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Diana was born in South Africa of English par­ents. Growing up she loved phys­ical pur­suits, such as swim­ming and gym­nastics, and was pas­sion­ate about anim­als. She was also an avid reader; devour­ing any­thing and everything from mod­ern nov­els to Shakespeare. Gymnast or vet might both have been pos­sible careers but Diana hadn’t yet found one that truly cap­tured her imagination.

When Diana com­pleted school, she came to London where she worked as a trainee designer for a soft fur­nish­ings com­pany before real­ising it was not a path she wanted to pursue.

However the exper­i­ence helped to give her a much needed focus and dir­ec­tion and soon after­wards Diana enrolled on a train­ing course as a pro­fes­sional actor.

Diana Kent Starting a new career in an already over­crowded and highly com­pet­it­ive pro­fes­sion was def­in­itely a chal­lenge but she per­severed and with hard work, and some lucky breaks, star­ted to gain recog­ni­tion for her talent.

Since then Diana has gone on to appear in many roles on the stage, on tele­vi­sion, and on film; play­ing in everything from clas­sical theatre to tv sit­coms. She has also been for­tu­nate to work with some very tal­en­ted people in the course of her career.

She is still pas­sion­ate about anim­als too . . .

Diana in 1978

Diana in 1978

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37 Responses to Biography

  • Dan Bergeron says:

    Hi Diana,

    I was won­der­ing if you knew where was it in the UK that you filmed the Poirot epis­ode of “The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge?”

    Dan Bergeron, Denver Colorado USA

    • Diana says:

      Hi Dan,

      The exter­i­ors were filmed on moor­land out­side Sheffield. It was snow­ing and so cold that the cam­eras froze up and we had to stop film­ing.
      Can’t remem­ber where the interi­ors were shot, I’m afraid, it was a long time ago

      Diana

  • Peter Cobrin says:

    Greatly enjoyed your mod­est (in time) but sig­ni­fic­ant (in impact) con­tri­bu­tion to Whitechapel. Sublime non­sense but done with integ­rity and wit!! Should see more of you on TV

  • Bryony says:

    Fantastic grip­ping per­form­ance in ‘A Long Days Journey into Night’ at the Edinburgh Lyceum. As a Vet Anaesthetist I always wondered how Morphine affects the mind. It is well named after the god of dreams!

    • Diana says:

      Thanks, Bryony. I did some research into morphine addic­tion but, from what I could find out, it affects people very dif­fer­ently. In the end I used my intu­ition about the character.

  • Ian Piper says:

    Hi Diana
    I found your appear­ance in Band of Brothers quite sig­ni­fic­ant.
    I am adapt­ing a book I wrote about a WWII RAF Squadron at the moment into a mini-series.
    Hearing such a great English accent within the may­hem of the 501st really hit home.
    I am also act­ing as tech­nical con­sult­ant on another WWII themed film, so please drop me a line.
    Kind regards
    Ian

    • Diana says:

      Thanks for the com­pli­ment, Ian. It was a tricky scene to do because the pro­du­cers decided they wanted the accent changed in post-synch.

  • sage shelton says:

    Ms. Kent: I just wanted to say that you are such a beau­ti­ful lady. When I saw that you like anim­als I knew that you are a good per­son.
    —an old cow­boy and admirer
    Sage

    • Diana says:

      Dear Sage,
      Thank you kindly. Yes, it’s true I still like and respect anim­als (some­times more than people, just between you and me)
      Diana

  • Jane Chatfield says:

    I have just fin­ished watch­ing ‘Undeniable’ which I really enjoyed. Your screen daugh­ter Emma looked so much like you that I thought maybe you and Christine Bottomley might be mum and daugh­ter in real life? The resemb­lance was uncanny — great cast­ing!
    Best regards
    Jane

    • Diana says:

      Pleased that you enjoyed it. I’m def­in­itely not related so I guess the credit must go to the cast­ing dir­ector. Thanks, Diana

  • Susanna says:

    Ditto above. Your screen daugh­ter MUST be your real daugh­ter, surely? Great prog, by the way.

  • Gary says:

    I just watched the epis­ode of Goodnight Sweetheart where you played the char­ac­ter Jayne Mansfield.

