Lesley-Anne Down Bio
Lesley-Anne Down plays the radiant “Jacqueline Marone” on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.
Down was born and raised in London, England. With the help of her father, she began modeling at age 10, acting in commercials, and winning several beauty contests. By the time she was 15 years old, Down had completed four films and was voted “Britain’s Most Beautiful Teenager.”
Down first gained international popularity as “Georgina Worsley” in the British series Upstairs, Downstairs, which became a hit on PBS in the United States.
Down has starred in numerous feature films, including A Little Night Music, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Betsy, The Great Train Robbery, Hanover Street, Rough Cut and Sphinx She starred in the television movies The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Indiscreet and Arch of Triumph and in the mini-series The Last Days of Pompeii and North and South, as well as its two sequels.
Down also appeared as “Stephanie Rogers” in the primetime television series Dallas, on the CBS Network. Her previous daytime experience includes roles as “Olivia Richards” on Sunset Beach and “Lady Sheraton” on Days of Our Lives. On stage, she has appeared in Hamlet and a musical version of Great Expectations.
In the course of her career, Down has earned Golden Globe® nominations, German Bravo Awards, the British Best Actress Award, The Rose D’or Best Soap Opera Actress award and has appeared on the covers of numerous publications throughout the world, including Life Magazine.
Down met her husband Don Fauntleroy while filming North and South. They live in Malibu, California with their son George Edward. She also has a son, Jack, from her earlier marriage to director William Friedkin and two step children, Season and Juliana, from Fauntleroy’s previous marriage. When she’s not on the set, Down prefers to spend her free time with her children and animals. She has an extensive collection of Victorian children’s books, which she has collected since age 15.
She celebrates her birthday on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.