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Patsy Kensit


Birth name:

Patricia Jude Francis Kensit






Hounslow, London, England, UK



Race or Ethnicity:


Sexual orientation:



Actress, Singer



Executive summary:

Absolute Beginners


5' 5" (1.65 m)


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Patsy Kensit - Biography


Patricia Jude Francis "Patsy" Kensit (born 4 March 1968 in Hounslow, West London) is an English actress and former singer well known for her many appearances on television.

Born to James Henry Kensit and the late Margaret Rose Kensit (née Doohan), a native of Ireland who died from breast cancer, Patsy Kensit has an older brother Jamie. Her mother (1947-93) was a publicist, and her father (1915-87) was an associate of the notorious London gangsters the Kray twins. Nicknamed "Jimmy the Dip", he was also reportedly an associate of the rival Richardsons, running long firms for the gang. He served time in prison before Kensit was born, she believed he was an antiques dealer. Her paternal grandfather was a robber and counterfeiter, and her brother's godfather was Reggie Kray.

Kensit attended St. Edmund's Catholic Primary School (Whitton), Newland House School and St. Catherine's Convent School (Twickenham) and the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts stage school.

At the age of four, Kensit appeared in a television advert for Birds Eye frozen peas. In 1972, she had her first role in the film For the Love of Ada. Her next film role was two years later in The Great Gatsby starring with Mia Farrow—whom she would later portray in the 1995 biopic Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story.
As a pupil at the Italia Conti Academy stage school, Kensit's first starring roles were in British children's television programmes such as The Adventures of Pollyanna (1982) and Luna. She also appeared as Estella in a BBC adaptation of Great Expectations in 1981 and as Lady Margaret Plantagenet in the 1982 BBC production of Shakespeare's Richard III.

In 1985 Kensit led a dual career as the lead singer of the band Eighth Wonder and an actress. Eighth Wonder had two Top 40 singles ("I'm Not Scared" UK #7 and "Cross My Heart" UK #13) and appeared on Top of the Pops, while Kensit also starred as Eppie in an adaptation of Silas Marner, with Ben Kingsley. At the time, Kensit infamously stated: "All I want is to be more famous than anything or anyone".
In 1986, she won the lead female role in the film version of Absolute Beginners, based on the book by Colin MacInnes. In November 1987, she sang a duet with the Italian singer and songwriter, Eros Ramazzotti, entitled 'La Luce Buona Delle Stelle', which in English translates to 'The Good Light Of The Stars'. In 1988, Eighth Wonder had their only UK top 10 hit with "I'm Not Scared", which was written and produced by the Pet Shop Boys. Although the band's success quickly waned, the song appeared in the 1989 film Lethal Weapon 2, in which Kensit, now focused solely on being an actress, played Rika van den Haas, a South African consulate secretary with whom cop Martin Riggs (played by Mel Gibson) falls in love.
Following Lethal Weapon 2, she appeared in 1991's little-seen Twenty-One. Of her role, Variety magazine wrote, "Fans of Kensit get plenty of her; her lovely face and form are always the center of attention. The cool control with which she executes the role is admirable". In 1992, she had a leading role in the British film Blame it on the Bellboy as Miss Carolyn Wright, a desperate real estate dealer in Venice who would stop at nothing to clinch a deal.
In 1995, Kensit starred in Angels & Insects, with Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Rylance, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design and in which she complied with film director Philip Haas' request to bleach her pubic hair. Kensit's last major lead film role was in the Newcastle-based The One and Only.

