Shakespeare Wallah, in 1965. Kendal began playing Barbara Good in The Good Life, the BBC sitcom in 1975. This made Kendal a household name.
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Ewan McGregor to make his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard play
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Acclaimed director Sam Gold to direct McGregor in The Real Thing, opening October 2014 Ewan McGregor is gearing up make his Broadway debut, it was announced on Thursday. The Trainspotting actor will star in a revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at American Airlines theatre next year. McGregor will play Henry, a glib and unhappily married playwright, in the Roundabout Theatre Company production, which will run from 2 October 2014 until the following January. It is a role – and, indeed, a play – with serious calibre on Broadway. Stoppard's drama has been produced twice before on Broadway, picking up Tony awards for best new play and best revival. Both productions delivered best actor and actress wins for its leads, with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons scooping Tonys in 1984 and Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle following in their footsteps in 2000, after the Donmar Warehouse revival transferred to New York. McGregor has had a single major nomination for his stage work. In 2006, he ...
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Paupers in our past: Felicity Kendal is just one of the stars to discover a forebear was incarcerated at a workhouse in a harrowing new genealogy show
Daily Mail (UK) - over 3 years
Even now, mere mention of the place evokes fear, horror, shame and anger. The workhouse was the institution you ended up in when things really couldn't get any worse.
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It’s The Real Thing
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
THE Real Thing, one of Tom Stoppard’s most enduring works, has been revived 30 years after its 1982 London premiere that starred Roger Rees and Felicity Kendal.
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Felicity Kendal: On World Africa Day Isn't it Time We Start to See Africa Differently?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In a taxi somewhere on the streets of West London the cab driver turned to me and said "What continent has got six of the fastest growing economies in the world?" "Well it's Asia isn't it!" I replied firmly. And there an awkward silence ensued... Ok, so this wasn't a real conversation but a line from a new short film I've made with an online campaign from Comic Relief called See Africa Differently. And yes, the correct answer is Africa! Whilst the driver was an actor and the dialogue was scripted, the cab and the statistic are 100% real. If I've learnt one thing as an actress over the years it's that there is more than one way to tell a story and this is no truer than when talking about Africa. So often in the media we're faced with a continent ravaged by war and famine, but this is just one narrative among the many untold stories. This is why I have become involved with this brilliant campaign, See Africa Differently, which aims to tell the good news from the contin ...
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Felicity Kendal reveals how a return trip to India stirred up childhood memories
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Felicity was six and her sister Jennifer 19 when her parents, Geoffrey and Laura, set sail for the subcontinent with his troupe of actors, Shakespeareana.
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The Brit List: 10 Internationally Unsung UK National Treasures
BBC Blogs- America - almost 5 years
  Sir Ranulph Fiennes (Press Association via AP Images) This isn’t a test of Anglophile credentials: you don’t have to know who all of these people are to be in our secret Brit club. It’s just a list of ten people who are an essential part of the cultural fabric in the UK, people who are as loved by the Brits as the Beatles or Doctor Who but who don’t necessarily bring that love with them onto the world stage. And in the spirit of a true countdown, today is all about numbers 10 down to 2, and tomorrow we’ll reveal the British national treasure that deserves to be carried around the world at shoulder height. You may already know this person and their work, but unless there’s a national holiday devoted to them that we’re not aware of, they still don’t get enough recognition. But that’s tomorrow’s windmill to tilt at. Today is all about these nine fine fellows, starting with a politician: 10: Tony Benn Whatever your political persuasion may be, you have to admit it’s not easy ...
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Felicity Kendal: The Good Life portrayed me as sweetness and light, but I can be difficult and very short-tempered
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
We ask a celebrity a set of devilishly probing questions – and only accept THE definitive answer. This week it’s the turn of actress <a class="fplink fp-83927" href="/felicity+kendal+1">Felicity Kendal</a>.
