Joely Richardson as Julia McNamara | nip/tuck on FX

Joely Richardson

Julia McNamara

Joely Richardson plays “Julia McNamara,” the ex-wife of Dr. Sean McNamara and the mother of Matt (whose biological father is Dr. Christian Troy), Annie and Conor. Last season, before the birth of Conor, Julia learned that her baby would be born with ectrodactyly (“lobster claw syndrome”) and kept this information from Sean well into her pregnancy. After having an affair with Conor’s night nurse Marlowe (Peter Dinklage), Julia divorced Sean and left Miami for New York. This season, Julia brings Annie and Conor to Los Angeles for a visit – and reveals that she is already in a new romantic relationship. 

Career Highlights

nip/tuck marked Joely’s U.S. television debut. She received back-to-back Golden-Globe® nominations for Best Actress, Drama Series in 2004 and 2005 for her work on the show as well as much critical praise for her extraordinary portrayal of an unfulfilled woman caught in deep emotional struggles of loving two men. 

The daughter of Academy® Award-winning parents Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, Joely started her career training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. From there, she took to the stage for the Royal Shakespeare Company, seasons at the Old Vic, and in the West End. 

Her first feature film was playing Redgrave’s character as a young girl in David Hare’s Wetherby. Since then, she has appeared in The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with Tom Berenger, The Last Mimzy, Drowning by Numbers with Joan Plowright, Shining Through with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith, 101 Dalmatians with Glenn Close, I’ll Do Anything opposite Nick Nolte, Event Horizon with Laurence Fishburne, Sister My Sister with Julie Waters, Loch Ness opposite Ted Danson, The Affair of the Necklace with Hilary Swank, Maybe Baby opposite Hugh Laurie, The Patriot with Mel Gibson and Lady Chatterley’s Lover with Sean Bean for director Ken Russell. 

In 1999, she received an Independent Spirit® Award nomination as Best Actress for her role in Under Heaven (her aunt Lynn Redgrave won in that category for Gods and Monsters). On stage, she most recently appeared in Madame Melville opposite Macaulay Culkin at the Promenade Theatre in New York, and Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windemere’s Fan in the West End in London. On television, she recently starred opposite Hugh Bonneville in the U.K. comedy Freezing. Prior to that, she starred opposite Gary Sinise in the highly rated CBS movie Fallen Angel, a role which won her a Camie® Award in 2005. She has also starred in the television movies Lies My Mother Told Me and Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America

John Hensley

as Matt McNamara

The biological son of Christian and Julia, who considers both Christian and Sean to be his fathers.