Born on April 4, 1952 in London, England, Cherie Lunghi is best known for her role as Guinevere in the 1981 classic Excalibur. Of English and Italian descent, Lunghi is also the mother of another actress Nathalie Lunghi. She was an only child and was raised by her mother in post-war London in a boarding house in Kensington.
Originally, Lunghi's dream was to be a ballerina, but things changed when she enrolled at the Arts Educational Trust School, a stage school, in London when she was 11. She liked the school for its rich creative atmosphere. Her first professional work came when she was 13, playing Alice in a radio production of Alice in Wonderland. After leaving drama school, she attended drama school for three yeras.
Cherie Lunghi joined the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of 23, where she worked with the likes of Judy Dench and Ian McKellen. She spent some time working in Los Angeles but eventually returned to England where she bagged more television shows, such as Eastenders and The Brief. As for movies, her most notable appearances were as Guinevere in Excalibur and Carlotta in The Mission. Lunghi also paints, having studied painting in Florence.
Cherie Lunghi plays the role of Stephanie on the British television Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Stephanie is the manager of the agency Belle, the call girl, works for. As her agent, she is rich, glamorous, and intensely materialistic.