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Julia Ormond
Julia Karin Ormond

(1965-01-04) 4 January 1965 (age 59)
Epsom, Surrey, England
Years active1989–present
Rory Edwards
(m. 1988; div. 1994)
Jon Rubin
(m. 1999; div. 2008)

Julia Karin Ormond (born 4 January 1965)[1] is an English actress. She rose to prominence by appearing in The Baby of Mâcon (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), First Knight (1995), Sabrina (1995), Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997) 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). She is also known for her role in The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2020) as a main antagonist.

Early life


Ormond was born in Epsom in Surrey, the daughter of Josephine, a laboratory technician, and John Ormond, a stockbroker. She has an elder sister and was five when her parents divorced. She has three younger, half-siblings from her father's second marriage. She has admitted to a fear of heights.[2][3][4]

She was educated privately, firstly at Guildford High School and then at Cranleigh School, where early acting lead performances in Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady began to draw attention.[5][6]

After one year of art school, she transferred to Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where she graduated in 1988.[citation needed]



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. Ormond played the drug addicted daughter of the lead character, a Home Office minister in the UK government engaged in combating heroin importation. This early role won glowing reviews.

Ormond appeared in several television films early in her career, such as Young Catherine (1991) and Stalin (1992). In 1993, she made her film debut in the lead role of an international movie, The Baby of Mâcon,[7] and the following year co-starred in Legends of the Fall.

In 1995, Ormond played Queen Guinevere in First Knight and the title role in Sabrina.[7] In 1997, she played a lead role in the thriller Smilla's Sense of Snow and, in 1998, she starred in the Russian film The Barber of Siberia.[7]

Since the late 1990s, Ormond has appeared in indie and television movies and played supporting roles in films such as Iron Jawed Angels (2004), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Che: Part One (2008), Albatross (2011), and My Week with Marilyn (2011).[7]

Ormond 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.[8]

Ormond in 2005

On stage, she appeared in David Hare's My Zinc Bed, for which she received a 2001 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.[9] On television, Ormond appeared as a guest star during the 2008–09 season of the CBS series CSI: NY.[10] In 2010, she won an Emmy Award for her supporting role in the television film Temple Grandin.[11] In 2011, Ormond guest starred in the tenth and final season of the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 2012, she played the part of Marie Calvet, mother to Megan Draper, in the series Mad Men, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.[12] From 6 October 2013 to 5 October 2014, Ormond starred in the television series Witches of East End as Joanna Beauchamp, one of the lead characters.[13] Since 2020, she has portrayed the primary antagonist, Elizabeth Kublek, in the AMC television series The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

Personal life


In 1988, Ormond married Rory Edwards, an actor she had met while performing in a production of Wuthering Heights. The marriage ended in 1994.[14] She married political activist Jon Rubin in 1999, and their child Soph, was born in the autumn of 2004. The couple divorced in 2008 and Ormond lives in Malibu, California.[2][14]

Ormond has been fighting human trafficking since the mid-1990s, and in 2006[15] she entered into a partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to help increase awareness efforts.[16] 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.[17]

On 2 December 2005, Ormond was appointed 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.[18] In her capacity as ambassador, Ormond has appeared as counsel to the United States House of Representatives, Committee on International Relations,[19] Subcommittee on Africa,[19] Global Human Rights and International Operations, and has travelled the world as an ambassador.[20]

In 2007, Ormond established the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET).[21]

On 4 October 2023, Ormond filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, alleging that he sexually assaulted her in 1995. The suit also seeks damages from The Walt Disney Company, Miramax, and Creative Artists Agency, claiming that these companies failed to protect her from his abuse.[22][23][24]




Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Baby of Mâcon The Daughter
1994 Nostradamus Marie
1994 Captives Rachel Clifford
1994 Legends of the Fall Susannah Fincannon-Ludlow
1995 First Knight Guinevere
1995 Sabrina Sabrina Fairchild
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Smilla Jaspersen
1998 The Barber of Siberia Jane Callahan
2001 The Prime Gig Caitlin Carlson
2003 Resistance Claire Daussois
2006 Inland Empire Doris Side
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Susan Fleming
2008 Surveillance Elizabeth Anderson
2008 Che Lisa Howard
2008 La Conjura de El Escorial Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Eboli
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Caroline Fuller
2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Margaret Kittredge
2011 The Music Never Stopped Dianne Daley
2011 The Green Karen
2011 Albatross Joa Fischer
2011 My Week with Marilyn Vivien Leigh
2012 Chained Sarah Fittler
2013 The East Paige Williams
2017 Rememory Carolyn Dunn
2018 Ladies in Black Magda
2020 Son of the South Virginia Durr
2020 Reunion Ivy
TBA Reminisce Dr. Rose Post-production
TBA Home Education Carol Glimm Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Traffik Caroline Lithgow Miniseries
1989 Capital City Alison Episode: "Rainforest"
1990 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Nora Fanshawe Episode: "The Best Man to Die: Parts 1, 2, & 3"
1991 Young Catherine Catherine Movie
1992 Stalin Nadezhda Alliluyeva Movie
1999 Animal Farm Jessie (voice) Movie
2001 Varian's War: The Forgotten Hero Miriam Davenport Movie
2004 Iron Jawed Angels Inez Milholland Movie
2005 Beach Girls Stevie Moore Miniseries
2007 Mr. and Mrs. Smith Mother Short
2008–09 CSI: NY Gillian Whitford 14 episode and 15 episode
2010 The Wronged Man Janet Gregory Movie
2010 Temple Grandin Eustacia Grandin Movie
2010 Nurse Jackie Sarah Khouri 5 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Paula Gyson 7 episodes
2012–2015 Mad Men Marie Calvet 5 episodes

and season 7 episode 9

2013 Exploding Sun Joan Elias Movie
2013–2014 Witches of East End Joanna Beauchamp Main role
2016–2017 Incorporated Elizabeth Krauss Main role
2017 Tour de Pharmacy Adrianna Baton Movie
2017 Howards End Ruth Wilcox Miniseries
2018 Forever Marisol 7 episode and

8 episode

2019 Gold Digger Julia Day Miniseries
2020–2021 The Walking Dead: World Beyond Elizabeth Kublek Main role; 11 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1992 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries[citation needed] Young Catherine Nominated
1995 ShoWest Convention Female Star of Tomorrow[25] Won
2004 Gold Derby Awards TV movie/Mini Supporting Actress[citation needed] Iron Jawed Angels Nominated
2006 Camerimage Krzysztof Kieslowski Award[26] Won
2009 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nominated
2009 Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast[citation needed] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Temple Grandin Won
2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Temple Grandin Nominated
2011 Western Heritage Awards Television Feature Film[27] Temple Grandin Won
2011 Capri, Hollywood Capri Ensemble Cast Award[citation needed] My Week with Marilyn Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated


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  3. ^ "Jurors put films to test". BBC News. 4 May 2001. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ Das, Lina (26 February 2009). "Great Ormond". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  5. ^ The Cranleighan, vol 32, 1982, p6-8
  6. ^ The Cranleighan, vol 33, 1983, p86
  7. ^ a b c d "Julia Ormond- Biography".
  8. ^ Ray Richmond, "CableACE Awards", Variety, 16 November 1997. Calling the Ghosts won Best International Informational Special or Series.
  9. ^ "Olivier Winners 2001". Olivier Awards. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011.
  10. ^ TV Guide, TV Guide News (18 September 2008). "CSI: NY Adds Scott Wolf to its Big "Mac" Attack". Retrieved 19 November 2008.
  11. ^ "Temple Grandin awards" at Emmys.com. Retrieved 2 January 2011
  12. ^ "Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series – 2012".
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (31 January 2013). "Lifetime's 'Witches Of East End' Picked Up To Series".
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  17. ^ "Kaiser Family Foundation: Actress Julia Ormond Joins Fight". Archived from the original on 18 October 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2005.
  18. ^ "UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond to open exhibition of Howard G. Buffett photographs on human trafficking" UNODC web site
  19. ^ a b House Committee on Foreign Affairs :: U.S. House of Representatives Archived 8 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ UN.GIFT celebrity partners Archived 1 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Who We Are Archived 28 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine ASSET web site
  22. ^ "Actor Julia Ormond sues Harvey Weinstein and Disney over sexual assault". BBC News. 4 October 2023.
  23. ^ Patten, Dominic; Hipes, Patrick (4 October 2023). "Julia Ormond Sues Disney And CAA Over Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault". Deadline Hollywood.
  24. ^ "CAA and Disney Challenge Julia Ormond's Claim They Enabled Harvey Weinstein in Alleged Assault". Variety. 19 December 2023.
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