WCW: Harriet Walter

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Special thanks to reader Jillian Trainor who tipped us off to this glaring oversight in our pantheon of crushworthy women, Dame Harriet Walter!

 

A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987) – Harriet Vane

 

The Advocate (1993) – Jeannine Martin

 

Sense and Sensibility (1995) – Fanny Dashwood

“People live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them.” (Fanny Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility, 1995)

 

The Governess (1998) – Mrs. Cavendish

 

Onegin (1999) – Madame Larina

 

George Eliot: A Scandalous Life (2002) – George Eliot

 

Marple: Sleeping Murder (2006) – Duchess of Malfi

 

Atonement (2007) – Emily Tallis

 

Ballet Shoes (2007) – Dr. Smith

 

Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons (2008) – Miss Bulstrode

 

Little Dorrit (2008) – Mrs. Gowan

 

 

Cheri (2009) – La Loupiote

 

The Young Victoria (2009)

 

Suite Francaise (2014)

 

Downton Abbey (2015) – Lady Shackelton

 

The Crown (2016) – Clementine Churchill

 

Call the Midwife (2017) – Sister Ursula

 

Black Sails (2017) – Marion Guthrie

 

The Spanish Princess (2018) pre-production – Margaret Beaufort

No shots of Harriet Walter have been released yet so we don’t know what to expect!

 

What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role of Harriet Walter’s?

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Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

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  1. thedementedfairy

    Ohh yes I’m all of a -quiver. Harriet Vane. Grrr-owl.! In the same class, as far as I’m concerned, Cheryl Campbell, Janet McTeague and Haydn Gwynne. Oh yes. I’ll be in my bunk. And Barbara Flynn is coming with me…ahem.

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  2. SaucyMarla

    Also, Lady Gresham in From Time to Time (2009). I really liked how her character rebukes the Regency-Mrs. Oldknow on her treatment of the children.

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  3. Charity

    I love her.

    And I think it’s bloody unfair they’re going to waste her as a stock villain Margaret Beaufort in The Spanish Princess (written by She Who Must Not Be Named) when she could play the REAL, utterly fabulous, bad-ass Margaret Beaufort in something better. :P

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  4. Jenny

    Oh, I loved her as Harriet Vane, she personifies that role for me. She’s amazing on stage, too – saw her as Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart with Janet McTeer at the Donmar which was mesmerising.

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  5. Jenno

    She popped up on my screen last night in the HBO production “My Dinner with Hervé” which doesn’t count as period because it’s set in the 90s. Seeing her in modern clothes was a slight shock, but hearing her deliver modern dialogue (i.e. four letter words) was just as delicious as you’d expect.

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  6. Dawn

    I love her as Harriet Vane too!

    Side note: she has about 5 minutes of screen time in Star Wars: the Force Awakens as the medic treating Chewbacca. For some reason, that amuses me. :D

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  7. Dawn

    I love her as Harriet Vane too!

    Side note: she has about 5 minutes of screen time in Star Wars: the Force Awakens as the medic treating Chewbacca. For some reason, that amuses me. :D

    (reposted b/c I think I mistyped my email. Sorry!)

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