made her Hollywood film debut in Willow, starring Val Kilmer
. She teamed with him once more in Kill Me Again and followed that with a heralded performance as tabloid sensation and exotic dancer 'Christine Keeler' in Scandal, which revisited Britain's government-sex scandal of the early 1960s. She then went on to star in Navy Seals, opposite Charlie Sheen
; Shattered, with Tom Berenger
; and Scarlett, the attention-getting television sequel to the classic film Gone With The Wind, in which she played the lead role, opposite Timothy Dalton
. Her other noted works include the 1950s period piece Dance With A Strange, with Miranda Richardson
and Rupert Everett
; No Surrender and The Good Fathe, with Sir Anthony Hopkins
. Her television credits include A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott
, and the acclaimed dramas Reilly: Ace Of Spies, The Singing Detective and Edge Of Darkness, for which she received a BAFTA nomination. She also appeared in A Good Man In Africa, Storyville and The Wall.
Whalley was born in Manchester, England and at an early age began acting in school plays. At age 10, she performed a recurring role on the long-running British TV serial Coronation Street. Soon after, she was accepted into England's Royal Court Theatre, performing classical ingénue roles in such standards as The Three Sisters and earning kudos, including an Olivier nomination. She made her film debut starring in Screen Two: Will You Love Me Tomorrow, playing a troubled young woman being released from an institution.
: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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