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Joyce Redman (born December 9, 1918) is an Irish actress.


She was born in County Mayomarker, Irelandmarker, to an Anglo-Irish family. She was educated by a private governess in Ireland, along with her three sisters. She was trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Her acting roles have been primarily in the theatre and in television movies. Her most successful efforts on the stage were during the 1940s, in Shadow and Substance, Claudia, and Lady Precious Stream, and she appeared at the Comedie Francaise as well as the Old Vic. She made a big success in New York in 1949 playing Anne Boleyn opposite Rex Harrison as Henry VIII in Maxwell Anderson's play Anne of the Thousand Days, and, in 1955, she joined England's Shakespeare Memorial Theatre to play Helena in All's Well that Ends Well and Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. In 1974, Redman played Sophie Dupin, the mother of George Sand, in the BBC serial Notorious Woman. She has also appeared in some movie releases.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Tom Jones (1963) and also for Othello in which she appeared as Emilia to the Desdemona of Maggie Smith and the Othello of Laurence Olivier in 1965. Her work on Othello earned her a 1965 Golden Globe nomination.


She is the aunt of actress Amanda Redman.

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