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Kim Ellen Thomson (born 30 October 1959) is an English actress who has appeared on stage, television and film since the early 1980s in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America.


Early life

Thomson was born on 30 October 1959, [1] although other sources have said in 1960 [2] and 1964, [3] in Scotland [3] or Bath, Somerset, England to a Scottish father and Irish mother. Her parents split when she was three years old, and she was raised in Surrey by her father's parents, who were originally from Alloa. [4] [5] At the age of six, she was sent to a boarding school for five years. Much later she went on record to say boarding schools should be abolished. [6]

She trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama. [5]


Her most memorable role was that of Lesley Bainbridge in the BBC sitcom Brush Strokes , which at its peak, was watched by over 15 million people with the British tabloids avidly following the storyline. In the 1987 episode of the TV series "Tales of the Unexpected" Thomson played the role of hotel maid Elly Somerton alongside Topol who starred as the lead character Professor Max Kelada.

Thomson shared her first lead in Stealing Heaven (1988) with Derek de Lint and Denholm Elliott. In its review, Films and filming said "Kim Thomson's Heloïse moves with delicate poise, a heroine worthy of Rossetti or Burne-Jones, with vivacity and intelligence." [7] The next year, 1989, she played Estella in a film of Great Expectations directed by Kevin Connor, with Jean Simmons, who had played Estella in the 1946 film, as Miss Havisham. [8] Also in 1989 she was Cordelia on stage in King Lear , directed by Jonathan Miller, with the British Theatre Yearbook commenting "Kim Thomson's Cordelia can rarely have been equalled; she was exquisite in beauty, tender in care, full of youthful integrity." [9]

In 1992, Thomson was the leading lady of the TV series Virtual Murder , and in 1994 played another leading role in a costume drama series, The Wanderer . Dozens more appearances in film and on television followed, often as a character actress, such as her role as a society reporter in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).

In 1997, she took on the part of Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband , of which the Theatre Record said "Others have played this pure, cool, idealistic, demanding role with more authority and finesse, but she is simply right for it". [10] In 2001, she was Irina in a new West End theatre production of Uncle Vanya directed by Peter Gill. [11]

During 2008, Thomson had a recurring role in ITV's detective show The Bill , as barrister Naomi Woods, wife of DC Jacob Banks.

In March 2009, she became a regular cast member of the ITV1 soap opera Emmerdale , playing the role of Faye Lamb. At the end of 2009, she signed a new contract with the show. In January 2011, it was reported that she was leaving the show and would make her on-screen departure later in the year. [12]

Personal life

In 2010, Thomson graduated from the University of London with a degree in politics, philosophy and history. [4]

Film and television


Phoenix Theatre Alan Bleasdale's Are You Lonesome Tonight? Priscilla Presley Robin Lefevre
Haymarket Theatre & Old Vic An Ideal Husband Lady Chiltern Peter Hall [ citation needed ]
Old Vic Theatre (1989) King Lear Cordelia Jonathan Miller [13]
Theatre Royal, Bath Present Laughter Joanna Dominic Dromgoole [ citation needed ]
Battersea Arts Centre The StrangerMadame Y Michael Billington [ citation needed ]
Battersea Arts CentreTraveller Without LuggageValentine Nicholas de Jongh [ citation needed ]
Field Day Theatre Company Uncle Vanya Elena Peter Gill [ citation needed ]
Watford Palace Theatre Wedding SongStella Michael Attenborough [ citation needed ]

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  1. HIGHLAND FLING FILMS LTD incorporation document dated 30 June 2011, at, accessed 6 July 2019: "Date of birth: 30/10/1959"
  2. "Kim Thomson." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Vol. 76. Gale, 2007, pages 333–335.
  3. 1 2 "Latest News".
  4. 1 2 Welch, Tricia (29 September 2010). "Kim Thomson" . Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  5. 1 2 Steve Hendry (18 October 2009). "I'm delighted I swapped Hollywood for Emmerdale, says Kim Thomson". Daily Record . Scotland. Retrieved 14 November 2010. I'm Celtic. My father was Scottish, my mother Irish. I was brought up by my dad's parents who have sadly died but were Scots. My family are from Alloa. I love Scotland. I sound so English but I actually didn't realise that until I was older.
  6. Rick Fulton (1 March 2010). "Emmerdale star Kim Thomson: I've handed out a few slaps since I joined soap.. and received a few". Daily Record . Scotland. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  7. Films and filming, Issues 413–422 (Hansom Books, 1989), pp. 44–45
  8. John Glavin, Dickens on Screen, p. 214
  9. David Lemmon, British Theatre Yearbook 1990, pp. 43–44
  10. Theatre Record, vol. 17, Issues 9–17 (1997), p. 975
  11. Plays international, vol. 17 (Chancery Publications Ltd., 2001), p. 9
  12. Daniel Kilkelly (30 January 2011). "Kim Thomson to leave 'Emmerdale'". Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  13. Stanley Wells, Shakespeare Survey Vol. 43 (Cambridge University Press, 2002), p. 194