Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, England
Lesley-Anne Down (born 17 March 1954) is an English actress, former model, and singer.
She achieved fame as Georgina Worsley in the ITV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs (1973-75). She received further recognition for her performances in the films The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), A Little Night Music (1977), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), Hanover Street (1979), Rough Cut (1980), Sphinx (1981) and Nomads (1986). She is also known as Madeline Fabray in the miniseries North and South (1985-86), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1986.
In 1990, Down played the role Stephanie Rogers in the CBS drama series Dallas. During 1997-99 she played Olivia Richards in the NBC series Sunset Beach. From April 2003 to February 2012, she portrayed Jackie Marone in the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
Down was born on 17 March 1954 and raised in Wandsworth, South West London, England. She began acting and modelling, and in her teenage years won several beauty pageants. She was voted Britain's most beautiful teenager at the age of fifteen. She made her feature film debut in 1969 in a supporting role in the British drama The Smashing Bird I Used to Know. She later had roles in several other British films, like All the Right Noises, Assault, and Countess Dracula, and guest-starred well in the television series Six Dates with Barker, Out of the Unknown, and Public Eye.
In 1973, Down was cast as Georgina Worsley, Marchioness of Stockbridge, on the Emmy Award-winning British drama series, Upstairs, Downstairs. This role was her career breakthrough, and after the show ended in 1975 she moved to Hollywood and began her film career. She starred in the 1976 movie The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and later was cast opposite Elizabeth Taylor on the film adaptation of A Little Night Music. Down worked as leading lady in film, and starred opposite Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins and Donald Sutherland in various films. Her major roles were in The Betsy (1978), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), Hanover Street (1979), Rough Cut (1980), and her box-office bomb Sphinx (1981).
Down has appeared on stage in Hamlet and a musical version of Great Expectations.
Down has played number of leading roles in made for television movies and miniseries. She starred in 1978 British drama The One and Only Phyllis Dixey as Phyllis Dixey. She played the role of Esméralda in a British-American TV movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1982 opposite Anthony Hopkins, and starred in Murder Is Easy (1982), Indiscreet (1988), and Ladykillers (1988). In 1985, she starred in Arch of Triumph with Anthony Hopkins and Donald Pleasence. She starred in the ABC miniseries The Last Days of Pompeii in 1984, and in North and South in 1985. For her role as Madeline Fabray LaMotte in North and South, she was nominated for Golden Globe Award in 1986. She later starred in North and South, Book II (1986), and Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994). She turned down the roles in Fatal Attraction (later played by Anne Archer) and on The Thorn Birds .
In 1990, Down was cast as series regular for a limited run in the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas as Stephanie Rogers. She earned a quarter of a million dollars' salary for a 10-week shoot.
In the 1990s, Down starred in several small feature and television films, and played guest roles on television series such as The Nanny and Diagnosis: Murder. She starred in the 1994 film Death Wish V: The Face of Death, opposite Charles Bronson, and later appeared with him in the 1995 TV movie Family of Cops. In 1996 Aaron Spelling cast her as Olivia Blake on the NBC soap opera Sunset Beach. The series aired from January 1997 to December 1999. After the soap was cancelled, Down starred in Lifetime movies The Perfect Wife, and You Belong to Me.
In 2003, Down was cast in another soap as Jackie Marone on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. In January 2012, Down confirmed that she would be departing the program. Down also appeared in the films The King's Guard with Eric Roberts and Ron Perlman, The Meeksville Ghost, 13th Child, Today You Die, and Seven Days of Grace, on which she also was a writer. In 2011, Down appeared in Victor Salva's thriller film Rosewood Lane with Rose McGowan, Ray Wise, and Lauren Vélez. She later starred alongside Kirsten Vangsness in the comedy film Kill Me, Deadly, and played mother of leads in Dark House, I Am Watching You and Justice.
After ending a ten-year relationship with actor-writer Bruce Robinson, Down married Enrique Gabriel in 1980, but ended their marriage after a year and a half.
Down's second marriage was to film director William Friedkin from 1982 to 1985, with whom she had one son, Jack (born 1982).
She met her third husband, cinematographer Don E. Fauntleroy, during filming of the television miniseries North and South in 1985. They began a relationship, which ended Down's marriage to Friedkin and Fauntleroy's marriage to Susan Ducat. The resulting legal and custody proceedings interrupted the careers of both Down and Fauntleroy for two years and ultimately cost Down and Friedkin US$1 million each. Down and Fauntleroy have a son, George-Edward (b. 1998).
Down has spoken on several occasions about dealing with sexual predators in the film industry. In 2002, she spoke of finding fame in the late 1960s: "The casting couch was in full swing, people expected it... My teen-age years were pretty intense, a lot of pressure and a lot of horrible old men out there". In a 1977 interview, she had also said: "I was promised lots of lovely big film parts by American producers if I went to bed with them. Believe me, the casting couch is no myth".
