Honestly, I love English actress Cherie Lunghi for her emotionally resonant performance as governess Laura Testvalley in The Buccaneers, but that’s selling her short. She’s been in SO many frock flicks, many of which were a surprise to remember (Excalibur, anyone??)! So let’s appreciate her, shall we?
Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978)
She played Lady Thelma Furness, mistress to the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) before he met Wallis Simpson.
The Misanthrope (1980)
A BBC “play of the month,” I assume an adaptation of the 17th century Molière play.
As Guinevere in this crazy take on the King Arthur legend. I can’t believe Sarah hasn’t reviewed this one.
Oliver Twist (1982)
She played Nancy in this TV adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
The Agatha Christie Hour: The Manhood of Edward Robinson (1982)
A TV series based on Agatha Christie novels.
The Sign of Four (1983)
A TV movie adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes novel.
Master of the Game (1984)
A TV miniseries adaptation of a Sidney Sheldon (shlock writer extraordinaire) novel. The beginning is set in South Africa, and I think Lunghi’s character gets seduced by a guy who wants to get revenge on someone else (her father?).
Much Ado About Nothing (1984)
A BBC TV adaptation of the Shakespeare play. Lunghi plays Beatrice, of course.
Strangers and Brothers (1984)
A British TV series, I think set in the 1930s?
King David (1985)
HOW did I not know this existed?? Richard Gere as the biblical King David! Cherie as his wife, Michal!
Letters to an Unknown Lover (1985)
A TV movie set during World War II, in which soldiers escape from a POW camp.
The Mission (1986)
I actually tried to watch this recently, so look for it in our next Oh the Bad Movies series. Jesuit missionaries in South America try to convert an indigenous tribe, while various political and religious issues play out in the background. Lunghi plays Carlotta, who’s choices spur one of the lead characters to change his life.
The Monocled Mutineer (1986)
A BBC TV movie about a mutiny during the First World War.
The Lady’s Not for Burning (1987)
A TV adaptation of the 1948 play, set during the Middle Ages and involving an accused witch (Lunghi).
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1989)
An American painter lives at the Ritz during the German occupation of Paris (World War II). Lunghi plays “Lili Gloebocka.”
Strauss Dynasty (1991)
Per IMDB: “A dramatisation of two generations of the Strauss family of Vienna, whose dance music and operettas dominated much of Europe and beyond for most of the 19th century.” Lunghi plays “Jetti.”
Covington Cross (1992)
A TV series about a 14th century English family. Lunghi plays the matriarch of the family.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)
Lunghi plays Frankenstein’s now-dead mother in flashbacks of his happy childhood.
The Buccaneers (1995)
As the sensitive, understanding governess to a rich American girl trying to find her way in 1870s England.
David Copperfield (1999)
She plays Mrs. Steerforth in this adaptation of the Dickens novel.
Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999)
She plays a widowed duchess who is not quite what she seems in this episode of the Napoleonic Wars-set naval story.
Back to the Secret Garden (2000)
A sequel to The Secret Garden, set in England in the 1940s.
Viper in the Fist (2004)
An adaptation of a famous 1940s French novel that I’ve never heard of (the shame)!
Casualty 1906, 1907, & 1909 (2006-09)
She plays the hospital matron in the Edwardian versions of the long-running British soap (and also guested repeatedly on the modern version).
Which is your favorite Cherie Lunghi frock flicks roles?