Chantal Sophia "Tessa" Dahl (born 11 April 1957) is an English author.


 [hide*1 Life


Dahl was born in OxfordshireEngland, the daughter of British author Roald Dahl and American actress Patricia Neal. She grew up in Great MissendenBuckinghamshire and attendedRoedean and Downe House schools, Elizabeth Russell Cookery School and Herbert Bergof Acting Studio.

After a brief stint as an actress during the 1970s, Tessa Dahl became a prolific author of a best-selling novel Working For Love and best-selling storybooks for children. Her book Gwenda and the Animals won the Friends of the Earth Best Children's Book of the Year. In addition, she has written extensively for the London TimesSunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, "The Sunday Telegraph", the Daily MailThe Mail On SundayVogueHouse and Garden (USA) and YOU Magazine. She is a contributing editor to the women's glossy magazine Tatler.

Dahl's relationship with actor Julian Holloway produced one daughter, model and author Sophie Dahl. She married businessman James Kelly and had two children, Clover and Luke. She then married businessman Patrick Donovan, son of Ambassador Francis Patrick Donovan, and had a son, Ned. Luke is a children's author who lives in New Hampshire, and Ned a journalist based in London.

Selected filmography[edit]Edit

Year Film Role
1973 Happy Mother's Day, Love George Celia
1975 Royal Flash First Girl
1976 The Slipper and The Rose Princess
1978 Leopard in the Snow Miss Framley


Apprenticed at "TheBarter Theatre,Abingdon, Va. (1972). "The Deep Man" by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1979) Royal Exchange, Manchester.

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