Francesca Annis

Born May 14, 1945

Francesca Annis is an English actress, known for her film and television appearances in such series as Reckless (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999), Cranford (2007), and Deceit (2000).

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1945 Birth Annis was born in Kensington, London in 1945 to an English father, Lester William Anthony Annis (1914–2001) and a Brazilian-French mother, Mariquita Purcell (1913–2009). … Read More


1967 22 Years Old In 1967 she played Estella in a television adaptation of Great Expectations. … Read More


1976 31 Years Old Annis has three children from a long-term relationship with actor Patrick Wiseman that began in 1976.
1977 32 Years Old In addition to having become a well-known presence on screen, Annis has enjoyed a successful stage career, playing many leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, starting with playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in 1977 alongside Ian McKellen, she even acted in Luciana in Trevor Nunn's musical version of The Comedy of Errors.
1981 36 Years Old At the National Theatre in 1981 she played Natalya Petrovna in Peter Gill's production of Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country. … Read More


1994 49 Years Old Beginning in 1994/1995, Annis was in a long relationship with actor Ralph Fiennes, who left and later divorced his wife, Alex Kingston, to be with Annis. … Read More


2006 61 Years Old On 7 February 2006, Fiennes and Annis announced their separation after 11 years together.
2007 62 Years Old In autumn 2007 Annis co-starred with Michael Gambon and Judi Dench as Lady Ludlow (an aristocrat opposed to the education of the lower classes) in the BBC1 costume-drama series Cranford. … Read More
2009 64 Years Old Annis returned to the stage in April 2009 to star as Mrs. Conway in Rupert Goold's National Theatre revival of J. B. Priestley's Time and the Conways.
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