But her daughter said that was long past and said: “My mother, for the last 20 years anyway, would not call herself a Marxist but a human-rights activist.
In fact she has not been the member of any political party for decades.
Since then she has been seen in films like King Ralph, Rebecca's Daughters, Sister My Sister, Loch Ness, Under Heaven, The Affair of the Necklace, Anonymous, Anonymous and more.
The claim is made in an anecdote that the late film director Brian Desmond Hurst once told friends that Redgrave had “come home unexpectedly one afternoon with a migraine to find Richardson in bed with her father”.
She was the niece of the late Lynn Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave and cousin of actress Jemma Redgrave, who is just five days younger than Richardson.
Joely Richardson appeared as an extra at the age of three in the 1968 version of The Charge of the Light Brigade, directed by her father.
She also dated the television presenter Jamie Theakston; however their relationship came to an end in 2001.
The Nip/Tuck star was also involved with John Hensley who played her one screen son Matt Mc Namara on the show.