Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress, most known for her role as Queen Catherine Parr in the Showtime television show The Tudors and Julia McNamara in the television drama Nip/Tuck. She also appeared in the 2009 BBC remake, The Day of the Triffids, with her mother Vanessa Redgrave.
Richardson was born in London to a theatrical family, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, the granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lady Redgrave. Her sister was the late actress Natasha Richardson (1963–2009), and through her, she was the sister-in-law of actor Liam Neeson. She is the niece of Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave and cousin of actress Jemma Redgrave, who is just five days younger than Richardson. Joely Richardson appeared as an extra at the age of three in the 1968 version of The Charge of the Light Brigade, directed by her father.
Richardson and her sister Natasha's early education began in London at the independent St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith, London. At age 14, on a tennis scholarship, Richardson moved to boarding school at the independent Harry Hopman Tennis School in Tampa, Florida. In 1983, she graduated from The Thacher School in Ojai, California, then returned to London to study at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.