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SPOTLIGHT ON... Alex Kingston; THURSDAY.

Byline: Alex Kingston

Best Known for: Doctor Who and ER.

Early Life: Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston was born on March 11, 1963, in London. She became interested in acting after being taken by her German mother to see her uncle on stage. Her first performance came in a school nativity play, in which she played the Angel Gabriel. As a teenager, she performed in the Surrey County Youth Theatre and landed a role as a bully in CBBC drama Grange Hill. She later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Career: Kingston's professional career began in repertory theatres across the UK. She then spent time with the Royal Shakespeare Company before making the first of several brief appearances in The Bill. Roles in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Crocodile Shoes, The Knock, and Carrington followed. The lead role in TV's Moll Flanders finally made her a star in 1996. Soon afterwards, she moved to the US to join the cast of medical drama ER, where she quickly became a household name. She remained with the show for seven seasons, departing in 2004. Other high-profile projects have included Croupier, Essex Boys and Boudica. She's also appeared in Doctor Who, FlashForward, Lost in Austen, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hope Springs, Marchlands and Private Practice. She returned to ER, making two brief appearances in its final series in 2009.

Trivia: She won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in ER.

Quote: "I always considered myself more of a character actress and I'm glad I have because I don't think I get too paranoid about my looks." Tonight: Chasing Shadows, ITV, 9pm.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 20, 2014
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