Golden Globe, People’s Choice Award and Soap Opera Digest Award winner, Dame Joan Collins possesses a star quality that shines around the globe. As an accomplished actress, author and humanitarian, Joan has built a 70+ year career that places her in the unrivalled ranks of international superstar. In recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the arts and charitable causes, she was made a Dame in 2015.
Joan has appeared in over 65 feature films and dozens of television shows, including creating the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty (1981-1989), one of the most popular television dramas of all time. Joan has performed on Broadway, the West End and in national tours of the UK and the US. Her novels and memoirs have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 50 million copies. She is recognised worldwide as a fashion icon of timeless beauty and is a regular contributor to The Spectator, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times and Harper’s Bazaar.
Joan is passionate about the well-being of women, children and families, and regularly lends her support to causes that include finding a cure for breast cancer and empowering children with learning disabilities.
She is a popular face on social media and has a following of over 275,000 on Instagram and over 166,000 on Twitter. She promotes and interacts with the platform users in a very similar way to her live-hosting; she’s honest and likeable, informative and entertaining.
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Joan Collins has made a number of well-received feature films including The Virgin Queen (1955), The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), Land of the Pharaohs (1955), In the Bleak Midwinter (1995), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999) and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016).
The Emmy-nominated actress has also starred in some of the most popular TV series, such as Star Trek (1966-1969), Starsky & Hutch (1975-1979), Will & Grace (1998-2006; 2017-2020), The Man From U.N.C.L.E (1964-1968), Footballers’ Wives (2002-2006), Hawaii Five-O (2010-2020), Roseanne (1988-1997; 2018), American Horror Story (2011-), Benidorm (2007-2018) and Agatha Christie’s Marple (2004-2013).
She has also been a guest on The One Show (2006-), Good Morning Britain (2014-) and Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (2009-). Her own self-titled documentary, This is Joan Collins, aired in 2022 to critical acclaim.
Joan made her London stage debut at the age of nine in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Arts Theatre. She then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts when she was 16.
Her first major theatrical roles included The Seventh Veil, The Praying Mantis, Jassy and Claudia & David. After years of working on the television screen, she returned to the stage in the 80s to star in The Last of Mrs Cheyney followed by Noel Coward’s Private Lives in 1990. In 2000, she completed an American tour of Love Letters; Ken Ludwig’s Over the Moon in 2001 at London’s Old Vic Theatre; and the UK tour of Alan Melville’s Full Circle in 2004.
She has also toured her one-woman shows around the world as far as America, Australia and the Middle East. ‘An Evening with Joan Collins’ gives audiences a fascinating glimpse into her world on stage and screen. ‘Joan Collins Unscripted’ sees audiences enthralled as Joan reveals exciting stories and secrets from her career and answer audience questions.
Joan has written a number of highly successful fiction and non-fiction books over the past three decades, starting with Past Imperfect in 1985, her best-selling autobiography. Her books have consistently hit the top of the bestsellers lists around the world.
Her non-fiction books include The Joan Collins Beauty Book, My Secrets, Second Act, My Friends’ Secrets, Joan’s Way, The Art of Living Well and My Unapologetic Diaries
Her fictional library includes Prime Time, Love & Desire & Hate, Too Damn Famous, Star Quality, Misfortune’s Daughters and The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club,
She also contributes articles on a regular basis for The Spectator, Tatler, The Lady Harper’s Bazaar, The Daily Mail, The Times and The Telegraph. She has been featured in articles in OK Magazine, My Weekly Magazine, the Irish Times Magazine, the Guardian, The Sunday Times Magazine, Belgravia Magazine, You Magazine, Hello Magazine and Big Issue.
Joan is deeply concerned about children and is an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). She has supported several foster children in India for over 25 years. In 1988, the Joan Collins Wing of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan was opened, and in 1994, the Association of Breast Cancer Studies presented her with a Lifetime Achievement award for her humanitarianism.
Since 1993 she has been a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities and in 1998, the Foundation awarded her with its highest honours for continuing support.
She is a patron of The Shooting Star Hospice for terminally ill children, a patron for Fight for Sigh, has attended fundraising galas for The Alzheimer’s Association, and has supported Action for Sick Children, Brainbox and Giving Tales/UNICEF.
Joan Collins has had an extraordinary personal life and professional career and is now a popular event host, charity fundraising presenter or after-dinner speaker, where she delights and entertains audiences of all sizes on her film and TV career, her work as an author and her charity work.