Esther Freud is a smart and underrated novelist, with a fleeting, little-known connection to Dr. Who: in her acting days she once had a tiny part as an alien on the show. As I point out on my review of her new novel Lucky Break (in Sunday's New York Times Book Review), the career change was a good idea.
The novel, which follows a group of drama students, is witty and sly about the deep lure of acting and the unlikely chances of fame.
You can read the entire review here. And to answer the obvious Freudian question: she is Lucian's daughter and Sigmund's great-granddaughter, although her literary voice is all her own.