Gold Digger: Julia Ormond makes British TV debut with lead role in BBC drama
Gold Digger revolves around a 60-year-old mother, whose life has been spent putting the needs of others above hers; hell breaks loose once she falls for a man 25 years younger.
Juli Ormond might have won many hearts through her performance in the romantic comedy, Sabrina, and also through her Legends of the Fall role, but now she's all set to wow viewers once again as she ventures into the world of British TV, by starring in the BBC drama, Gold Digger.
Making her debut in the six-part drama, Ormond will play the lead role of Julia Day -- a 60-year-old mother whose entire life has passed by as she placed the needs of her family members and others, before her own. But things take a turn when she falls in love with a man 25 years younger, as the rest of the show's plot revolves around exploring the extremely unconventional relationship, its impact on her family, as secrets from her past keep emerging.
Produced by Mainstreet Pictures, the six-part show is written and created by Marnie Dickens who also created 'Thirteen'. "I'm thrilled to have the hugely talented Julia Ormond bringing our heroine to life. I couldn't be happier to be working with the BBC and Mainstreet on a drama that puts an older woman unequivocally at the heart of the action," Dickens had said in a statement.
BBC Drama Controller Piers Wenger also added, “I’m delighted Julia Ormond will be starring in Gold Digger and at the centre of Marnie’s explosive new series for BBC One. I can’t wait to see her take on this complex and fascinating character.”
Tim Bradley - best known for his works in 'Unforgotten', and 'Death in Paradise' - is set to produce, while Vanessa Caswill, who had also worked with Dickens on 'Thirteen', and also directed 'Little Women' is going to direct the first three episodes. Laura Mackie, Sally Haynes, Elizabeth Kilgarriff, and Dickens will all serve as executive producers.
Ormond herself revealed that she feels “extraordinarily grateful” to be cast in this “fabulously written piece exploring family dynamics," reported Deadline. While Ormond is most celebrated for her Emmy-nominated performance on 'Mad Men', her credits also include 'Witches of East End', 'Temple Grandin' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'.
The 53-year-old Emmy-winner, who was also appointed as United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in 2005 with prime focus on anti-human-trafficking initiatives, has been fighting the cause since the mid-90s. She was married to actor Rory Edwards from 1988 to 1994 and to political activist Jon Rubin, from 1999 to 2008. She and Rubin share a daughter together, Sophie.