Cherie Lunghi

Cherie Lunghi

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Cherie Lunghi
Born Cherie Mary Lunghi[1]
(1952-04-04) 4 April 1952 (age 66)
Nottingham, England
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s)
Ralph Lawson
(m. 1975; div. 1976)
Children Nathalie Lunghi

Cherie Mary Lunghi (born 4 April 1952) is an English film, television, and theatre actress, known for her roles in many British TV dramas. Her international fame stems from her role as Guinevere in the 1981 film Excalibur. Her long list of screen, stage, and TV credits include football manageress Gabriella Benson in the 1990s television series The Manageress and a series of advertisements for Kenco coffee.[2] She also competed in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing.[3] She is the mother of the actress Nathalie Lunghi.

Early life[edit]

Lunghi was born in Nottingham.[4] Her father, Alessandro Lunghi, was Italian,[5] and her mother, Gladys Lee, was English.[6][7] After her father returned to Italy, she was brought up in west London by her mother and aunts.[8]

Career[edit]

Educated at London’s Arts Educational School,[9] Lunghi played Hedvig in The Wild Duck and Alice in Alice in Wonderland on BBC radio while still at school. After graduating from Homerton College, Cambridge[not in citation given] and London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1970s, taking leading roles such as Perdita, Celia, and Viola.[9] In 1981 she landed the role of Guinevere in the film Excalibur.[9]

She starred in the 1982 television serial Praying Mantis, based on the book (Les Mantes Religieuses) by Hubert Monteilhet. The thriller co-starred Pinkas Braun, Carmen du Sautoy, and Jonathan Pryce. In 1985 Lunghi played Michal in King David (film) alongside Edward Woodward and Richard Gere. She also appeared alongside Robert De Niro in The Mission (1986 film). Lunghi has said, “It was wonderful working with him, it was extraordinary actually. He transforms right in front of you. You are aware when watching him on screen that he has transformed – he is not Robert De Niro – he is somebody else. I don’t think you can learn how to do that; it’s just the power of your imagination.”[10]

In the mid-1980s, she relocated to Los Angeles for eight years, but returned to England to care for her mother. After the birth of her daughter and the end of her relationship with director Roland Joffé[8] she took various short-term parts, including playing the band members’ mutual love interest in the music video for Level 42‘s song “Something About You“. Lunghi has described how she had been working during pregnancy and was working again three months after giving birth, saying, “it was working mother guilt. I was juggling and balancing, trying to be fair to my career and to my child. Nathalie would come everywhere with me.”[11]

Lunghi took on the lead role in football drama The Manageress (1989–90), and participated in the BBC adaptation of Edith Wharton’s posthumously published novel, The Buccaneers (1995), as Laura Testvalley. In addition to film and television work, she appeared in a long-running advertising campaign on British television for Kenco coffee from the late 1990s onwards.[8]

In 2006, Lunghi appeared on television in Casualty 1906, playing Matron Eva Luckes, and had a recurring guest role in the regular Casualty series as Professor Camille Windsor. In 2013, she narrated some episodes of the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?.[12]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In 2008, she competed in the sixth series of BBC television’s Strictly Come Dancing (14-week run), partnered by James Jordan.[13] After her first dance, the Foxtrot on the Ladies Night in week two, she scored the highest points of the first two weeks (33). She beat this score with another series-best score of 35/40 for the rumba to finish week four atop the remaining 12 contestants with an average score of 34/40. The score for her third dance, the American Smooth, was an impressive 34 to maintain her average, though she slipped to 31/40 for the Paso Doble, and further to 26/40 on her fifth outing, in the Salsa. She returned to form the following week with a Waltz, scoring 36/40, and was joint first on the leaderboard.

She was voted off the competition on 16 November 2008 (week nine), losing by three votes to one in the dance-off against model Lisa Snowdon after performing a Cha-Cha-Cha.[14] In the January/February 2009 Strictly Tour, she danced an American Smooth and a rumba with James Jordan.

