- March 20, 1957 (age 63)
- Actor, Model
- Nicolas Roeg
- Jerry Russell Paup, Carole Platt
Theresa Russell (born March 20, 1957 in San Diego, California) is an American actress.
Russell was born Theresa Paup in San Diego, California, the daughter of Carole Platt (née Mall) and Jerry Russell Paup. She attended Burbank High School, but did not graduate.
Russell began modeling at the age of 12 and made her film debut in 1976, at age 19, in The Last Tycoon, starring Robert De Niro. Russell's next notable appearance was in Straight Time (1978). Bad Timing (1980) was the first of six acclaimed indie films starring Russell directed by her future husband Nicolas Roeg, whom she married in 1982. Other Roeg/Russell collaborations include Insignificance, Eureka, Track 29, Cold Heaven, and Aria. She has also been widely praised for her roles in The Razor's Edge (1984), Black Widow (1987), Impulse (1990), and The Believer (2001), as well as the HBO mini-series Empire Falls in 2005 with Ed Harris. Russell appeared in 2007's Spider-Man 3as the wife of Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church).
She married English film director Nicolas Roeg (born 1928), in 1982. The couple had two sons, Statten (born 1983) and Maximillian (born 1985); Roeg and Russell divorced. Pete Townshend of The Who says that Russell was the inspiration for his song, "Athena", which was first called "Theresa". She lives in California.