Polly Walker

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Polly Walker
BornPolly Alexandra Walker
(1966-05-19) 19 May 1966 (age 47)
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 47)
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. Her primary school years were in attendance at Padgate Church of England School in Padgate, Warrington although she also attended Silverdale Preparatory School, West Acton, London. At 16, Walker graduated from Ballet Rambert School in Twickenham, 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 2005–2007, 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." 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.

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 America. 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.


1989StoryboardMargaret NinerEpisode: "Hunted Down"
1989Rules of EngagementFionaTV miniseries
1990Lorna DooneLorna DooneTV film
1990Agatha Christie's PoirotNick BuckleyEpisode: "Peril at End House"
1990Screen TwoNadjaEpisode: "The Kremlin, Farewell"
1991Journey of HonourCecilia
1991Ao Fim da Noite
1992A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After ArabiaMme. DumontTV film
1992Secret World of Spying, TheThe Secret World of SpyingAnnetteTV film
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. CharmondTV film
1998Curtain CallJulia
1998Talk of AngelsMary Lavelle
1998Dark HarborAlexis Chandler Weinberg
1999½ Women, 88 ½ WomenPalmira
2000After AliceDr. Vera Swann
2002Savage MessiahPaula Jackson
2002Jeffrey Archer: The TruthMrs. ArcherTV film
2003State of PlayAnne CollinsTV miniseries
2003Mayor of Casterbridge, TheThe Mayor of CasterbridgeLucetta TemplemanTV film
2004ControlBarbara Copeland
2005–2007RomeAtia of the Julii22 episodes
2006Scenes of a Sexual NatureEsther
2007Waking the DeadCatherine BraithwaiteEpisode: "Deus Ex Machina: Part 1"
Episode: "Deus Ex Machina: Part 2"
2007Agatha Christie's MarpleBess SedgwickTV film
2007CaneEllis Samuels13 episodes
2009Numb3rsDr. Lorna LudlowEpisode: "Animal Rites"
2009–2010CapricaClarice Willow17 episodes
2010SanctuaryRanna Seneschal2 episodes
2010Clash of the TitansCassiopeia
2012John CarterSarkoja
2012–presentPrisoners’ WivesFrancesca9 episodes
2012–presentThe MentalistFBI Agent Alexa Shultz2 episodes
2013Warehouse 13Charlotte Dupres5 episodes


  1. ^ "BBC – Drama – People Index: Polly Walker". bbc.co.uk. 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 

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