Personal life[edit]

Lunghi was briefly married to South African student Ralph Lawson after the pair met while studying at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.[5] The 1975 marriage was one of convenience so that Lawson could remain in the UK. The couple never lived together as husband and wife, instead staying in separate homes in Newcastle. Lawson ended up moving back to South Africa two years later to take a new job.[15] In the 1980s, she was in a relationship with director Roland Joffé with whom she has a daughter Nathalie Lunghi (born 1986).

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1980 Diversion Erica
1981 Excalibur Guinevere
1985 King David Michal
Lying Still
Parker Jenny Parker
1986 The Mission Carlotta
Letters to an Unknown Lover Helene
1988 Intrigue Adriana
To Kill a Priest Halina
1990 Ransom Claire Stein
1993 Silent Cries / Guests of the Emperor Audrey
1994 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Baroness Frankenstien (Victor’s Mother)
1995 Jack and Sarah Anna
1997 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn Myrna Smithee
2001 Back to the Secret Garden Lady Mary Craven
2004 Viper in the Fist Miss Chilton
2011 Love’s Kitchen Margaret

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Brontes of Haworth Student
1976 Bill Brand Alex Ferguson
1978 Edward and Mrs. Simpson Lady Thelma Furness
Kean Anna Danby
The Comedy of Errors Ephesus Townsperson
1979 Prince Regent Princess Charlotte
1980 If Winter Comes Csöppi/Ilóna
Tis Pity She’s a Whore Annabella
Armchair Thriller Stephanie Episode: “Dead Man’s Kit”
1981 Tales of the Unexpected Karen Masterson
The Manhood of Edward Robinson (The Agatha Christie Hour – TV series) Lady Noreen Elliot
1982 Oliver Twist Nancy
Praying Mantis Beatrice Manceau
1983 The Sign of Four Mary Morstan
1984 Strangers and Brothers Margaret Davidson/Eliot
Master of the Game Margaret Van der Merwe
Ellis Island Una Marbury
Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice
Bones Jenny Parker
1985 Vicious Circle
“Something About You” by Level 42 Love interest Music video
1986 Harem Usta
The Monocled Mutineer Dorothy
1987 Coast to Coast Susan
The Lady’s Not for Burning Jennet Jourdemayne
1988 The Man Who Lived at the Ritz Lili
1989 The Manageress Gabriella Benson
1990 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Dinah Sternhold Put on by Cunning
1991 The Strauss Dynasty Jetti
1992 Covington Cross / Charing Cross Lady Elizabeth
1993 A Question of Guilt Helen West
1995 The Buccaneers Laura Testvalley
1996 Strangers Joan Episode 1 of Canadian TV series
The Canterville Ghost Lucille Otis
Moloney Dr. Sarah Bateman
1998 Little White Lies Julia
1999 Hornblower Duchess of Wharfedale/Kitty Cobham Episode: “The Duchess and the Devil
David Copperfield Mrs Steerforth
2000 A Likeness in Stone Merie Kirschman
2001 EastEnders Jan Sherwood
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Sarah Gordon Episode: “For the Sake of Elena”
The Seasons Alter Titania
2003 Cutting It Zinnia Raggitt
Midsomer Murders Lillian Webster
New Tricks Diane Loveless
2004 The Brief Cleo Steyn
2005 Agatha Christie’s Marple Sadie Swettenham Episode: A Murder is Announced
2006 Dalziel & Pascoe Kay Miclean
Casualty 1906 Matron Eva Luckes
2007 Hotel Babylon Mrs. Poldark
2007–2011 The Secret Diary of a Call Girl Stephanie Series regular
2007, 2008 Casualty Camille Windsor
2008 Casualty 1907 Matron Eva Luckes
A Touch of Frost Detective Sergeant Annie Marsh Episode: “Dead End”
Apparitions Woman Episode 6
Strictly Come Dancing Herself
2009 Casualty 1909 Matron Eva Luckes
2011 Lewis Grace Orde
2013 Who Do You Think You Are? Narrator
Pat & Cabbage Cabbage (Jean)
Death in Paradise Jayne Smythe Series 2, Episode 3
2014 Wizards vs Aliens Eva Starling Series 3, Episode 2: “The Quantum Affect”
2016 Midsomer Murders Alexandra Monkford Season 18, Episode 4: “A Dying Art”

