She is the niece of actors Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave and cousin of actress Jemma Redgravewho is five days younger than Richardson. Joely appeared as an extra at the age of three in the richardson of The Charge of the Light Brigadedirected by her father.
Possessing an early ambition to become a professional tennis player, she spent two years at a tennis academy in Florida. Richardson then turned to acting.
Inshe portrayed, by flashbacksthe sexu version of the leading character played by her mother in the film Wetherby. After a leading role in Peter Greenaway 's cult success Drowning by Numbersher first major role in front of a mass audience was as Joanna Farley in a joely episode of Poirotbased on Agatha Christie 's detective series.
In a episode of Jim Henson's The Storytellershe was cast as a princess.
She portrayed a teacher on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the Channel 4 serial Behaving Badly and fictional Finnish Princess Anna with "a voice like a tuba " in the screen comedy Sexu Ralph.
A year later she appeared in Shining Through alongside her future brother-in-law, Liam Neeson, with both actors playing Nazis.
Inin the television drama The Echoshe played Amanda Powell. The laura prepon dildo year, she played in the science fiction horror film Event Horizon as Lieutenant Starck, executive officer of the research and rescue ship Lewis and Clarksent to rescue crew of the richardson experimental ship Event Horizon.
Her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, appeared in several episodes, playing her character's mother. The joely reunited her with her former husband Tim Bevanwho was part of the show's production team. Joely joined the cast of TV series Titanic: