Jan. 4th, 1965
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
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Julia Karin Ormond (born January 4, 1965) is an English actress. She rose to prominence appearing in such films as Legends of the Fall (1994), First Knight (1995), Sabrina (1995) and The Barber of Siberia (1998). She won a Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the HBO movie Temple Grandin (2010).
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 special attention.
Ormond was born in Epsom, Surrey, the daughter of Josephine, a laboratory technician, and John Ormond, a computer software designer. Her parents divorced when she was young; she was the second of five children. Her grandparents were artists, and she initially intended to be one herself, but after one year of art school, she renewed her dedication to acting and transferred to Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where she graduated in 1988.
In 1989 she won the London Drama Critic's Award for her performance in Faith, Hope and Charity as best newcomer. She also appeared in the TV-movie Young Catherine (1991), in which she played Catherine the Great.
In the meantime she slowly built up her reputation as a fine actress with the films The Baby of Mâcon (1993) and Captives (1994), but Hollywood finally took notice with her lauded support role in Legends of the Fall (1994) opposite 'Brad Pitt'. As a result of this, she was practically handed Audrey Hepburn's role in the revival of Sabrina (1995), stealing the picture from co-star 'Harrison Ford'.
She has continued to glow in such international pictures as Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997), The Barber of Siberia (1998) and Resistance (2003), and in such TV mini-series showcases as Iron Jawed Angels (2004).
Since late 1990's Ormond has appeared in indie and television movies and played supporting roles in films, such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Che: Part One (2008) and My Week with Marilyn (2011). She 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. On stage, she appeared in David Hare's My Zinc Bed, for which she received a 2001 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.
On television, Ormond appeared as a guest star during the 2008-09 season of the CBS series CSI: NY. She also guest starred in the tenth and final season of USA Network's series Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2011. In addition, she plays the part of Marie Calvet, mother to Megan Draper, in the AMC TV series Mad Men. For her performance on Mad Men, she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2012.
In 2013, Ormond starring in the Lifetime series Witches of East End as the lead character.
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 first child, daughter Sophie, (born in the autumn of 2004). She is no longer married to Rubin. They divorced in 2008.
Ormond has been an activist engaged with fighting human trafficking since the mid-1990s, and has recently partnered with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 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.
On December 2, 2005, Ormond was appointed as 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 council 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.
Ormond established the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET). ASSET was instrumental in passing the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.