Polly Walker

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Polly Walker
Born Polly Alexandra Walker
(1966-05-19) 19 May 1966 (age 48)
Warrington, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Lorna Doone Lorna Doone Television movie
1991 Journey of Honour Cecilia
1991 Ao Fim da Noite
1992 A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia Mme. Dumont Television movie
1992 Secret World of Spying, TheThe Secret World of Spying Annette Television movie
1992 Walking a Tightrope Hélène Lagache
1992 Enchanted April Caroline Dester
1992 Patriot Games Annette
1993 Trial, TheThe Trial Leni
1993 Sliver Vida Warren
1995 Restoration Celia Clemence
1996 Emma Jane Fairfax
1997 Roseanna's Grave Cecilia
1997 Robinson Crusoe Mary McGregor
1997 Gambler, TheThe Gambler Polina
1997 Woodlanders, TheThe Woodlanders Mrs. Charmond Television movie
1997 Bandyta Mara
1998 Curtain Call Julia
1998 Talk of Angels Mary Lavelle
1998 Dark Harbor Alexis Chandler Weinberg
1999 ½ Women, 88 ½ Women Palmira
2000 After Alice Dr. Vera Swann
2002 D-Tox Jenny
2002 Savage Messiah Paula Jackson Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2002 Jeffrey Archer: The Truth Mrs. Archer Television movie
2003 Mayor of Casterbridge, TheThe Mayor of Casterbridge Lucetta Templeman Television movie
2004 Control Barbara Copeland
2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Esther
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Bess Sedgwick Television movie
2010 Clash of the Titans Cassiopeia
2012 John Carter Sarkoja

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Storyboard Margaret Niner Episode: "Hunted Down"
1989 Rules of Engagement Fiona 2 episodes
1990 Agatha Christie's Poirot Nick Buckley Episode: "Peril at End House"
1990 Screen Two Nadja Episode: "The Kremlin, Farewell"
2003 State of Play Anne Collins 6 episodes
2005–2007 Rome Atia of the Julii 22 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2007 Waking the Dead Catherine Braithwaite 2 episodes
2007 Cane Ellis Samuels 13 episodes
2009 Numb3rs Dr. Lorna Ludlow Episode: "Animal Rites"
2009–2010 Caprica Clarice Willow 17 episodes
2010 Sanctuary Ranna Seneschal 2 episodes
2012–2013 Prisoners’ Wives Francesca 10 episodes
2012 The Mentalist FBI Agent Alexa Shultz 2 episodes
2013 Warehouse 13 Charlotte Dupres 4 episodes
2014 Mr Selfridge Delphine Day 4 episodes

References[edit]

  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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