Home   >   Movie Stars   >   O   >   Julia Ormond

Julia Ormond

British actress Julia Ormond had several solid years of stage work to her credit, as well as the starring role in the made-for-cable Catherine the Great biography Young Catherine (1991) when, at 27, she co-starred in the expansive HBO biopic Stalin (1992). Most of the publicity guns were aimed at Robert Duvall's portrayal of the Soviet dictator, but at least one observer singled out Ormond's performance as the long-suffering Mrs. Stalin as one of the highlights of the picture. That observer was director Edward Zwick, who later cast Ormond as the heroine in his big-budget theatrical feature LEGENDS OF THE FALL. She was recently seen in David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE and just completed work on David Fincher's THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, opposite Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt.

Born in Epsom, Surrey, Ormond was a self-admitted tomboy who excelled at field hockey, became involved with the theatre in school plays, and, following a stint at art school (both her grandparents were abstract artists), studied drama at London's Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following graduation, she landed her first professional work in TV commercials and then acted in a series of plays until her breakthrough role in Young Catherine.

During the mid-90s, the graceful Ormond played Guinevere opposite Sean Connery's King Arthur in FIRST KNIGHT and was cast in the title role of Sydney Pollack's remake of SABRINA. Ormond has starred in such international pictures as SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW (1997), SIBIRSKIJ TSIRYULNIK (THE BARBER OF SIBERIA, 1998) and RESISTANCE (2003).

Ormond is also a well-known social activist on issues related to HIV/AIDS, anti-trafficking and poverty alleviation in Africa. She is Founding Co-Chair of FilmAid International, a nongovernmental organization that uses the power of film to alleviate refugee despair and psychological trauma, combat isolation and communicate with disenfranchised populations in Afghanistan, East Africa and the Balkans. Together with Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS, Ormond also fights HIV/AIDS in Russia and Ukraine by advocating for improved prevention and treatment policies, raising awareness through media appearances, and mobilizing the creative community in both countries.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
Read earlier biographies on this page.

Julia Ormond Facts

Birth NameJulia Karin Ormond
BirthdayJanuary 4, 1965 (57)
BirthplaceEpsom, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 7½" (1m71)  How tall is Julia Ormond compared to you?
Awards2010 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (for Temple Grandin)

Selected Filmography

Temple Grandin
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Legends Of The Fall
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Iron Jawed Angels
First Knight
Continue » Find more details on the Julia Ormond Movies page