Henrietta Sara Louise Baynes is an English film, television and theatre actress. She began her career as a ballet dancer at the Royal Ballet School and made her professional debut at 12 in Rudolf Nureyev’s The Nutcracker and then Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In her mid-teens she moved from dance to acting.
She began her acting career at just 17 as an acting ASM in repertory theatre. She was married to film director Ken Russell from 1992 to 1999; they had one son, Rex. She has also been credited as Hettie Baynes, Henrieta Baynes, Henrietta Baynes, Hetty Russell and Hetty Baynes Russell. She obtained a BA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College London in 1990.