It’s funny, I’d seen British actor James Norton in a MILLION things, but didn’t really recognize his talent until I saw him in modern-set Happy Valley. Now I go back and realize he’s been great in a million different frock flicks, and given strong performances in most of them. AND he’s frequently a (dirty) blonde, so more proof that I’m not an anti-blonde! (It’s a thing of which I have been accused).
Let’s run down Norton’s historical movie/TV resume:
An Education (2009)
His first screen credit is as “Student” in this 1960s-set film.
As the groom in this 1930s-set not so cheerful film about a wedding, opposite Felicity Jones.
A World War II spy story.
As Oliver Ashford, to whom Dido is engaged for a time, in this 18th century-set film based on a true story.
A late 1920s-set comedy adaptation of some P.G. Wodehouse novels; Norton is in one, pig-centric episode.
Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
He plays Henry Alveston, a lawyer in love with Georgiana Darcy, who helps out when Wickham gets into legal trouble.
Mr. Turner (2014)
He’s a clarinet player (why? I have no idea) in this biopic about artist J.M.W. Turner.
Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014)
I was initially hoping this was Norsemen, but no dice. This one is about an exiled group of Vikings stranded in Scotland. Turner plays Bjorn, which just makes me think of Björn Ulvaeus from Abba.
The Great War: The People’s Story (2014)
A British docu-drama about World War I.
A British detective story set in the 1950s, which I had no idea was period. Norton plays a vicar who solves crimes.
A supernatural thriller set in Victorian London; Norton plays “Harry.”
Life in Squares (2015)
HOW has Trystan not reviewed this BBC miniseries about the Bloomsbury Group? Norton plays painter and designer Duncan Grant (1885-1978).
Norton played the Duke of Wellington in this biopic about the Brontë sisters, but I think his (small) part may have been cut?
War and Peace (2016)
His character (Prince Andrei Bolkonsky) annoyed me in this BBC adaptation of the famous Napoleonic Wars/Russia novels, but I admit he looked great and his performance was strong.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2015)
As the disabled war veteran husband of the titular Lady Chatterley.
Little Women (2019)
As John Brooke, tutor to Laurie and eventual courter of Beth March, in Yet Another Adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel.
Mr. Jones (2019)
Norton plays a real life journalist who exposed a horrible famine going on in 1930s Ukraine.
The Trial of Christine Keeler (2019-20)
A miniseries about a major British political scandal in the 1960s. Norton plays a doctor who plays a pivotal role in getting things going.
The Nevers (2021)
A historically set (1890s) story about specially gifted (as in magical abilities) people living in London. Norton plays Hugo Swann, “an aristocratic pansexual young man, who owns a private club and specializes in extortion” (per Wikipedia).
What’s your favorite of James Norton’s frock flick roles?