    I love the part where you whis­per to Gary Sparrow that you are wear­ing stock­ings! Now I can’t remove this fantasy out of my mind of you wear­ing these stockings.

    Thanks for mak­ing a middle-aged man happy!

  • Nick Williams says:

    Hi.
    I saw you in “The Missing”, and recog­nised you — I’m sure you were in “The Villagers” a mil­lion years ago. You were as fab then, as you are now.

    • Diana says:

      Hi there
      I am amazed you recog­nised me! Yes ‚the Villagers, a life­time ago. But a fun time. Hope you enjoyed The Missing. Thank you so much for your mes­sage.

  • John Farrer says:

    Just saw ur ‘Midsummer Murders’ here in NY.a few days ago...congratulations..you were .excellent..Do u ever go back to South Africa...I was on vaca­tion last year in Capetown and did a couple of days ‘Background’ on ‘Black sales’. unfortunatly,I’m.back in freez­ing NY now ..Smile...John Farrer on IMDB..

    • Diana says:

      Nice to hear from you John.I have just been back in Capetown for a week. Gorgeous weather. I hope New York is not still freez­ing! Glad you enjoyed Midsomer Murders .best wishes Diana

  • Joe says:

    time to see Diana Kent in a soap, best wishes

  • Margaret van Blydenstein says:

    Diana hi,
    I’ve just seen you in “The Band of Brothers” and recog­nised you from drama school at UCT (1972–1974)! Wonderful to read your bio­graphy. Best wishes Margi Lewis

  • Diana says:

    Margi wow!
    How are you? Are you still in South Africa? I was in Capetown just for a week in February. Still the most incred­ibly beau­ti­ful place. I had lunch in Stellenbosch with Jane Auld,who i hadn’t seen in dec­ades. If you’re ever in London let me know. I am on face­book although not really act­ive. I look at other peoples post but rarely post any­thing myself. I hope life has treated you well over these far too many dec­ades. Lovely to hear from you. best wishes Diana

  • Heavenly Creatures , every one in that film was out stand­ing a mas­ter­piece what are your thoughts (hon­estly) on mak­ing it , for years every few months this film pops into my head

    • author says:

      Hi Michael,

      It was a dif­fi­cult decision to do ‘Heavenly Creatures’ because Stephen Daldry wanted me to stay in ‘An Inspector Calls’ which was due to trans­fer from the National Theatre to Broadway. But the script was very good and ulti­mately I’m glad I did it.

      Diana

  • Mark Bingham says:

    Hi Diana,
    I loved your work in the Jesus Code as Helena, mother of Constantine. What a remark­able lady. Thank you for bring­ing her char­ac­ter, her Christian faith and her world so long ago to life.
    Kind regards,
    Mark Bingham
    Sydney, Australia

  • Mark Bingham says:

    P.S. Just noticed the series is called Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery. However, “Jesus Code” was ref­ered to on my screen as con­tinu­ing with the next epis­ode about Mary Magnalene. Mark

    • author says:

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for the com­pli­ment. I think Helena should be bet­ter known. It was a remark­able feat, trav­el­ling two years to ful­fil her quest.

      We filmed in Morocco in a place where they were sim­ul­tan­eously film­ing sev­eral other bib­lical epics — dis­con­cert­ing to find a col­lec­tion of Jesus’s all in the hotel swim­ming pool at the same time!

      regards
      Diana

  • moox says:

    You look very alike to Kate Winslet! When I watched Heavenly Creatures I really thought the cast­ing of Juliet and Hilda was excel­lent. Great lookalikes.

  • Dear Diane,
    Saw you in “Goodnight Sweetheart” thought you looked terrific!

  • brian says:

    you don’t do enough T.v. .love your dark hair and beau­ti­ful dark eyes and your a won­der­ful actoress

  • Peter says:

    Just seen you in an old Bergerac Diana.

    You dont age! Whats your secre ?

  • aaron mullen says:

    just watched you in the miss­ing. i thought your per­form­ance was incred­ible, under­played to per­fec­tion, spe­cific
    and sug­gest­ive of the ter­rible secret later con­veyed whilst never giv­ing it away. your per­form­ance stole the show for me. tricky, murky, dupli­cit­ous... loved it

  • author says:

    Thanks for the com­pli­ment, Aaron. Glad you liked it

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