Joan Collins

Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, DBE (born 23 May 1933) is an English actress, author, and columnist. She made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, entered British films in 1951 and went to Hollywood under contract to 20th Century Fox in 1955. In 1981, she landed the role of Alexis Carrington, the vengeful and scheming ex-wife of John Forsythe's character, in the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty, which made her an international superstar and brought her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1982. In 2015, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity.

Joan Collins

Collins in 1955
Joan Henrietta Collins

(1933-05-23) 23 May 1933
  • Actress
  • Author
  • Columnist
Years active1951–present
Maxwell Reed
(m. 1952; div. 1956)

Anthony Newley
(m. 1963; div. 1971)

Ronald S. Kass
(m. 1972; div. 1983)

Peter Holm
(m. 1985; div. 1987)

Percy Gibson (m. 2002)
ChildrenTara Newley (born 1963)
Alexander Newley (born 1965)
Katyana Kass (born 1972)
RelativesJackie Collins (sister)

Early life

Collins was born in Paddington, London, and brought up in Maida Vale, the daughter of Elsa Collins (née Bessant, 1906–1962), a dance teacher, and Joseph William Collins (1902–1988), a talent agent[2] whose clients would later include Shirley Bassey, the Beatles and Tom Jones.[3] Her father, a native of South Africa, was Jewish, and her British mother was Anglican.[4][5][6][7] She had two younger siblings, Jackie (1937–2015),[2] a novelist, and Bill, a property agent.[8][9] She was educated at the Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls in London.[10]

She made her stage debut in the Henrik Ibsen play A Doll's House at the age of nine, and at the age of sixteen trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. At the age of 17, Collins was signed to the Rank Organisation, a British film studio.[11]

Rank Organisation

After signing with the Rank Organisation, Collins appeared in many British films. Her feature debut was as a beauty contestant in Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951) followed by The Woman's Angle (1952) in a minor role as a Greek maid. Next was a more significant role as a gangster's moll in Judgment Deferred (1952).

Her big break came with a major, highly publicised role as a juvenile delinquent in I Believe in You (1952). Her success in the part brought her stardom and the press nickname "Britain's Bad Girl".

Her subsequent films whilst under contract to Rank included Decameron Nights (1953) with Joan Fontaine; England's first X-cerificate drama, Cosh Boy (1953), directed by Lewis Gilbert; Turn the Key Softly (1953), a drama about three women released from prison on the same day; and the boxing saga The Square Ring (1953).

She was top-billed in the desert island comedy Our Girl Friday (1953), then directed again by Lewis Gilbert in The Good Die Young (1954) with Laurence Harvey and Gloria Grahame.

Between films, she appeared in several plays in London including The Seventh Veil (1952), Jassy (1952), Claudia and David (1954), and The Skin of Our Teeth (1954), as well as a UK tour of The Praying Mantis (1953).

Land of the Pharaohs

In 1954, Collins was chosen by famed director Howard Hawks to star as the scheming Princess Nellifer in her first international production, Land of the Pharaohs. The lavish Warner Brothers historical epic was not a success upon release but has attracted considerable interest over the years and has been lauded by Martin Scorsese and French critics supporting the auteur theory for numerous elements of its physical production. Danny Peary in his book Cult Movies (1981), selected it as a cult classic.[12] The film's reputation continues to improve with the test of time.

Collins' sultry performance so impressed 20th Century Fox chief Darryl Zanuck that he signed the young star to a seven-year contract with the Hollywood studio.

Hollywood and 20th Century Fox

Collins made her Hollywood film debut in the lavish historical drama The Virgin Queen (1955). The British newcomer was given equal billing with established stars Bette Davis and Richard Todd. The same year, Collins was cast in the starring role of Evelyn Nesbitt in The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing with Ray Milland and Farley Granger. The part had originally been intended for Marilyn Monroe, however problems between Monroe and Fox led to Collins winning the role.[13]

MGM borrowed Collins for The Opposite Sex (1956), a musical remake of The Women (1939) in which she was cast as the gold digging Crystal, the role played by Joan Crawford in the original. She then starred as a young nun in Sea Wife (1956), top-billed over co-star Richard Burton, followed by the all-star Island in the Sun (1957), which was a major box office success. The film earned $5,550,000 worldwide, and finished as the sixth-highest-grossing film of 1957.[14]

In 1957, she was top-billed over Jayne Mansfield in the film version of John Steinbeck's The Wayward Bus, which despite disappointing reviews[15] was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear Award at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival.[16] She then starred opposite Robert Wagner in the espionage thriller Stopover Tokyo (1957), and was Gregory Peck's leading lady in the Western drama The Bravados (1958).

