Alex Kingston

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Alex Kingston

Born

3/11/1963, Surrey, England, UK

Birth Name

Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston

Gender

Female
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Alex Kingston grew up in Epsom, on the outskirts of London, the eldest of three daughters of a butcher and his German wife. She became interested in acting after a family trip to Germany, where she saw her uncle performing on stage. Her first role was at the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Alex has been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards: from 1998-2001 she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her work on ER. She won the award in 1998 and 1999.

    • Alex Kingston is 5 feet 7inches tall.

    • While starring on ER, Alex appeared in six of NBC's "The More You Know" public service announcements. Her topics were domestic abuse, empowering kids, parental involement, hate crimes, teen pregnancy, and mentoring.

    • Alex has appeared nude in many roles, and explains that she is fine with being naked in front of strangers; at age 14, she was the art model for the adult art education classes her mother was taking.

    • One of Alex's younger sisters, Susie, has severe physical and mental disabilities as a result of being deprived of oxygen at birth.

    • Alex's daughter, Salome, appeared on-screen (uncredited) during Season 8 of ER as Ella, the daughter of Dr. Elizabeth Corday, Alex's character on the show.

    • In a 2006 interview with the London Evening Standard, Alex claimed that she was rejected for a role on Desperate Housewives because she was too curvy.

    • Alex made her West End theatre debut when she starred as Nurse Ratched in a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. She performed opposite Christian Slater at the Garrick Theatre in London from late March to early June 2006.

    • In 1997 Alex met German writer and freelance journalist Florian Haertel in Los Angeles on a blind date arranged by friends. They were married on December 29, 1998, and have a daughter together, Salome Violetta, born on March 28, 2001.

    • Alex met former husband Ralph Fiennes while attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the two were together for 10 years before they married in 1993. They divorced in 1997, a year after Fiennes left Kingston for Francesca Annis, a woman 18 years his senior.

    • When interviewed by Britain's Radio Times magazine in 2004, Alex said her ER contract was not being renewed due to her age, a statement that sparked quite a bit of controversy. Alex later qualified that claim and said she was being droll, and that it was unfortunate that the magazine took her comment out of context. Through a spokesperson she emphasized that her character's storyline had run its course and that she departed ER with nothing but gratitude for the friendships and opportunities afforded to her over the years. However, some bitterness did exist, as she did not dispute a previous statement that she had become "deeply unhappy" on the set and was very aware that she was being used less and less.

    • Alex speaks German, French, English, and "American" English.

    • Alex's daughter, Salome, was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization). A decade earlier, when trying to conceive a child with former husband Ralph Fiennes, Alex discovered that she had fertility problems. In 2004 she became a supporter of HER Trust, a United Kingdom charity aimed at promoting the health and safety of women undergoing fertility treatments.

    • Nicola Kingston, Alex's youngest sister, appeared in the 1996 British television production of The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, which starred Alex in the title role; Nicola played baby Moll's mother.

    • For her 1980 role as Jill Harcourt on the British television series Grange Hill, Alex earned an orange belt in judo.

  • Quotes

    • Alex Kingston: (in 2004, on ER) It's funny. I'm now in a more senior position and yet those feelings of sheer utter excitement of going to work just don't exist any more.

    • Alex Kingston: (about California) I thought it was an appalling place. Then I went through a period of being amused by it. Now it's sort of both. Californians don't have that marvelous British cynicism, but then the British can be so patronizing at times. (The Observer, "Intensive Care"; Sunday, July 7, 2002)

    • Alex Kingston: I do get annoyed with myself. I wish I was more focused and pushy as an actress. I suppose I should be out there more saying 'I want to do this role' or 'Get me seen by this person.' But that's just not me. (The Eye magazine; January 17–23, 2004)

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