Selected stage credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Teeth ‘n’ Smiles Laura
1976 Much Ado About Nothing Hero
1976 The Winter’s Tale Perdita
1978 As You Like It Celia
1979 Twelfth Night Viola
1991 The Homecoming Ruth
2000 Passion Play Eleanor
Actress (107 credits)
  I Am Khama (announced)
Flora Shaw
 2018/I Patrick
Rosemary
 2003-2016 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Alexandra Monkford / Lillian Webster

A Dying Art (2016) … Alexandra Monkford
The Green Man (2003) … Lillian Webster
 2015 Unforgotten (TV Series)
Shirley Cross

Episode #1.6 (2015) … Shirley Cross
Episode #1.5 (2015) … Shirley Cross
Episode #1.4 (2015) … Shirley Cross
Episode #1.3 (2015) … Shirley Cross
Episode #1.1 (2015) … Shirley Cross
 2014 Amendment (Short)
Julianne
 2014/III The Crossing (Short)
Mother
 2014 Wizards vs. Aliens (TV Series)
Eva Starling

The Quantum Effect: Part Two (2014) … Eva Starling
The Quantum Effect: Part One (2014) … Eva Starling
 2014 Hidden Histories (TV Series)
Narrator

WW1’s Forgotten Photographs (2014) … Narrator
 2014 Holby City (TV Series)
Kathy David

Self Control (2014) … Kathy David
 2013 When Calls the Heart (TV Movie)
Mrs. Thatcher (as Cheri Lunghi)
 2013 Pat & Cabbage (TV Series)
Cabbage

Episode #1.6 (2013) … Cabbage
Episode #1.5 (2013) … Cabbage
Episode #1.4 (2013) … Cabbage
Episode #1.3 (2013) … Cabbage
Episode #1.2 (2013) … Cabbage
 2013 Starlings (TV Series)
Judith

Episode #2.8 (2013) … Judith
Episode #2.7 (2013) … Judith
Episode #2.5 (2013) … Judith
Episode #2.3 (2013) … Judith
Episode #2.1 (2013) … Judith
 2013 Death in Paradise (TV Series)
Jayne Smythe

Death In The Clinic (2013) … Jayne Smythe
 2011/II Lines (Short)
Tina
 2011 Love’s Kitchen
Margaret
 2011 Inspector Lewis (TV Series)
Grace Orde

The Gift of Promise (2011) … Grace Orde
 2007-2011 Secret Diary of a Call Girl (TV Series)
Stephanie

Episode #4.8 (2011) … Stephanie
Episode #4.4 (2011) … Stephanie
Episode #4.1 (2011) … Stephanie
Episode #3.8 (2010) … Stephanie
Episode #3.7 (2010) … Stephanie (uncredited)
 2010 The Old Guys (TV Series)
Barbara

Quiz (2010) … Barbara
 2009 Casualty 1909 (TV Series)
Eva Luckes

Episode #1.6 (2009) … Eva Luckes
Episode #1.5 (2009) … Eva Luckes
Episode #1.4 (2009) … Eva Luckes
Episode #1.3 (2009) … Eva Luckes
Episode #1.2 (2009) … Eva Luckes
 2008 Apparitions (TV Mini-Series)
Woman

Episode #1.6 (2008) … Woman
 2008 A Touch of Frost (TV Series)
DS Annie Marsh

Dead End (2008) … DS Annie Marsh
 2007-2008 Casualty (TV Series)
Camille Windsor

This Mess We’re In: Part 2 (2008) … Camille Windsor
This Mess We’re In: Part 1 (2008) … Camille Windsor
Inheritance (2007) … Camille Windsor
 2008 Casualty 1907 (TV Mini-Series)
Matron Eva Luckes

