Patsy Kensit

Patricia Jude Kensit (born 4 March 1968) is an English actress, singer and model best known for being the lead singer of the band Eighth Wonder in the 1980s and for her extensive acting career on film and television.

Patsy Kensit
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Kensit at the British Academy Film Awards in 2009
Patricia Jude Kensit

(1968-03-04) 4 March 1968 (age 53)
Lambeth, London, England
Alma materCorona Theatre School
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
Years active1972–present
(m. 1988; div. 1991)

(m. 1992; div. 1996)

(m. 1997; div. 2000)

(m. 2009; div. 2010)
Musical career
Years active1983–present
Associated actsEighth Wonder

Beginning her career as a child actor, Kensit gained attention when she acted in a string of commercials for Birds Eye frozen peas. She then went on to appear in the films The Great Gatsby (1974), Gold (1974), Alfie Darling (1975), The Blue Bird (1976) and Hanover Street (1979). Balancing a dual career as both an actress and a singer, in 1983, Kensit formed and became the lead singer of the pop band Eighth Wonder. The group produced several successful singles including "I'm Not Scared" and "Cross My Heart" before their split in 1989.

Kensit achieved further success in her breakthrough role as Suzette in the musical film Absolute Beginners (1986) and as Rika van den Haas in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) before starring in the films Blue Tornado (1991), Timebomb (1991), Twenty-One (1991), Blame It on the Bellboy (1992), Bitter Harvest (1993), Full Eclipse (1993), Angels & Insects (1995), Love and Betrayal (1995) and Grace of My Heart (1996).

Following a return to television, between 2004 and 2006, Kensit played the role of Sadie King in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale and following that, she played Faye Morton in the BBC One medical drama Holby City from 2007 until 2010, and for an episode in 2019. Kensit has been married to musicians Dan Donovan, Jim Kerr, Liam Gallagher and Jeremy Healy.

Kensit was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Hanover Street (1979). In 1991, she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead in Twenty-One (1991) as well as several nominations for her role in Emmerdale.

Early life and educationEdit

Kensit was born on 4 March 1968, at the General Lying-In Hospital, Lambeth, to James and Margaret Rose Kensit (nee Doohan). She has an older brother, Jamie, born in 1963. Her mother was a secretary at Dior and former model, who had previously dated Aga Khan IV,[1] while Kensit's father was a close associate of both the Kray Twins and the Richardson Gang, earning himself the nickname "Jimmy the Dip", and was involved in the Great Train Robbery.[1][2] He served time in prison before Kensit was born and used a cover as an antiques dealer.[3] Kensit's godfather was Reggie Kray.[4] Her paternal grandfather was a robber and counterfeiter.[5] Kensit spent her childhood living on a council estate in Hounslow and had to sleep on mattresses on the floor. Kensit attended Newland House School, St Catherine's School, Twickenham, and Corona Theatre School.[1]


Early workEdit

In 1972, at the age of four, Kensit appeared in a television advert for Birds Eye frozen peas.[6] 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 Gatsby, with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, the latter of whom she portrayed in the 1995 biopic, Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story. Later in 1974, she had a small role in the thriller film Gold alongside Roger Moore and Susannah York. She then starred in Alfie Darling (1975) with Joan Collins. Following that, Kensit had a leading role in the 1976 Soviet-American co-production, The Blue Bird, and she struck up a friendship with actress and co-star Elizabeth Taylor.[1] In 1979, Kensit starred in the war-romance film Hanover Street, opposite Harrison Ford and Christopher Plummer. She was nominated for Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture at the Young Artist Awards for her role in the film. [7]

In the early 1980s, Kensit began to appear regularly in films. In 1981, she starred as Estella in the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations. An important role was Lady Margaret Plantagenet in the 1982 BBC Television Shakespeare production of Richard III. In the same year, she starred as the title character in the Walt Disney episode The Adventures of Pollyanna.[8]

Rise to fameEdit

Patsy Kensit at the Deauville American Film Festival in France in 1991

In 1983, she starred as the leading character in the TV series Luna. The following year she starred in the children's play The Prattling Princess. In 1985, she starred in the films Silas Marner and The Corsican Brothers.

