English actress Jemima Rooper, who recently starred in Flowers in the Attic: the Origin, has actually been acting in frock flicks since she was a child. If you’re wondering why you recognize her, well, here you go!
Wives & Daughters (1999)
The 1830s-set adaptation of the Elizabeth Gaskell novel. Do you remember the hilarious younger girl who is excited about how she’s heard that SOME young men who go to university get in trouble (gambling? drinking? can’t remember!), “and then they are SENT DOWN” (i.e., kicked out)? That’s Jemima!
The Railway Children (2000)
Yet another novel adaptation, this one from 1906 and about a family that falls down on their luck and has to move next to a railway.
Love in a Cold Climate (2001)
The 1930s-40s adaptation of the Nancy Mitford novels includes Jemima as the precocious younger sister who is saving all her money to run away and who frequently comments sardonically on her elder sister’s shenanigans.
The Black Dahlia (2006)
She has a small role in the 1940s-set noir thriller about the famous Hollywood murder as “Lorna Mertz.” Images from this scene are the only ones I can find, so I’m guessing she’s the co-star of a lesbian softcore porn film?
Lost in Austen (2008)
Rooper stars as a modern-day Jane Austen fan who finds herself transported back into Pride and Prejudice, with hilarious and entertaining results!
Poirot: Third Girl (2008)
Rooper is in one episode of the 1930s murder mystery/Agatha Christie series.
Fantasy rather than adventure, but whatever! She plays Medusa in this TV series about a modern man who ends up in Greek mythology via submarine.
Father Brown (2019)
A priest solves crimes in 1950s England. Rooper guested in one episode.
Flowers in the Attic: the Origin (2022)
Most recently, Rooper played the lead role of Olivia in this V.C. Andrews Southern gothic novel adaptation set in the 1910s-50s. It’s shlock, but it’s well costumed!
What’s your favorite of Jemima Rooper’s many frock flick roles?
She is s a good, underrated actress. Of the roles listed here, I liked her in Lost in Austen and in Atlantis. She was also very, very good in Golddigger.