The director sees plastic surgery as the externalisation of self-hatred." For a time Richardson seemed overshadowed by the achievements of her illustrious family: grandparents (Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson), parents (Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson), uncle and aunt (Corin and Lynn Redgrave), and older sister (Natasha Richardson).But now the success of Nip/Tuck - she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama in 2004 - has placed her in a new league.
Miss Richardson, 36, confirmed the split through her agent while enjoying a holiday with friends in the South of France.
"His background is, you know, blowing things up or being hysterically funny say in Arnold is Abigail Breslin's on-screen father in the new thriller Arnold previously revealed that he felt compelled to star in the independent film, written by first-time screenwriter and director Henry Hobson, after discovering the script on the film industry's "black list" for the best unproduced screenplays.
"When I read it, I knew I had to do it," Arnold recalls in the film's production notes.
But even the most level-headed actress can go a bit bonkers on a photo shoot. There are moments in Nip/Tuck where there's a side shot of me and I think, 'Look at the size of that nose!
She studies the digital images of herself with a critical eye. '" With her strange, arresting beauty Richardson is a genuine one-off.
When her only child Daisy was born 15 years ago, actress Joely Richardson was torn between going back to work and being a mother.
She chose work and made her way the top of her game as a highly-paid star of one of American's most popular television dramas, Nip/Tuck.
"This obsession with the Stepford Wives' look is frightening." Which makes her latest role as the wife of a Hollywood plastic surgeon in the adult TV drama, Nip/Tuck, deliciously ironic casting.
Significantly, she agreed to do Nip/Tuck not just because of the satirical strength of the scripts, but because she saw the show as a drama "about flawed human beings who are desperately searching for something.
However Miss Richardson has now stunned producers of the show by telling them she is quitting to return to the UK to care for her daughter.
She has revealed for the first time that Daisy has a rare medical condition which she was diagnosed with shortly after her first birthday.