Born in Epsom, Surrey, Ormond was a self-admitted tomboy who excelled at field hockey, became involved with the theatre in school plays, and, following a stint at art school (both her grandparents were abstract artists), studied drama at London's Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following graduation, she landed her first professional work in TV commercials and then acted in a series of plays until her breakthrough role in Young Catherine.
During the mid-90s, the graceful Ormond played Guinevere opposite Sean Connery's King Arthur in FIRST KNIGHT and was cast in the title role of Sydney Pollack's remake of SABRINA. Ormond has starred in such international pictures as SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW (1997), SIBIRSKIJ TSIRYULNIK (THE BARBER OF SIBERIA, 1998) and RESISTANCE (2003).
Ormond is also a well-known social activist on issues related to HIV/AIDS, anti-trafficking and poverty alleviation in Africa. She is Founding Co-Chair of FilmAid International, a nongovernmental organization that uses the power of film to alleviate refugee despair and psychological trauma, combat isolation and communicate with disenfranchised populations in Afghanistan, East Africa and the Balkans. Together with Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS, Ormond also fights HIV/AIDS in Russia and Ukraine by advocating for improved prevention and treatment policies, raising awareness through media appearances, and mobilizing the creative community in both countries.
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Julia Ormond Facts
|Birth Name||Julia Karin Ormond|
|Birthday||January 4, 1965 (56)|
|Birthplace||Epsom, Surrey, England, United Kingdom|
|Height||5' 7½" (1m71) How tall is Julia Ormond compared to you?|
|Awards||2010 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (for Temple Grandin)|
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