• British actress and producer born in 1965 in Epsom, Surrey, England
• Over 50 movies and TV series roles, known for her portrayal of Vivien Leigh in "My Week with Marilyn"
• Formally trained in acting at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
• Produced "Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women" and "Playground"
• 8 awards out of 22 award nominations, and a net worth estimated at over $5 million

Who is Julia Ormond?

British actress and producer Julia Karin Ormond was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, under the zodiac sign of Capricorn on 4 January 1965, meaning that her. She’s had roles in over 50 movies and TV series, and is probably still best known for her playing of Vivien Leigh in the 2011 biographical movie “My Week with Marilyn”, directed by Simon Curtis, and based on the books “The Prince, the Showgirl and Me” and “My Week with Marilyn” by Colin Clark. The movie starred Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh, and follows the interaction between Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier during the making of the 1957 movie “The Prince and the Showgirl”.

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Education and early life

Julia was raised in Epsom alongside four siblings, by their father John Ormond who was a stockbroker, and mother Josephine who was a laboratory technician.

Julia studied at Guildford High School prior to transferring to Cranleigh School, and it was there that she fell in love with acting, and began starring in school plays; she started to attract attention with her performance on the stage in “My Fair Lady” and “Guys and Dolls”.

She matriculated in 1983 and then enrolled at an art school, however, Julia transferred to Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art after only a year, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988.

Roles in TV series

Julia’s debut TV series role was her playing of Caroline Lithgow in four episodes of the 1989 crime mini-series “Traffik”; the mini-series numbers only six episodes, and follows the arrest of an international businessman for the smuggling of heroin from Pakistan. Julia then appeared in the 1989 episode “Rainforest” of the drama “Capital City”, and three episodes of the 1990 crime drama “Ruth Rendell Mysteries”, but had no further TV series roles in the ‘90s.

In 2006, she played the lead character Stevie Moore in all six episodes of the romantic mini-series “Beach Girls”, which also starred Rob Lowe and Chelsea Hobbs, and follows three girls who made a vow of eternal friendship in 1985, but one of them has now passed away. In 2008 and 2009, Julia played Deputy Inspector Gillian Whitford in the popular crime action “CSI: NY”, which aired from 2004 to 2013, and won 12 of its 41 award nominations.

In 2016 and 2017, she played Elizabeth Krauss in the crime science fiction “Incorporated”, created by David and Alex Pastor, and which starred Sean Teale, Allison Miller and Eddie Ramos. It follows a man who’s trying to trick a giant corporation; the series was nominated for an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film Award for Best Science Fiction Television.

Julia’s three most recent TV series roles have been in two episodes of the 2018 fantasy comedy “Forever”, and lead roles in all six episodes of the 2019 thriller mini-series “Gold Digger” and all 20 episodes of the 2021 science fiction horror “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”.

Roles in movies

Julia’s debut film role was playing Catherine in the 1991 biographical historical drama “Young Catherine”, and she could then have been seen playing supporting characters in the 1992 biographical crime drama “Stalin”, the 1993 historical drama “The Baby of Macon”, and the 1994 biographical drama “Nostradamus”.

She attracted a lot of attention with her portrayal of Susannah Fincannon-Ludlow in the 1994 romantic war drama “Legends of the Fall”, directed by Edward Zwick, and which starred Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn. It follows three brothers and their father who are living in the Montana wilderness in the early 1900s, and the movie won four of its 16 award nominations, including an Oscar win for Best Cinematography. Some of Julia’s notable performances in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1995 romantic comedy “Sabrina”, the 1998 historical comedy “The Barber of Siberia”, and the 1999 political comedy “Animal Farm” based on the book by George Orwell.

What marked the next decade for Julia was perhaps her playing of Doris Side in the 2006 fantasy mystery “Inland Empire”, written and directed by David Lynch, and which starred Karolina Gruszka, Krzysztof Machrzak and Grace Zabriskie. It follows an actress who’s begun turning into her film character, and the movie won four of its 24 award nominations. The remainder of the decade saw Julia appear in the 2007 action “Mr. and Mrs Smith”, and in 2008 the biographical historical drama “Che: Part One” and the family comedy “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl”, amongst a couple of other movies.

The year 2010 saw her play Eustacia, one of the lead characters in the hit biographical drama “Temple Grandin”, directed by Mick Jackson, and which also starred Claire Danes and David Strathairn. It follows the life of autistic woman Temple Grandin, and the movie won 41 of its 77 award nominations.

In 2017, Julia portrayed Adriana Baton in the adventure sports comedy “Tour de Pharmacy”, directed by Jake Szymanski, and which starred Orlando Bloom, Andy Samberg and Freddie Highmore; the movie mocks the doping amongst professional cyclists.

Her three most recent film roles have been in the 2018 romantic comedy “Ladies in Black”, the biographical drama “Son of the South” and the horror mystery thriller “Reunion”, both in 2020.

Other credits

Julia produced the 1996 war documentary movie “Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women”, and the 2009 documentary film “Playground”.

She’s received special thanks for the 2021 biographical romantic movie “Grace and Grit”.

Some of Julia’s most recent talk-shows appearances have been in “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “The Talk”, and “Home & Family”.

Awards and nominations

Julia’s won eight of her 22 award nominations. She won a 2010 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, for “Temple Grandin”, a 2011 Capri Ensemble Cast Award for “My Week with Marilyn” (shared with colleagues) and a 2011 Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award for Television Feature Film, for “Temple Grandin”.

Husband and children

Julia’s been married twice. Her first husband was actor Rory Edwards, whom she married in 1988; they met while acting alongside in the production of “Wuthering Heights”. Julia and Rory didn’t have children together, and divorced in 1994.

She married her second husband, American political activist Jon Rubin in 1999, and Julia gave birth to their daughter Sophie in 2004; she and Jon divorced in 2008.

Julia hasn’t spoken of other men whom she’s dated, and she seems to be unattached as of December 2022, has been married twice, and has a daughter with her second husband Jon Rubin.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Julia was the owner of her own production company Indican.

She’s an avid pianist, and the piano intro in the 1994 movie “Legends of the Fall” was played by her.

Julia’s been fighting human trafficking for more than 20 years now, and began working together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2006. She launched the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking in 2007. She’s a co-chairman of Film Aid International and an advocate for Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS.

Julia was in the jury at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Some of her favorite actresses are Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Angelina Jolie, while some of her favorite films include “Mean Girls”, “Dear John”, and “Things Heard & Seen”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Julia’s age is 57. She has brown eyes and hair, is 5ft 7ins (1.71m) tall and weighs around 135lbs (62kgs).

Julia’s net worth’s been estimated at over $5 million, as of December 2022.


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