Felicity Kendal

Biography

Date of Birth 25 September 1946, Olton, Warwickshire, England, UK Birth Name Felicity Ann Bragg Nickname Foo Height 4' 11¾" (1.52 m) Mini Biography British leading woman best known at one time for "cute" roles but a formidable actress in a wide variety of parts. Born in England, she was raised in India where her parents Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Liddell toured the nation for decades with a traveling classical theatre troupe called Shakespeareana. Young Felicity first appeared on stage as an infant and grew up doing backstage chores and filling in on stage as boys or various supernumeraries. She attended whatever convent school was immediately convenient and by her teen years was appearing in important Shakespearean roles. Family friends James Ivory and Ismail Merchant fashioned their fictional film Shakespeare-Wallah (1965) around the Kendal troupe and gave Felicity the leading role. She returned to England following the film and struggled for a number of years getting work. She appeared on television opposite John Gielgud and soon thereafter was given the role that made her famous, Barbara Good in the TV series "The Good Life" (1975), about a couple who decides to live off the land in their decidedly suburban home. She followed "The Good Life" with several other TV programs, but made her most important contributions on the stage. She created roles in a number of plays by Tom Stoppard (with whom she had a highly publicized affair), and continued unabated her lifelong work in Shakespeare, playing Desdemona to Paul Scofield's Othello and a memorable Viola in a BBC production of Twelfth Night (1980) (TV). She continues to perform with regularity in London's West End. She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1995. In 1999, she published her memoirs, "White Cargo."

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Shakespeare Wallah

Lizzie Buckingham

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Parting Shots

Jill Saunders

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The Camomile Lawn

Helena (5 episodes, 1992)

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Anything Goes

Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt

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Edward the King

Princess Vicky / ... (7 episodes, 1975)

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Valentino

June Mathis

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The Funny Blokes of British Comedy

Herself

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We're Back! - A Dinosaur's Story

Elsa (voice)

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Anything Goes

Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt

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The Funny Blokes of British Comedy

Herself

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Parting Shots

Jill Saunders

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We're Back! - A Dinosaur's Story

Elsa (voice)

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The Camomile Lawn

Helena (5 episodes, 1992)

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Edward the King

Princess Vicky / ... (7 episodes, 1975)

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Valentino

June Mathis

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Shakespeare Wallah

Lizzie Buckingham

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