Judy Geeson Biography

Judy Geeson is a British American actress who appeared in various films and TV shows during the 1960s and 1970s. Read this biography to know her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: September 10, 1948

Nationality: American, British

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 71 Years, 71 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Judith Amanda Geeson

Born Country: England

Born in: Arundel

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Females

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Kristoffer Tabori (m. 1985–1989)

siblings: Sally Geeson

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Judy Geeson is a British-American actress who appeared in various films and TV shows during the 1960s and 1970s. Originally trained to be a ballet dancer, Geeson gave up ballet when it began to caused her frequent headaches. She decided to pursue acting and was seen in several films and TV series as a teen actor. She first appeared in the TV show ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ and was later seen in popular series, such as ‘Alexander Graham Bell’ and ‘Secret Agent’, in guest and supporting roles. She was also involved in theatre, essaying notable roles in many plays. Her big breakthrough came in 1967 when she was cast as the leading lady in ‘To Sir, with Love’, a hit drama film starring Sidney Poitier. The movie’s success established Geeson as a bankable actress and she started receiving many more offers. In the 1970s and 1980s, she appeared in many acclaimed TV series, including ‘Murder, She Wrote’, ‘Tales of the Unexpected’, ‘Breakaway’, ‘Poldark’. She also worked in the movies ‘10 Rillington Place’ and ‘One of Those Things’. While leading roles dried up in her later years, Geeson’s love for acting didn’t fade, and she continued to act in minor roles in series like ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Star Trek’. Her most recent appearance was in the slasher movie ‘31’.
Childhood & Early Life
Judith Amanda Geeson was born into a middle-class family on September 10, 1948 in Arundel, Sussex, England. Her father worked as an editor for the National Coal Board Magazine. She has a sister, Sally Geeson, who is also an actress.
She was a student at the Corona Academy in Chiswick. Geeson initially wanted to become a ballet dancer, but her frequent headaches hindered her from practicing and she decided to pursue acting instead. She appeared in the TV series ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ in 1955 at the age of 12.
Her other appearances as a teen actor included playing minor roles in the TV series ‘The Probation Officer’, ‘Television Club’, ’The Wednesday Play’, ‘Emergency-Ward 10’, ‘Armchair Theatre’, ‘Alexander Graham Bell’, ‘The Flying Swan’, ‘Cluff’, ‘Comedy Playhouse’, ‘Blackmail’, and ‘Secret Agent’.
In 1967, she was seen in the TV shows ‘Mr. Rose’ and ‘Mickey Dunne’ before she managed to land a leading role in a feature film.
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Career
Despite being active in the entertainment industry since her childhood, Judy Geeson received her breakthrough only after turning 18. She was roped in to play the role of Pamela Dare in the James Clavell drama ‘To Sir, with Love.’ Geeson starred opposite Sidney Poitier, and the film was hugely successful.
While she was celebrating the success of her first major movie, her role in the TV series ‘The Newcomers’ was also being appreciated. She made her final appearance in the series in 1967. Her other works from this year include the movie ‘Berserk’ and the TV series ‘Man in a Suitcase’.
In 1968, Geeson starred as Mary Gloucester in the hit film ‘Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush’ and later appeared as Phoebe Hardy in the TV series ‘ITV Playhouse’. Other movie releases from this year include ‘Hammerhead’ and ‘Prudence and the Pill’.
Over the next few years, she had several films to her credit that performed well at the box office. Some notable works include ‘Two Gentlemen Sharing’ (1969), ‘Happily Ever After’ (1969), ‘The Executioner’ (1970), ‘One of Those Things’ (1971), the widely popular ‘10 Rilington Place’ (1971), and ‘Fear in the Night’ (1972).
