JULIA ORMOND Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Julia Karin Ormond                                                                   
Born: 4 January 1965 Epsom, Surrey, England, UK                                           
Julia Karin Ormond (born January 4, 1965) is a British actress who, like her               
fellow thespian Britons, Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson, has taken her             
acting talents from the London stage to the Hollywood big screen. In 1995 she             
was named one of the World's 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine.                 
Ormond was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, to Josephine, a laboratory technician,         
and John Ormond, a successful computer software designer who became a                     
millionaire by age thirty. Ormond's father left his wife and children when                 
Julia was still young. She attended Guildford High School and Cranleigh School (a         
private school), and then studied acting in London, England at the Webber                 
Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, from which she graduated in 1988.                         
Ormond's stage credits include "The Rehearsal", "Wuthering Heights", "The                 
Crucible", Christopher Hampton's "Faith, Hope and Charity", for which she won             
the London Drama Critics' Award for Best Newcomer, and David Hare's "My Zinc Bed",         
for which she earned a Laurence Olivier Award nomination.                                 
Her film credits include Jerry Zucker's "First Knight", "Captives", with Tim               
Roth, "Legends of the Fall", with Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn,             
Sydney Pollack's "Sabrina", "Resistance" and "Smilla's Sense of Snow" She also             
had a major role in the very controversial Peter Greenaway film The Baby of               
M√Ęcon with Ralph Fiennes.                                                                 
Her TV credits include HBO's "Stalin" and "Iron-Jawed Angels", the drama series           
"Traffik", "Varian's War" and "Animal Farm." She also 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 of 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 Film Festivals.                                                                     
In the mid and late 2000s, Ormond has started to work in various projects,                 
albeit in more supporting roles, starting in 2006, where she had a small role in           
Inland Empire and in 2007 in the Lindsay Lohan vehicle, I Know Who Killed Me.             
She will be featured in four projects slated to release in 2008. She will be               
working with other actors such as Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in The Curious             
Case of Benjamin Button, Benicio del Toro in Guerrilla, Abigail Breslin in Kit             
Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery and Bill Pullman in Surveillance, and                 
working with acclaimed directors such as David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh in           
two of the abovementioned projects.                                                       
She has been quoted as explaining, "My sense is that Hollywood is something in             
the past - I've escaped it".                                                               
Ormond has produced film projects through her Indican Productions company                 
located in New York City.