The Leo McCarey comedy Rally Round the Flag, Boys (1959) cast Collins as a temptress out to seduce Paul Newman away from Joanne Woodward. Next came the tense crime caper Seven Thieves (1960) opposite Edward G. Robinson and Rod Steiger.

In 1960, Collins became increasingly disillusioned with 20th Century Fox when, having been the original choice to play the title role in Cleopatra, the part went instead to Elizabeth Taylor. Collins withdrew from the studio's production of Sons and Lovers, and requested a release from her contract, however she agreed to star in one last film for Fox, top-billed again in the biblical epic Esther and the King (1960).

The 1960s

As a freelance actress, Collins made only occasional films in the early-mid 1960s, whilst raising her first two children (she had married the actor/singer Anthony Newley in 1963).

In 1961, she returned to London to star opposite Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the last of that movie duo's "road" pictures, The Road to Hong Kong (1962). Former "road" leading lady Dorothy Lamour was relegated to a guest appearance in the film. In Italy, Collins starred in Hard Time for Princes (1965); back in the US she played David Janssen's wife in the detective thriller Warning Shot (1967); in the UK she was the leading lady in the spy caper Subterfuge (1968); and made a cameo appearance in the comedy If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969).

In the US, Collins starred opposite her husband in Newley's autobiographical musical Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969). Then came the female lead in the Italian drama L'amore Breve (1969), The Executioner (1970), a thriller with George Peppard, and Up in the Cellar (1970), a quasisequel to Three in the Attic.


Although she had made several appearances on interview and game shows in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Collins began her television dramatic career with a guest role in The Human Jungle in 1963. Her notable appearances on American television during the 1960s included playing the villainous Siren in Batman, Run For Your Life, The Virginian, Mission: Impossible, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Star Trek; in the latter, she played Edith Keeler in the episode The City on the Edge of Forever, widely regarded by fans as one of the best episodes across all the Star Trek series, if not the best.

In the 1970s, Collins remained busy on television. She starred in the TV movies The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972) with Orson Welles and Lee Remick, and Drive Hard, Drive Fast (1973) opposite Brian Kelly. Her many guest appearances during the decade included The Persuaders! alongside Roger Moore and Tony Curtis, Fallen Angels with Susannah York, Space 1999, Orson Welles Great Mysteries, Police Woman, The Moneychangers with Kirk Douglas and Christopher Plummer, Starsky and Hutch, Switch, Future Cop, Ellery Queen, The Fantastic Journey, Baretta and three separate episodes of Tales of the Unexpected. She rounded off the decade playing Cleopatra in an episode of Aaron Spelling's Fantasy Island.

British film star

In 1970, Collins returned to Britain and starred in several films, mostly thrillers and horror films: Revenge (1971), as the vengeance-seeking mother of murdered child; Quest for Love (1971), a romantic science-fiction piece; Tales from the Crypt (1972), a highly successful horror anthology; Fear in the Night (1972), a psychological horror from Jimmy Sangster; Dark Places (1973), a thriller with Christopher Lee; and Tales That Witness Madness (1973), another horror anthology.

She went to Italy for the football-themed comedy L'arbitro (1974), to Spain for The Great Adventure opposite Jack Palance and returned to England for yet another horror, playing the mother of a murderous infant in I Don't Want to Be Born (1975).

After two comedies, Alfie Darling (1975) and The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones (1976), Collins returned to the US to make what she now refers to as the nadir of her film career, the giant insect science-fiction piece Empire of the Ants (1977). In Italy she was the leading lady in the thriller Fearless (1978); in the US made the lighthearted Zero to Sixty (1978); and back in the UK appeared with Robert Mitchum in The Big Sleep.

The Stud and The Bitch

In 1978, Collins was catapulted back to major stardom in the UK when she starred in the film version of her sister Jackie Collins's racy novel The Stud. It was made for $600,000 and went on to gross over $20,000,000 internationally.[17] At the same time she published her autobiography, Past Imperfect, which went to number 1 in the bestseller charts. The Stud was so successful that a sequel, The Bitch (1979).[18] was hastily arranged. It too was a huge hit.

