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Victoria Hamilton

Highest Rated:   86% Persuasion (1995)
Lowest Rated:   41% Scoop (2006)
Birthplace:   Not Available
While only in her mid-twenties, British actress Victoria Hamilton won laudatory reviews from every important London newspaper for roles in the plays of William Shakespeare and Henrik Ibsen and in film adaptations of the novels of Jane Austen. "I have rarely seen an actress more movingly convey the ravages of time and experience," a Daily Telegraph critic wrote in May 1997 of her performance as Nina in Ibsen's The Seagull. "Victoria Hamilton's a remarkable creation," a Guardian critic opined in July 1996 after seeing Hamilton play Cressida in Shakespeare's play Troilus and Cressida. In October 1995, a Daily Mail critic wrote of her stage presence in Ibsen's The Master Builder: "There are moments when a new young artist arrives on a stage and instantly the performance ignites the entire production." For her Master Builder performance as Hilde Wangel, she earned a nomination for a 1995 Ian Charleson Award for Best Classical Actor (under the age of 30). In 1996, she won the London Critics' Circle Award for Best Newcomer and, in 2000, the London Critics' Circle Award as Best Actress for her role as Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It. These achievements helped win her the lead role as Queen Victoria (1819-1901) in a major TV miniseries, Victoria and Albert. After the production debuted in 2001, she received the commendation of critics worldwide as an actress of rare talent. While preparing for the role, she made a spooky discovery: Her height (5'4"), head, wrist, and ankle size were exactly the same as the queen's. While growing up in Guildford, Surrey, Hamilton attended Priors Field, a private school where her curriculum included drama. One week before she was to enroll at Bristol University to work toward an English degree, she told her father (a Guildford advertising executive) and mother (a teacher) that she had decided to study acting instead. But after she performed auditions for the most important drama schools, they rejected her one after another, saying her acting was poor. One year after these rejections, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art finally accepted her and trained her in the classical tradition. After another year passed, she was performing on the London stage in Sir Peter Hall's production of The Master Builder. Though self-effacing and sweetly pretty, Hamilton can breathe fire and exude sensuality when performing -- but only if she is serving art and the scenes are tasteful. Because she is devoted to classic literature, she has rejected roles in high-profile, Hollywood-style movies in favor of parts in film and television productions such as Mansfield Park (1999), King Lear (1997), The Merchant of Venice (1996), Pride and Prejudice (1995), and Persuasion (1995). However, she has not ruled out performances in big-budget motion pictures for sometime in the future.


Highest Rated Movies



62% Toast
  • Mum
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert
  • Actor
50% French Film
  • Cheryl
No Score Yet The Shell Seekers
  • Actor
41% Scoop
  • Jan
$10.5M 2006
No Score Yet To The Ends of the Earth
  • Actor
No Score Yet Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Katherine Chipping
No Score Yet Before You Go (The Memory of Water)
  • Catherine
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert
  • Victoria
77% Mansfield Park
  • Maria Bertram
86% Persuasion
  • Henrietta Musgrove
No Score Yet Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Actor


60% Cobra
  • Anna Marshall
  • 2020
No Score Yet Deep State
  • Actor
  • 2019
85% Doctor Foster
  • Anna
  • 2018
  • 2015
95% The Game
  • Sarah Montag
  • 2014
No Score Yet Mystery!
  • Miss Greenaway
  • 2007
No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • Miss Granham Cordelia Mrs. Forster Kathie
  • 2006
  • 2003
  • 1998
  • 1996
No Score Yet Midsomer Murders
  • Hilary Inkpen
  • 2001

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