Julia Ormond

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Julia Ormond
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BornJulia Karin Ormond
(1965-01-04) 4 January 1965 (age 49)
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
Years active1989–present
  • Rory Edwards (m. 1989; div. 1994)
  • Jon Rubin (m. 1999; div. 2008)
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Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond Cannes.jpg
BornJulia Karin Ormond
(1965-01-04) 4 January 1965 (age 49)
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
Years active1989–present
  • Rory Edwards (m. 1989; div. 1994)
  • Jon Rubin (m. 1999; div. 2008)

Julia Karin Ormond (born 4 January 1965) is an English actress. She rose to prominence appearing in such films as Legends of the Fall (1994), First Knight (1995), Sabrina (1995) and The Barber of Siberia (1998). She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the HBO movie Temple Grandin (2010).

Early life[edit]

Ormond was born in Epsom, Surrey, the daughter of Josephine, a laboratory technician, and John Ormond, a computer software designer.[1] She attended independent schools, first Guildford High School and then Cranleigh School, where early lead performances in Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady began to draw special attention.[2][3]


Julia Ormond first appeared to the masses in Traffik, a 1989 British television serial about the illegal heroin trade from growers in the far East to the streets of Europe and the U.K. The story revolves around Jack Lithgow played by Bill Paterson, a Home Office minister in the U.K. government engaged in combating heroin importation. Julia Ormond plays his drug addicted daughter Caroline an early role that won glowing reviews for the young budding actress. Ormond subsequently appeared in several television films early in her career, such as Young Catherine (1991) and Stalin (1992). In 1993 Ormond made her film debut in the lead role of an international movie, The Baby of Mâcon.[4] In the following year she co-starred with Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall.

In 1995 Ormond played lead roles in Jerry Zucker's First Knight opposite Richard Gere and Sean Connery and also in Sydney Pollack's Sabrina with Harrison Ford.[4] In 1997 she played a lead role in the box office bomb thriller film Smilla's Sense of Snow.[5] She also appeared in the 1998 Russian film The Barber of Siberia.[4]

Since late 1990's Ormond has appeared in indie and television movies and played supporting roles in films, such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Che: Part One (2008) and My Week with Marilyn (2011).[4] She has an independent production company, Indican Productions, based in New York City, and she executive-produced the Cinemax Reel Life documentary Calling the Ghosts: A Story about Rape, War and Women, which won a CableACE Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and was an official selection of the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals.[6] On stage, she appeared in David Hare's My Zinc Bed, for which she received a 2001 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.[7]

On television, Ormond appeared as a guest star during the 2008-09 season of the CBS series CSI: NY.[8] In 2010, she won an Emmy Award for her supporting role in the HBO film Temple Grandin.[9] She also guest starred in the tenth and final season of USA Network's series Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2011. In addition, she plays the part of Marie Calvet, mother to Megan Draper, in the AMC TV series Mad Men. For her performance on Mad Men, she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2012.[10]

In 2013, Ormond began starring in the Lifetime series Witches of East End as Joanna Beauchamp, one of the lead characters.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Ormond married Rory Edwards, an actor she had met while performing in a production of Wuthering Heights. The marriage ended in 1994.[12] In 1999, she married political activist Jon Rubin.[12] The couple's child, daughter Sophie, was born in the autumn of 2004.[12] She is no longer married to Rubin.[13]

Ormond has been an activist engaged with fighting human trafficking since the mid-1990s, and has recently partnered with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.[14] She is also an advocate for Transatlantic Partners Against Aids, which attempts to raise awareness about AIDS in Russia and Ukraine, and is founding co-chairman of FilmAid International.[15]

On 2 December 2005, Ormond was appointed as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. Her focus has been on anti human-trafficking initiatives, raising awareness about this modern form of slavery and promoting efforts to combat it.[16] In her capacity as ambassador, Ormond has appeared as council to the United States House of Representatives, Committee on International Relations,[17] Subcommittee on Africa,[17] Global Human Rights and International Operations, and has travelled the world as an ambassador.[18]

Ormond established the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET).[19] ASSET was instrumental in passing the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.[20]



1993The Baby of MâconThe Daughter
CaptivesRachel Clifford
Legends of the FallSusannah Fincannon
1995First KnightGuinevere
SabrinaSabrina Fairchild
1997Smilla's Sense of SnowSmilla Jasperson
1998The Barber of SiberiaJane Callahan
2000The Prime GigCaitlin Carlson
2003ResistanceClaire Daussois
2006Inland EmpireDoris Side
2007I Know Who Killed MeSusan FlemingNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2008SurveillanceElizabeth Anderson
Che: Part OneLisa Howard
Kit Kittredge: An American GirlMargaret Kittredge
La Conjura de El EscorialPrincesa de Éboli
The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonCarolineNominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2011The Music Never StoppedDianne Daley
The GreenKaren
My Week with MarilynVivien Leigh
2012ChainedSarah Fittler
2013The EastPaige
Exploding SunJoan Eliaspost-production


1989TraffikCaroline LithgowTV miniseries
Capital CityAlisonEpisode: "Rainforest"
1990Ruth Rendell MysteriesNora Fanshawe3 episodes
1991Young CatherineCatherine the GreatNominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
1992StalinNadezhda Alliluyeva
1999Animal FarmJessievoice
2002Varian's WarMiriam DavenportSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004Iron Jawed AngelsInez Millholland
2005Beach GirlsStevie MooreTV miniseries
2006The WayTV pilot
2007Mr. and Mrs. SmithTV pilot
2008–2009CSI: NYDeputy Inspector Gillian Whitford3 episodes
2010The Wronged ManJanet Gregory
Temple GrandinEustaciaPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Nurse JackieSarah Khouri3 episodes
2011Law & Order: Criminal IntentDr. Paula Gyson7 episodes
2012Mad MenMarie Calvet2 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2013–presentWitches of East EndJoanna BeauchampLead role


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