is a British actress, born in Warwickshire on September 25, 1946. She is the younger sister of the late Jennifer Kendal and the daughter of Geoffrey Kendal, an English actor who made his living leading a repertory company on tours of India after the Second World War. They performed Shakespeare to audiences consisting mostly of schoolchildren.
Felicity made her stage debut in these productions, and at the age of nineteen, starred in the film, Shakespeare Wallah (1965), loosely based on her family's real-life experience. On her return to Britain, she found that her film appearance was not a passport to success, and her struggle to build an acting career was long and difficult, partly because of her unusual upbringing. In 1975, she got her big break with the sitcom, The Good Life, which made her a household name. She was particularly popular with male viewers, and was voted Rear of the Year.
After the long-running series ended, she starred in several other BBC sitcoms, none of which came anywhere near the success of The Good Life. Despite this, she maintained her popularity. Her relationship with the playwright, Tom Stoppard, made headline news.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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