Geraldine Somerville

Geraldine Somerville

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name = Geraldine Somerville
birthname = Geraldine Margaret Agnew-Somerville
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birthplace = County Meath, Republic of Ireland
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spouse = William Osbourne-Young
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Geraldine Margaret Agnew-Somerville (born 19 May 1967) is an Irish-born British actress best known for her role as Penhaligon in Cracker and as Harry's mum, Lily in the Harry Potter films.

Early life

Geraldine Agnew-Somerville was born in County Meath, Ireland, the daughter of the retired financial expert, Sir Quentin Charles Agnew-Somerville, 2nd Baronet, and Margaret April Irene, Lady Agnew-Somerville (née Drummond), an antiques dealer, but was brought up on the Isle of Man.

Her mother is a daughter of John Drummond, 15th Baron Strange, and sister of the late Cherry Drummond, 16th Baroness Strange. [ [ - Person Page 12234 ] ] She has an elder sister, Amelia Rachel (who owns and works in a restaurant with her husband in the Australian rainforest), and a younger brother, James LockettCharles Agnew-Somerville, who worked in Hong Kong and writes poetry.

Somerville attended dance classes from the age of six, and at eight was sent to The Arts Educational School, a boarding school in Tring, Hertfordshire. There she was taught ballet. She left at 16, but continued her studies in London.


Somerville trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1989) in London. She did stage work and appeared on TV in episodes of "Agatha Christie's Poirot" and "Casualty" (1993) before landing the role of Penhaligon (or 'Panhandle') in "Cracker".

Somerville has recently played Lady Stockbridge in Julian Fellowes's "Gosford Park" and Harry Potter's mother Lily in all five "Potter" movies. In May 2007, she played author Daphne du Maurier in the BBC TV drama "Daphne".

Personal life

Somerville married William Osbourne-Young in December 1995 and has a son, Caspar William Young (born May 2002) and two younger kids.


*"The Children" (2008) as Sue
*"Daphne " (2007)* as Daphne du Maurier
*"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) Lily Potter
*"Sixty Six" (2006) as Mrs. Barrie
*"Jericho" (2005) as Fiona Hewitt
*"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) as Lily Potter
*"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004) as Lily Potter
*"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002) as Lily Potter
*"The Safe House (TV film)" (2002) as Sam Graham
*"Re-Inventing Eddie" (2002) as Jeanie Harris
*"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (2001) as Lily Potter
*"Gosford Park" (2001) as Louisa Stockbridge
*"Aristocrats (TV mini-series) (1999)" as Lady Emily Lennox
*"Daylight Robbery (TV mini series)" (1999) as Val
*"Heaven on Earth (TV film)" (1998) as Deborah Bennett
*"Jilting Joe" (1997) as Olivia
*"True Blue" (1996) as Ruth
*"Haunted" (1995) as Kate
*"Cracker" (1993-1995) as DS Jane Penhaligon
*"The Black Velvet Gown" (1991) as Biddy Millican


External links

*imdb name|id=0813893|name=Geraldine Somerville

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