Patty Halliwell portrayed by
Finola Hughes
Patty Halliwell is Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Paige's mother; Penny "Grams" Halliwell is her mother.  Victor Bennett is the three older sisters'
father, Paige's father is Sam, Patty's Whitelighter [Patty and Sam gave Paige up for adoption, for the baby's protection, and no one ever
knew about her].  Patty was killed by a Water Demon when her children were very young, and only Prue and Piper had any real memory of
her.  After they came into their powers, the girls leaned that under some circumstances, they're able to see, speak with, and even touch
Patty, as well as Grams.  Usually the sisters have to call on their mother if they want to speak to her, but Patty does show up once in
awhile, without being called, to help her daughters out of tight spots.
Finola Hughes was born on October 29, 1960, in London, England.  Finola was educated in Norland Place, an English private school, and later enrolled at Arts Educational, a
theatrical school where she studied ballet from age 10 through 17. While there, she participated in various television plays and ballet performances, making her first public
appearance at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden at age 11.  Finola then joined a ballet company for 12 months before returning to London, where she worked as a
dancer in television and had occasional small parts in films.  In 1980, she originated the role of Victoria, The White Cat, in the London-based original company of "Cats" and stayed
with the company for a year.  This led to Sylvester Stallone casting her in Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, opposite John Travolta.  Finola has appeared on many
television series other than
Charmed, including regular roles on soap operas General Hospital and All My Children for many years, guest starring and recurring roles on L.A. Law,
Blossom, Pacific Palisades, Jack's Place
.  Finola has been nominated several times for a Daytime Emmy awards, and has won once, in 1991, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
Series [
General Hospital].  Finola is currently the host of How Do I Look?, which is shown on the Style Network.
Finola is 5' 5" and is married to photographer Russell Young.  They have one child, a son, Dylan Joseph, born on November 9, 2000.  Finola keeps in shape by swimming and doing
aerobics. She also enjoys reading, and viewing MTV and feature films.