In 1983, with her brother Jamie Kensit, she helped set up the band Eighth Wonder, which included Steve Grantley and Geoff Beauchamp.[6]

In 1985, Kensit pursued a dual career as a singer and an actress. She starred as Eppie in an adaptation of Silas Marner, with Ben Kingsley. At the time, Kensit stated: "All I want is to be more famous than anything or anyone".[5]

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 and Phil Harding (for PWL), which reached Number 7 in the British charts. "Cross My Heart" reached Number 13. Although the band's success quickly waned, Kensit focused solely on her acting career, appearing in the 1989 film Lethal Weapon 2 as Rika van den Haas, a South African consulate secretary with whom detective Martin Riggs, played by Mel Gibson, falls in love.

In 1991, she had a leading role in the romantic comedy, Does This Mean We're Married?[9] during which she sings the song "Rambo Doll".[9]

Kensit appeared in the 1991 film Twenty-One, for which she received a nomination for 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".[10] 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 with Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Rylance in Angels & Insects, which was directed by Philip Haas, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design. 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 as Sadie King, and also regularly featured in the third series of Channel 4's Bo' Selecta!, along with its 2005 spin-off series A Bear's Tail. Kensit's success as the soap super-bitch in a popular comedy brought her back to the public's attention. In September 2006, Kensit left Emmerdale, stating that commuting to Yorkshire and the time away from her sons was too stressful.

In September and October 2005, Kensit appeared as a celebrity contestant in Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon, progressing through to Play Your Cards Right, before being eliminated by Carol Vorderman. On 23 June 2006, Kensit guest hosted The Friday Night Project 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[11]

In January 2007, Kensit joined the BBC One medical drama Holby City as ward sister Faye Morton. On 14 March 2010, it was revealed that she had decided to leave the show.[12] In May 2019, it was announced that Kensit would reprise her role as Faye Morton for an episode, later in the year. In August 2008, Kensit appeared as a subject in the sixth series of Who Do You Think You Are?. Until Bruce Forsyth's episode broadcast in July 2010, it became the highest-rated episode for the programme, being seen by 7.10 million viewers. As of 2015, it is still the second-highest rating episode of the programme.[citation needed]

In September 2010, Kensit participated as a contestant on the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[13] She was partnered with professional dancer Robin Windsor. They were the eighth couple to be eliminated from the competition, finishing in seventh place. On 15 May 2012, she narrated the Channel 4 documentary Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys. On 7 April 2014, Kensit was a guest panellist on ITV chat show Loose Women.[14] On 7 January 2015, Kensit took part as a housemate in the fifteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.[15] She was the third celebrity to be evicted from the House, after spending 21 days.

In 2018, Kensit started her Conscious Puberty campaign, which came about after she experienced significant challenges during the menopause. She now uses the campaign across social media channels to converse with other women of every age.[16] In March 2021, Kensit appeared on BBC Two's Richard Osman's House of Games.[17] Later that year she has a guest appearance in an episode of McDonald & Dodds and starred in the film The Pebble and the Boy.

Personal lifeEdit

Kensit has been married and divorced four times.

In 1988, she married Dan Donovan of band Big Audio Dynamite but they divorced in 1991. In 1992, she married Jim Kerr, lead singer of Simple Minds. During her second marriage, she gave birth to her first child, a son named James, in 1993. In April 1997, she married Liam Gallagher from Oasis at Marylebone Town Hall.[18] Kensit and Gallagher had a son, Lennon, born 13 September 1999, who was named after John Lennon. Lennon's godmother is actress Elizabeth Hurley.[19] Kensit and Gallagher divorced in 2000. She later became involved with the DJ Jeremy Healy and announced that she was marrying for a fourth time on 29 November 2007.[20] On 31 March 2008, it was reported that the pair had split by mutual consent and had called off their wedding.[21] They reconciled, and married on 18 April 2009, in an event covered by a magazine,[22] but it was reported in February 2010 that the couple had separated. Healy was not mentioned in her 2013 autobiography.

