Alex Kingston

  • Birth Name: Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Was inspired to be an actor after watching her uncle perform on stage in Germany.
  • First acted at age five playing the role of the angel Gabriel in a school play.
  • Got her first professional role at age 15 playing a bully on the TV series Grange Hill.
  • Was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company after finishing the two-year program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
  • Made film debut in 1989's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover.
  • Earned critical acclaim in 1996 for her portrayal of the title role in The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders.
  • Was noticed by producers of ER for her performance in Moll Flanders and took the role of Dr. Elizabeth Corday on the series in 1997.
  • Underwent a very public divorce from actor Ralph Fiennes in 1997 (whom she met while attending London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) after he left her for actress Francesca Annis.
  • Complained of ageism in Hollywood at age 41 after her contract was not renewed on ER because, according to Kingston, producers wanted to concentrate on the younger cast's story lines.
  • Played Nurse Ratched in the London revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 2006.

Awards

  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Florian Haertel — Husband
  • Walter Renneisen — Uncle
  • Susie Kingston — Sister
  • Salome Violetta Haertel — Daughter
  • Ralph Fiennes — Ex-husband

College

  • The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England

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