I feel like Olivia Williams can sometimes be overlooked! She has a quiet, demure thing going on when she’s in historical films, so maybe that’s why. She’s played in Jane Austen adaptations, played the Jane Austen, and generally Done Some Stuff!
The BBC miniseries version starring Kate Beckinsale; Williams played Jane Fairfax.
The Heart of Me (2002)
1930s setting, playing sisters opposite Helena Bonham Carter.
Peter Pan (2003)
A smaller part as Mrs. Darling, but she’s beautifully dressed (by the fabulous Janet Patterson).
To Kill a King (2003)
She’s the long-suffering English Civil War-era aristocratic wife, I’m the long-suffering person who watched this big ball of meh. Apparently I liked her costumes, according to my own review. I just remember being bored!
Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (2004)
One of the many stories based on Christie’s (played by Williams) disappearance.
Miss Austen Regrets (2008)
An Education (2009)
She has a small part as a stern schoolteacher in this shhh-don’t-tell-Trystan Carey Mulligan led, 1960s-set film.
Anna Karenina (2012)
As the Countess Vronsky in the Keira Knightley version.
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
As a smart and elegant Eleanor Roosevelt, while Bill Murray is charming as philandering FDR.
A TV series about the Manhattan project.
The Halcyon (2017)
Glamming it up in this 1930s British hotel series.
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
As the cranky Lady Churchill in this Judi Dench-as-Queen-Victoria film.
Which is your favorite Olivia Williams historical film?