the name of a family of English actors, notably: Sir Michael (Scudamore) (1908–85), stage actor. He played numerous Shakespearean roles and also starred in movies, such as The Browning Version (1951) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1952). Vanessa (1937-), Sir Michael’s eldest child. Her movies include Mary Queen of Scots (1972), Julia (1976), and Howard’s End (1992). Other actors in the family include her siblings Corin (1939–2010) and Lynn (1943–2010), best known for her title role in Georgy Girl (1966), Corin’s daughter Jemma (1965-), and Vanessa’s daughters Joely Richardson (1958-) and Natasha Richardson (1963–2009).