Romola Garai is an actress who is super talented. She’s done a number of period movies, although fewer these days — I hope she gets back to it! In the meantime, let’s appreciate her beauty and talent:
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)
I haven’t seen this, but the 1940s costumes (and hair!) are cute!
Daniel Deronda (2002)
One of the great bustle-era BBC miniseries. Okay, so there’s some Zionism and abusive husbands to get through, but the DRESSES. ARE. AMAZING!! Romola’s character is kind of an anti-hero, although at the same time they do a good job helping you to understand (and empathize) with her motivations.
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
I saw this version once, thought it was weird, and can’t remember Romola as Kate Nickleby.
I Capture the Castle (2003)
I have raved about my love for this movie multiple times. If you haven’t seen it, GO WATCH IT. Even more importantly, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK, DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ IT N.O.W.!!!!!
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
I admit to watching this, partially out of nostalgia for the original, and partially because I love Romola! And, shockingly, it wasn’t that cheesy! This one is set in 1950s Cuba, and it’s not a total waste of your time.
Vanity Fair (2004)
A fabulous adaptation of the classic novel, with Romola playing the nice girl foil (Amelia) to anti-heroine Becky Sharp. She does a good job with a milquetoast character, although she isn’t helped by the brown hair.
I recently did a thorough review of this one. It’s a fascinating, gripping story set in the late 18th century. Romola plays a real-life convict sent to Australia who has guts of steel!
As You Like It (2006)
I admit to having skipped this Kenneth Branagh-directed Shakespeare adaptation set in the late 19th-century in Japan. It just doesn’t grab me!
Amazing Grace (2006)
Romola plays Barbara Spooner, wife of anti-slave-trade politician William Wilberforce. Her role is mostly that of supportive wife, but she looks greeeeaaaaat in red hair and fabulous hats!
Oh god, this movie. It looks good in pictures, BUT THE SCRIPT IS THE MOST CHEESEBALL THING THAT HAS EVER EXISTED. BAAAAAAAAAD.
A sad, sad movie about People With Issues in 1930s-40s England. Romola plays the grown-up version of Keira Knightley‘s younger sister, who has a lot of baggage for one bad decision.
Glorious 39 (2009)
I want more people to watch this fascinating and unexpected story set just as World War II breaks out in England, so let me just say it has Eddie Redmayne and David Tennant, and if you like psychological thrillers, you’ll LOVE this.
I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this adaptation, as it’s my least favorite (SORRY!!) Austen novel and one that’s been done so many times. But they manage to do a good take on it, Romola is great in the lead role, and they let the story take a bit more time which is always enjoyable.
Hated the book, LOVED the miniseries. Romola plays a late 19th-century London prostitute who ends up entangled with a middle-class married man.
The Hour (2011-12)
I keep meaning to get back to finishing this series — I saw about 5 episodes and loved it. Romola plays a TV news show producer in 1950s England, while shadowy conspiracies are at play. Bonus hottie Dominic West!
The Great War: The People’s Story (2014)
I haven’t seen it, so all I can tell you is Romola plays suffrage activist Kate Parry Frye.
Romola has a small part as an upper middle-class suffragist.
Churchill’s Secret (2016)
Haven’t seen it, sorry! Romola plays Winston Churchill’s nurse after he has a stroke in 1953.
What’s your favorite Romola Garai film?