To many of us, Alex Kingston is Moll Flanders or River Song. Trystan is right, she SHOULD do a lot more frock flicks! But she’s actually done far more than the few productions T. could remember (Moll Flanders, Lost in Austen, Upstairs Downstairs). Kingston is a talented actress, strong personality — and she’s got swoon-worthy curly hair!
Alex guest-starred in one episode of this early 20th-century-set series about a South African adventurer.
Covington Cross (1992)
A British TV series about a family living in the 14th century. Kingston guest-starred in one episode.
The film is about early 20th-century English painter Dora Carrington, played by Emma Thompson. Kingston plays writer Frances Marshall Partridge, who marries Carrington’s ex-husband Ralph Partridge.
One of the BEST late-17th-century set films ever, both for costuming and for entertainment quality, this miniseries is an adaptation of the Daniel Defoe novel about a poor woman who moves up and down the social ladder.
Warrior Queen (2003)
Kingston plays famous 1st-century English warrior queen Boudica, the queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe who led a rebellion against the Romans. I remember I watched this decades ago and it didn’t suck, but that’s all I remember!
Sweet Land (2005)
A film set in 1920 Minnesota, about a Norwegian woman who travels to the States for an arranged married to a farmer. Kingston plays “Brownie.”
Lost in Austen (2008)
As a surprisingly (and convincingly!) badass Mrs. Bennet in this twisted take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Ben Hur (2010)
A TV miniseries adaptation of the 1880 novel set in the Biblical era. Kingston plays Ben Hur’s mother, Ruth.
Upstairs Downstairs (2012)
The 2010 reboot of the classic BBC series, this time set in the 1930s. Kingston shows up in season 3 as a half-sister, the progressive lesbian doctor Blanche.
A live National Theatre production, but they, it was broadcast on TV and it lets me include a great photo of Kingston in a crown! She plays Lady Macbeth, natch.
Which is your favorite of Alex Kingston’s frock flicks roles?