Episode #1.3 (2008) … Matron Eva Luckes
Episode #1.2 (2008) … Matron Eva Luckes
Episode #1.1 (2008) … Matron Eva Luckes
 2007 Hotel Babylon (TV Series)
Mrs. Poldark

Episode #2.1 (2007) … Mrs. Poldark
 2006 Casualty 1906 (TV Movie)
Matron Eva Luckes
 2006 Dalziel and Pascoe (TV Series)
Kay Miclean

Houdini’s Ghost: Part 2 (2006) … Kay Miclean
Houdini’s Ghost: Part 1 (2006) … Kay Miclean
 2004-2005 The Brief (TV Series)
Cleo Steyn QC

The Architect’s Wife (2005) … Cleo Steyn QC
Forever on the Mind (2005) … Cleo Steyn QC
Lack of Affect (2005) … Cleo Steyn QC
Blame (2005) … Cleo Steyn QC
A Sort of Love (2004) … Cleo Steyn QC
 2005 Marple (TV Series)
Sadie Swettenham

A Murder Is Announced (2005) … Sadie Swettenham
 2004 The Open Doors (Short)
Mrs. Sappleton
 2004 Viper in the Fist
Miss Chilton
 2004 New Tricks (TV Series)
Diane Loveless

Good Work Rewarded (2004) … Diane Loveless
 2003 Shrink (Short)
Anna
 2003 Cutting It (TV Series)
Zinnia Raggitt

Episode #2.7 (2003) … Zinnia Raggitt
Episode #2.6 (2003) … Zinnia Raggitt
Episode #2.5 (2003) … Zinnia Raggitt
Episode #2.3 (2003) … Zinnia Raggitt
 2002 The Seasons Alter (Short)
Titania
 2002 Waking the Dead (TV Series)
Leah Gold

Thin Air: Part 2 (2002) … Leah Gold
Thin Air: Part 1 (2002) … Leah Gold
 2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV Series)
Sarah Gordon

For the Sake of Elena (2002) … Sarah Gordon
 2001 EastEnders (TV Series)
Jan Sherwood

Episode dated 21 September 2001 (2001) … Jan Sherwood
Episode dated 20 September 2001 (2001) … Jan Sherwood
Episode dated 18 September 2001 (2001) … Jan Sherwood
Episode dated 17 September 2001 (2001) … Jan Sherwood
 2000 A Likeness in Stone (TV Movie)
Merle Kirschman
 2000 Back to the Secret Garden
Lady Mary Craven
 1999 David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Steerforth

Episode #1.2 (1999) … Mrs. Steerforth
Episode #1.1 (1999) … Mrs. Steerforth
 1999 La Femme Nikita (TV Series)
Corinne Markali

Love and Country (1999) … Corinne Markali
 1999 Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (TV Movie)
Duchess of Wharfedale
 1999 The Knock (TV Series)
Toni Maxwell

Episode #4.6 (1999) … Toni Maxwell
Episode #4.5 (1999) … Toni Maxwell
Episode #4.4 (1999) … Toni Maxwell
 1998 Little White Lies (TV Movie)
Julia
 1996-1997 Moloney (TV Series)
Dr. Sarah Bateman

The Ripple Effect (1997) … Dr. Sarah Bateman
Ball & Chain (1997) … Dr. Sarah Bateman
Loved and Lost (1997) … Dr. Sarah Bateman
Herniated Nick (1997) … Dr. Sarah Bateman
Damage Control (1997) … Dr. Sarah Bateman
 1996 Strangers (TV Series)
Joan

The One You Love (1996) … Joan
 1996 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Lucille Otis
 1995 Jack & Sarah
Anna
 1995 The Buccaneers (TV Mini-Series)
Laura Testvalley

