Romola Garai

Romola Garai

Highest Rated: 100% The Windermere Children (2020)

Lowest Rated: 15% The Other Man (2008)

Birthday: Aug 6, 1982

Birthplace: Southwark, London, England, UK

Despite a visage and presence that seemed to almost predestine her for movie stardom, fair-haired Romola Garai stumbled into acting almost inadvertently. A performer of Hungarian extraction on both her maternal and paternal sides, she grew up with a banker father and a journalist mother and three brothers and sisters, and lived in Singapore and Hong Kong until the age of eight. Though never consciously nurturing any disciplined aspirations to become a film actress, Garai began to move toward the seventh art in her mid-teens, first by appearing in high school plays, then by joining England's National Youth Theatre. Academically, she enrolled in the City of London School for Girls and (later) London University, as an English major, but a year into her tenure there, a casting director working for producer Su Armstrong and director Gillies MacKinnon noticed her and tapped her for a small role in the bittersweet musical seriocomedy The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, opposite Olympia Dukakis, Judi Dench, and Ian Holm, and Garai's career was secure. She almost immediately snagged an agent, and numerous additional offers began rolling in. Garai's breakthrough arrived in 2003, with a star turn in Tim Fywell's Dodie Smith adaptation I Capture the Castle, for which she did an overwhelming amount of preliminary research and -- uncoincidentally -- earned high praise from critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Work came quickly and furiously at that point; assignments included hotfooting her way through the Dirty Dancing follow-up Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004), starring as Amelia Sedley opposite Reese Witherspoon in Mira Nair's Vanity Fair (2004), and -- on a particularly memorable note -- playing the troubled 18-year-old Briony Tallis in the 2007 Best Picture nominee Atonement, opposite bombshell Keira Knightley -- a performer to whom many favorably compared Garai. Over the next several years, Garai would appear in a number of acclaimed mini-series like Emma, The Crimson Petal and the White, and The Hour.


Highest Rated Movies



76% Amulet Screenwriter Director 2020
100% The Windermere Children Marie Paneth 2020
73% Suffragette Alice $7.2M 2015
18% The Last Days On Mars Rebecca Lane 2013
No Score Yet Legacy Anna March 2013
No Score Yet Having You Actor 2013
No Score Yet What You Will Actor 2012
67% Junkhearts Christine 2011
36% One Day Sylvie $13.8M 2011
46% Glorious 39 Anne Keyes 2009
15% The Other Man Abigail 2008
No Score Yet King Lear Actor 2008
83% Atonement 18-Year-Old Briony $50.9M 2007
50% Angel Angel Deverell 2007
68% Amazing Grace Barbara Spooner $21.2M 2007
49% Renaissance Ilona Tasuiev 2006
36% As You Like It Celia 2006
41% Scoop Vivian $10.5M 2006
No Score Yet El Sueño de Una Noche de San Juan (Midsummer Dream) Actor 2005
49% Rory O'Shea Was Here Siobhán 2005
No Score Yet Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant Mary 2005
49% Vanity Fair Amelia Sedley $16.1M 2004
23% Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Katey Miller $14.2M 2004
79% I Capture the Castle Cassandra Mortmain $1M 2003
78% Nicholas Nickleby Kate $1.4M 2002
No Score Yet Daniel Deronda Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Actor 2000


No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
Host 2018
88% The Hour
Bel Rowley 2013
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Gwendolen Harleth Emma Woodhouse Gwendolen Grandcourt 2010
83% Emma
Emma Woodhouse 2009
71% Family Guy
Voice 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
Cordelia 2009
No Score Yet The Crimson Petal and the White
76% The Miniaturist
Marin Brandt


Cassandra Mortmain says: Everybody's dancing and nobody's getting the prize they want because it's all third hand and second best.

Cassandra Mortmain says: Dreams are like a drug. The magic doesn't last. And then the pain is worse than knives.

Cassandra Mortmain says: There isn't a towel on earth that could make up for marrying a bearded man that you hate.

Rose Mortmain says: I don't hate him.

Cassandra Mortmain says: You're not in love with him.

Rose Mortmain says: I want to be!

Topaz Mortmain says: Girls! Girls! Aunt Millicent has died and left you a portion of her wardrobe.

Cassandra Mortmain says: I hope it's the door.

Cassandra Mortmain says: I'm never going to fall in love. It's too dangerous.

Abigail says: Hello? Dad?

Peter says: Listen, can I talk to you?

Abigail says: Yeah. Just talk dad, it's what people do on phones.