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I was born in San Francisco and grew up in England in Winnie-the Pooh country on the Ashdown Forest (Milne’s 100 Acre Wood) in East Sussex. I graduated from The Drama Centre, London, in 1992 and now live in New York City with my husband, the director Stephen Wadsworth, and our daughter. 


Come and see me play The Miser in Prospect Park!

Running through May 19th. Tickets are FREE! Such a fun romp, bring the fam (and some warm layers) and support this genius company who are all about arts access for all:

photos: Russ Rowland

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"Faridany was magnificent in the title role of the Classic Stage Company’s 'Orlando.'”

-NY Times

"THERE are scripts that theater needs. 'Fräulein Else' is one of them. The play, adapted and translated by Francesca Faridany from a novella by Arthur Schnitzler, features a title role of daring wit, complexity and ferocity, wrapped in a rich Freudian texture that rewards a workout for the mind. For audiences who have tired of undemanding, uninvigorating balms for the brain cells, 'Else' offers an alternative.”

-NY Times

"Faridany has a Meryl Streep profile, and her acting ability, if this role is any indication.”

-The Star Ledger

"This production is at its best when it lets the two stars (Faridany and Mulgrew) strut their stuff.”

-NY Times

"The angular Ms Faridany brings a welcome sharpness to the part."

-NY Times

"Faridany voices Else’s interior monologue with an impressive, increasingly breathless pace.... It’s certainly an entertaining showcase for Faridany’s talent."


"Mr. Wadsworth's 'Don Juan' (is) spoken with sublime rhythm and palpable intensity by a heaven-sent is essential to attend this ineffable production." 

-NY Times

Francesca Faridany on Playing a Woman Ahead of Her Time in “The Half-Life of Marie Curie”

I played the titular character in Lauren Gunderson’s “The Half-Life of Marie Curie,” the story of the pioneering scientist’s friendship with engineer Hertha Ayrton (Kate Mulgrew). Gaye Taylor Upchurch directed the Audible/Minetta Lane Theatre production.


Francesca Faridany In 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'

Listen to me discuss my role in The Curious Incident - speaking about education, performing out of period costume, and working with rats:

Eye on Culture: Sylvia Plachy Sees “Orlando”

Sylvia Plachy’s beautiful photos of Rebecca Taichman’s production of Orlando from the New Yorker:

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Highlights From "Man and Boy" Starring Frank Langella

Beloved costume designer Martin Pakledinaz created this glorious creation for Maria Aitken’s Man and Boy:

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