Plunder (1995) … Laura Testvalley
Capture (1995) … Laura Testvalley
Ambush (1995) … Laura Testvalley
Conquest (1995) … Laura Testvalley
Invasion (1995) … Laura Testvalley
 1994 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Victor’s Mother
 1993 A Question of Guilt (TV Movie)
Helen West
 1993 Silent Cries
Audrey St John
 1992 Covington Cross (TV Series)
Lady Elizabeth

The Persecution (1992) … Lady Elizabeth
Blinded Passions (1992) … Lady Elizabeth
The Hero (1992) … Lady Elizabeth
Cedric Hits the Road (1992) … Lady Elizabeth
Outlaws (1992) … Lady Elizabeth
 1991 The Strauss Dynasty (TV Mini-Series)
Jetti

Adele (1991) … Jetti
Hetti (1991) … Jetti
Lili (1991) … Jetti
Josef (1991) … Jetti
Revolution of 1848 (1991) … Jetti
 1990 Ransom (Short)
Claire Stein
 1990 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
Natalie Arno

Put on by Cunning (1990) … Natalie Arno
 1989-1990 The Manageress (TV Series)
Gabriella Benson

At the End of the Day (1990) … Gabriella Benson
A Match for Anyone (1990) … Gabriella Benson
A Hundred and Ten Percent (1990) … Gabriella Benson
Steal Your Heart Away (1990) … Gabriella Benson
Pingvin Lakrids (1990) … Gabriella Benson
 1989 The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (TV Movie)
Lily Globuska
 1988 Intrigue (TV Movie)
Adriana
 1988 To Kill a Priest
Halina
 1987 The Lady’s Not for Burning (TV Movie)
Jennet Jourdemayne
 1987 Screen Two (TV Series)
Susan

Coast to Coast (1987) … Susan
 1986 The Monocled Mutineer (TV Mini-Series)
Dorothy

A Dead Man on Leave (1986) … Dorothy
When the Hurly-Burly’s Done (1986) … Dorothy
 1986 Letters to an Unknown Lover (TV Movie)
Helene
 1986 The Mission
Carlotta
 1986 Harem (TV Movie)
Usta
 1985 Bones
Jenny Parker
 1985 Vicious Circle (TV Movie)
Estelle
 1985 King David
Michal
 1984 The Man Who Shot Christmas (Short)
Debbie
 1984 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
Beatrice
 1984 Allô Béatrice (TV Series)
Pénélope

Agnès et ses papas (1984) … Pénélope
 1984 Ellis Island (TV Mini-Series)
Una Marbury

Episode #1.3 (1984) … Una Marbury
Episode #1.2 (1984) … Una Marbury
Episode #1.1 (1984) … Una Marbury
 1984 A Profile of Arthur J. Mason (TV Movie)
Anna
 1984 Strangers and Brothers (TV Series)
Margaret Eliot / Margaret Davidson

Episode #1.13 (1984) … Margaret Eliot
Episode #1.12 (1984) … Margaret Eliot
Episode #1.11 (1984) … Margaret Eliot
Episode #1.10 (1984) … Margaret Eliot
Episode #1.7 (1984) … Margaret Davidson
 1984 Play for Today (TV Series)
Sue

Desert of Lies (1984) … Sue
 1984 Master of the Game (TV Mini-Series)
Margaret Van der Merwe

Episode #1.3 (1984) … Margaret Van der Merwe
Episode #1.2 (1984) … Margaret Van der Merwe
Episode #1.1 (1984) … Margaret Van der Merwe
 1983 The Sign of Four (TV Movie)
Mary Morstan
 1982 Quell and Co.
Angela Richardson
 1982 Praying Mantis (TV Movie)
Beatrice Manceau
 1982 The Agatha Christie Hour (TV Series)
Lady Noreen Elliot

The Manhood of Edward Robinson (1982) … Lady Noreen Elliot
 1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Karen Masterson

Death in the Morning (1982) … Karen Masterson
 1982/I Oliver Twist (TV Movie)
Nancy
 1982 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Emily

