Julia Ormond got her start doing some period work, playing Catherine the Great and Guinevere. Then they put her in that horrible reboot of Sabrina, and it seemed like she was headed for mass-market appeal. And then I’m not quite sure what happened! She’s been working steadily — apparently she was on CSI and Law & Order, and I loved seeing her in Mad Men and (modern-set) Witches of East End (oh the hair extensions!), and apparently she’ll be back to form in the rebooted Howards’ End and a forthcoming comedy/drama set in an Australian department store in the 1950s (Ladies in Black).
Playing an excellent version of Catherine the Great in Young Catherine (1991). It’s not her fault the costumes were utter, laughable shit.
She then played the wife of Stalin (1992) in a TV movie.
And was in a very odd-sounding film about a possible miracle birth called The Baby of Mâcon (1993).
She played “Marie” in a TV movie about Nostradamus (1994), which sounds like it could be comedy gold.
Oh, First Knight (1995). One day we will snark you properly.
Until then, we can admire Julia’s hair and scoff at her faux-medieval-oid costumes (First Knight, 1995).
The plot of The Barber of Siberia (1998) is something about harvesters in Siberia, which sounds potentially bad … But then you’ve got a hat like this, and I’m into it.
Julia played real-life suffragist Inez Millholland in Iron Jawed Angels (2004), a title in need of an em dash.
She played the Princesa de Éboli in The Conspiracy (2008), which, EYEPATCH. I keep hoping Trystan will review this!
She was cast as Vivien Leigh (genius!) in My Week with Marilyn (2008).
And I LOVED her ultra-French (Canadian), ultra-elegant role as Megan’s mother Marie on Mad Men (2012-15).
She’ll be playing Mrs. Wilcox (the role played by Vanessa Redgrave?) in the new Howards End adaptation, which we haven’t yet gotten in the States.
What’s your favorite of Julia Ormond’s historical costume roles?