To be given the gift of life is extraordinary and the best thing we can do is live it as fabulously as we can.Alexandra Elizabeth "Alex" Kingston
(b. 1963) is an English actress best known as Dr. Elizabeth Corday (ER
) and as River Song (Doctor Who
). Born in Surrey, England, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company
She has also been seen as Mrs. Bennett in Lost in Austen
, as awesome defense attorney Miranda Pond in Law & Order: SVU
, and as Inspector Fiona Banks in FlashForward (2009)
. She played Moll Flanders
in two separate adaptations, and had a minor role in Private Practice
as Marla, who romances Sheldon, where she put on a very solid American accent
With River Song a major part of the sixth series of Doctor Who
to the point of fans finally knowing her identity, Kingston has become even more recognizable worldwide, as the show gains momentum outside the Commonwealth (at this point, she mentioned in an interview that she was surprised she's recognized more for Who
than for ER
). 2011 also saw her star in the miniseries Marchlands
, which tells the story of three families in three eras that occupied one particular house and the supernatural events that result. She appeared on the CW's Arrow
as Dinah Lance, Laurel's mother. Since John Barrowman
is a regular on Arrow,
this has led to more than a few Who
fans eager at the possibility of a Jack Harkness-River Song
teamup that hasn't yet happened on the other
show they shared.
2012 saw her in the revived Upstairs Downstairs
, as Sir Hallam's aunt Dr Blanche Mottershead, a bisexual archaeologist
. In a September 2012 episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
, she found that she has English, German, and Jewish ancestors, one of whom owned a whorehouse, leading her to joke she had found her inner Jew and her inner whore on the same day.
- '80s Hair: As she said in "Let's Kill Hitler," the hair just never stops.
- Action Girl: She played Boudica and mentioned one of her favorite parts of playing River is getting to do stunts (something that was denied to her during her time on ER) and during episodes of Doctor Who Confidential always seemed very giddy and excited any time she got to do something physical.
- Fan Community Nickname: Her fans, especially her female fans, have taken to calling themselves "Kinglets," which is also a Fan Nickname for her trademark curls.
- One of Us: She has been caught sporting a "Hogwarts" t-shirt note at least once and grew up watching Doctor Who. Incidentally, as per her interview on The Late Late Show, her favorite Doctor is Jon Pertwee.