WCW: Tuppence Middleton


I’m not sure if I like Tuppence Middleton as an actor. She’s been in a bunch of things, and she plays a minor character in the new Downton Abbey movie that opens in the U.S. on May 20, 2022. So I figure that’s enough reason for a WCW. Maybe you can decide yay or nay on her work?



Grace in First Light (2010)

Tuppence Middleton, First Light (2010)

Hard to find much about this one except it’s set in the 1940s & I think Middleton plays Sam Heughan‘s love interest.


Tiger in Sinbad (2012)

Tuppence Middleton, Sinbad (2012)

Not quite historical? Pirate-y? More fantasy, I guess? IDK! Just throwing it in here for kicks.


Gabrielle in Spies of Warsaw (2013)

Tuppence Middleton, Spies of Warsaw (2013)

A small part in this WWII thriller.


Iris Carr in The Lady Vanishes (2013)

Tuppence Middleton, The Lady Vanishes (2013)

OK, now things get interesting. Tuppence Middleton takes the lead in a 1930s murder-mystery. Not bad if you like that sort of thing.


Helen in The Imitation Game (2014)

Tuppence Middleton, The Imitation Game (2014)

Just a small role as one of the ladies sharing a table at the pub when the main characters go out for a date.


Helene Bezukhova / Helene Kuragina in War & Peace (2016)

War and Peace (2016)

We shouldn’t hold the ridiculous costumes against the actor … but …

2016 War and Peace

There’s that head necklace.

War and Peace (2016)

And waaaay too much sternum. Even setting aside the costumes, this version of War & Peace was pretty wacky all around


Amelia Havisham in Dickensian (2016)

Dickensian (2015)

As Miss Havisham pre-altar-jilting, Middleton does a decent job here.

Tuppence Middleton, Miss Havisham, Dickensian 2016

The series itself was a bit muddled, but I’ll give her credit for keeping her head above water.


Mary Edison in The Current War: Director’s Cut (2017)

Tuppence Middleton, The Current War: Director's Cut (2017)

Another small role, here as Thomas Edison’s wife. Ho hum.


Lucy Smith in Downton Abbey (2019)

Tuppence Middleton, Downton Abbey (2019)

She gets a meet-cute with Tom Branson that portends great things.

Tuppence Middleton, Downton Abbey (2019)

Then spends most of the movie as a “lady’s maid.”


Claire Franklin in The Defeated (2020)

Tuppence Middleton, The Defeated (2020)

A short crime series set in WWII-era Berlin. She really nails that vintage noir look.


Sara Mankiewicz in Mank (2020)

Tuppence Middleton, Mank (2020)

A more substantial ‘wife of famous guy’ role here, as Herman Mankiewicz’s wife. The film shows her influence on Mank as he wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane.


Lucy Smith in Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)

Tuppence Middleton, Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)

The previews show Lucy & Tom getting married, yay!

Tuppence Middleton, Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)

And they become part of the big, happy, rich, aristocratic family, ‘natch.



Do you like Tuppence Middleton in frock flicks?  Will you be watching the new Downton Abbey movie?

10 Responses

  1. Boxermom

    That big poofy dress in Dickensian reminds me of Amy Adams’ costume in Enchanted. Not sure if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing. :)

      • Kay H.

        Did she play Sissi? Her wedding hairstyle in Dickensian reminds me of the Winterhalter portrait of the empress.

  2. Susan Pola Staples

    I liked her Lucy in Downton Abbey Movie 1, but that and I was a Slut on the Pig War and Peace left me wanting to take a page of Thomas Sowden’s book on ‘Pigs and Deeling with the Abusive Father and Uncle’.

  3. MJ

    Meh. I’m prejudiced because I didn’t want Lucy to end up with Tom. But whatever. She does the 40s pretty well (love that look for The Defeated); it’d be nice to see her in more noir-style flicks.

  4. Alexander

    Hummmm – I have never been enamoured by poor Tuppence. It is sort of that “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” thing when it comes to her casting. Her roles to date have mainly been fairly uninteresting or unremarkable. She has always struck me as being a tad flat, stiff and there really is a distinct lack of presence or spark in her work… although she does do petulant rather well. I suppose I just find her rather dull, which is a terrible thing to say of an actress, but ho-hum it’s an opinion. The picture of her at the dining table in War and Peace never fails to raise a shudder. Not only would that type of VERY low-fronted cut gown never have been worn in mid 19th Century Russia – or nearly anywhere else in Europe or America, corsets anyone??? – but it is never pleasant to see so much of some-one’s skeletal frame under a costume. Please, some one, for the love of God, feed her cake!!!

  5. Brandy Loutherback

    I loved Iris’ Art Deco collar in The Lady Vanishes! I wish she got to wear more! I love the 30s!

  6. Lily Lotus Rose

    This post makes me realize that I’ve mostly seen her in contemporary films. I loved the non-Frock Flicks A Long Way Down and Fisherman’s Friends. Re her FrockFlicks, I thought she and Tom had good chemistry. And yes, I will definitely watch Downton Abbey: A New Era. I’m sooooooo psyched for more Downton Abbey!!!!

  7. Kay H.

    “…too much sternum.” Hilarious. A pet peeve, these underfed, concave ladies with terrible posture. That ain’t pretty. Looking at you, Keira…
    Tuppence was excellent as Miss Havisham, haughty. conflicted, as well as vulnerable. Interesting invented backstory.