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Geraldine Somerville

Geraldine Somerville
Born (1967-05-19) 19 May 1967
County Meath, Ireland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) William Osbourne-Young (1995–present; 3 children)

Geraldine Margaret Agnew-Somerville (born 19 May 1967) is an Irish born British actress[1] best known for her roles as Detective Sergeant Jane Penhaligon in Cracker, and Lily Potter in the Harry Potter film series.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Geraldine Agnew-Somerville was born in County Meath, Ireland, the daughter of Sir Quentin Charles Agnew-Somerville, 2nd Baronet, and Margaret April Irene, Lady Agnew-Somerville (née Drummond), an antiques dealer, but was brought up on the Isle of Man.

Her mother is a daughter of John Drummond, 15th Baron Strange, and sister of the late Cherry Drummond, 16th Baroness Strange.[2] She has an elder sister, Amelia Rachel (who owns and works in a restaurant with her husband in the Australian rainforest), and a younger brother, James Lockett Charles Agnew-Somerville, who worked in Hong Kong and writes poetry.

Somerville attended dance classes from the age of six, and at eight was sent to the Arts Educational School, a boarding school in Tring, Hertfordshire. There she was taught ballet. She left at sixteen, but continued her studies in London.


Somerville trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1989) in London. She did stage work and appeared on TV in episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Casualty (1993) before landing the role of Penhaligon in Cracker, which she held from the show's inception in 1993 until its demise in 1995 and became one of the most memorable characters of the series.[3]

Somerville played Lady Stockbridge in Julian Fellowes's Gosford Park and Harry Potter's mother Lily in all the Potter movies. In May 2007, she played author Daphne du Maurier in the BBC TV drama Daphne. She plays a leading role as fictional Louisa, Countess of Manton in the 2012 ITV mini-series Titanic.

In 2014 she played Princess Antoinette of Monaco in the film Grace of Monaco. In 2014, Somerville played Sarah Griffin in the BBC One mini-series Quirke.[4]

Personal life

Somerville married William Osbourne-Young in December 1998 with whom she has three children: her eldest son, Casper, was born in May 2002; her second son, Arthur, was born in 2004, and her daughter, Rose, was born in 2007.


Year Film Role Notes
1990 Casualty Ruth TV series (1 episode: "All's Fair")
1991 The Black Velvet Gown Biddy Millican TV movie
Close My Eyes Natalie's Boss
1993 Agatha Christie's Poirot Pauline Wetherby TV series (1 episode: "The Yellow Iris")
The Bill TV series (1 episode: "Playing Away")
Cracker DS Jane Penhaligon TV series (23 episodes: 1993–1995)
Nominated — BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress
1994 Romeo & Juliet Juliet TV movie
A Business Affair Saleswoman
Performance Ann Welch/Miss Julie TV series (2 episodes: 1994–1995)
1996 True Blue Ruth McDonald
1998 Heaven on Earth Deborah Bennett TV movie
Jilting Joe Olivia
The Canterbury Tales Dorigen/Pertelote TV series (1 episode: "Leaving London")
1999 Aristocrats Lady Emily Lennox TV series (5 episodes)
Daylight Robbery Val McArdle TV mini-series
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Lily Potter
Gosford Park Louisa, Lady Stockbridge Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture
2002 Murder in Mind Angela Coates TV series (1 episode: "Disposal")
Re-inventing Eddie Jeanie Harris
The Safe House Dr. Sam Graham TV movie
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Lily Potter uncredited
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Lily Potter
2005 Jericho Fiona Hewitt TV series (1 episode: "To Murder and Create")
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Lily Potter
2006 Sixty Six Alice Barrie
2007 Daphne Daphne du Maurier TV movie
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries DS Michelle Tate TV series (1 episode: "Limbo")
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Lily Potter
2008 The Children Sue TV series (2 episodes)
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Lily Potter
2010 Survivors Fiona Douglas TV series (3 episodes)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Lily Potter
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Lily Potter
My Week with Marilyn Lady Jane Clark
2012 Titanic Louisa, Countess of Manton TV series (4 episodes)
Inspector George Gently Alethea Blackstone TV series (1 episode: "Gently With Class")
2014 Quirke Sarah TV series
Kids in Love Linda
Grace of Monaco Princess Antoinette of Monaco
2015 New Tricks Asst. Commissioner Cynthia Kline 2 episodes (Life Expectancy, The Crazy Gang)


  1. ^ Internet Movie Database Geraldine Somerville, retrieved 9 April 2011
  2. ^ "Hon. Margaret April Irene Drummond1" The
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  4. ^ "BBC One-Qurike-Character Guide". BBC. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 

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