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Don't think - get some ink - Independent Online
Google News - over 5 years
English actress Felicity Kendal, aged 64, recently upset a Spectator writer when she announced she&#39;d had a moon and two feathers emblazoned on her leg (he hinted darkly this indicated “a desire to hold desperately on to youth”). Tattoos
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Celebrities arrested during London Riots - The Spoof (satire)
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;We were quite surprised to find them in our cells,&quot; said Chief of the Metropolitan Police, Felicity Kendal. &quot;And they weren&#39;t the only well known names to grace our cells.&quot; According to police paid via the old News of the World Informant Network,
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BBC,PBS: The Complete Emmy winning Collections Debut on DVD - Hollywood Today Newsmagazine
Google News - over 5 years
Stunning gardens provide the backdrop for this hit British mystery series starring Felicity Kendal (Good Neighbors, The Camomile Lawn) as Rosemary Boxer and Pam Ferris (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda) as Laura Thyme,
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Bourgeois body art: Tattoos have become a must-have for the middle-classes - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Felicity Kendal, aged 64, recently upset a Spectator writer when she announced she&#39;d had a moon and two feathers emblazoned on her leg (he hinted darkly that this indicated &quot;a desire to hold desperately on to youth&quot;). Tattoos. They&#39;re everywhere
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Fern Britton isn't the only woman who adores body art - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
Britton revealed that her tattoo was of two butterflies on her tummy, and she also confessed her inspiration behind this rebellion was actress Felicity Kendal (64) getting a star tattooed on her foot. We ask local women who are also enjoying a
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Oh Fern! If this is the new face of middle age, bring back blue rinses and a ... - Mail on Sunday
Google News - over 5 years
Fern claims that she was initially inspired after reading that 64-year-old Felicity Kendal had a tattoo of a star on her foot and that the former Good Life actress was also planning some more. Felicity, who also wears toe rings and still looks good in
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Fern Britton shows off her first and new(ish) tattoo… - Mr Paparazzi
Google News - over 5 years
It is Felicity Kendal&#39;s fault. I read about hers and thought, “Why not?” Yes why not? Well actually we can think of several reason why not, but good for you Fern, good for you. These two people are dating. Shocked? We are
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Rigg backs orphanage - Bath Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Actress Felicity Kendal is also a supporter. Anyone wishing to support the charity should contact Mrs Snow on 01225 319642. A classical singer from Newbridge will be performing a musical tribute to her actor father who died from meningitis
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Strictly Come Dancing: who would join Pippa Middleton in your ideal lineup? - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Also popular in recent years have been the &#39;more mature&#39; women – think Pamela Stephenson, Felicity Kendal and Jo Wood. Already tipped is Anita &#39;Angie from EastEnders&#39; Dobson. How we&#39;d love to see the latter&#39;s husband, Queen axeman Brian May,
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Wimbledon 2011: Convention dictates that show court heckles must be unfunny - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
There is more evidence of Botox in the Centre Court stands these days than at a Felicity Kendal lookalike convention. And talking of work, while the British tennis authorities may not yet have managed to spend any of their annual profits developing a
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Caught & Social: Lewis gets a touch of Spice - The Independent (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Also spotted in the exclusive enclave were Kim Cattrall (cheering on Venus Williams) and fellow actresses Felicity Kendal and Jennifer Saunders. Kate Winslet was in Madrid to pick up an award at the “Yo Dona” International Awards
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BRUCE FORSYTH: NICE TO SERVE YOU, TO SERVE YOU, NICE - Express.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Escaping the rain under the Centre Court roof, comedienne Jennifer Saunders and actresses Felicity Kendal and Kim Cattrall were among 15000 spectators who enjoyed a full day of uninterrupted tennis. They were also treated to one of the most exciting
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Felicity Kendal
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  • 2014
    Age 67
    In 2014, she toured the UK and Australia as Judith Bliss in Noël Coward's Hay Fever.