After shooting Game for Vultures (1979) opposite Richard Harris and Sunburn (1979) with Farrah Fawcett, Collins returned to the stage for the first time in many years to play the title role in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1980) in London's West End.

Collins' heightened popularity in Europe did not go unnoticed in America. In 1981 she would receive a job offer from US television which would totally change the course of her life and career.


In 1981, Collins accepted a role in the second season of the then-struggling soap opera Dynasty (1981–89), as Alexis Carrington, the beautiful and vengeful ex-wife of oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe). Her performance is generally credited as the chief factor in the fledgling show's subsequent rise in the Nielsen ratings[19] to a hit rivaling Dallas. In the 2001 E! True Hollywood Story episode featuring Dynasty, former ABC executive Ted Harbert stated, "The truth is we didn't really believe that we had this thing done as a hit until Joan Collins walked down that courtroom aisle." Co-star Al Corley noted that Collins "just flew" in the role that was "tailor made...just spot on." In Dynasty producer Aaron Spelling's final press interview, he said of Collins: "We didn't write Joan Collins. She played Joan Collins. Am I right? We wrote a character, but the character could have been played by 50 people and 49 of them would have failed. She made it work."[20]

In recognition of her superstar status, in 1983 Collins was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for career achievement.

Whilst filming Dynasty, Collins starred in the feature film Nutcracker (1982) and the TV movies Paper Dolls (1982), The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch (1982), Making of a Male Model (1983) with Jon-Erik Hexum, Her Life as a Man (1984), and The Cartier Affair (1984) with David Hasselhoff. She made guest star appearances in The Love Boat and Faerie Tale Theatre, and co-hosted an ABC-TV special created for her, Blondes vs. Brunettes.

Dynasty was an enormous worldwide phenomenon, and by 1985 the programme was the number-one show in the United States, beating out CBS rival Dallas, which ranked number two.[21] For her portrayal of Alexis, Collins was nominated six times for a Golden Globe Award (every year from 1982 to 1987), winning in 1983,[22] the same year she was nominated for an Emmy as Best Actress in a Drama Series.[23] In accepting the award, Collins thanked Sophia Loren for turning down the part of Alexis.[24] At the age of 50, Collins appeared in a 12-page photo layout for Playboy magazine shot by George Hurrell.[25]

With Dynasty at the height of its success, Collins both produced and starred in the smash hit 1986 CBS miniseries Sins,[26] and the following year, Monte Carlo.[27][28]

After Dynasty

When Dynasty ended in 1989, Collins began rehearsals for her Broadway stage debut, as Amanda in a successful revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives (1990). She subsequently toured the US in the same play and also starred as Amanda in a production in London's West End.[29] In 1991, she also starred for BBC Television in a series of eight individual Noël Coward plays under the title Tonight at 8.30.

In 1991, Collins rejoined her co-stars for Dynasty: The Reunion, a miniseries that concluded the cliffhanger ending left after the show's abrupt 1989 cancellation. In the 1990s, Collins continued to star in films including Decadence (1994) and In The Bleak Midwinter (1995).

On American television she made the TV movies Hart to Hart – Two Harts in 3/4 Time (1995), Annie: A Royal Adventure! (1995) and Sweet Deception (1998). She also made guest-star appearances on series such as Roseanne (1993), The Nanny (1996) and Will & Grace (2000), and played a recurring role in seven episodes of Pacific Palisades (1997).

She was selected as the cover star for the relaunch of the popular celebrity magazine OK! when it changed from a monthly to a weekly.[30]

In 1999, Collins was cast in the film version of the musical theatre show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Donny Osmond. She then starred opposite Nigel Hawthorne in the film The Clandestine Marriage (1999), which she also co-produced.

2000 to present day

In 2000, Collins replaced Elizabeth Taylor as Pearl Slaghoople, Wilma Flintstone's mother, in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, a prequel to the Universal Studios live-action film The Flintstones (1994). (Taylor had originated the role in the first film). The following year, Collins co-starred with Taylor, Shirley MacLaine and Debbie Reynolds in the television film These Old Broads, written by Reynolds's daughter, Carrie Fisher.

