Who is Polly Walker?
Polly Walker is a famous English actress known for her roles in many television films, including in the period drama Bridgerton.
Warrington, Lancashire, England
Her early life and career beginnings
Polly’s parents, Arthur and Georgiana, raised her in Warrington, Lancashire, alongside other siblings. Because she admired her cousin who attended the Royal Ballet, she enrolled at the local ballet school at four, aspiring to be a dancer. She began studying in Padgate Church of England Primary School and then attended Bush Davies School of Ballet and Performing Arts in Warrington and East Grinstead, respectively. However, Polly quit dancing after a leg injury at eighteen to become an actress. Having moved from the Drama Centre in London to the Royal Shakespeare Company, she began acting in minor roles before landing television roles.
Polly’s professional career life
Polly has actively been an actress in the British scene since 1989, playing the title role as Lorna Doone in the 1990 drama television film Lorna Doone that was adapted from R.D. Blackmore’s novel. She acted in many other films within this 1990s period, including in Journey of Hour, Ao Fim da Noite, A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, The Secret World of Spying, Walking a Tightrope, Enchanted April, Patriot Games, The Trial, Silver, Restoration, etc.; most of which gained her global attention.
In 1997, she was one of the starring characters portraying Polina in the drama film The Gambler. Also, she starred in other films like Emma, Roseanna’s Grave, Robinson Crusoe, The Woodlanders, Bastard, Curtain Call, Talk of Angels, Dark Harbour, 81/2 Women, and After Alice from 1996 to 2000. Being a talented actress, Polly has positioned herself as a star, never running out of movie roles to play. She starred in Savage Messiah as Paula Jackson, and her performance earned her a nomination for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
Having also taken part in many hit television series, Polly played Atia of the Julii in the historical drama Rome which earned her notable award nominations. She acted in Waking the Dead, The Mayor of Casterbridge, State of Play, Numbers, appeared in thirteen episodes of Cane, ten episodes of Prisoners’ Wives, The Mentalist, The Syndicate, Line of Duty, Paranoid, Age Before Beauty, Pennyworth, all of where she played substantial roles.
In 2020, She was a recurring character in the fantasy streaming tv series Cursed, where she portrayed Lady Lunette, who is more about her crown than her son, Uther. Polly became a series regular as Lady Portia Featherington in the reimagined period drama Bridgerton. As someone whose acting career has been successful, she proved her worth as an outstanding actress, gained more global prominence for her brilliant performance, and got a Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination for her role in Bridgerton.
In Bridgerton, she worked with Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Nicola Coughlan, Jonathan Bailey, Harriet Cains, Bessie Carter, Ruth Gemmell, Claudia Jessie, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Ruby Barker, Ben Miller, Adjoa Andoh, Julie Andrews and Golda Rosheuvel.
Her personal life
Polly was married to an Italian and has a son Giorgio and a daughter, Delilah. She has now tied the knots with former actor Laurence Penry-Jones. They lived in the USA for years and returned to London in 2015.
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