Preview (1982) … Emily
 1981 If Winter Comes (TV Movie)
Cheppi / Ilona
 1981 Tales of the Klondike (TV Mini-Series)
Edith Nelson

The Unexpected (1981) … Edith Nelson
 1981 Excalibur
Guenevere
 1980/I Diversion
Erica
 1980 ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (TV Movie)
Annabella
 1980 Armchair Thriller (TV Series)
Stephanie

Dead Man’s Kit: Part 2 (1980) … Stephanie
Dead Man’s Kit: Part 1 (1980) … Stephanie
 1980 Festival: The Misanthrope (TV Movie)
Celimene
 1979 Prince Regent (TV Mini-Series)
Princess Charlotte

Defeat and Victory (1979) … Princess Charlotte
Milk and Honey (1979) … Princess Charlotte
 1978 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Anna Danby

Kean (1978) … Anna Danby
 1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Thelma Furness

The Little Prince (1978) … Lady Thelma Furness
 1978 Crown Court (TV Series)
Tessa Blackley

In the Heat of the Moment: Part 1 (1978) … Tessa Blackley
 1978 The Comedy of Errors (TV Movie)
Ephesus Townsperson
 1976 Bill Brand (TV Mini-Series)
Alex Ferguson

Rabbles (1976) … Alex Ferguson
Tranquillity of the Realm (1976) … Alex Ferguson
August for the Party (1976) … Alex Ferguson
Now and in England (1976) … Alex Ferguson
 1976 Jackanory Playhouse (TV Series)
Princess

Peter and the Princess (1976) … Princess
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Female Applicant #2

Special Duties (1975) … Female Applicant #2
 1973 The Brontës of Haworth (TV Mini-Series)
Student

Home and Abroad (1973) … Student
 1973 Late Night Theatre (TV Series)
Emma Torrance

The New Word (1973) … Emma Torrance
 1969 Dr. Finlay’s Casebook (TV Series)
Kirstie (Antonio)

The Visitation (1969) … Kirstie (Antonio)
 1968 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Emily

The Second Stain (1968) … Emily
 1966 Out of Town Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
The Girl

A Pretty Row of Pretty Ribbons (1966) … The Girl
 1964 The Valiant Varneys (TV Series)

Episode #1.6 (1964)

Title
OFF THE KINGS ROAD
Role
Ellen Mellman
Director
Alan Cohen
Production
Jermyn Street Theatre
Title
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Role
Gwendolyn
Director
Lucy Bailey
Production
Harold Pinter Theatre/ATG
Title
STEEL MAGNOLIAS
Role
Clairee
Director
David Gilmore
Production
David Ian Productions
Title
THE SYNDICATE
Role
Donna Armida
Director
Sean Matthias
Production
Chichester Festival Theatre
Title
PICASSO’S WOMEN
Role
Director
Andy Jordan
Production
Ambassador Theatre Group
Title
THE HOMECOMING
Role
Ruth
Director
Sir Peter Hall
Production
Comedy Theatre
Title
AS YOU LIKE IT
Role
Celia
Director
John Napier
Production
The RSC/Aldwych Theatre
Title
KING LEAR
Role
Cordelia
Director
Production
The RSC/Aldwych Theatre
Title
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Role
Hero
Director
Production
The RSC/Theatre Royal
Title
PASSION PLAY
Role
Eleanor Laurenson
Director
Lindsay Anderson
Production
Newcastle/Aldwych Theatre
Title
SARATOGA
Role
Lucy Carter
Director
The RSC/Aldwych Theatre
Production
Donmar Warehouse/Comedy Theatre
Title
TEETH N’ SMILES
Role
Laura
Director
David Hare
Production
Royal Court Theatre
Title
THE WINTER’S TALE
Role
Perdita
Director
Production
The RSC
Title
TWELFTH NIGHT
Role
Viola
Director
Terry Hands
Production
The RSC
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