English actress Alex Kingston was born 11 March 1963 and brought up in Epsom, Surrey. Kingston was inspired to pursue acting by one of her teachers at Rosebery School for Girls. Kingston auditioned and performed in the Surrey County Youth Theatre production of Tom Jones as Mrs Fitzpatrick, alongside Sean Pertwee as Captain Fitzpatrick and Thwackum played by Tom Davison. She later completed a three-year programme at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Since then Kingston has appeared in a number of British-produced television dramas, including Grange Hill, Crocodile Shoes, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, The Knock and various guest roles on The Bill. Kingston’s film credits include The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), A Pin for the Butterfly (1994), The Infiltrator (1995), Croupier (1998), Essex Boys (2000), Boudica (Warrior Queen in the USA) (2003) in which she played the eponymous Boudica, Sweet Land (2005) and Crashing (2007). In September 1997, Kingston gained North American television fame after being cast on the long-running medical drama ER as British surgeon Elizabeth Corday. Kingston played this role for just over seven seasons, leaving in October 2004 with the season 11 episode, “Fear”. In spring 2009, Kingston returned to ER during its 15th and final season for two episodes, “Dream Runner” and the two-hour series finale, “And in the End…”.In November 2005, Kingston guest-starred in the long-running mystery drama Without a Trace in the season 4 episode, “Viuda Negra”. She also portrayed Lucy Costin, a wealthy vacationer from the U.S. whose husband is kidnapped by a Mexican street gang during their honeymoon. In 2006, Kingston starred as Nurse Ratched, opposite Christian Slater as Randle Patrick McMurphy, in the Garrick Theatre’s West End production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
In 2008, Kingston guest-starred in the fourth series of the science fiction television programme Doctor Who in the two-part story “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead” as River Song. She reprised the role in fifteen episodes in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. Kingston says she thought her role was simply a one-off, but was delighted that she would be a returning character. Kingston returned as the character in the 2015 Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song” alongside Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor. In September 2008, Kingston took the part of Mrs. Bennet in ITV’s acclaimed four-part production Lost in Austen which is based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and also appeared in the police procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in the season 9 episode, “Art Imitates Life” as Patricia Alwick, a psychiatrist and grief counsellor. In 2009, Kingston portrayed Miranda Pond, a defence attorney in two episodes of the legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Kingston also starred as the lead character Ellie Lagden, one of four former convicts in the BBC One drama series Hope Springs And Had a recurring role in FlashForward, playing Inspector Fiona Banks.In 2010, Kingston returned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the season 12 episode, “Trophy”,
In 2011, Kingston appeared in the British supernatural series Marchlands, portraying Helen Maynard and also guest-starred in the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice as Marla Tompkins, a psychiatrist who writes book reviews for newspapers. Kingston appeared in Friedrich Schiller’s Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse in London. In 2013, Kingston appeared in Arrow, playing Professor Dinah Lance, the mother of Laurel and Sara Lance and also played Lady Macbeth opposite Kenneth Branagh in Macbeth at Manchester International Festival. Her performance was broadcast to cinemas on 20 July as part of National Theatre Live.She reprised the performance with Branagh at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in 2014. She also starred as Ruth Hattersley, an analyst working for the Missing Persons Bureau on the ITV mini-series drama Chasing Shadows.