Alexandra Elizabeth 'Alex' Kingston (born 11 March 1963) is an English actress. She is most widely known for her roles as Dr. Elizabeth Corday on the NBC medical drama ER and as Professor River Song in Doctor Who. Kingston was born and raised in Epsom, Surrey, England, the eldest of three daughters of Anthony Kingston, a butcher, and his German wife. Kingston's uncle is actor Walter Renneisen, her mother's younger brother. 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, Captain Fitzpatrick and Thwackum played by Tom Davison.
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