Aside from appearing on screen, Geeson also loved acting on stage and was part of various troupes. Her most famous portrayals include Desdemona in ‘Othello’, Lavinia in ‘Titus Andronicus’, and Marigold Wilson in ‘The Common Pursuit’.
In 1972, she appeared in various roles on the TV series ‘BBC Play of the Month’. She acted in the episodes ‘The Skin Game’, ‘A Room with a View’, and ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ from 1972 to 1974. She was also seen in the movies ‘It Happened at Nightmare Inn’ (1973) and ‘It’s Not the Size That Counts’ (1974).
In 1975, she was cast in the lead role of Caroline Enys on the TV series ‘Poldark’, in which she appeared for two seasons. She was also seen in the movies ‘Brannigan’ (1975), ‘Adventures of a Taxi Driver’ (1976) and The Eagle has Landed’ (1976). Meanwhile, she appeared on the shows ‘Seven Faces of Woman’ (1977) and ‘The Newcomers’ (1978).
Between 1978 and 1979, she was seen in the film ‘Dominique’ and the TV series ‘Danger UXB’, and ‘Crown Court’. The next year, she was cast in the mystery TV series ‘Breakaway’ as Becky Royce, a recurring character. She later appeared in a guest role on the show ‘Tales of the Unexpected’.
In 1982, she appeared in a variety of TV series, including ‘Saturday Night Thriller’ and ‘The Kenny Everett Television Show’. Despite many offers and roles, Geeson decided to take a break from acting for a couple of years.
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In 1985, she appeared in the thriller series ‘Murder, She Wrote’, first as Elaine McComber and later as Sister Ruth Fargo. Her roles in the late 1980s were either guest appearances or supporting characters. Her notable appearances from this period include the series ‘The A-Team’ (1986) and ‘Boon’ (1989), and the TV film ‘The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick’ (1988).
In the 1990s, Geeson’s most acclaimed role was that of Maggie Conway in the TV series ‘Mad About You’. She played a recurring character in the comedy series and appeared in over 30 episodes. She was also seen in the popular series ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ as Sandrine for two episodes.
Her other major TV roles of the 1990s include ‘American Playhouse’ (1991), ‘Sherman Oaks’ (1995), ‘Tracey Takes On’ (1996), ‘NewsRadio’ (1998) and ‘George & Leo’ (1998). She re-portrayed Pamela Dare in the TV adaptation of ‘To Sir, with Love II’ in 1996. Her movie roles of this decade were: ‘Young Goodman Brown’ (1993) and ‘Houdini’ (1998).
In the new millennium, Geeson first appeared in the movie ‘Everything Put Together’. Later, her TV roles included playing Pookie Longfellow-Smith in the drama fantasy ‘Touched by an Angel’, Ruth Cobb in the drama ‘Charmed’; and Emma in the comedy ‘Love & Money’.
In 2002, she was selected to play the character of Natalie Swope in the popular series ‘Gilmore Girls’. Despite appearing in only three episodes over two seasons, her character was well received by the critics and viewers. In the next year, she appeared as Miss England in the comedy film ‘Spanish Fly’.
Her recent appearances include the movies ‘The Lords of Salem’ (2012), in which she played Lacy Doyle, and ‘Grandma’ (2015), wherein she portrayed the role of Francesca. She was also seen in the 2016 slasher thriller ‘31’ as Sister Dragon.
Major Works
Judy Geeson is most famous for the 1967 film ‘To Sir, with Love’ wherein she played the role of Pamela Dare opposite Sidney Poitier. The movie that proved to be a solid launchpad for her film career was a commercial and critical success during its time.
Her most successful movie was the 1971 biographical drama ‘10 Rillington Place’, which was directed by Richard Fleischer. It starred Richard Attenborough and John Hurt in leading roles, in addition to Geeson. The film was a decisive hit with the audience and critics alike.
Family & Personal Life
Judy Geeson was in a relationship with the Irish set designer Sean Kenny until his unfortunate death in 1973. She then started dating actor Kristoffer Tabori, marrying him in 1985. However, the couple divorced in 1989.

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