In 2002, Collins returned to soap operas in a limited guest run on the American daytime soap Guiding Light.[31] In 2005, actress Alice Krige impersonated Collins in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalised television film based on the creation and behind-the-scenes production of Dynasty.[32]

In early 2006, Collins toured the United Kingdom in An Evening with Joan Collins (US title One Night With Joan), a one-woman show in which she related the highs and lows of her career and life. The show was directed by her husband Percy Gibson, whom she married in 2002. She has continued to tour the world with the show and its sequel Joan Collins Unscripted ever since, including appearances in New York, Las Vegas, Dubai, Sydney, and twice at the London Palladium. In 2006—2007 she also toured North America for 30 weeks in the play Legends! with former Dynasty co-star Linda Evans.

In the mid-2000s, Collins' television work included the hit British television series Footballer's Wives (2005), the BBC series Hotel Babylon (2006) and Dynasty Reunion: Catfights and Caviar, a 2006 special featuring several of her Dynasty co-stars reminiscing about the original series.

Collins guest-starred in They Do It with Mirrors, a two-hour episode of the murder-mystery drama Marple in 2009, as Ruth Van Rydock, a friend of detective Miss Jane Marple. In 2010 she joined the cast of the German soap opera Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love) for a short run, playing an aristocratic British woman, Lady Joan, who takes a young German prince in tow.[33]

She made her first (and, to date, only) venture into pantomime as Queen Rat in Dick Whittington at the Birmingham Hippodrome during the 2010 Christmas season, starring alongside Nigel Havers and Julian Clary.[34]

In 2012–2013, she appeared in the US sitcom Happily Divorced, and in 2013 joined the cast of the British sitcom Benidorm in a recurring guest role. She lent her voice to the animated feature film Saving Santa (2013).

From 2014–2018, she played the Grand Duchess of Oxford, mother of fictional British Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) in the E! drama series The Royals.[35]

In June 2015, Collins backed the children's fairytales app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF, together with others such as Roger Moore, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, and Michael Caine.[36] The same year she starred in the fantasy film Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism.

In 2016, Collins made a cameo appearance as herself in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. The following year she returned to the big screen with the starring role in the British comedy-drama The Time of Their Lives, playing a faded Hollywood star. In 2018 she appeared in a critically acclaimed short film, Gerry, for which she won the Best Actress award at the LA Shorts International Film Festival.

In April 2018, Ryan Murphy announced that Collins had joined the cast of American Horror Story for its eighth season American Horror Story: Apocalypse. She first portrayed Evie Gallant, the glamorous and rich grandmother of Evan Peters' character, and later portrayed witch actress Bubbles McGee. In March 2019 she guest-starred in an episode of the new Hawaii Five-O TV-series.[37]

In October 2019 she worked on the feature film The Loss Adjuster opposite Luke Goss, for release in 2020.

Family and personal life

Collins has been married five times,[38] first to Northern Irish actor Maxwell Reed, whom she married on 24 May 1952 after he allegedly raped her.[39] She divorced Reed in 1956.[2]

In 1959, Collins began a relationship with the then-unknown actor Warren Beatty. They became engaged in 1960, but his infidelity led to their split.[40] Collins revealed in her 1978 autobiography that she became pregnant by Beatty but had an abortion to avoid a scandal that at the time could have seriously damaged their careers.[41]

In 1963, she married actor and singer-songwriter Anthony Newley with whom to whom she had two children, Tara and Alexander. She wed her third husband, American businessman Ron Kass in 1972, and the couple had a daughter, Katyana Kennedy Kass.

After Collins' marriage to Kass ended in divorce in 1983, she married former singer Peter Holm[2] on 3 November 1985 in a ceremony in Las Vegas. After a bitter separation they were divorced on 25 August 1987.

She married her fifth and current husband Percy Gibson (born 1965) on 17 February 2002[2] at Claridge's Hotel in London.

As of 2019, Collins has three grandchildren.[42]

Collins' younger sister was Jackie Collins, a bestselling author, who died in September 2015. Collins was told only two weeks before her sister's death about the breast cancer Jackie had battled for over six years.

Over the years, Collins has been named "England's most beautiful girl[43] ", "the most beautiful woman in the world", and "the world's sexiest woman".

