Felicity Kendal

  • Birthday: 25. September 1946
  • Birthplace: Olton, Warwickshire, England


Felicity Ann Kendal, CBE (born 25 September 1946) is an English actress, working in television and theatre. She has appeared in numerous stage and screen roles over a 45-year career, but the role that brought attention to her career was that of Barbara Good in the 1975 television series The Good Life.

Felicity Kendal was born in Olton, Warwickshire, England, in 1946. She is the younger daughter of Geoffrey Kendal, an actor and manager, and his wife Laura (née Lidell). Her sister, Jennifer Kendal (died 1984, aged 51), also became an actress.

After early years in Birmingham, Kendal went to India with her family at age seven: her father was an English actor-manager who led his own repertory company on tours of India. The ensemble would perform Shakespeare before royalty one day, and in rough rural villages the next where audiences included many schoolchildren. As the family travelled, Felicity Kendal attended six Loreto College convent schools in India, and contracted typhoid fever in Calcutta at age 17. She left India at the age of 20.