After a reported relationship with Ally McCoist in 2001,[23] Kensit later became involved with rap artist and beatboxer Killa Kela. They split up after a year, with Kensit stating that she did not see a future with Kela.[24] She has also been romantically linked with Ryan Giggs,[25] David Walliams[26] and Michael Gray.[27]

Kensit is a Roman Catholic, although she identifies as an à la carte member of the faith. Kensit had her children baptised and confirmed in the Catholic tradition.[28] She began attending church after her mother's death.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
1972 For the Love of Ada Little girl Uncredited
1974 The Great Gatsby Pamela Buchanan
Gold Little Girl at Christmas Party Uncredited
1975 Alfie Darling Penny
Hennessy Angie Hennessy
1976 The Blue Bird Mytyl
1979 Lady Oscar Oscar
Hanover Street Sarah Sellinger Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture[30]
Quincy's Quest Jennifer
1986 Absolute Beginners Suzette
1988 Don Bosco Lina
A Chorus of Disapproval Linda Washbrook
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 Rika van den Haas
1990 Chicago Joe and the Showgirl Joyce Cook
Kill Cruise Su
Bullseye! Sick Lady on Train Cameo
1991 Blue Tornado Isabella
Timebomb Dr. Anna Nolmar
Twenty-One Katie Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Prince of Shadows Rebeca
1992 Blame It on the Bellboy Caroline Wright
The Turn of the Screw Jenny
1993 Bitter Harvest Jolene
Full Eclipse Casey Spencer
1995 Kleptomania Julie
Angels & Insects Eugenia Alabaster Adamson
Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story Mia Farrow
Dream Man Kris Anderson
Tunnel Vision Kelly Wheatstone
1996 Grace of My Heart Cheryl Steed
1999 Speedway Junky Donna
Janice Beard 45 WPM Julia
2000 The Pavilion Clara Huddlestone
Best Anna
2001 Things Behind the Sun Denise
Bad Karma Maureen Hatcher
2002 The One and Only Stella
Who's Your Daddy? Heather McKay
2003 Darkness Falling Vicki
Shelter Island Alexandria
2006 Played Cindy
2007 The Magic Door Rachel
2021 The Pebble and the Boy Sonia


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Birds Eye's Frozen Peas Herself TV advert[31][32]
1973 The Brothers Toddler Episode: "Negotiations"
1974 Z-Cars Joanna Page Episode: "Joanna"
1975 Churchill's People Brewster child Episode: "America! America!"
1976 Dickens of London Georgina Hogarth 2 episodes
1977–1978 The Foundation Emma Prince 24 episodes
1978 Armchair Thriller Tessa 5 episodes (Quiet as a Nun)
1979 The Legend of King Arthur Morgan le Fay Episode: #1.1
1979 Prince Regent Young Princess Charlotte 2 episodes
1979 Penmarric Young Mariana 2 episodes
1980 Hannah Ruth Corder All 4 episodes
1980 The Mystery of the Disappearing Schoolgirls Daisy TV film
1981 Great Expectations Young Estella 2
1982 Disneyland Pollyanna Episode: "The Adventures of Pollyanna"
1982 Flesh and Blood Gwen Brassington Episode: #2.5
1982 Frost in May Nanda Gray Episode: "Frost in May"
1982 Schoolgirl Chums Hilary TV film
1983 The Tragedy of Richard III Lady Margaret Plantagenet TV film
1983 Luna Luna 6 episodes
1984 Diana Young Diana 2 episodes
1985 The Corsican Brothers Emilie du Cailland TV film
1985 Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe Eppie TV film
1989 Theatre Night Louka Episode: "Arms and the Man"
1991 Does This Mean We're Married? Deena TV film
1992 Screen One Hetty Sorrel Episode: "Adam Bede"
1993 Tales from the Crypt Bridget Episode: "As Ye Sow"
1994 Fall from Grace Lady Deirdre Sebright TV film
1995 At the Midnight Hour Elizabeth Guinness TV film
1996 French and Saunders Patsy Kensit 3 episodes
1998 The Last Don II Josie Cirolia Both 2 episodes
1998 Human Bomb Marcia Weller TV film
2000 Aladdin Princess TV film
2001 Loves Music, Loves to Dance Darcy Scott TV film
2001 Casualty Charlotte Leith-Jones Episode: "Happily Ever After"
2002 Murder in Mind Angela Stephenson Episode: "Flashback"
2003–2004 Bo' Selecta! Patsy Kensit 10 episodes
2004 Monkey Trousers Various characters TV film
2004 A Bear's Christmas Tail Helen Hennerson TV film
2004–2006 Emmerdale Sadie King 113 episodes
Nominated – British Soap Award for Soap Bitch of the Year
Nominated – National Television Award for Most Popular Newcomer
2005 A Bear's Tail Helen Hennerson All 6 episodes
2006 Children's Party at the Palace Various TV film
2007 A Bucket o' French & Saunders Various characters 2 episodes
2007–2010,2019 Holby City Faye Morton 169 episodes
2012–2013 Lemon La Vida Loca Patsy Kensit 2 episodes
2017 Tina and Bobby Betty Dean 2 episodes
2020 Agatha Raisin Emma Comfrey Episode: "The Deadly Dance"
2021 McDonald & Dodds Barbara Graham Episode: "The Man Who Wasn't There"

