Alex Kingston was born Alexandra Kingston on the 11th of March 1963 in Epsom, Surrey, England. She was born the eldest of three daughters to an English butcher and a German mother. Alex completed a two year program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was during her time at the RADA that she met Ralph Fiennes. They were in a relationship for ten years, and then married in 1993. She is an actress, probably best known for her role as Elizabeth Corday on the television series ER. Other series she has appeared in include Crocodile Shoes, Moll Flanders, The Bill, and The Knock. It was in 1997 that she was cast in ER, and she remained for seven seasons until she left in 2004 in Season 11. It was also in 1997 that she divorced her husband Ralph Fiennes after he left her for actress Francesca Annis. In 1997, Alex met German writer Florian Haertel and they married in 1998. They had a child, Salome Violetta, on the 28th of March 2001. In 2006, Alex appeared as Nurse Ratched opposite Christian Slater in the West End production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. In that same year, she was turned down for a role on Desperate Housewives for being too curvaceous.