Julia Ormond is a British actress who portrays Joanna Beauchamp in Witches of East End, Lifetime's TV series adapted from Melissa de la Cruz's novels.


Among her film work, Julia Ormond starred in the epic Legends of the Fall alongside actors Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn and played the lead role opposite Harrison Ford in the film Sabrina, directed by Sydney Pollack. In 2008, she starred again with Brad Pitt in the fantasy-drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and also worked with Benicio del Toro in Steven Soderbergh’s biopic Che. Other credits include Jennifer Lynch’s Surveillance, Chained and Zal Batmanglij’s The East, which premiered at Sundance in 2013. In 2010, she received an Emmy® Award for her role in the HBO movie Temple Grandin and in 2012 was nominated for a second Emmy for her guest role on Mad Men.

Ormond executive produced Calling the Ghosts: A Story of Rape, War and Women, which was used as a lobbying tool for the arrest of indicted war criminals in the former Yugoslavia. She is the founder and president of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET), which works to advance systemic changes needed to eradicate slavery. She is a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Trafficking and Slavery and the founding co-chair of Film Aid International. She is the recipient of The World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and Women for Women International’s Peace Award for her advocacy work.


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  • Julia Ormond is the first British actress with a major role in the TV series. She was then followed by Christian Cooke (who plays Frederick, her on-screen son) and Steven Berkoff (who plays Nikolaus, her father in the series).
  • Ormond is not very happy with having to use her real accent in the TV series, saying "When you go into a show like this, you don't get to make every decision. That's not one I kind of agree with. My own accent is all over the place, having spent almost 20 years in the United States."[1]


  1. Full interview on the Vancouver Sun.