Joely Richardson says she backs use of intimacy coaches on sets

I’m so glad TV now has intimacy coaches: Joely Richardson says she backs their use on film and TV sets after former co-star Sean Bean suggested they ‘spoil the intimacy’

She set pulses racing in the early 1990s with steamy scenes in the screen version of D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover – long before the trend for ‘intimacy co-ordinators’ on set.

Now, as she returns in a Netflix reboot of the classic, Joely Richardson says she backs their use on film and TV sets these days to protect actresses appearing in sex scenes.

Richardson, playing frustrated Lady Chatterley, was seen cavorting with Sean Bean, as gamekeeper Mellors, in the 1993 BBC series.

She set pulses racing in the early 1990s with steamy scenes in the screen version of D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover – long before the trend for ‘intimacy co-ordinators’ on set

Last month Bean suggested that intimacy co-ordinators ‘spoil the spontaneity’ of sex scenes, but in an interview with You magazine, Richardson says she’s ‘really glad for this generation that there are systems in place to protect’ actresses.

She adds: ‘I can’t say it was abusive back in the day in my case, though there were personality clashes. 

But I did love Ken [Russell, the film director]. He was mad, brilliant and chaotic.’

Richardson, 57, plays the frumpy Mrs Bolton in the new version and tells You she now feels ‘comfortable’ away from lead roles, and embraced her new part.

The actress nearly became a tennis player as a teenager, but as part of the Redgrave dynasty – her mother is the award-winning Vanessa – her destiny was stage and screen. 

She admits she was more of a daddy’s girl and is proud of her late father, director Tony Richardson, who won an Oscar for the 1964 film Tom Jones. 

He divorced Vanessa in 1967 and later revealed he was bisexual. He died of complications from AIDS in 1991 at 63.

Joely reveals: ‘I don’t think my father’s side has ever been mentioned in one interview in the decades I’ve been doing this. It’s always the Redgraves. I’m a Richardson!’

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