WCW: Polly Walker


Polly Walker exudes sensual glamour in virtually every role she’s in. And fortunately for us, she’s in quite a few historical costume flicks to feast our eyes upon!


Peril at End House (1990)

Note to self: I need to do an overview of the David Suchet “Poirot” series because the costumes are almost always stunning. Like this beach pajama set in Peril at End House.


Lorna Doone (1990)

Baby Clive Owen! Baby Polly Walker! I’m totally down.


Journey of Honor (1991)

Wait a minute … Isn’t that the same dress as in Lorna Doone?


Enchanted April (1991)

Enchanted April (1991)

Polly Walker owning the 1920s.


The Trial (1993)

I honestly don’t know much about this film, but it looks interesting. Apart from the fact that there’s hardly any good photos of Polly Walker in it available on the Internet.


Restoration (1995)

A Frock Flick Favorite! The costumes are beyond spectacular and Polly Walker is, of course, stunning as the King’s mistress, Cecelia.


Emma (1996)

I had completely forgotten that Polly Walker played sweet-natured Jane Fairfax in the 1996 film adaptation of Emma. I also completely forgot that Ewan McGregor was in it, too. Man, I need to get my memory checked.


Robinson Crusoe (1997)

Not the best adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s novel, tbh.


The Gambler (1997)

Polly Walker as the capricious and devious Polina.


The Woodlanders (1997)

Too little of Polly Walker as Mrs. Charmond in this adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel.


Talk of Angels (1998)

Young Irishwoman Mary falls in love with her Spanish employer and embarks on a torrid affair set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. Like you do.


The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003)

I hadn’t heard of this before writing this post, but now I want to see it if for the only reason that the costumes look excellent.


Rome (2005-2007)

Atia of the Julii is my everything.


Clash of the Titans (2010)

Ok, so it’s more fantasy than historical, but I love how luscious Polly Walker looks as Cassiopeia.


Mr. Selfridge (2014-2016)

Mr. Selfridge (2013- )

Polly Walker as Delphine Day, Rose Selfridge’s fabulous best friend in Series 2.


What’s your favorite of Polly Walker’s historical costume movie and TV roles?


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

6 Responses

  1. Frannie Germeshausen

    OMG, those beach pajamas. I need to lose, like, 60 pounds and then find/make a set. Yes to a complete review of Poirot. They were always perfection!

    • lady Hermina De Pagan

      I need to lose the 60 lbs and have the excess bat wing skin removed from my arms. Thanks nana… :P

  2. Jacqui Gauld

    Have to agree about the beach pyjama set, it is beyond gorgeous, except I need to lose not only 60lbs but 30 years! Polly Walker has long been a favourite of mine, and was at her absolute best in Rome. Mind you, I think the entire cast of Rome was superb, it’s one of my favourite box-sets. Another two excellent reasons for watching this version of The Mayor of Casterbridge – James Purefoy and Ciaran Hinds, enough said 😊

  3. Susan Pola Staples

    My favourite Polly Walker film is Enchanted April. The costumes are TDF, the scenery is gorgy and The acting is top notch. Each member of the cast brought their A Game and it shows.

    If I could pick a second, I’m going with two: Restoration (I’ve a major crush on Charlie and his dogs) and Rome.

    Are you going to review Jenny Beavan’s new flick – The Nutcracker and Five Realms?

    I’m going to watch it for both Misty Copeland and Helen Mirren. Also the Clara actress was Renee Esmee in Twilight Breaking Dawn.

  4. Charity

    I never could buy her as Jane Fairfax, maybe because she looks too naturally Fierce. Like, she would rip Frank Churchill’s face off for being such an asshole. IMA, bad-ass roles suit her better. ;)