Polly Walker

Extracted from The Sunday Mail 'You Magazine':

Polly Walker’s screen alter ego, Atia, was the most flamboyant character on television in 2005. Undoubtedly the star of the BBC and HBO's grand and wildly expensive drama “Rome”. It was a tour de force from Polly and earned her a Golden Globe nomination as best actress in a TV drama (the series has also been nominated but no other actor). It was also a phoenix -like career move for the 39-year-old actress who has gone from early Hollywood highs as Harrison Ford's terrorist co-star in “Patriot Games” at 23 to single motherhood, struggles with men and unemployment.

After three years at the Drama Centre London (between 1985-88) she went straight on tour with the RSC, playing the second gravedigger to Mark Rylance's Hamlet, then she got the title role in the 1990 TV adaptation of “Lorna Doone” and the film “Patriot Games”. 

Next came Enchanted April in 1992 with Joan Plowright. Next, Polly made the disappointing “Sliver” with Sharon Stone, “Restoration” with Robert Downey Jr., “Emma” with Gwyneth Paltrow (Polly played Jane Fairfax) and “The Woodlanders” with Rufus Sewell. 

But then she met her next serious partner and in 2000 had her second child. As single mother with two children, she was forced to put her career on the back burner, taking a three-year break. Polly reignited her career in 2002, appearing in the well-received TV dramas “State of Play”, “The Mayor of Casterbridge” and “Jeffrey Archer: The Truth”.