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Being Julia Details


A woman scorned unleashes her fury in this droll comedy based on a story by W. Somerset Maugham. Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) is a famous and well-respected actress, but though her life in the limelight seems glamorous, things are not going well for her off-stage. Julia's husband (Jeremy Irons) is unfaithful to her (and not especially discreet about it), her son is angry with her, and she's afraid she's losing her looks and allure as she advances further into middle age. In the midst of this, Julia meets a handsome and dashing young American named Tom (Shaun Evans). Tom makes no secret of his attraction to Julia, and the feeling is mutual, leading the two into a torrid affair. But, while Julia at first dives into this adulterous romance with little care for how it could affect her reputation, she becomes livid with rage when she learns that Tom is also involved with a younger actress (Lucy Punch), and is only using Julia to advance himself. Julia then plots an elaborate revenge against Tom in a scheme that will help her win back the pride and confidence life has recently stripped from her. Being Julia also stars Michael Gambon and Bruce Greenwood. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 15, 2004


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annette Bening Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2004 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Annette Bening Best Actress - Runner-up 2004 Winner
National Board of Review Annette Bening Best Actress 2004 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Annette Bening Best Actress 2004 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Annette Bening Best Actress 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Annette Bening Best Actress 2004 Nominee
Genie Awards Bruce Greenwood Best Supporting Actor 2004 Nominee


Annette Bening
as Julia Lambert
Jeremy Irons
as Michael Gosselyn
Bruce Greenwood
as Lord Charles
Miriam Margolyes
as Dolly de Vries
Juliet Stevenson
as Evie
Lucy Punch
as Avice Crichton
Maury Chaykin
as Walter Gibbs
Sheila McCarthy
as Grace Dexter
Michael Gambon
as Jimmie Langton
Leigh Lawson
as Archie Dexter
Rosemary Harris
as Mrs. Lambert
Rita Tushingham
as Aunt Carrie
Tom Sturridge
as Roger Gosselyn
Shaun Evans
as Tom Fennel


István Szabó
Robert Lantos
Ronald Harwood
Lajos Koltai
Liz Gallagher
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mychael Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Susan Shipton
Luciana Arrighi
Production Designer
Paul Ghiradani
Supervising Art Director
Mark Musselman
Lajos Ovari
Sandra Cunningham
Julia Rosenberg
Marion Pilowsky
Executive Producer
Daniel J.B. Taylor
Executive Producer
Donald A. Starr
Executive Producer
Mark Milln
Executive Producer
John Bloomfield
Costume Designer
Simon Kaye
Sound/Sound Designer
Guy Travers
First Assistant Director
Celestia Fox
John Buchan
Kevan Van Thompson
Line Producer