Collins maintains residences in London, Los Angeles, New York City, and France,[44] describing her life in 2010 as being "that of a gypsy".[45] In 2019, she and Gibson escaped a "terrifying" fire at her London flat in Eaton Square. Gibson was able to contain the blaze using a fire extinguisher before the emergency services arrived. Collins was treated for smoke inhalation but was otherwise unharmed and thanked the emergency response crews on social media.[46][47]


Collins has launched several products bearing her name, beginning with Joan Collins Jeans in 1980. During her time on Dynasty she produced collections of Joan Collins jewellery and eyewear. In 2012, her line of wigs went on sale, and in 2015, she launched her own brand of makeup, perfume and cosmetics, Joan Collins' Timeless Beauty.

Political views

In 2004, said: "I do feel that my country – I am English – is losing a lot of what I grew up with. I feel we are eroding ourselves to Brussels."[48] In early 2005, Collins commented that she was a supporter of the Conservative Party, stating, "The Labour Party doesn't care about the British people."

She was a supporter of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and was invited to attend Thatcher's funeral on 17 April 2013.[49] Collins is also a staunch monarchist, stating "I'm a big monarchist and I love the Queen."[50] Collins favours British withdrawal from the European Union.[51]

Charitable work

Collins has publicly supported several charities for several decades. In 1982, Collins spoke before the U.S. Congress about increasing funding for neurological research. In 1983, she was named a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, earning the foundation's highest honour in 1988 for her continuing support. Additionally, 1988 also saw the opening of the Joan Collins Wing of the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. In 1990, she was made an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

In 1994, Collins was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Association of Breast Cancer Studies in Great Britain for her contribution to breast cancer awareness in the UK. Collins is patron of Fight for Sight; in 2003, she became a patron of the Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice in Great Britain, while continuing to support several foster children in India, something she has done for the past 35 years. Collins serves her former school, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as the Honorary President of the RADA Associates.[52]

Writing career

Since the late 1990s, Collins has been a regular guest diarist for The Spectator. In 2008, she had a weekly opinions column in The Sunday Telegraph. She continues to write occasionally for the Daily Mail, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Lady in the United Kingdom, and Harper's Bazaar in the United States.

Collins has established herself as a successful author. In addition to her bestselling novels, including Prime Time and Love & Desire & Hate, she has also written six lifestyle books, including The Joan Collins Beauty Book, as well as memoirs, including Past Imperfect. To date, she has sold over 50 million copies of her books, which have been translated into 30 languages.[53]


  • Past Imperfect: An Autobiography – UK version (1978)
  • Katy: A Fight for Life, A Memoir (1982)
  • Past Imperfect: An Autobiography – US version (1984)
  • Second Act: An Autobiography (1996)
  • The World According to Joan (2011)
  • Passion For Life: An Autobiography (2013)



  • The Joan Collins Beauty Book (1980)
  • My Secrets (1994)
  • Health, Youth and Happiness: My Secrets (1995)
  • My Friends' Secrets (1999)
  • Joan's Way: Looking Good, Feeling Great (2002)
  • The Art of Living Well: Looking Good, Feeling Great (2007)


  • Prime Time, a novel (1988)
  • Love and Desire and Hate, a novel (1990)
  • Too Damn Famous, a novel (1995) retitled Infamous for US (1996)
  • Star Quality, a novel (2002)
  • Misfortune's Daughters, a novel (2005)
  • The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club, a novel (2015)

By other authors

  • Joan Collins by John Kercher, Gallery Books (1984)
  • Joan Collins: The Unauthorised Biography by Jeff Rovin, Bantam Books (1984)
  • Joan Collins, Superstar: A Biography by Robert Levine, Dell Publishing (1985)
  • A Touch of Collins by Joe Collins, Columbus Books (1986)
  • Portraits of a Star by Eddie Sanderson, Hodder & Stoughton (1987)
  • Inside Joan Collins: A Biography by Jay David, Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. (1988)
  • Hollywood Sisters: Jackie and Joan Collins by Susan Crimp and Patricia Burstein, St. Martin's Press (1989)
  • Joan Collins: The Biography of an Icon by Graham Lord, Orion (2007)

TV commercials

In the early 1950s, Collins appeared as a teenager in a Gas Board commercial.

In 1978, she began appearing alongside Leonard Rossiter in a very popular series of Cinzano TV commercials in which the drink was inevitably spilled down her dress. One of these was included among Top 100 British commercials in a poll by Channel 4.

In the early 1980s, Collins appeared in television commercials and magazine advertisements for British Airways, in which she was referred to as their "Most Frequent Flyer of First Class", a title she has maintained, having promoted the airline for more than three decades.

