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Sadie Frost Biography

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Birth Name: Sadie Frost
Born: 03/27/1968
Birth Place: London, England, GB

Born Sadie Liza Vaughan on June 19, 1965 in London, England, U.K., she was the daughter of psychedelic artist David Vaughan - who once worked for the Beatles - and actress Mary Davidson. The product of a free-wheeling, bohemian childhood, Frost began her acting career at the age of three in a Jelly Tots commercial and won a scholarship at the age of 11 to London's Italia Conti Academy, a private theatrical conservatory. Deep in the throes of preteen angst, she left the academy and quit acting briefly to attend Hampstead Comprehensive at age 13. Before long, Frost returned to performing and made her film debut with the starring role in the family adventure "A Horse Called Jester" (1980). Later, while appearing in a video for the pop group Spandau Ballet in 1983, the 16-year-old Frost would meet her future husband Gary Kemp, the band's guitarist. The actress also pursued stage work, and in 1986 appeared in the Nicholas Hytner-directed play "Mumbo Jumbo" at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre. On screen, Frost picked up a supporting role in the urban thriller "Empire State" (1988), in addition to marrying her musician-actor boyfriend, Kemp, that same year. She attracted some attention as Gabriel Byrne's promiscuous little sister in "Diamond Skulls" (1989), a stylish melodrama about sex and violence among the British aristocracy, and also appeared in Peter Medak's based-on-fact U.K. crime film "The Krays" (1990), co-starring Kemp, who shared the title role his twin brother, Martin.

Frost's work in "Diamond Skulls" helped her land the role of Lucy Westenra, the flirtatious, aristocratic best friend of Mina Murray (Winona Ryder) who is turned into a vampire in Francis Ford Coppola's operatic "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992). Sinking her teeth into the vivacious, quirky portrayal of the spooky vampire victim, Frost garnered some of the film's best notices, but her compelling performance also served to typecast her as a gothic presence, making a decent follow-up project difficult to find. Her next three films went largely unnoticed by the public - the clunky Brit comedy "Splitting Heirs" (1993), co-starring Rick Moranis and Eric Idle, the fantasy adventure "Magic Hunter" (1994), in which she once again co-starred with Kemp, and the gritty crime drama "Shopping" (1994), alongside a young Jude Law in his film debut. Although "Shopping" would only draw a modicum of attention in its native country, the film would be more notable for being the mise-en-scène in which Law and Frost first met - eventually leading to her separation and divorce from Kemp and marriage to Law in 1995. That same year saw her co-starring with William Baldwin and John Leguizamo in the whimsical romance "A Pyromaniac's Love Story" (1995), a quirky fairytale of arson and misunderstandings that was largely panned by critics. Her teaming with another Baldwin brother - this time Stephen - in the generally ignored thriller "Crimetime" (1996) did little to improve her career, either. Other projects over the next few years included a small part in an acclaimed adaptation of the stage play "Bent" (1997), the odd seafaring drama "Captain Jack" (1999), and the improvisational ensemble drama, "Final Cut" (1999).

Dissatisfied with the quality of roles she was being offered, Frost formed Natural Nylon with fellow "Primrose Hill mobsters" Law, Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee and Ewan McGregor. The since-defunct production company received its first producing credit on David Cronenberg's virtual-reality nightmare "eXistenZ" (1999), starring Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Frost reteamed with the crew from "Final Cut" for another improvised effort, the mob farce "Love, Honor & Obey" (2000), followed by the aptly-named "Rancid Aluminum" (2000). She took on the role of a governess attempting to protect the children in her care from malevolent spirits in "Presence of Mind" (2001), an adaptation of Henry James' oft-filmed classic novella The Turn of the Screw. On television in the U.S., Frost played the part of a dedicated Jewish freedom fighter battling Nazis in the WWII-era drama "Uprising" (NBC, 2001). Although her professional careers as an actress, producer and fashion designer (in 1999 she and friend Jemima French launched the label FrostFrench) were progressing smoothly, Frost's personal life would soon hit a rough patch. While filming the remake of Michael Caine's iconic romantic comedy "Alfie" (2004) in 2003, husband Law began a torrid affair with his young co-star, Sienna Miller. By year's end, Frost and Law were divorced after a split lasciviously covered by the British tabloids. After a period away from the spotlight, she returned to screens as an attorney in the suspenseful terrorism drama "Shoot on Sight" (2008), followed by a small turn in the hit man thriller "The Heavy" (2009). Frost returned to the stage with a one-woman show, "Touched... For the Very First Time" in 2009, and in a production of Sam Shepard's "Fool For Love" in 2010. In 2011, she also unveiled a line of high-tech kitchen designs for an upscale London real estate development.

By Bryce Coleman