In 2004, Kensit joined the cast of British soap opera Emmerdale, playing the character Sadie King, and also regularly featured in the third series of Channel 4's Bo' Selecta! and its 2005 spin-off series A Bear's Tail. Kensit's success as the soap super-bitch and in a popular comedy brought her back to the attention of the British public.
In September and October 2005 she appeared as a celebrity contestant in Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon, progressing through to Play Your Cards Right before being eliminated by Carol Vorderman, the eventual winner of the series. Kensit was a special guest host on The Friday Night Project on 23 June 2006 with band Placebo. She appeared as The Grand High Witch of all the World at the Children's Party at the Palace in celebration of the Queen's 80th birthday in 2006. She also became the voice of online gambling website 32red.com.
Kensit left Emmerdale in September 2006, stating that commuting to Yorkshire and the resultant time away from her sons was too stressful. As part of a dramatic week of episodes which coincided with Jeff Hordley's exit from the show. Hordley's character Cain Dingle and Sadie hatched an elaborate kidnap plan involving Tom King - they set up the transfer of £2 million from the Kings to Cain in order for Tom to be released, however Cain double crossed Sadie. Her last appearance was at an airstrip watching Cain fly away, leaving her penniless and alone.
Kensit has played ward sister Faye Morton in the BBC One medical drama series Holby City since October 2006. Kensit is signed to Models 1 in London.

Kensit's penchant for rock front men started when she briefly dated Michael Head of The Pale Fountains whilst Michael was living in Breck Road, Hackney in the early eighties.
Kensit has been married four times, and all her husbands have been musicians of Irish descent. In 1988 she married Dan Donovan of band Big Audio Dynamite. In 1992 she married Jim Kerr, lead singer of Simple Minds. During her second marriage she gave birth to her first child, James in 1992. In 1997 she married Liam Gallagher from Oasis. Kensit and Gallagher had a son, Lennon, named after John Lennon; they divorced in 2000.
By now Kensit's private life had brought her to as much attention as her acting or singing, as the tabloid newspapers detailed the break down of her marriage to Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr and her romance with Oasis singer Liam Gallagher. Her career stalled as she focused on her marriage, over which she claimed to cry every day of the marriage until it ended, as it eventually headed towards divorce. This personal downward spiral led to the resumption of her acting career.
After her marriage to Gallagher ended in divorce, Kensit spoke openly about her breast augmentation, which took her bust measurement from a 32B to a 35C. She has three tattoos: on her back; above the blade of her left foot (Gaelic words); and on her ankle. She changed the tattoo of her ex-husband's name from Liam to the name of their son, Lennon.
After reported relationships with Ally McCoist, Calum Best, David Walliams, Matt Holbrook, and in 2005 with Jean-Christophe Novelli, Kensit began dating rap artist and beatboxer Killa Kela. They split up shortly after a year, with Kensit claiming that she did not see a future with Killa.
She later became involved with the DJ Jeremy Healy and announced that she was marrying for a fourth time on 29 November 2007. However, on the 31 March 2008 it was reported that the pair had mutually split and called off their wedding. They eventually married on April 18, 2009 in an event covered by a magazine.


Patsy Kensit - Personal Quotes


"The make-up people had to re-dye it every day to keep it pale. I mean, I am blonde really, I do not want there to be any doubt about that! It is just a bit more mousey than in the movie." -on staying consistent, top & bottom, for the nude scenes in "Angels And Insects"


