(Darlene Davis) is a young actress who is perhaps best known as
the fiery, take-charge heroine in John Schlesinger's sleeper hit
Cold Comfort Farm, which was adapted from Stella Gibbons'
satirical novel and first televised on the BBC before being released
Beckinsale made her feature film debut in Kenneth Branagh's critically
acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
She subsequently appeared in several British feature films, including
Lewis Gilbert's Haunted (opposite Aidan Quinn), Jim McBride's
Uncovered, Manuel Fleche's Marie Louise and Gabriel
Axel's The Prince of Jutland.
More recently, Becksinsale starred in Stefan Schwartz's contemporary
British comedy Shooting Fish and Whit Stillman's ensemble
drama The Last Days of Disco.
Her television credits include playing the title role in A&E's
critically hailed adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma,"
as well as the television films "One Against the Wind"
(which was nominated for an Emmy Award), "Anna Lee"
and "Rachel's Dreams." Beckinsale made her television
debut in the murder-mystery "Devices and Desires."
On the stage she has appeared in "Clocks and Whistles,"
"Sweetheart," "Faithless" and in the British
national touring company of "The Seagull."
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