Morfydd Clark is playing the iconic Galadriel in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, starting September 2, 2022. Of course, that’s a fantasy show and not within our purview, but I was wondering where I’d heard of her before. Turns out, she’s had a bunch of small roles in frock flicks over the past few years. It’ll be interesting to see how she takes on such a substantial character after these bit parts. She also has a solid theater background, and she was nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2021. Let’s watch her rise farther!
Camille in Madame Bovary (2014)
Miss Pamela Charron in The Falling (2014)
Georgiana in Pride + Prejudice + Zombies (2016)
Her awesome zombie-killing scene was cut from the theatrical release :(
Frederica Vernon in Love & Friendship (2016)
Cécile Volanges in National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2016)
Zuzanna Lubtak in Interlude in Prague (2017)
Kate Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
Caroline Bell in The Alienist (2018)
Clara Copperfield / Dora Spenlow in The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)
Mina in Dracula (2020)
What’s your favorite frock flick role of Morfydd Clark’s & how do you think she’ll do as Galadriel?
I quite liked her in Love & Friendship; with Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevingy at peak witty archness, it would be easy to overlook Frederica but I think Morfydd did a great job of portraying a long-suffering (and all together done with it) daughter, without tipping Frederica over into maudlin Uriah Heap territory.
She is not playing Galadriel, but an Elven warrior Princess called galadriel. Quite a different character.
There is only one Galadriel in Tolkien. The Amazon series is set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, drawing on stories from the Appendices (& maybe the Silmarillion, not sure yet?), before the events of the Fellowship of the Ring. Why yes, I’m a deep Tolkien nerd from way back!
What I mean is Morfydd is not playing Tolkien’s Galadriel. If they wanted a,warrior Princess how about Celebrian? We know nothing about her, she could have fought against Sauron in Eregion and even in the Last Alliance, I don’t think she married Elrond until the Third age, did she?
It’s the same character. In the Silmarillion, Galadriel was one of the rebellious Noldor who left the Blessed Realms to fight Melkor / Morgoth in Middle Earth, then she aligned with the Free Peoples in their fight against Sauron, Morgoth’s successor.
But she fought with her magic power not a sword. And she was never Gil Galad’s war leader, if anything it was the other way around.
Tolkien doesn’t say how she fought at all & elves don’t really use “magic” to fight — they fight with swords & arrows like everyone else. Their magic is in creating things like forging the Silmarils, in healing, & in their influence. Having watched the first 2 eps, I can see how this series takes the sketches that Tolkien gives & fills in with reasonable details. Anyway, it’s a fantasy show & not a frock flick!
Quite. Time to get back on topic.
“while I have problems with the show, the costumes were often excellent”
Best one-sentence review of The Alienist TV show ever.
We could probably recycle that review for a lot of shows ;)
I thought she looked familiar. I’ve seen three of her films–Interlude in Prague, Dracula, and The Man Who Invented Christmas. Of those three, I’d have to say that my fave Frock Flick role is from Interlude in Prague, as that was the most substantial of the three.
Ew those Dickens costumes are too long in the waist, so annoying. It throws the proportion out. A couple of inches makes all the difference, as the actress said to the bishop…