English/Australian actress Frances O’Connor has starred in some pivotal frock flicks, from 1999’s Mansfield Park through the recent series Mr. Selfridge. Well, she’s now directing a film about Emily
Dickinson BRONTË!, so I thought it was time to look back at her career in historical movies and TV series!
Mansfield Park (1999)
As Fanny Price in this tweaked but not-as-bad-as-the-Billie-Piper-version adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel.
Madame Bovary (2000)
O’Connor plays title character Emma Bovary in this adaptation of the Flaubert novel about a French woman chafing against her middle-class life.
As Gwendolen Fairfax, one of two heroines in this sparkling Oscar Wilde adaptation.
A film about Navajo code talkers in World War II, so of course it makes sense that two white people take the lead roles?
Modern archaeologists go through a wormhole to 14th-century France. O’Connor plays one of them, the spunky one.
Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
As real-life American women’s rights activist Lucy Burns (1879-1966) in this story about the fight for women’s suffrage.
Piccadilly Jim (2004)
A romantic comedy whose costumes and settings meld the 1930s, 1950s, and 1970s.
Nova: Darwin’s Darkest Hour (2009)
The PBS science docu-series — this episode focuses on Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution. The concept is that Darwin explains his theories to his wife (played by O’Connor) as he awaits publication of his book.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car (2012)
A culture clash between two families in 1969 Alabama.
Mr. Selfridge (2013-14)
A TV drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his London department store, Selfridge & Co., from 1908-20. O’Connor plays Selfridge’s long-suffering wife Rose.
Troy: Fall of a City (2018)
The story of the siege of ancient Troy. O’Connor plays Hecuba, queen and wife of King Priam of Troy.
Coming Soon: Emily
Nope, she’s not acting. This biopic of
poet author Emily Dickinson BRONTË! (now in post-production) will be O’Connor’s directorial debut.
Which is your favorite of Frances O’Connor’s frock flick roles?