    More Details Hide Details Felicity Kendal is an ambassador for age-positive charity Royal Voluntary Service, previously known as WRVS. Kendal has appeared in many television series (both before and after The Good Life), including: From 1976, Kendal has appeared as herself in about 40 television shows and documentaries, the most recent being: Kendal's film roles are: Kendal was made a CBE in 1995 for services to drama.
  • 2013
    Age 66
    In 2013 she starred in the first London revival of Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn at the Wyndham's Theatre.
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    In October 2013 she toured the UK with Simon Callow in Chin-Chin, an English translation by Willis Hall of Francois Billetdoux's Tchin-Tchin.
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  • 2009
    Age 62
    In 2009 she appeared in the play The Last Cigarette (by Simon Gray) and in 2010 in Mrs. Warren's Profession (by Shaw).
    More Details Hide Details Both played at the Chichester Festival Theatre and subsequently in the West End.
  • 2008
    Age 61
    In 2008 she appeared in the West End in a revival of Noël Coward's play The Vortex.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 59
    In 2006 she starred in the West End revival of Amy's View by David Hare.
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  • 2002
    Age 55
    In 2002, Kendal starred in Charlotte Jones's play, Humble Boy, when it transferred from the National Theatre to the West End.
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  • 1998
    Age 51
    The affair with Stoppard ended in 1998, and Kendal has since reunited with Michael Rudman.
    More Details Hide Details Kendal was brought up as a Catholic. She converted to Judaism at the time of her second marriage, and has stated about the conversion, "I felt I was returning to my roots". Her conversion took more than three years; she has stated that her decision to convert had "nothing to do" with her husband. In 1998 Kendal published a book of memoirs titled White Cargo. When asked (by The Guardian in 2010) whom she would invite to her "dream dinner party", Kendal replied "Emmeline Pankhurst, Gandhi, Byron, Eddie Izzard, George Bernard Shaw, Golda Meir, and Marlene Dietrich". Citations Sources
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 48
    In 1995 (at age 49) Kendal was selected as one of the "100 sexiest women in the world" by FHM magazine.
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  • 1991
    Age 44
    In 1991 she left Rudman, and subsequently started a relationship with playwright Tom Stoppard.
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  • 1989
    Age 42
    She won the Evening Standard Theatre Award in 1989 for her performances in Much Ado About Nothing and Ivanov.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 28
    Kendal appeared in all 30 episodes which extended over four series from 1975 to 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Kendal has stated that she can be "short-tempered and difficult" – which is in contrast to the character of Barbara – with whom the public have come to associate her. Kendal made her stage debut aged nine months, when she was carried on stage as a changeling boy in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She made her London stage debut in Minor Murder (1967), and went on to star in a number of well regarded plays. Kendal's stage career blossomed during the 1980s and 1990s when she formed a close professional association with Sir Tom Stoppard, starring in the first productions of many of his plays, including The Real Thing (1982), Hapgood (1988), Arcadia (1993), and Indian Ink (1995). This last was originally a radio play and the role was written for her.
    In 1975 Kendal had her big break on television with the BBC sitcom The Good Life.
    More Details Hide Details She and Richard Briers starred as Barbara and Tom Good – a middle-class suburban couple who decide to quit the rat race and become self-sufficient, much to the consternation of their snooty but well-meaning neighbour Margo and her down to earth husband Jerry Leadbetter (played by Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Felicity Kendal was born in Olton, Warwickshire, England, in 1946.
    More Details Hide Details She is the younger daughter of Geoffrey Kendal, an actor and manager, and his wife Laura (née Lidell). Her sister, Jennifer Kendal (died 1984, aged 51), also became an actress. After early years in Birmingham, Kendal went to India with her family at age seven: her father was an English actor-manager who led his own repertory company on tours of India. The ensemble would perform Shakespeare before royalty one day, and in rough rural villages the next where audiences included many schoolchildren. As the family travelled, Felicity Kendal attended six Loreto College convent schools in India, and contracted typhoid fever in Calcutta at age 17. She left India at the age of 20.
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