In the mid-1980s, Collins appeared in print ads for Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Sanyo and was the face of Revlon's Scoundrel perfume.

In 1992, she appeared in internationally broadcast television commercials for Marca Bravaria beer, and was the face of the perfume Spectacular.

Since 2000, she has appeared in TV commercials for UK retailer Marks & Spencer, Olympus cameras, and US clothing retailer Old Navy.

In 2007, Collins fronted two high-profile advertising campaigns. The first was as the face of skincare company Cellex-C's Ageless 15 Skin Serum; the second was as the face of the Royal Mail's Christmas campaign.

In 2010, Collins was named the face of Alexis Bittar Jewelry for Spring Fashion Week.[55]

In 2012, she starred in a Europe-wide commercial for Snickers chocolate bars, alongside Stephanie Beacham. Within a short time the ad was re-edited and Beacham's appearance cut.[56]

In July 2019, Collins starred as herself in a commercial campaign for Three mobile telecommunications.

In September 2019 she appeared in a worldwide commercial for Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Foundation makeup.

In November 2019, Collins starred in a Christmas commercial for Valentino haute couture.


Collins is known to have made several forays into singing.

  • In 1959, she performed "It's Great Not to Be Nominated" at the Academy Awards with actresses Angela Lansbury and Dana Wynter.
  • In 1962, she sang "Let's Not Be Sensible" and "Team Work" in the film The Road to Hong Kong with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.
  • Collins teamed up with Peter Sellers and her then-husband Anthony Newley in 1963 to record the album Fool Britannia, which made the UK Top 10.
  • In 1968, she sang the zodiac-themed "Chalk & Cheese", in Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?.
  • Also in 1968, she recorded an album of songs produced by her then-husband Anthony Newley, entitled And She Sings Too!, however her subsequent separation from Newley led to the album being shelved. It remains unreleased.
  • In a 1984 episode of Dynasty, Collins (in character as Alexis) sang the old Marlene Dietrich number "See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have".
  • Collins's role in the 1986 miniseries Monte Carlo was as Katrina Petrovna, a singer who doubles as a spy; "The Last Time I Saw Paris" was one of the songs she sang in character.
  • In 2001, Collins sang several songs in the television movie These Old Broads, including the production number finale What a Life.
  • In 2001, Collins appeared in Badly Drawn Boy's video for "Spitting in the Wind".
  • In a 2016 episode of Benidorm, Collins (in character as Crystal) sang "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend".


Collins was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 New Year Honours for services to drama.[57]

She was promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to charity.[58]

Although she does not insist upon it, her correct form of address is Dame Joan.


  • 1957: Star of Tomorrow
  • 1957: Motion Picture Magazine Award, Most Promising New Star
  • 1978: Saturn Award nomination, Best Actress in a Science Fiction film, Empire of the Ants
  • 1982: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty
  • 1982: Hollywood Women's Press Club, Female Star of 1982
  • 1983: The Hollywood International Spotlight Award
  • 1983: Golden Globe, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty
  • 1983: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Career Achievement
  • 1984: People's Choice Award, Favorite female television performer, Dynasty
  • 1984: Soap Opera Digest Award, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty
  • 1985: Soap Opera Digest Award, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty
  • 1986: Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comic Relief Role in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty
  • 1986: Telegatto Television Awards, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty
  • 1999: Millennium Award of Achievement, Golden Camera Film Council
  • 2005: Lifetime Achievement Award, San Diego Film Festival[59]
  • 2010: New York City International Film Festival, Best Actress, Fetish
  • 2010: Beverly Hills Film, TV and New Media Festival, Best Actress, Fetish
  • 2013: Lifetime Achievement Award, Sedona International Film Festival
  • 2014: Awards "Freedom of the City of London"
  • 2016: Arts for India, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2017: The Global Gift Philanthropist Award
  • 2018: Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Joan Collins
  • 2018: Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival (LA Shorts), Best Actress, Gerry
  • 2019: ATTITUDE icon Award:To DAME JOAN COLLINS



