Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress, known for her role as Julia Mc Namara in the FX drama series Nip/Tuck (2003–10), and Queen Catherine Parr in the Showtime series The Tudors (2010).
She has also appeared in films such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Event Horizon (1997), The Patriot (2000), "Return to Me" (2000), Anonymous (2011), and the Hollywood film adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
She was the niece of the late Lynn Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave and cousin of actress Jemma Redgrave, who is just five days younger than Richardson.
Joely Richardson appeared as an extra at the age of three in the 1968 version of The Charge of the Light Brigade, directed by her father.
Richardson and her sister Natasha's early education began in London at the independent St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith.
At age 14 Richardson moved to boarding school at the independent Harry Hopman Tennis School in Tampa, Florida.
She portrayed a teacher on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the 1989 Channel 4 serial Behaving Badly and fictional Finnish Princess Anna (with "a voice like a tuba") in the 1991 screen comedy King Ralph.
A year later she appeared in Shining Through alongside her future brother-in-law, Liam Neeson, when both played Nazis.In 1993, Richardson appeared in the BBC's Lady Chatterley opposite Sean Bean.In 1983, she graduated from the Thacher School in Ojai, California, then returned to London to study at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.Possessing an early ambition to become a professional tennis player, she spent two years at a tennis academy in Florida. In 1985, she portrayed, by flashbacks, the younger version of the leading character played by her mother in the film Wetherby.After a leading role in Peter Greenaway's cult success Drowning by Numbers (1988), her first major role in front of a mass audience was as Joanna Farley in a 1989 television episode of Poirot, based on Agatha Christie's detective series.In a 1989 episode of Jim Henson's The Storyteller, she was cast as a princess.