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Dame Vanessa Redgrave is an English actress who has performed as the voice of Mature Jennifer Worth in Call the Midwife since the series' inception in 2012, appearing on-screen in only one episode to date (the 2014 Christmas Special). Beginning her acting career in 1958, Redgrave appeared in a number of stage productions including The Tiger and the Horse and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Redgrave's first credited film role was in Brian Desmond Hurst's Behind the Mask in 1958 which starred her father Michael Redgrave. In 1966, she had her first lead film role in Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Redgrave was part of an all-star cast in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express in 1974 - interestingly enough, Redgrave would later play Christie herself in the 1979 film Agatha, a fictional account of the events surrounding the author's 1926 disappearance. In 1977, Redgrave appeared opposite Jane Fonda in Julia, and she would go on to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

In 2007, Redgrave had a small role as Old Briony in the film Atonement based on Ian McEwan's novel.

Personal life[]

Redgrave has been married twice. Her first marriage was to film and theatre director Tony Richardson which began in 1962 and ended in divorce in 1967. The couple had two daughters, Natasha (born in 1963), and Joely (born in 1965). In 2006, Redgrave married Italian actor Franco Nero.

On March 18th 2009, Redgrave's daughter, Natasha Richardson, who was married to actor Liam Neeson, tragically died due to injuries sustained in a skiing accident at the age of just 45.

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