Patsy Kensit (born 4 March 1968) is a British actress, singer, model and former child star, best known for her television and film appearances in film such as Lethal Weapon 2.
Between 2004 and 2006, Kensit played the role of Sadie King in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Following this, Patsy played Faye Byrne in the BBC One medical drama series Holby City from 2007 until 2010.
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Born Patricia Jude Francis Kensit to James Henry Kensit (1915–September 1987) and Margaret Rose Doohan (1935–December 1993), a native of Ireland who died from breast cancer, Kensit has an elder brother, Jamie, born in 1963. Her mother was a publicist; her father was an associate of the notorious London gangsters the Kray twins. Nicknamed "Jimmy the Dip", he also reportedly worked for 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. Kensit's parents did not marry until 1986. Her paternal grandfather was a robber and counterfeiter. She attended Corona Theatre School.
At the age of four, Kensit appeared in a television advert for Birds Eye frozen peas. In 1972, she had her first big screen role in the film For the Love of Ada. Her next film role was two years later in The Great Gatsbystarring with Mia Farrow—whom she later portrayed in the 1995 biopic Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story. She also appeared in a BBC mini series based on the famous historical novel Penmarric(1979).
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 (in the title role). She also appeared as Estella in a BBC adaptation of Great Expectations in 1981 and as Lady Margaret Plantagenet in the 1982 BBC Television Shakespeare production of Richard III.Kensit in France (1991)
In 1985 Kensit led a dual career as a singer and an actress. At the time, Kensit 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, Kensit's band Eighth Wonder had two Top 40 singles: "I'm Not Scared", written by Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe and produced by the Pet Shop Boys & Phil Harding (for PWL), which reached Number 7 in the British charts, and "Cross My Heart", which went up to Number 13, Eighth Wonder appeared on Top of the Pops, while Kensit also starred as Eppie in an adaptation of Silas Marner, with Ben Kingsley. Although the band's success quickly waned, "I'm Not Scared" 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 the 1991 independent feature, Twenty-One for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. 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 estate agent 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 directed by Philip Haas. Kensit's last major lead film role was in the Newcastle-based The One and Only.
In 2004, Kensit joined the cast of 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 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 that 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 £2million 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.
In August 2008, Kensit featured in an episode of the BBC One television documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?. She also competed in the eight series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, where she was partnered by Robin Windsor, they finished in seventh place.
She narrated the Channel 4 documentary Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys, which was broadcast on 15 May 2012.
Kensit has been married four times. 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 1993. In 1997, she married Liam Gallagher from Oasis. Kensit and Gallagher had a son, Lennon born 13 September 1999, named after John Lennon; they divorced in 2000. Lennon's godmother is actress Elizabeth Hurley.
After a reported relationship with Ally McCoist, Kensit took up with rap artist and beatboxer Killa Kela. They split up after a year, with Kensit stating that she did not see a future with Killa.
Kensit later became involved with the DJ Jeremy Healy and announced that she was marrying for a fourth time on 29 November 2007. On 31 March 2008 it was reported that the pair had split by mutual consent and had called off their wedding. They eventually married on 18 April 2009, in an event covered by a magazine, but it was reported in February 2010 that the couple had separated. Healey does not warrant a mention in her 2013 autobiography.
|1972||Birds Eye's Frozen Peas||Herself||TV advert|
|For the Love of Ada||Little girl||TV series, uncredited|
|1973||The Brothers||Toddler||TV series, one episode|
|1974||Z-Cars||Joanna Page||TV series, one episode|
|The Great Gatsby||Pamela Buchanan|
|Gold||Little Girl at Christmas Party||Uncredited|
|Churchill's People||Brewster child||TV series, one episode|
|1976||The Blue Bird||Mytyl|
|Dickens of London||Georgina Hogarth||TV series, two episodes|
|1978||Armchair Thriller 'Quiet as a Nun'||Tessa||TV series, five episodes|
|1979||Lady Oscar||Oscar François de Jarjayes (as a child)|
|Hanover Street||Sarah Sellinger||Nominated-Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture|
|Prince Regent||Young Princess Charlotte||TV mini-series|
|The Legend of King Arthur||Morgan le Fay (as a child)||TV series|
|Penmarric||Young Mariana||TV series, two episodes|
|1980||Hannah||Ruth Corder||TV series, four episodes|
|1981||Great Expectations||Young Estella||TV series, two episodes|
|1982||Disneyland||Pollyanna||TV series, one episode|
|The Adventures of Pollyanna||Pollyanna||TV film|
|Frost in May||Nanda Gray||TV series, one episode|
|1983||The Tragedy of Richard III||Lady Margaret Plantagenet||TV film|
|Luna||Luna||TV series, six episodes|
|1984||Diana (TV series)||Young Diana||TV mini-series, two episodes|
|1985||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Emilie du Cailland||TV series, one episode|
|Silas Marner||Eppie||TV film|
|A Chorus of Disapproval||Linda Washbrook|
|1989||Arms and the Man||Louka||Theatre Night TV series, one episode|
|Lethal Weapon 2||Rika van den Haas|
|Chicago Joe and the Showgirl||Joyce Cook|
|Bullseye!||Sick Lady on Train|
|1991||Adam Bede||Hetty Sorrel||TV film|
|Does This Mean We're Married||Deena||TV film|
|Timebomb||Dr. Anna Nolmar|
|Twenty-One||Katie||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead|
|1992||Screen One||Hetty Sorrel||TV series, one episode|
|Blame It on the Bellboy||Caroline Wright|
|The Turn of the Screw||Jenny|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Bridget||TV series, one episode|
|Full Eclipse||Casey Spencer|
|1994||Fall from Grace||Lady Deirdre Sebright||TV film|
|1995||Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story||Mia Farrow||TV film|
|Dream Man||Kris Anderson|
|Angels & Insects||Eugenia Alabaster Adamson|
|At the Midnight Hour||Elizabeth Guinness||TV film|
|Tunnel Vision||Kelly Wheatstone|
|1996||Grace of My Heart||Cheryl Steed|
|1998||The Last Don II||Josie Cirolia||TV mini-series, one episode|
|Human Bomb||Marcia Weller||TV film|
|Janice Beard 45 WPM||Julia|
|2001||Things Behind the Sun||Denise|
|Loves Music, Loves to Dance||Darcy Scott||TV film|
|Casualty||Charlotte Leith-Jones||TV series, one episode|
|2002||Bad Karma||Maureen Hatcher/Agnes|
|Murder in Mind||Angela Stephenson||TV series, one episode|
|The One and Only||Stella|
|2003||Who's Your Daddy?||Heather McKay|
|Shelter Island||Alexandria 'Alex'|
|2004||The All Star Comedy Show||Various characters||TV series|
|The Pavilion||Clara Huddlestone|
|A Bear's Christmas Tail||Helen Hennerson||TV Christmas special|
|2004-2006||Emmerdale||Sadie King||TV series|
|2005||A Bear's Tail||Helen Hennerson||TV series|
|Children's Party at the Palace||The Grand High Witch (from The Witches)||TV special|
|2007||The Magic Door||Rachel|
|A Bucket o' French & Saunders||Various characters||TV series, Two episodes|
|2007-2010||Holby City||Faye Byrne||TV series|
|2014||Loose Women||Herself, Guest panellist||1 episode|