Cherie Lunghi Biography
Cherie Lunghi (Full name – Cherie Mary Lunghi) is an English film, television, and theatre actress. She was born on April 4, 1952, Nottingham, England. Linghi has appeared in many British TV dramas.
She gained international fame from her role in the 1981 film Excalibur as Guinevere. She has been involved in numerous screen, stage, and TV roles including as football manageress Gabriella Benson in the 1990s television series, The Manageress. Lunghi also featured in many advertisements for Kenco coffee. She competed in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Cherie Lunghi Family
Lunghi was born in Nottingham, England. Her father is Italian, Alessandro Lunghi and her mother is English, Gladys Lee. Her parents separated when she was young with her father returning to Italy. Lunghi was brought up in London by her mother with the help of her sisters.
Cherie Lunghi Husband | Marriage | Divorce
Lunghi met Ralph Lawson while studying at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and were briefly married in 1975. Ralph was from South Africa and the marriage was meant to keep him in the UK. Lunghi and Ralph did not live together as husband and wife. They separated in 1977 when Lawson moved back to South Africa to take up a new job.
Cherie Lunghi Children | Daughter
Lunghi has a daughter, actress Nathalie Lunghi, from a relationship with director Roland Joffé in the 1980s. Nathalie Lunghi was born in 1986.
Cherie Lunghi Age
Lunghi was born on April 4, 1952, Nottingham, England. In 1975, she got into a marriage of convenience with a South African student, Ralph Lawson, to enable him legally remain in the UK. Cherie Lunghi is 67 years old as of 2019.
Cherie Lunghi Career
She featured in the 1982 TV serial Praying Mantis, in light of the book (Les Mantes Religieuses) by Hubert Monteilhet. The spine chiller co-featured Pinkas Braun, Carmen du Sautoy, and Jonathan Pryce. In 1985 Lunghi played Michal in King David together with Edward Woodward and Richard Gere. She also featured alojng with Robert De Niro in The Mission film of 1986.
Cherie Lunghi Excalibur
Lunghi played Alice in Wonderland and Hedvig in The Wild Duck on BBC radio while still at London’s Arts Educational School.
She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1970s upon graduating from Homerton College and going through Cambridge and London’s Central School of speech and drama. At Royal Shakespeare Company, she took leading roles such as Perdita, Celia, and Viola. She landed the role of Guinevere, 1981, in the film Excalibur.
Lunghi Stars as Guenevere in Excalibur, an American epic fantasy film of 1981. It was co-written, directed and produced by John Boorman. Excalibur retraces the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. It is based on the Arthurian romance Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory of the 15th-century. It stars among others Nicol Williamson as Merlin, Nigel Terry as Arthur, Nicholas Clay as Lancelot, and Gabriel Byrne as Uther Pendragon.
In 1989 to 1990, Lunghi took the lead role in football drama The Manageress. She also participated in the BBC adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel, The Buccaneers, 1995. The novel was published posthumously. Lunghi played as Laura Testvalley. Lunghi appeared on British television for Kenco coffee from the late 1990s onwards, in a long-running advertising campaign.
Lunghi appeared in 2006, in Casualty 1906 on television playing Matron Eva Luckes. She also had a recurring guest role as Professor Camille Windsor, in the regular Casualty series. She narrated some episodes of the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? in 2013.
Cherie Lunghi Strictly Come Dancing
Lunghi competed in Strictly Come Dancing (14-week run) in the sixth series on BBC television, in 2008. She partnered with James Jordan. She scored the highest points in the first two weeks after her first dance, the Foxtrot, on the Ladies Night in week two. She maintained an impressive run through to week six.
However, she was voted out of the competition by three votes to one in the dance-off against model Lisa Snowdon on 16 November 2008 (week nine). she lost after performing a Cha-Cha-Cha.
Cherie Lunghi Films
2011, Love’s Kitchen, as Margaret.
2004,Viper in the Fist, as Miss Chilton.
2001, Back to the Secret Garden, as Lady Mary Craven.
1997, An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, as Myrna Smithee.
1995, Jack and Sarah, as Anna.
1994, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as Baroness Frankenstien (Victor’s Mother).
1993, Silent Cries / Guests of the Emperor, as Audrey.
1990, Ransom, as Claire Stein.
1988, Intrigue, as Adriana.
1988, To Kill a Priest, as Halina.
1986, The Mission, as Carlotta.
1986, Letters to an Unknown Lover, as Helene.
1985, King David, as Michal.
1985, Lying Still.
1985, Parker, as Jenny Parker.
1981, Excalibur, as Guinevere.
1980, Diversion, as Erica.