Year Title Role Notes
1951 Facts and Fancies Short film
Lady Godiva Rides Again Beauty Queen Contestant Uncredited
1952 The Woman's Angle Marina
Judgment Deferred Lil Carter
I Believe in You Norma Hart
1953 Decameron Nights Pampinea / Maria
Cosh Boy Rene Collins
Turn the Key Softly Stella Jarvis
The Square Ring Frankie
Our Girl Friday Sadie Patch
1954 The Good Die Young Mary Halsey / Mary
1955 Land of the Pharaohs Princess Nellifer
The Virgin Queen Beth Throckmorton
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
1956 The Opposite Sex Crystal
1957 Sea Wife Sea Wife
The Wayward Bus Alice Chicoy
Island in the Sun Jocelyn Fleury
Stopover Tokyo Tina Llewellyn
1958 The Bravados Josefa Velarde
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Angela Hoffa
1960 Seven Thieves Melanie
Esther and the King Esther
1962 The Road to Hong Kong Diane
1965 Hard Time for Princes Jane
1967 Warning Shot Joanie Valens
1968 Subterfuge Anne Langley
1969 Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? Polyester Poontang
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Girl on Sidewalk Cameo appearance
L'amore breve Roberta
1970 The Executioner Sarah Booth
Up in the Cellar Pat Camber
1971 Revenge Carol Radford
Quest for Love Ottilie / Tracy Fletcher
1972 Tales from the Crypt Joanne Clayton Segment: "And All Through The House"
Fear in the Night Molly Carmichael
1973 Tales That Witness Madness Bella Thompson Segment: "Mel"
1974 L'arbitro Elena Sperani
Dark Places Sarah Mandeville
1975 Alfie Darling Fay
I Don't Want to Be Born Lucy Carlesi
Il richiamo del lupo Sonia Kendall
1976 The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones Black Bess
Il pomicione
1977 Empire of the Ants Marilyn Fryser
1978 Fearless Brigitte
The Big Sleep Agnes Lozelle
The Stud Fontaine Khaled
Zero to Sixty Gloria Martine
1979 Game for Vultures Nicolle
Sunburn Nera
The Bitch Fontaine Khaled
1982 Homework Diane
Nutcracker Laura Carrere
1994 Decadence Helen / Sybil
1995 In the Bleak Midwinter Margaretta D'Arcy
1996 The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story Herself
1997 Coronation Street: Viva Las Vegas!
1999 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Mrs. Potiphar
The Clandestine Marriage Mrs. Heidelberg Also associate producer
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Pearl Slaghoople
2004 Ellis in Glamourland Susan
2006 Ozzie Max Happy
2007 Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven Herself
2008 Valentino: The Last Emperor
2010 Fetish Francesca Vonn Short film
2013 Saving Santa Vera Baddington Voice
2015 Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism Nockman's Mother
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Joan Collins Cameo
2017 The Time of Their Lives[60] Helen Shelly Also executive producer
2018 Gerry Hilda Short film
2020 The Loss Adjuster Margaret Rogerton-Sykes



Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Human Jungle Liz Kross Episode: "Struggle for a Mind"
1966 Run for Your Life Gilian Wales Episode: "The Borders of Barbarism"
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Baroness Bibi De Chasseur / Rosy Shlagenheimer Episode: "The Galatea Affair"
1967 The Virginian Lorna Marie Marshall Episode: "The Lady from Wichita"
Batman The Siren (Lorelei Circe) Episodes: "Ring Around the Riddler" and "The Wail of the Siren"
The Danny Thomas Hour Myra Episode: "The Demon Under the Bed"
Star Trek Edith Keeler Episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever"
1969 Mission: Impossible Nicole Vedette Episode: "Nicole"
1972 The Persuaders! Sidonie Episode: "Five Miles to Midnight"
The Man Who Came to Dinner Lorraine Sheldon TV Movie
1973 Drive Hard, Drive Fast Carole Bradley
Orson Welles Great Mysteries Jane Blake Episode: "The Dinner Party"
1974 Fallen Angels Jane Banbury TV Movie
1975 Ellery Queen Lady Daisy Frawley Episode: "The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne"
Switch Jackie Simon Episode: "Stung from Beyond"
Space: 1999 Kara Episode: "Mission of the Darians"
1976 Baretta Lynn Stiles Episode: "Pay or Die"
Police Woman Lorelei Frank / Prudence Clark Episodes: "The Pawn Shop" and "The Trick Book"
Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers Avril Devereaux TV Mini-Series
Gibbsville Andrea Episode: "Andrea"
1977 The Fantastic Journey Queen Halyana Episode: "Turnabout"
Future Cop Eve Di Falco Episode: "The Kansas City Kid"
Starsky and Hutch Janice Episode: "Starsky and Hutch on Playboy Island"
1979 Tales of the Unexpected Lady Natalia Turton Episode: "Neck"
1980 Clare Duckworth/Julia Roach Episode: "Georgy Porgy"
Suzy Starr Episode "A Girl Can't Always Have Everything"
Fantasy Island Lucy Atwell Episode: "My Fair Pharaoh/The Power"
1981–1989 Dynasty Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan Series regular (Season 2–8), Recurring (Season 9) 195 episodes
1982 Tattletales Herself TV Game Show
Paper Dolls Racine TV Movie
The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch Annie McCulloch
1983 The Love Boat Janine Adams Episode: "The Captain's Crush/Out of My Hair/Off-Course Romance"
Making of a Male Model Kay Dillon TV Movie
Faerie Tale Theatre Stepmother / Witch
1984 Her Life as a Man Pam Dugan
The Cartier Affair Cartier Rand / Marilyn Hallifax
1986 Sins Helene Junot TV Mini-Series, also executive producer
Monte Carlo Katrina Petrovna TV Movie, also executive producer
1991 Red Peppers Lily Pepper
Tonight at 8:30 Various Series regular, 8 episodes, also executive producer
Dynasty: The Reunion Alexis Morrell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan TV Movie
1993 Roseanne Ronnie Episode: "First Cousin, Twice Removed"
Mama's Back Tamara Hamilton TV pilot
Egoli: Place of Gold Catherine Sinclair Special Guest Star
1995 Annie: A Royal Adventure! Lady Edwina Hogbottom TV Movie
Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time Lady Camilla
1996 The Nanny Joan Sheffield Episode: "Me and Mrs. Joan"
1997 Pacific Palisades Christina Hobson 7 episodes
1998 Sweet Deception Arianna TV Movie
2000 Will & Grace Helena Barnes Episode: "My Best Friend's Tush"
2001 These Old Broads Addie Holden TV Movie
2002 Guiding Light Alexandra 'Alex' Spaulding von Halkein Thorpe Special guest star
2005 Slavery and the Making of America Reenactor Episode: "Seeds of Destruction"
2006 Hotel Babylon Lady Imogen Patton Episode: "1.7"
Footballers' Wives Eva De Wolffe Episodes: "5.5" and "5.6"
2009 Agatha Christie Marple: They Do It with Mirrors Ruth Van Rydock TV Movie
2010 Rules of Engagement Bunny Dunbar Episode: "Les-bro"
2012–2013 Happily Divorced Herself 3 episodes
2014–2017 Benidorm Crystal Hennessy-Vass Recurring
2015–2018 The Royals Alexandra, Grand Duchess of Oxford
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Evie Gallant Episodes: "The End " and "The Morning After"
Bubbles McGee Episodes: "Traitor" and "Fire and Reign"
2019 Hawaii Five-0 Amanda Savage Episode: "Ai no i ka 'ape he mane'o no ko ka nuku (He who eats 'ape is bound to have his mouth itch)"


  • 1946, A Doll's House at the Arts Theatre, London.
  • 1952, The Seventh Veil at the Q Theatre, London.
  • 1952, Jassy at the Q Theatre, London.
  • 1953, The Praying Mantis UK Tour.
  • 1953, Claudia and David at the Q Theatre, London.
  • 1954, The Skin of Our Teeth at the Q Theatre, London.
  • 1980, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester.
  • 1980–1981, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney at the Cambridge Theatre, London.
  • 1981, Murder in Mind at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford and Theatre Royal, Brighton.
  • 1990–1991, Private Lives at the Aldwych Theatre, London.
  • 1992, Private Lives at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York City.
  • 2000, Love Letters US Tour.
  • 2001, Over the Moon at The Old Vic, London.
  • 2004, Full Circle UK Tour.
  • 2006, An Evening with Joan Collins UK Tour.
  • 2006–2007, Legends North American Tour.
  • 2010, One Night with Joan at Feinsteins at the Regency, New York.
  • 2010–2011, Dick Whittington at the Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham.
  • 2011, One Night with Joan Australian Tour.
  • 2011–2014, One Night with Joan at the Leicester Square Theatre, London.
  • 2013, One Night with Joan UK Tour.
  • 2016, Joan Collins Unscripted UK Tour.
  • 2019, Joan Collins Unscripted at the London Palladium
  • 2019, Joan Collins Unscripted UK Tour.


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