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Sylvia Details


The life of poet and novelist Sylvia Plath -- one of the most celebrated literary figures of her generation -- is brought to the screen in this controversial screen adaptation. Born in Boston, MA, in 1932, Plath (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) developed a precocious talent as a writer and published her first poem when she was only eight years old. That same year, tragedy introduced itself into her life as Plath was forced to confront the unexpected death of her father. In 1950, she began studying at Smith College on a literary scholarship, and while she was an outstanding student, she also began suffering from bouts of extreme depression; following her junior year, she attempted suicide for the first time. Plath survived, and, in 1955, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study in England at Cambridge. While in Great Britain, Plath met Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig), a respected author who would later become the British Poet Laureate; the two fell in love, and married in 1958. However, marriage, family, and a growing reputation as an important poet failed to bring Plath happiness, and as she became increasingly fascinated with death in her later poetry and her sole novel, The Bell Jar, and after Hughes left her for another woman, her depression went into a tailspin from which she would never fully recover. Sylvia was adapted in part from Birthday Letters, a collection of poems Ted Hughes published in 1998, in which he dealt with his marriage to Plath in print for the first time. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 17, 2003


Gwyneth Paltrow
as Sylvia Plath
Daniel Craig
as Ted Hughes
Jared Harris
as Al Alvarez
Amira Casar
as Assia Wevill
Andrew Havill
as David Wevill
Sam Troughton
as Tom Hadley-Clarke
Lucy Davenport
as Doreen
Antony Strachan
as Michael Boddy
Blythe Danner
as Aurelia Plath
Michael Gambon
as Professor Thomas


Christine Jeffs
Alison Owen
John Brownlow
John Toon
Gabriel Yared
Composer (Music Score)
Tariq Anwar
Maria Djurkovic
Production Designer
John Hill
Art Director
John Hill
Supervising Art Director
Joanna Foley
Art Director
Neris Thomas
Phil Rymer
Associate Producer
Robert Jones
Executive Producer
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Sharon Harel
Executive Producer
Tracey Scoffield
Executive Producer
Jane Barclay
Executive Producer
Philippa Hart
Set Designer
Philippa Hart
Set Decorator
Sandy Powell
Costume Designer
David Crozier
Sound/Sound Designer
Karen Lindsay-Stewart
Mary Richards
Line Producer