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Julia Ormond



British actress Julia Ormond had several solid years of stage work to her credit -- not to mention the starring role in the made-for-cable Catherine the Great biography Young Catherine (1991) -- when, at 27, she co-starred in the expensive HBO biopic Stalin (1992). Most of the publicity guns were aimed at Robert Duvall's heavily accented portrayal of the Soviet dictator, but at least one observer singled out Ormond's performance as the long-suffering Mrs. Stalin as one of the highlights of the picture. That observer was director Edward Zwick, then preparing his own big-budget theatrical feature Legends of the Fall. Thanks to her excellent showing in the formidable company of Fall co-stars Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, and Henry Thomas, Ormond found herself, on the verge of 30, as Hollywood's ingénue du jour.

Born in Epsom, Surrey, on January 4, 1965, Ormond was a child when her parents, a businessman and a laboratory technician, divorced. A self-admitted tomboy who excelled at field hockey, she became involved with the theater in school plays, and, following a stint at art school (both of her grandparents were abstract artists), she studied drama at London's Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following graduation, she landed her first professional work in TV commercials, and then acted in a series of plays until she had her breakthrough with Catherine the Great.

Before 1995, her Hollywood breakthrough year, was over, the graceful, silken-haired Ormond had played Guinevere opposite Sean Connery's King Arthur in First Knight and had been cast in the title role of Sydney Pollack's ill-advised remake of Sabrina. When asked by Premiere magazine what her future plans were, Ormond replied, "Along with Godzilla and the rest of the acting community, I'd like to direct." But although she did set up her own production company, the actress opted to stick with working in front of the camera, starring in Bille August's much-publicized filmization of Peter Hoeg's best-selling Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997). Unfortunately, the film proved to be a virtual nonentity both at the box office and amongst critics, and Ormond disappeared from the radars for a couple of years, only popping up to star in Nikita Mikhalkov's Sibirsky Tsiryulnik (1999). In 2000, she reemerged in front of Hollywood cameras alongside Vince Vaughn in Prime Gig, a drama about the life, loves, and losses of a California telemarketer. She was interviewed for the documentary Searching for Debra Winger over the next few years she did show up in diverse productions ranging from David Lynch's Inland Empire to the failed thriller I Know Who Killed Me. In 2008 she was the mother in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and appeared in the sprawling biopic Che. Two years later she was in the award-winning TV movie Temple Grandin, and the year after that she portrayed Vivien Leigh in My Week With Marilyn.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
74% The East
  • Paige Williams
2013
No Score Yet Exploding Sun
  • Joan
2013
No Score Yet Mary Mother of Christ
  • Elizabeth
2013
45% Albatross
  • Joa
2012
73% Chained
  • Sarah
2012
83% My Week with Marilyn
  • Vivien Leigh
2011
65% The Music Never Stopped
  • Dianne Daly
2011
No Score Yet The Green
  • Karen
2011
100% Temple Grandin
  • Eustacia
2010
No Score Yet The Wronged Man
  • Janet Gregory
2010
54% Surveillance
  • Elizabeth Anderson
2009
No Score Yet Playground
  • Producer
2009
66% Che: Part One (The Argentine)
  • Lisa Howard
2009
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Caroline
2008
80% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)
  • Lisa Howard
2008
83% Call + Response
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Escorial Conspiracy (La conjura de El Escorial)
  • Actor
2008
79% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  • Margaret Kittredge
2008
7% I Know Who Killed Me
  • Susan Fleming
2007
72% Inland Empire
  • Doris Side
2006
No Score Yet Beach Girls
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Beach Girls
  • Stevie Moore
2005
No Score Yet Resistance
  • Claire Daussois
2003
No Score Yet Nazi Officer's Wife
  • Edith Hahn Beer
2003
86% The Nazi Officer's Wife
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Iron Jawed Angels
  • Inez
2003
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Varian's War
  • Miriam Davenport
2000
44% The Prime Gig
  • Caitlin Carlson
2000
40% Animal Farm
  • Jessie
1999
No Score Yet Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (The Barber of Siberia)
  • Jane Callahan
1999
52% Smilla's Sense of Snow
  • Smilla Jaspersen
1997
25% Captives
  • Rachael Clifford
1996
65% Sabrina
  • Sabrina Fairchild
1995
47% First Knight
  • Guinevere
1995
56% Legends of the Fall
  • Susannah Finncannon
1994
No Score Yet The Baby of Mâcon
  • The Daughter
1993
43% Nostradamus
  • Marie
1993
No Score Yet Stalin
  • Nadya
1992
No Score Yet Young Catherine
  • Catherine
1991
No Score Yet Traffik
  • Caroline Lithgow
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Exploding Sun
2013
  • Joan
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Dr. Paula Severin
70% Witches of East End
2013-2014
  • Joanna Beauchamp
75% Incorporated
2016
  • Elizabeth Krauss
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Sarah Khouri
94% Mad Men
2007-2015
  • Marie Calvet
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Gillian Whitmore Gillian Whitford

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