Life Story and Gorgeous Photos of Lesley-Anne Down from her Life and Career

Lesley-Anne Down is an actress, former fashion model, and singer. She began her modeling career in her childhood when she was only 10. She participated in beauty contests and commercials. She was voted Britain’s most beautiful teenager at the age of 15. She moved to the United States when she was 17. Down made her film debut with the British drama ‘The Smashing Bird I Used to Know’ and by the time she was 15, she had completed four films.

Television career

Down’s career-changing role came in 1973 when she was cast as Georgina Worsley in the British drama series, ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’, which became a hit on PBS in the U.S. She starred in the TV miniseries North and South, for which she was nominated for Golden Globe Awards in 1986. She appeared for six episodes as Stephanie Rogers in the primetime television series ‘Dallas’. Down also played a number of leading roles in made-for-television movies and miniseries. On stage, she has appeared in “Hamlet” and a musical version of “Great Expectations”.

Film career

Lesley-Anne Down has starred in some of the superhit movies including ‘A Little Night Music’, ‘The Pink Panther Strikes Again’, ‘The Betsy’, ‘Hanover Street’, ‘Sphinx’ and many more. In 1985, she starred in ‘Arch of Triumph with’ Anthony Hopkins and Donald Pleasence. In the 1990s, Down starred in several small feature and television films, and played guest roles on television series such as The Nanny and Diagnosis: Murder.

Personal life

Lesley-Anne Down had a ten-year relationship ship with actor Bruce Robinson. In 1980, she married Enrique Gabriel, but the marriage lasted only for a year and a half. Down’s second marriage was to film director William Friedkin from 1982 to 1985. She met her third husband Don Fauntleroy while filming ‘North and South’. At that time, she was married to William Friedkin and Fauntleroy was also married. The resulting legal and custody proceedings interrupted the careers of both Down and Fauntleroy for two years and ultimately cost Down and Friedkin US$1 million each.

Down now lives with her husband Fauntleroy and son George-Edward. She announced her retirement from acting in 2014, but she came back after a few months. Here below are some beautiful photos of young Lesley-Anne Down from her early life and career.

#3 Lesley Anne Down, when she was 17, at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon.

#5 Lesley-Anne Down with Bruce Robinson in New York, 1978.

#10 Lesley-Anne Down lies down with Burt Reynolds in a scene from the film ‘Rough Cut’, 1980.

#14 Lesley-Anne Down with Jeanetta Payne, 29th March 1968.

#16 Lesley Anne Down starring in Noel Coward’s The Marquise, 1971.

#17 Lesley Anne Down at her home in Primrose Hill, London, 1972.

#18 Lesley-Anne Down with Kirk Douglas and Mark Lester in ‘Scalawag’, 1973.

#19 Lesley-Anne Down with actors Mark Lester and Kirk Douglas on set of the Paramount Pictures movie “Scalawag” in 1973.

#20 Lesley-Anne Down with the hybrid orchid named after her, 1974.

#21 Lesley-Anne Down, in costume as ‘Georgina’ from the television series ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’, December 9th 1975.

#22 Lesley Anne Down during a fashion photoshoot, 1976.

#23 Lesley-Anne Down comforts injured Tommy Lee Jones bedside in a scene from the film ‘The Betsy’, 1978.

#27 Lesley-Anne Down in a scene from the film ‘The Great Train Robbery’, 1979.

#28 Lesley-Anne Down as Miriam in ‘The First Great Train Robbery’, 1979.

#29 Lesley-Anne Down with Harrison Ford on the set of ‘Hanover Street’, 1977.

#30 Lesley-Anne Down with Harrison Ford in the movie ‘Hanover Street’, 1977.

#31 Lesley-Anne Down adjusting her make-up on the set of the wartime drama ‘Hanover Street’, 1979.

#32 Lesley-Anne with three other models wearing 70s hairstyles, 28th March 1979.

#33 Burt Reynolds with Lesley-Anne Down on set of ‘Rough Cut’ in 1980.

#34 Lesley-Anne Down, photographed in the Studio for the book ‘Lichfield – The Most Beautiful Women’, on 7th July 1980.

#35 Lesley-Anne Down with Ernst Jacobi in a scene from episode ‘Unity’ of the drama series ‘BBC2 Playhouse’, August 18th 1980.

#36 Lesley Anne Down smoking a cigarette, October 1980.

#39 Lesley-Anne Down with model Marie Helvin at a charity ball for the launch of Patrick Lichfield’s new book ‘The Most Beautiful Women’, 1981.

#40 Lesley-Anne Down as Esmeralda in the film ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, aka ‘Hunchback’, 1982.

#43 Lesley-Anne Down with Sean Connery in a scene from the film ‘The Great Train Robbery’, 1979.

Lesley-Anne Down with Sean Connery in a scene from the film 'The Great Train Robbery', 1979.

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