Cherie Lunghi was born on April 4, 1952 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Cherie Mary Lunghi. She is an actress, known for Excalibur (1981), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) and The Mission (1986). She was previously married to Ralph Lawson.
She starred in the 1982 television serial Praying Mantis, based on the book (Les Mantes Religieuses) by Hubert Monteilhet. The thriller co-starred Pinkas Braun, Carmen du Sautoy, and Jonathan Pryce. In the mid-1980s, she relocated to Los Angeles for eight years, but returned to England to care for her mother. Lunghi has a daughter, actress Nathalie Lunghi (born 1986), from a relationship with director Roland Joffé. After the birth of her daughter and the end of her relationship with Joffé she took various short-term parts, including playing the band members’ mutual love interest in the music video for Level 42’s song “Something About You”.
Lunghi took on the lead role in football drama The Manageress (1989–90), and participated in the BBC adaptation of Edith Wharton’s posthumously published novel, The Buccaneers (1995), as Laura Testvalley. In addition to film and television work, she appeared in a long-running advertising campaign on British television for Kenco coffee from the late 1990s onwards.
In 2006, Lunghi appeared on television in Casualty 1906, playing Matron Eva Luckes, and had a recurring guest role in the regular Casualty series as Professor Camille Windsor. In 2013, she narrated some episodes of the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?