Polly Walker

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Polly Walker
BornPolly Alexandra Walker
(1966-05-19) 19 May 1966 (age 48)
Warrington, Lancashire, England
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Laurence Penry-Jones (2008–present)
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Polly Walker
BornPolly Alexandra Walker
(1966-05-19) 19 May 1966 (age 48)
Warrington, Lancashire, England
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Laurence Penry-Jones (2008–present)

Polly Walker (born 19 May 1966) is an English actress.[1]

Early life[edit]

Walker was born in Warrington, Lancashire, England. She attended Padgate Church of England primary school in Warrington and Silverdale Preparatory School, West Acton, London. At 16, Walker graduated from Ballet Rambert School in Twickenham and began her career as a dancer but had to abandon dancing after a leg injury at the age of 18. She then decided to become an actress. She moved from the Drama Centre in London to the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she played bit parts for six months before graduating to small roles on television.

Film and television roles[edit]

Walker landed the title role in the television series Lorna Doone before making her feature debut in Shogun Mayeda (1991). In that same year she appeared in Les Equilibristes and in Mike Newell's Enchanted April, in which she played an aristocrat eager to escape the attentions of her persistent male admirers. Walker first garnered international attention in 1992 as a single-minded English member of an Irish terrorist group in Phillip Noyce's Patriot Games. In 2003 she had a starring role in the BBC drama series State of Play.

Between 2005 and 2007, Walker played Atia of the Julii in both seasons of the HBO/BBC2 television series Rome. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination in 2005 for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama.[2][3] She next played the sinister Catherine Braithwaite in Deus Ex Machina, a two-episode story of the BBC television "cold case" crime series Waking the Dead, which also aired in January 2007. In May 2007, Walker appeared as Lady Bess Sedgwick in ITV's Marple: At Bertram's Hotel, and then played sugar heiress Ellis Samuels in the CBS television drama Cane, which premiered 25 September 2007.

In May 2008, Walker was cast as Sister Clarice Willow, headmistress of a private religious school, in Syfy's Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica. In 2011 she guest starred as Ranna Seneschal, leader of the underground city of Praxis, on Sanctuary.

In 2012, she starred in BBC's crime drama Prisoners Wives as crime wife Francesca Miller. She returned to the role in 2013 for the second series.

In 2014, she had a recurring role as the character Delphine Day in the ITV series Mr Selfridge.

Personal life[edit]

She is one of four siblings. Walker has two children from two previous relationships, Giorgio (b. 1993) and Delilah (b. 2000). She currently lives in the United States. On 23 October 2008, Walker married former actor Laurence Penry-Jones (brother of Rupert Penry-Jones), most famous for his role as Dr. Oliver Berg in the BBC soap Doctors.



1990Lorna DooneLorna DooneTelevision movie
1991Journey of HonourCecilia
1991Ao Fim da Noite
1992A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After ArabiaMme. DumontTelevision movie
1992Secret World of Spying, TheThe Secret World of SpyingAnnetteTelevision movie
1992Walking a TightropeHélène Lagache
1992Enchanted AprilCaroline Dester
1992Patriot GamesAnnette
1993Trial, TheThe TrialLeni
1993SliverVida Warren
1995RestorationCelia Clemence
1996EmmaJane Fairfax
1997Roseanna's GraveCecilia
1997Robinson CrusoeMary McGregor
1997Gambler, TheThe GamblerPolina
1997Woodlanders, TheThe WoodlandersMrs. CharmondTelevision movie
1998Curtain CallJulia
1998Talk of AngelsMary Lavelle
1998Dark HarborAlexis Chandler Weinberg
1999½ Women, 88 ½ WomenPalmira
2000After AliceDr. Vera Swann
2002Savage MessiahPaula JacksonNominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2002Jeffrey Archer: The TruthMrs. ArcherTelevision movie
2003Mayor of Casterbridge, TheThe Mayor of CasterbridgeLucetta TemplemanTelevision movie
2004ControlBarbara Copeland
2006Scenes of a Sexual NatureEsther
2007Agatha Christie's MarpleBess SedgwickTelevision movie
2010Clash of the TitansCassiopeia
2012John CarterSarkoja


1989StoryboardMargaret NinerEpisode: "Hunted Down"
1989Rules of EngagementFiona2 episodes
1990Agatha Christie's PoirotNick BuckleyEpisode: "Peril at End House"
1990Screen TwoNadjaEpisode: "The Kremlin, Farewell"
2003State of PlayAnne Collins6 episodes
2005–2007RomeAtia of the Julii22 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2007Waking the DeadCatherine Braithwaite2 episodes
2007CaneEllis Samuels13 episodes
2009Numb3rsDr. Lorna LudlowEpisode: "Animal Rites"
2009–2010CapricaClarice Willow17 episodes
2010SanctuaryRanna Seneschal2 episodes
2012–2013Prisoners’ WivesFrancesca10 episodes
2012The MentalistFBI Agent Alexa Shultz2 episodes
2013Warehouse 13Charlotte Dupres4 episodes
2014Mr SelfridgeDelphine Day4 episodes


  1. ^ "BBC – Drama – People Index: Polly Walker". bbc.co.uk. 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rome News: Rome receives Golden Globe® Nominations". HBO.com. 13 December 2005. Archived from the original on 17 December 2005. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Brokeback Mountain leads Golden Globe nominations". CNN.com. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

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