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Tessa Dahl

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Chantal Sophia "Tessa" Dahl born 11 April 1957 is an English author and former actress


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Filmography
    • 21 Television
  • 3 Theatre
  • 4 Bibliography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Dahl was born in Oxford, the daughter of British author Roald Dahl and American actress Patricia Neal She grew up in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, and attended Roedean and Downe House schools, the Elizabeth Russell Cookery School and the Herbert Bergof Acting Studio

Dahl has worked as an actress, modeled, worked at an antique shop, worked at an employment agency and written articles for Tatler before publishing her first novel, the semi-autobiographical Working For Love, in 1988 Tessa Dahl became a prolific author of children's fiction Her book Gwenda and the Animals won the Friends of the Earth Best Children's Book of the Year In addition, she has written extensively for the London Times, Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, "The Sunday Telegraph", the Daily Mail, The Mail On Sunday, Vogue, House and Garden USA and YOU Magazine She is a contributing editor to the women's glossy magazine Tatler

Dahl's relationship with actor Julian Holloway produced one daughter, model and author Sophie Dahl; the couple separated shortly afterwards She subsequently married businessman James Kelly and had two children, Clover and Luke She then married businessman Patrick Donovan, son of Ambassador Francis Patrick Donovan, and had a son, Ned She has also had relationships with Peter Sellers, David Hemmings, Bryan Ferry, Brian de Palma and Dai Llewellyn

She revealed in her writings for the Daily Mail that she has Complex PTSD


Year Film Role
1973 Happy Mother's Day, Love George Celia Perry
1975 Royal Flash First Girl
1976 The Slipper and The Rose Princess
1978 Leopard in the Snow Miss Framley


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Movin' On Haley Episode: "Prosperity #1"
1992 This Is Your Life Herself Episode: "Gary Glitter"
2005 Imagine Herself Episode: "Fantastic Mr Dahl"
2005 The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl Herself TV Movie documentary
2017 Revolting Herself - Roald Dahl's Daughter Episode #15


Apprenticed at the Barter Theatre, Abingdon, Va 1972 The Deep Man by Hugo von Hofmannsthal 1979 Royal Exchange, Manchester


  • Working for Love 1988
  • The Same But Different 1988 – picture book
  • Gwenda & the Animals 1989
  • School Can Wait 1990
  • Babies, Babies, Babies 1991 – picture book
  • Everywoman's Experience of Pregnancy and Birth 1994


  1. ^ "For Love and Money : Celebrity Daughter Tessa Dahl Wrote Her First Novel Because She Needed a Job She Also Needed the Applause" Los Angeles Times, 5 March 1989 Accessed 10 November 2015
  2. ^ "Tessa Dahl: 'I'm so glad Sophie's marrying Jamie Cullum'" Mail Online, 3 September 2009 Accessed 10 November 2015
  3. ^ "Great dynasties of the world: The Dahls" The Guardian, 19 November 2010 Accessed 13 February 2017
  4. ^ "'In my youth," Tessa Dahl has said, "I was notorious not famous" Her father was legendary author Roald Dahl and her mother the movie star Patricia Neal Life was never going to be conventional for Tessa" Sunday Independent Dublin, Republic of Ireland, 26 December 2010]

External links

  • Tessa Dahl on IMDb
  • Tessa Dahl at Fantastic Fiction


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