Occasionally, when I’m putting these posts together, thinking “Oh, this person would be good for a post because I liked them in one or two things, so let’s see what else is out there…” and then I stumble across a treasure trove of historical film and television roles that I didn’t realize they were in. Amanda Root is one of those people. I absolutely think her role as Anne Elliot in Persuasion is the definitive Anne and there should be no others after her (yes, I am a tad dogmatic about this sort of stuff, deal with it). And I have enjoyed seeing her in series like The Forsyte Saga and Daniel Deronda, so I knew there was at least a bit of a list I could start with for this post. But after compiling all of her historical film and television work here, I have SO MANY MORE MOVIES to watch now.
The Man Who Cried (1993)
Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root’s first pairing on screen was as an unhappy couple in this adaptation of the Catherine Cookson novel of the same name, set in pre-WWII Britain. I needed a flow chart to follow who was having an affair with whom, and when.
Amanda Root plays Miss Temple, one of the few sympathetic adults in Jane’s young life.
Amanda Root plays Pat Green, who was based on the real life cryptanalyst Joan Clarke, who worked with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park and was briefly romantically attached to him.
The only somewhat clear shot I could get of Amanda Root as Dolly, Anna’s sister-in-law in this 2000 miniseries adaptation of Tolstoy’s iconic novel.
Amanda Root plays Mrs. Davilow, the doting mother of the spoiled Gwendolen.
Amanda Root plays Winifred, Soames’ sister. I never could get into the series, but the costumes are beautiful.
Foyle’s War – “Fifty Ships” (2003)
Amanda Root plays Elizabeth, a former lover of DCSI Foyle’s, in the episode “Fifty Ships”.
Yes, I know this is not a photo of Amanda Root. She’s in this, but I couldn’t find any images of her in character. Don’t yell at me.
Julian Fellowes Investigates: The Case of the Croydon Poisonings (2005)
This series could go either way … It features well-known actors reenacting various real-life historical murders. This particular episode is set in the late-1920s.
The Impressionists (2006)
Amanda Root plays Alice Hoschedé, wife of Claude Monet. I hadn’t heard of this series before and now I’m wondering… Is this a spiritual predecessor to Desperate Romantics? And why haven’t I watched it yet?
Miss Marie Lloyd (2007)
Again, I know this is not a photo of Amanda Root, but I couldn’t find any images online of her role in this biopic of Edwardian music hall entertainer, Marie Lloyd, and I knew someone would get cranky in the comments if I didn’t acknowledge that yes, she is in this. So, here I am, acknowledging that she is in this.
Poirot – “Mrs. McGinty’s Dead” (2008)
You can’t go wrong with Poirot if you’re looking for fabulous 1930s costumes, fyi.
The Iron Lady (2011)
She’s also in this, but good luck finding a photo of her from the film online. So, here’s one of the 12983718924723748 photos of Meryl Streep as Maggie Thatcher instead.
Based on the WWII-era propaganda film industry in the UK. Amanda Root plays one of the actors, alongside Bill Nighy.
The Black Prince (2017)
Surprised we still haven’t reviewed this one. Amanda Root plays a middle aged Queen Victoria; Maharaja Duleep Singh is played by Satinder Sartaaj.
Amanda Root plays a woman struggling with complications of haemochromatosis in this episode of the popular long-running period medical series.
Which one of Amanda Root’s many historical film and television roles is your favorite? Share it with us in the comments!