Patsy Kensit - Filmography


"Holby City" .... Faye Morton (26 episodes, 2007)
... aka Holby (UK: informal short title)
- Bitter from the Sweet (2007) TV Episode .... Faye Morton
- Duty of Care: Part 1 (2007) TV Episode .... Faye Morton
- My Aim Is True (2007) TV Episode .... Faye Morton
- Trial and Retribution (2007) TV Episode .... Faye Morton
- Friends Reunited (2007) TV Episode .... Faye Morton
(21 more)
"A Bucket o' French & Saunders" .... Various Roles (2 episodes, 2007)
- Episode #1.4 (2007) TV Episode .... Various Roles
- Episode #1.3 (2007) TV Episode .... Various Roles
The Magic Door (2007) (V) .... Rachel
"Emmerdale Farm" .... Sadie King (5 episodes, 2004-2006)
... aka Emmerdale (UK: new title)
- Episode #1.4411 (2006) TV Episode .... Sadie King
- Episode #1.4409 (2006) TV Episode .... Sadie King
- Episode #1.4315 (2006) TV Episode .... Sadie King
- Episode dated 25 December 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Sadie King
- Episode #1.3987 (2005) TV Episode .... Sadie King
The Children's Party at the Palace (2006) (TV) .... Grand High Witch
Played (2006) .... Cindy
"A Bear's Tail" .... Helen Hennerson (6 episodes, 2005)
- Episode #1.6 (2005) TV Episode .... Helen Hennerson
- Episode #1.5 (2005) TV Episode .... Helen Hennerson
- Episode #1.4 (2005) TV Episode .... Helen Hennerson
- Episode #1.3 (2005) TV Episode .... Helen Hennerson
- Episode #1.2 (2005) TV Episode .... Helen Hennerson
(1 more)
A Bear's Christmas Tail (2004) (TV) .... Helen Hennerson
The All Star Comedy Show (2004) (TV) .... Various Roles
... aka Monkey Trousers (UK: new title)
Shelter Island (2003) .... Alexandria 'Alex'
Who's Your Daddy? (2003/I) (V) .... Heather McKay
The One and Only (2002) .... Stella
Bad Karma (2002) .... Maureen Hatcher/Agnes
... aka Hell's Gate (USA: video title)
"Murder in Mind" .... Angela Stephenson (1 episode, 2002)
- Flashback (2002) TV Episode .... Angela Stephenson
Darkness Falling (2002) .... Vicki
... aka Dark Side (USA)
... aka Sombres secrets (Canada: French title)
"Casualty" .... Charlotte Leith-Jones (1 episode, 2001)
- Happily Ever After (2001) TV Episode .... Charlotte Leith-Jones
"Strange Frequency" (1 episode, 2001)
- Cold Turkey (2001) TV Episode
Things Behind the Sun (2001) .... Denise
Loves Music, Loves to Dance (2001) (TV) .... Darcy Scott
... aka Mary Higgins Clark's 'Loves Music, Loves to Dance' (USA: complete title)
Strange Frequency 2 (2001) (TV) .... (segment 'Cold Turkey')
Aladdin (2000) (TV) .... Princess
Best (2000) .... Anna
Janice Beard 45 wpm (1999) (TV) .... Julia
... aka Janice Beard (USA)
Speedway Junky (1999) .... Donna
The Pavilion (1999) .... Clara Huddlestone
Human Bomb (1998) (TV) .... Marcia Weller
... aka Menschliche Bombe - Todesangst im Klassenzimmer, Die (Germany: rerun title)
... aka Menschliche Bombe, Die (Germany)
"The Last Don II" (1998) (mini) TV Series .... Josie Cirolia
... aka Mario Puzo's The Last Don II (USA: complete title)
Grace of My Heart (1996) .... Cheryl Steed
Tunnel Vision (1995) .... Kelly Wheatstone
At the Midnight Hour (1995) (TV) .... Elizabeth Guinness
... aka Sur le coup de minuit (Canada: French title)
Angels and Insects (1995) .... Eugenia Alabaster Adamson
Dream Man (1995) (V) .... Kris Anderson
Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (1995) (TV) .... Mia Farrow
Kleptomania (1995) .... Julie
The Turn of the Screw (1994) .... Jenny
... aka Tour d'écrou, Le (France)
Fall from Grace (1994) (TV) .... Deirdre
... aka Fortitude (France)
Full Eclipse (1993) (TV) .... Casey Spencer
"Tales from the Crypt" .... Bridget (1 episode, 1993)
... aka HBO's Tales from the Crypt
- As Ye Sow (1993) TV Episode .... Bridget
Bitter Harvest (1993) .... Jolene
Blame It on the Bellboy (1992) .... Caroline Wright
"Screen One" .... Hetty Sorrel (1 episode, 1992)
- Adam Bede (1992) TV Episode .... Hetty Sorrel
Beltenebros (1991) .... Rebeca
... aka Prince of Shadows
