Kingston recently finished the critically acclaimed play Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse in London to sold out audiences. In recent years, she was seen in the critically-acclaimed West End production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest playing the role of ‘Nurse Ratched' opposite Christian Slater and in the films Sweetland opposite Alan Cummings and in Alpha Dog starting Justin Timberlake.
Previously she was seen in the UK and America in the lead role in the Box TV and PBS drama film Boudica. Kingston played the great 15th century gladiator queen Boudica.
Growing up on the outskirts of London, Kingston was first introduced to the theatre when she and her family visited her mother's native Germany; where she saw her uncle, an actor, perform. She made her own stage debut at age five, playing the Angel Gabriel in the Nativity play.
Kingston was inspired to pursue an acting career by her English teacher at the all-girls grammar school she attended in Epsom, where she often had leading roles in school plays. She landed her first professional role at age 15 as a judo-chopping bully on the successful British series, Grange Hill.
After finishing school, she moved to London, where she was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After completing the two-year program of study, Kingston worked in repertory theatre across England. She joined the famed Royal Shakespeare Company, where she appeared in productions of Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Love's Labours Lost, The Curse of the Starving Class and The Bright and Bold Design. She also starred in the Birmingham Repertory's productions of Othello, The Alchemist, Traveling Players, Saved, Julius Caesar and See How They Run.
While Kingston tended to play classical characters on the stage, she took on contemporary roles in British television programs, including A Killing Exchange, The Bill, Crocodile Shoes, The Knock and I Hate Christmas, and in the American cable movies Weapons of Mass Distraction and The Infiltrator.
Her feature film credits include the critically-acclaimed Croupier, Carrington, The St. Exupery Story, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Curran's Wife, The Wildcats of St. Trinians, A Pin for the Butterfly and The Woman and the Wolf. Kingston made a cameo appearance in the independent film This Space Between Us and starred in the British pop-culture film Essex Boys, for which she played a double-crossing girlfriend of an underground drug criminal.
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|Birth Name||Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston|
|Birthday||March 11, 1963 (56)|
|Birthplace||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Height||5' 7" (1m70) How tall is Alex Kingston compared to you?|
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