Samantha Bond

Samantha Bond Biography

Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny in GoldenEye cast

Samantha Jane Bond is an English actress known for her dynamic and versatile performances on stage, television, and film. Born on November 27, 1961, she was raised in London and was exposed to the world of acting at an early age.

Bond studied at the Godolphin and Latymer School, where she studied with her predecessor in the Miss Moneypenny role Caroline Bliss, and later honed her acting skills at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

She made her acting debut in 1983, appearing in the original stage production of Daisy Pulls It Off. She also made her television debut that year, playing Maria Rushworth in the BBC mini-series adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and Rumpole’s pupil in the fourth series of Rumpole of the Bailey.


Samantha Bond’s career took a major leap in 1995 when she was cast as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond series, alongside Pierce Brosnan as Agent 007. She played the role of M’s secretary at MI6 in four Bond films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. She later reprised the role in an advertisement for the London 2012 Olympics, alongside former Bond actor Roger Moore.

In addition to her film work, Samantha Bond is well-known for her stage performances. She is a prominent member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), and her work with the company began in 1987, when she performed in three productions: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Hero and Leander, and Lorca’s Women. She went on to perform in numerous stage productions, including The Memory of Water, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth among many others. Bond also made her directorial debut in 2000 with a short touring production of The Memory of Water.

Samantha Bond’s work on television has also been widely praised. She appeared as Auntie Angela in the BBC’s semi-improvised comedy series Outnumbered from 2007 to 2014 and as Lady Rosamund Painswick in ITV’s period drama series Downton Abbey from 2010 to 2015. She has also lent her voice to audiobooks including including Mary Norton’s The Borrowers, Joanna Trollope’s An Unsuitable Match, and has received an Earphones Award for her narration of Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders.

Outside of acting, Samantha Bond has been married to Alexander Hanson since 1989, and the couple has two children. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Northampton in 2014, and continues to work in television, film and theatre.

A Full list of Samantha Bond’s Movie and Television Work

Erik the VikingHelga1989
GoldenEyeMiss Moneypenny1995
EmmaMiss Taylor1996
BreakoutDr. Lisa Temple1997
Tomorrow Never DiesMiss Moneypenny1997
What Rats Won't DoJane1998
The World Is Not EnoughMiss Moneypenny1999
The Children's Midsummer Night's DreamHippolyta2001
Die Another DayMiss Moneypenny2002
BlindedDr. Caroline Lamor2004
Clapham JunctionMarion Rowan2007
Consenting AdultsJill Wolfenden2007
A Bunch of AmateursDorothy Nettle2008
London's BurningPolice Superintendent2011
A Royal WinterBeatrice2017
The Queen and IQueen Elizabeth II2018
Cold BloodMrs Kessler2019
School's Out ForeverGeorgina Baker2021
The KindredGillian Burrows2021
The Presence of LoveMerryn2022
Downton Abbey: A New EraLady Rosamund Painswick2022
The Stranger in Our BedIsadora2022
HoundedKatherine Redwick2022
Mansfield ParkMaria Bertram1983
Agatha Christie's Miss MarpleJulia Simmons1985
Theatre NightRose Trelawny1985
The UnderstandingKate1986
Rumpole of the BaileyElizabeth "Miz Liz" Probert1987
The Ginger TreeMary Mackenzie1989
Screen OneSue1989
Agatha Christie's PoirotStella Robinson1990
The Black CandleBridget Mordaunt1991
Inspector MorseHelen Marriat1992
ThackerGinny Morgan1992
Screen TwoSally1994
Tears Before BedtimeSarah Baylis1995
Under the MoonFrancesca Jenson1995
In Suspicious CircumstancesDaisy Holt1996
Family MoneyIsabel1997
Mr. White Goes To WestminsterHelen Nash MP1997
The Ruby RingMary Spencer1997
Thief TakersCarol Mason1997
The BillMary McMahon1998–2000
The Bookfair MurdersMarsha Hillier2000
Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New ShowVarious2000
The HuntLady Patricia Whitton2001
NCS: ManhuntDS Maureen Picasso2001
The BombmakerPatsy2001
Kavanagh QCSarah Swithen2001
Midsomer MurdersSuzanna Chambers2001
Canterbury TalesJane Barlow2003
The Murder RoomCaroline Dupayne2005
DonovanKate Donovan2005–2006
Fanny HillMrs Cole2007
MobileRachel West2007
The Inspector Lynley MysteriesVivienne Oborne2007
The Sarah Jane AdventuresMrs Wormwood2007–2008
OutnumberedAuntie Angela2007–2014
Midsomer MurdersArabella Hammond2008
Distant ShoresLisa Shore2008
Hotel BabylonCaroline2008
Lark Rise to CandlefordCelestia Brice Coulson2009
HeartbeatSylvia Swinton2009
The QueenQueen Elizabeth II2009
Agatha Christie's MarpleSylvia Savage2010
New TricksAnne Gorton2010
Downton AbbeyLady Rosamund Painswick2010–2015
Midsomer MurdersKate Cameron2011
Playhouse PresentsWoman2013
Home FiresFrances Barden2015–2016
Murdoch MysteriesLady Suzanne Atherly2016
Election SpyDiana2017
Moving OnSandra2018
Silent WitnessDS Hannah Quicke2019
Death in ParadiseJoanne Henderson2020
Red Riding Hood: After Ever AfterRed Riding Hood2022