Belonging to white ethnicity and British nationality, Richardson started her acting career at an early age. Born in Marylebone, London, she went to St. Paul Girls' School in Hammersmith. At the age of 14, she came to the United States and attended Harry Hopman Tennis School in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from The Thacher School in Ojai, California and then returned to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Initially, she wanted to be a tennis player but then turned to acting.
Joely Richardson, aged 53, played in her first movie, Wetherby, in 1985. She got a leading role in Drowning By Numbers by Peter Greenaway. After playing as Joanna Farley in the TV series Poirot, she was cast as a princess in another TV series The Storyteller. She also appeared in Behaving Badly and King Ralph. A year after her role in King Ralph, she appeared in Shining Through.
Fast forward to the 2000s, she played roles in movies like Maybe Baby, Return To Me, The Affair of the Necklace, Shoreditch and The Fever and TV series such as Wallis & Edward and Freezing. Lately, she has starred in Snowden, Fallen, The Time of Their Lives and Red Sparrow. She was a part of the 2017 American fantasy series Emerald City. She has been nominated five times in total.
Richardson has been in a total of six relationships. She has had boyfriends including Kenneth Branagh, Archie Stirling, Jamie Theakston, John Hensley and Evgeny Lebedev. She was married to Tim Bevan till 2001. Bevan and she have a child named Daisy Bevan. The couple split after 9 years of marriage when Bevan left her for Amy Gadney. This event left many of her fans heartbroken.
She claims that the best moments of her life lie between the words 'action' and 'cut'. The actress has a height of 5 feet and seven inches. She likes gardening and cooking along with swimming in the sea. It took her four years to get over her sister's death who passed away when she hit her head while learning to ski. She has shared several of her anecdotes with the media.
Joely Richardson has a salary of $90 thousand per episode. Her commercially successful project, 101 Dalmatians grossed an unbelievable $136 million at the box office. Not much is not known about her properties. She has worked as the ambassador of the charity Save The Children in Uganda. Her estimated net worth is $4 million.