Twenty-One (1991) .... Katie
Timebomb (1991) .... Dr. Anna Nolmar
Does This Mean We're Married? (1991) .... Deena
... aka Époux ripoux, Les (France)
... aka Un drôle de contrat (France)
Adam Bede (1991) (TV) .... Hetty Sorrel
Blue Tornado (1991) .... Isabelle
Bullseye! (1990) .... Sick Lady on Train
Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990) .... Joyce Cook
Skipper, Der (1990) .... Su
... aka Kill Cruise
... aka The Storm
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) .... Rika van den Haas
Arms and the Man (1989) (TV) .... Maid
A Chorus of Disapproval (1988) .... Linda Washbrook
Don Bosco (1988) .... Lina
Absolute Beginners (1986) .... Suzette
Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1985) (TV) .... Eppie
... aka Silas Marner (Australia)
The Corsican Brothers (1985) (TV) .... Emilie du Cailland
... aka Vendetta (Europe: English title)
"Diana" (1984) (mini) TV Series .... Young Diana
"Luna" .... Luna (series 1) (6 episodes, 1983)
- When Did You Last See Your Pater Batch Mix Donor? (1983) TV Episode .... Luna (series 1)
- Environmental Ambience Stable, Wish You Were Here (1983) TV Episode .... Luna (series 1)
- Happy Batch Day, Dear Luna (1983) TV Episode .... Luna (series 1)
- All the World's a Teletalk Linkup (1983) TV Episode .... Luna (series 1)
- The Clunkman Cometh (1983) TV Episode .... Luna (series 1)
(1 more)
The Tragedy of Richard the Third (1983) (TV) .... Lady Margaret Plantagenet
... aka Richard III (UK)
... aka The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Richard the Third (USA: video title)
"Frost in May" (1982) (mini) TV Series .... Nanda Gray, youth
"Flesh and Blood" (1 episode, 1982)
- Episode #2.5 (1982) TV Episode
The Adventures of Pollyanna (1982) (TV) .... Pollyanna
"Disneyland" .... Pollyanna (1 episode, 1982)
... aka Disney's Wonderful World (USA: new title)
... aka The Disney Sunday Movie (USA: new title)
... aka The Magical World of Disney (USA: new title)
... aka The Wonderful World of Disney (USA: new title)
... aka Walt Disney (USA: new title)
... aka Walt Disney Presents (USA: new title)
... aka Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (USA: new title)
- The Adventures of Pollyanna (1982) TV Episode .... Pollyanna
"Schoolgirl Chums" (1982) TV Series
"Great Expectations" (1981) (mini) TV Series .... Young Estella
The Mystery of the Disappearing Schoolgirls (1980) (TV)
"Hannah" .... Ruth Corder (4 episodes, 1980)
- Episode #1.4 (1980) TV Episode .... Ruth Corder
- Episode #1.3 (1980) TV Episode .... Ruth Corder
- Episode #1.2 (1980) TV Episode .... Ruth Corder
- Episode #1.1 (1980) TV Episode .... Ruth Corder
Quincy's Quest (1979)
"Penmarric" .... Young Mariana (2 episodes, 1979)
- Episode #1.6 (1979) TV Episode .... Young Mariana
- Episode #1.5 (1979) TV Episode .... Young Mariana
The Legend of King Arthur (1979) (TV) .... Morgan le Fay, as a child
"Prince Regent" (1979) (mini) TV Series .... Young Princess Charlotte
Hanover Street (1979) .... Sarah Sellinger
Lady Oscar (1979) .... Oscar as a child
... aka Berusaiyu no bara (Japan)
"Armchair Thriller" .... Tessa (1 episode, 1978)
- Quiet as a Nun (1978) TV Episode .... Tessa
"The Foundation" (1 episode, 1977)
- Separation (1977) TV Episode
"Dickens of London" (1976) (mini) TV Series .... Catherine Hogarth/Dickens
The Blue Bird (1976) .... Mytyl
... aka Sinyaya ptitsa (Soviet Union: Russian title)
Hennessy (1975) (as Patsy Kensitt) .... Angie Hennessy
Alfie Darling (1975) .... Penny
... aka Oh Alfie
Gold (1974) (uncredited) .... Little Girl at Christmas Party
... aka The Great Gold Conspiracy (USA)
The Great Gatsby (1974) .... Pamela Buchanan
"Z Cars" .... Joanna Page (1 episode, 1974)
- Joanna (1974) TV Episode .... Joanna Page
"The Brothers" .... Toddler (1 episode, 1973)
- Negotiations (1973) TV Episode .... Toddler
For the Love of Ada (1972) .... Little Girl


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