Jessica Raine is a dark-haired English actress who I’ve come to enjoy seeing in my frock flicks! You may recall her from Call the Midwife, Wolf Hall, and Jericho, and soon she’ll be playing Catherine Parr in Becoming Elizabeth. That seemed like enough of a frock flicks resume to deserve a roundup!
Robin Hood (2010)
She had the small role of Isabella, Countess of Gloucester, first wife to King John, but before he was king (he had the marriage annulled), in this action-y Robin Hood movie that kind of got medieval women’s headdresses as a concept.
The Woman in Black (2012)
A gothic supernatural starring Daniel Radcliffe. Raine had yet another small role as a nanny.
Call the Midwife (2012-14)
She was the lead of the series — Jenny Lee, who has just qualified to work as a midwife — for three seasons. I’ve never managed to make it through one episode, so you tell me if she’s good!
Partners in Crime (2015)
A six-part TV adaptation of two Agatha Christie novels. Raine plays Prudence (Tuppence) Beresford, who works along with her husband for British Intelligence during World War II.
Wolf Hall (2015)
She played Jane Rochford, wife of Anne Boleyn’s brother George, who testified against the two in their adultery trials.
As a newly down-and-out younger mother who has to move to a railroad shanty town in 1870s Yorkshire. She of course finds her inner strength and a boyfriend.
The Last Post (2017)
Set in what was then the Federation of South Arabia, during the Aden Emergency/Radfan Uprising of 1963. Raine plays a wife of one of the British officers stationed there.
An adaptation of an 1871 Sheridan Le Fanu novel, an early work of vampire fiction. Spoiler alert: Trystan hated it (short review coming soon). Raine plays a strict governess (is there any other kind?).
Becoming Elizabeth (2022)
Raine will be playing Catherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII and stepmother to Queen Elizabeth I while she was still a princess. I’m looking forward to it!
Do you enjoy Jessica Raine in your frock flicks?