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Polly Walker (born 19 May 1966 in Warrington, Cheshire) is an English actress.

Walker began her career as a dancer, but had to abandon dancing after an injury at the age of 18. She moved from the Drama Centre in London to the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she played bit parts for six months before graduating to small roles on television.

Walker landed the title role in the television series Lorna Doone before making her feature debut in Shogun Mayeda (1991). In that same year she appeared in two other films, Les Equilibristes and Mike Newell's Enchanted April, in which she played an aristocrat eager to escape the attentions of her persistent male admirers. She first garnered international attention as a single-minded English member of an Irish terrorist group in Phillip Noyce's Patriot Games.

In late 2005, Walker played Atia of the Julii in the first season of the HBO/BBC2 television series Rome. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination in 2005 for "Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama". She reprised the role in the second season of the series, which began airing in January 2007.

In May 2007, Walker appeared as Lady Bess Sedgwick in ITV's Marple: At Bertram's Hotel, and she currently appears as sugar heiress Ellis Samuels in the CBS television drama Cane, which premiered 25 September 2007.

Selected filmography

Cane (2007) (TV series)

Rome (2005 - 2007) (TV series)

The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003) (miniseries)

State of Play (2003) (TV series)

D-Tox (2002)

Curtain Call (1999)

8½ Women (1999)

The Gambler (1997)

Emma (1996)

Restoration (1995)

Sliver (1993)

The Trial (1993)

Patriot Games (1992)

Enchanted April (1992)

Peril at End House (1990) (TV movie)

(From Wikipedia)


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