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Honeysuckle Weeks (born 1 August 1979) is a British actress known for her starring role as Samantha Stewart in the British TV series Foyle's War beginning in 2002.


BackgroundEdit

Weeks was born in CardiffWales, to Robin and Susan (née Wade) (who have since divorced), and grew up in Chichester and Petworth, both in West Sussex. Her parents named her after honeysuckle flowers because they were in bloom when she was born. She has a younger sister and brother, Perdita and Rollo, respectively, both of whom have also pursued careers in acting.

Weeks was educated at Great Ballard School, Sussex, Roedean School and Pembroke College, Oxford, where she read English (graduating with upper-second class honours).She also spent time studying art in Italy. As a child she was a member of the Chichester Festival Theatre.

She was engaged to the poet and musician Anno Birkin for a short period before his death, aged 20, in a car crash in Italy in 2001.

In July 2007 she married hypnotherapist Lorne Stormonth-Darling. They live in London. They had earlier been married in an impromptu Buddhist wedding ceremony while on holiday in the Himalayas in 2005


CareerEdit

Her acting career started with the juvenile lead in a television series (an adaptation of Anne Fine's Goggle-Eyes, 1993, alongside Perdita); since then she has appeared in many programmes, including the children's series The Wild House and the long-running series Midsomer Murders and Poirot. In 1997 Honeysuckle and Perdita were both in Catherine Cookson's The Rag Nymph, wherein Perdita played the younger version of her sister's character. Her film roles include Anne Ridd in Lorna Doone (2000) and Sarah in My Brother Tom (2001). She also starred in The Bill in 2008 as Julie Nowak.

Weeks is currently best known for her parts in three television seriesClose Relations (1998), Ladies & Their Gentlemen (2002–2006), and Foyle's War (2002–2010,2013). In the last, a BAFTA award-winning detective series set inHastings during and just after World War II, she starred opposite Michael Kitchen. In 2007, Weeks starred in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries as Tania Thompson, a character based on the Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka. In 2008, she appeared as Harriet Pringle in the Radio 4 adaptation of Fortunes of War.

During the summer of 2010 Weeks appeared as Eliza Doolittle in a production of Pygmalion at the Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex.

In 2012, she played a small part as Mrs Beeton in an episode of the BBC educational programme The Charles Dickens Show.

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