Guest appearancesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Kensit, Patsy (2013). Absolute Beginner: The Autobiography. Sidgwick & Jackson. ISBN 978-0283071911.
  2. ^ Helen Carroll (26 February 2011). "Patsy Kensit: My family values". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Patsy Kensit Biography Film
  4. ^ "Patsy Kensit on Twitter: "Being held by one of the Kray Twins a.k.a my godfather when I was a tiny baby #TBT"". Twitter. 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b Picardie, Justine; "Patsy Kensit: super trouper" The Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2008
  6. ^ a b Amelia Slater (12 June 2019). "Patsy Kensit Through The Years: A Timeline Of Her Life".
  7. ^ "First Annual Youth in Film Awards 1978–1979 – Young Artist Award". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  8. ^ ""Disneyland" The Adventures of Pollyanna".
  9. ^ a b "Does This Mean We're Married? (1992) - Video Detective". Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Twenty-One" Archived 13 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine Variety 1 January 1991. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  11. ^ "Patsy Kensit is the voice of 32Red Online Casino" (Retrieved 30 July 2009)
  12. ^ "Patsy Kensit to join Holby cast " BBC News, 14 December 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  13. ^ "BBC - Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Celebrities - Patsy Kensit". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Claire Goose joins Monday's Loose Women" Archived 8 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. 7 April 2014
  15. ^ "Patsy Kensit - Celebrity Big Brother". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Patsy Kensit on her menopause rebirth | Style | The Sunday Times". 10 November 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Richard Osman's House of Games". BBC. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  18. ^ "Celebrity wedding venue popular with Sir Paul McCartney and Liam Gallagher reopens after £60m renovation". Evening Standard. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  19. ^ Elizabeth Hurley Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine – Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  20. ^ Dadds, Kimberley; "Patsy Kensit to marry for fourth time" Digital Spy, 29 September 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  21. ^ "Actress Kensit calls off wedding" BBC News, 31 March 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  22. ^ "Kensit ties knot for fourth time" BBC News, 19 April 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  23. ^ Cramb, Auslan; "I have been a fool over Kensit affair, admits McCoist" The Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2001. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  24. ^ Fletcher, Alex; "Kensit breaks up with human beatbox" Digital Spy, 9 August 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2009
  25. ^ Jeremy Armstrong & Nick Owens (1 May 2016). "Love cheat Ryan Giggs could lose half of his £40million fortune in divorce fight with wife Stacey". Daily Mirror.
  26. ^ Best, Lucy (12 September 2020). "Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams' famous exes revealed". Hello Magazine.
  27. ^ Luke, Adam (29 January 2015). "Sunderland legend Michael Gray makes headlines with new Patsy Kensit relationship". Chronicle Live.
  28. ^ Carroll, Helen (26 February 2011). "Patsy Kensit: My family values". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  29. ^ "Patsy Kensit: You ask the questions". The Independent. 26 February 2003. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  30. ^ "First Annual Youth in Film Awards 1978–1979 – Young Artist Award". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  31. ^ "Patsy Kensit – The Advertising Archives, No.30532929, 1972". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  32. ^ Birds Eye Peas Ad Patsy Kensit on YouTube
  33. ^ "The Chase: Celebrity Special".

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