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, actress Mariquita (Mara) Purcell (1913–2009), both sometime actors and Mara, a singer. … Read More


1963 18 Years Old At the same time, Francesca was educated at a convent school, and trained in her early years as a ballet dancer, with training in the Russian style at the Corona Stage Academy. Her career break came in acting, when at age 16 she landed a role alongside Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, which appeared in 1963. … Read More


1965 20 Years Old Her big break was as one of the leads in the 1965 West End stage musical Passion Flower Hotel. … Read More
1974 29 Years Old Annis was in a relationship with photographer Patrick Wiseman that began in 1974, and the partners had and raised three children, Charlotte, Taran, and Andreas, all of whom were given their father's surname.


1976 31 Years Old Annis has also pursued a stage career, playing leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company – Luciana in Trevor Nunn's musical version of The Comedy of Errors in 1976, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet alongside Ian McKellen in 1977.
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


1995 50 Years Old Annis began a relationship with Hamlet co-star Ralph Fiennes in 1995, ending her 23-year relationship with Wiseman in 1997, with Fiennes in turn divorcing his wife of four years, Alex Kingston. … Read More


2006 61 Years Old Annis and Fiennes announced their separation on 7 February 2006, after 11 years together, in a parting described as "acrimonious" following his affair with a Romanian singer.
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She 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. … Read More
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