Lesley-Anne Down was born and raised in London, England. With the help of her father, she began modelling at age 10, acting in commercials, and winning several beauty contests. By the time she was 15, Down had completed four films and was voted “Britain’s Most Beautiful Teenager.”
Lesley-Anne Down first gained international popularity as Georgina Worsley in the British series Upstairs, Downstairs, which became a hit on PBS in the U.S.
She starred in the TV miniseries North and South, for which she was nominated for Golden Globe Awards in 1986. She also played in the third part in 1994.
Lesley-Anne Down appeared for six episodes as Stephanie Rogers in the primetime television series Dallas, on the CBS Network. Her previous daytime experience includes roles as Olivia Richards in Sunset Beach and Lady Sheraton in Days of Our Lives.
Lesley-Anne won the part of Jacqueline Payne Marone on CBS's soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful in 2003. She portrayed the role since March 2003. Lesley-Anne left the contract role in 2012.
Lesley-Anne Down has starred in films, including A Little Night Music, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Betsy, The Great Train Robbery, Hanover Street, Rough Cut and Sphinx. In 1982, she played the leading role of Esméralda in a British-American TV movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In 1985, she starred in Arch of Triumph with Anthony Hopkins and Donald Pleasence. In 1994, she starred in the film Death Wish V: The Face of Death, along with Charles Bronson, with whom she starred in the 1995 TV movie Family of Cops.
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.
Lesley-Anne appeared on the Victor Salva's thriller film Rosewood Lane. The film also stars Rose McGowan, Ray Wise, and Lauren Vélez. The film was released in 2011.
In June 2013, Lesley-Anne filmed scenes for the film The List. The List is directed by Harris Goldberg. Lesley-Anne portrays Victoria, a small cameo.
Lesley-Anne recently finished filming the film Kill Me, Deadly. She portrays Lady Clairmont, the fantastically wealthy, powerful and heartless widow with a passion for coconuts. Release date will be announced soon.
On stage, she has appeared in Hamlet and a musical version of Great Expectations.
As for her career, Lesley-Anne Down has earned Golden Globe nominations, German Bravo Awards, the British Best Actress Award, The Rose D’or Best Soap Opera Actress award and the covers of numerous publications throughout the world, including Life Magazine. Lesley-Anne was awarded for the 2006 TV Soap Golden Boomerang Award for the most Popular Supporting Female for her role as Jackie on The Bold and The Beautiful.
Lesley-Anne 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 Don’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. Lesley-Anne Down is 5’5” tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. She celebrates her birthday on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.