In 2015, Down discussed her experiences of sexual harassment in the 1970s by an unnamed legendary Hollywood actor and also by producer Sam Spiegel, saying that she "never really enjoyed" her acting career: "Partly that was because of all the lecherous men, studio executives, producers and directors. There was so much running away and hiding under tables. Anyway, I started when I was ten and I’ve been doing it for 50 years."
|1969||The Smashing Bird I Used to Know||Diana|
|1971||All the Right Noises||Laura|
|1971||Countess Dracula||Ilona Nodosheen|
|1974||From Beyond the Grave||Rosemary Seaton||segment "The Door"|
|1976||The Pink Panther Strikes Again||Olga Bariosova|
|1977||A Little Night Music||Anne Egerman|
|1978||The One and Only Phyllis Dixey||Phyllis Dixey|
|1978||The Betsy||Lady Bobby Ayres|
|1979||The First Great Train Robbery||Miriam|
|1979||Hanover Street||Margaret Sellinger|
|1980||Rough Cut||Gillian Bromley|
|1982||Murder Is Easy||Bridget Conway|
|1982||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Esmeralda|
|1985||Arch of Triumph||Joan Madou|
|1987||Scenes from the Goldmine||Herself|
|1989||Night Walk||Geneva Miller|
|1992||Out of Control||Elaine Patterson|
|1993||Night Trap||Christine Turner|
|1994||Munchie Strikes Back||Linda McClelland|
|1994||Death Wish V: The Face of Death||Olivia Regent|
|1994||In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful||Jean Bradshaw|
|1995||A Family of Cops||Anna Novacek|
|1996||Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus||Morgana|
|1996||The Secret Agent Club||Eve|
|1997||Meet Wally Sparks||Hooker Nurse||cameo|
|1998||Young Hearts Unlimited||Barbara Young|
|2000||The King's Guard||Queen Beatrice|
|2001||The Meeksville Ghost||Emily Meeks|
|2001||You Belong to Me||Dr. Susan Chancellor|
|2001||The Perfect Wife||Helen Coburn|
|2002||13th Child||District Attorney Murphy|
|2005||Today You Die||Bank Manager|
|2006||Seven Days of Grace||Lillian||Actress and writer|
|2006||Mercenary for Justice||cameo||Uncredited|
|2011||Rosewood Lane||Dr. Cloey Talbot|
|2014||Dark House||Lilian Di Santo|
|2015||Kill Me, Deadly||Grand Dame Lady Clairmont|
|2015||Of God and Kings||Madame Renard|
|2015||In Extremis||Sister Clare|
|2016||I Am Watching You||Margaret|
|1971||Six Dates with Barker||Cheeky||1 episode, "2774 AD: All the World's a Stooge"|
|1971||Out of the Unknown||Diana Carver||1 episode, " To Lay a Ghost"|
|1971||Public Eye||Anne Biddersloe||1 episode, "Shades of White"|
|1973-1975||Upstairs, Downstairs||Georgina Worsley||22 episodes|
|1976||When the Boat Comes In||Jane Cromer||1 episode, "King for a Day"|
|1974||Bedtime Stories||Monica||1 episode, "The Snow Queen"|
|1975||The Sweeney||Caroline Selhurst||1 episode, "Chalk and Cheese"|
|1977||Play of the Month||Ellie Dunn||1 episode, " Heartbreak House"|
|1977||Supernatural||Felizitas||1 episode, "Mr. Nightingale"|
|1981||BBC2 Playhouse||Unity Mitford||1 episode, "Unity"|
|1984||The Last Days of Pompeii||Chloe||TV mini-series|
|1985||North and South||Madeline Fabray LaMotte||TV mini-series|
|1986||North and South, Book II||Madeline LaMotte Main|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Cassandra||1 episode, "Shivers"|
|1990||Dallas||Stephanie Rogers||13 episodes|
|1992||1775||Annabelle Proctor||TV pilot|
|1994||The Nanny||Chloe Simpson||1 episode, "Maggie the Model"|
|1994||Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III||Madeline Main||TV mini-series|
|1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Catherine Windsor||1 episode, "A Model Murder"|
|1997-1999||Sunset Beach||Olivia Blake||TV series, Main cast|
|2001||Days of Our Lives||Lady Sheraton||5 episodes|
|2003-2012||The Bold and the Beautiful||Jackie Marone||TV series, Main cast|
|Year||Result||Award||Category||Film or series|
|1978||Won||Evening Standard British Film Awards||Most Promising Newcomer - Actress|
|1986||Nominated||Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||North and South|
|1997||Won||Soap Opera Update Awards||Best Actress||Sunset Beach|
|2005||Won||Rose D'Or Light Entertainment Festival||Best Soap Female||The Bold and the Beautiful|
|2005||Nominated||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Favorite Return||The Bold and the Beautiful|
|2006||Won||TV Soap Golden Boomerang Award||Popular Supporting Female||The Bold and the Beautiful|