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Julia Ormond

Julia Ormond
Ormond at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Born Julia Karin Ormond
(1965-01-04) 4 January 1965
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
  • Rory Edwards (m. 1988; div. 1994)
  • Jon Rubin (m. 1998; div. 2008)
Children 1

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 film Temple Grandin (2010).


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

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]


Ormond first appeared on British television in the 1989 serial Traffik, about the illegal heroin trade from the far East to the streets of Europe. The story revolves around Jack Lithgow played by Bill Paterson, a Home Office minister in the UK government engaged in combating heroin importation. Julia Ormond plays his drug addicted daughter Caroline an early role that won glowing reviews. 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 starred opposite Oleg Menshikov in the 1998 Russian film The Barber of Siberia.[4]

Since the late 1990s 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

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 engaged in fighting human trafficking since the mid-1990s, and has recently partnered with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to double her efforts.[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]



Year Film Role Notes
1993 The Baby of Mâcon The Daughter
1994 Nostradamus Marie
Captives Rachel Clifford
Legends of the Fall Susannah Fincannon
1995 First Knight Guinevere
Sabrina Sabrina Fairchild
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Smilla Jasperson
1998 The Barber of Siberia Jane Callahan
2000 The Prime Gig Caitlin Carlson
2003 Resistance Claire Daussois
2006 Inland Empire Doris Side
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Susan Fleming Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2008 Surveillance Elizabeth Anderson
Che: Part One Lisa Howard
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Margaret Kittredge
La Conjura de El Escorial Princesa de Éboli
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Caroline Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2011 The Music Never Stopped Dianne Daley
The Green Karen
Albatross Joa
My Week with Marilyn Vivien Leigh
2012 Chained Sarah Fittler
2013 The East Paige
Exploding Sun Joan Elias post-production
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Traffik Caroline Lithgow TV miniseries
Capital City Alison Episode: "Rainforest"
1990 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Nora Fanshawe 3 episodes
1991 Young Catherine Catherine the Great Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
1992 Stalin Nadezhda Alliluyeva
1999 Animal Farm Jessie voice
2002 Varian's War Miriam Davenport Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Iron Jawed Angels Inez Millholland
2005 Beach Girls Stevie Moore TV miniseries
2006 The Way TV pilot
2007 Mr. and Mrs. Smith TV pilot
2008–2009 CSI: NY Deputy Inspector Gillian Whitford 3 episodes
2010 The Wronged Man Janet Gregory
Temple Grandin Eustacia Primetime 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 Jackie Sarah Khouri 3 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Paula Gyson 7 episodes
2012–2015 Mad Men Marie Calvet 5 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2013–2014 Witches of East End Joanna Beauchamp Lead role


  1. ^ Julia Ormond Biography (1965–)
  2. ^ The Cranleighan, vol 32, 1982, p6-8
  3. ^ The Cranleighan, vol 33, 1983, p86
  4. ^ a b c d Julia Ormond- Biography
  5. ^ Box office / business for Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)
  6. ^ Ray Richmond, "CableACE Awards", Variety, 16 November 1997. Calling the Ghosts won Best International Informational Special or Series.
  7. ^ Olivier Awards Official Site: Olivier Winners 2001
  8. ^  
  9. ^ "Temple Grandin awards" at, retrieved 2 January 2011
  10. ^
  11. ^ Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Picked Up To Series
  12. ^ a b c Bio at IMDb
  13. ^ Iley, Chrissy, "The star who fell to earth." 11 November 2011, Daily Mail
  14. ^ "Vital Voices: Julia Ormond". Archived from the original on 20 December 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2005. 
  15. ^ "Kaiser Family Foundation: Actress Julia Ormond Joins Fight". Retrieved 6 October 2005. 
  16. ^ "UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond to open exhibition of Howard G. Buffett photographs on human trafficking" UNODC web site
  17. ^ a b House Committee on Foreign Affairs :: U.S. House of Representatives
  18. ^ UN.GIFT celebrity partners
  19. ^ Who We Are ASSET web site
  20. ^ ASSET web site

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