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Ormond at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
Julia Karin Ormond

(1965-01-04) 4 January 1965 (age 58)
Epsom, Surrey, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Rory Edwards
(m. 1988; div. 1994)
Jon Rubin
(m. 1999; div. 2008)
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Julia Karin Ormond (born 4 January 1965) 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, Surrey, the daughter of Josephine, a laboratory technician, and John Ormond, a stockbroker. She is the second of five children born to her parents. 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 attention.

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


Ormond first appeared on British television in the 1989 serial Traffik. 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, 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. 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.

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).

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 ..., 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. On stage, she appeared in David Hare's My Zinc Bed, for which she received a 2001 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.

Ormond in 2005

On television, Ormond appeared as a guest star during the 2008–09 season of the CBS series CSI: NY. In 2010, she won an Emmy Award for her supporting role in the television film Temple Grandin. 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.

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.

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. In 1999, she married political activist Jon Rubin. The couple's daughter, Sophie, was born in the autumn of 2004. The couple divorced in 2008.

Ormond is 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.

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. In her capacity as ambassador, Ormond has appeared as counsel to the United States House of Representatives, Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations, and has travelled the world as an ambassador.

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



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Baby of Mâcon, TheThe 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 Barber of Siberia, TheThe Barber of Siberia Jane Callahan
2001 Prime Gig, TheThe 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 Curious Case of Benjamin Button, TheThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button Caroline Fuller
2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Margaret Kittredge
2011 Music Never Stopped, TheThe Music Never Stopped Dianne Daley
2011 Green, TheThe Green Karen
2011 Albatross Joa Fischer
2011 My Week with Marilyn Vivien Leigh
2012 Chained Sarah Fittler
2013 East, TheThe 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


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Traffik Caroline Lithgow Miniseries
1989 Capital City Alison Episode: "Rainforest"
1990 Ruth Rendell Mysteries, TheThe 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 Young Catherine Nominated
1995 ShoWest Convention Female Star of Tomorrow Won
2004 Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actress Iron Jawed Angels Nominated
2006 Camerimage Krzysztof Kieslowski Award 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 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 Temple Grandin Won
2011 Capri, Hollywood Capri Ensemble Cast Award My Week with Marilyn Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
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