Christina Cole may not be a household name, but she should be, as she excels at playing the icy, upper crust, blond bitch in any number of historical costume movies and TV shows. From Blanche Ingram to Caroline Bingley, Cole is frequently one of my favorite characters in a show. Let’s take a look at her work!
Foyle’s War: “Among the Few” (2003)
As “Violet Davies” in this episode of the World War II-era mystery series.
Agatha Christie’s Marple: “The Murder at the Vicarage” (2004)
As Lettice Protheroe, the teenage daughter of the victim; I think this is set in the 1930s, but I know you will correct me if I’m wrong!
He Knew He Was Right (2004)
Oh god, I hated this 1860s-set Anthony Trollope adaptation, so I can’t remember whether Cole was any good as Nora Rowley.
Jane Eyre (2006)
As Blanche Ingram, the fabulously upper crust competition to plain Jane.
Doctor Who: “The Shakespeare Code” (2007)
As Lilith in this late 16th century-set episode.
Lost in Austen (2008)
As Caroline Bingley (aka “Frosty Knickers”) in this time-traveling take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
I can’t remember Cole’s part (Charlotte Warren), but it looks like she’s in the fashion show scene?
Poirot: “Appointment with Death” (2008)
Yet another Agatha Christie murder mystery, set in 1937. Cole plays Sarah, a young doctor.
Another icy Austen bitch – the snobby Mrs. Elton!
Partners in Crime (2015)
Yet MORE Agatha Christie, this time set in the 1950s!
A murder mystery set in an alternative history where the Germans have won World War II. Cole plays the sadly frumpy “Mrs. Sheehan.”
What’s your favorite of Christina Cole’s historical roles?