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Philomena (2013)

  • Rate: 7.8/10 total 1,627 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 27 November 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min
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  • IMDb page: Philomena (2013)
  • Rate: 7.8/10 total 1,627 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 27 November 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Desplat   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Convent | Confessional | Church | Adoption | One Word Title

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Steve Coogan  screenplay
  • Jeff Pope  screenplay
  • Martin Sixsmith  book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee"

Known Trivia

  • There are flashbacks which are done with “home movies”. Some of these were created for the film but some of them are from actual footage of her real son. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Anachronisms: Though the film appears to be set in about 2002, the red Mazda MX-5 in which Pete Olsen arrives at his house is a third generation model, not launched until 2005.

Plot: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. |  »

Story: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Carolyn Marks Blackwood known as executive producer
  • Steve Coogan known as producer
  • François Ivernel known as executive producer
  • Christine Langan known as executive producer
  • Cameron McCracken known as executive producer
  • Henry Normal known as executive producer
  • Tracey Seaward known as producer
  • Gabrielle Tana known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Judi Dench known as Philomena
  • Steve Coogan known as Martin Sixsmith
  • Sophie Kennedy Clark known as Young Philomena
  • Mare Winningham known as Mary
  • Barbara Jefford known as Sister Hildegarde
  • Ruth McCabe known as Mother Barbara
  • Peter Hermann known as Pete Olsson
  • Sean Mahon known as Michael
  • Anna Maxwell Martin known as Jane
  • Michelle Fairley known as Sally Mitchell
  • Wunmi Mosaku known as Young Nun
  • Amy McAllister known as Sister Anunciata
  • Charlie Murphy known as Kathleen
  • Cathy Belton known as Sister Claire
  • Kate Fleetwood known as Young Sister Hildegarde
  • Charissa Shearer known as Peg
  • Nika McGuigan known as Bridie
  • Rachel Wilcock known as Mamie
  • Rita Hamill known as Nursery Nun
  • Harrison D'Ampney known as Anthony (8-10 Years)
  • D.J. McGrath known as John
  • Simone Lahbib known as Kate Sixsmith
  • Sara Stewart known as Marcia Weller
  • Gary Lilburn known as Priest
  • Charles Edwards known as David
  • Nicholas Jones known as Dr. Robert
  • Paris Arrowsmith known as Bellboy
  • Marie Jones known as Barman's Mum
  • Frankie McCafferty known as Barman
  • Vaughn Johseph known as Receptionist Hotel
  • Amber Batty known as Marge
  • Martin Glyn Murray known as Father
  • Florence Keith-Roach known as Check In Operator
  • Charlotte Rickard known as Waitress (rumored)
  • Fiaz Ali known as Harvester Customer (uncredited)
  • Victoria Jane Appleton known as Irish Waitress (uncredited)
  • Mai Arwas known as Megan (uncredited)
  • Xavier Atkins known as Michael Hess Aged 14 (uncredited)
  • Francesca Bennett known as Congregation member (uncredited)
  • Charlie Berkeley known as Pedestrian boy (uncredited)
  • Hannah Blamires known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Jill Buchanan known as Washington Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Paul Castleman known as Fairgoer (uncredited)
  • Amie Cazel known as Smiling Girl (uncredited)
  • Bern Collaco known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Graham Curry known as Fairgoer (uncredited)
  • Alan Davis known as Lincoln Memorial Tourist (uncredited)
  • Elise Edwards known as Jogger (uncredited)
  • Nichola Fynn known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Neve Gachev known as NYC Traveller (uncredited)
  • Shawn Gonzalez known as Hotel Valet (uncredited)
  • Dónal Haughey known as Declan (uncredited)
  • John Jillard Sr. known as Lincoln Memorial Tourist (uncredited)
  • Romeo Julio known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Krinks known as Fallen Girl (uncredited)
  • Marcus LaRon known as Jogger (uncredited)
  • Elliott Mahaffey known as Washington Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Patricia Mantuano known as Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Aaron Marcus known as Priest (uncredited)
  • Stuart Matthews known as Fairgoer (uncredited)
  • Jon L. Morris known as Churchgoer (uncredited)
  • Hugh O'Brien known as Fair goer (uncredited)
  • Stephen O'Riain known as Stall Holder (uncredited)
  • Eddie Ruben known as Airport Customer (uncredited)
  • Al Sotto known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Mark Vincent known as Jogging Guy (uncredited)
  • Julie Vollono known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Roland Watson known as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • Jon Wennington known as Congregation member (uncredited)
  • Ryan Wick known as Michael's Colleague (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Naomi Donne known as hair designer
  • Naomi Donne known as makeup artist
  • Carol S. Federman known as assistant makeup artist
  • Andrea Finch known as makeup artist
  • Lucy Friend known as make-up and hair artist
  • Lee Moore known as trainee makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Laura Barden known as art department assistant
  • Bruce Bigg known as property master
  • Peter Bigg known as props
  • John Condron known as stand-by props
  • Laura Conway-Gordon known as standby art director
  • Matt Cooke known as dressing props
  • Dan Crandon known as construction manager
  • Simon Cullen known as standby rigger
  • Garry Dawson known as prop storeman
  • Jack Dorsey known as third props
  • Robert L. Fiks known as assistant property master: Washington DC
  • Dean Hawley known as chargehand painter
  • Rhys Ifan known as assistant art director
  • Jason Ivey known as On Set Dresser (DC Unit)
  • Thomas Martin known as contruction manager
  • Campbell Mitchell known as chargehand standby props
  • Garry Moore known as standby carpenter
  • Camise Oldfield known as graphic designer
  • Michael Sabo known as property master
  • Craig Tarry known as props
  • Joe Vassallo known as scenic painter
  • Julian Walker known as decor and lettering artist
  • Bradley Woodbridge known as stand-by painter




Production Companies:

  • BBC Films
  • Baby Cow Productions
  • British Film Institute (BFI)
  • Magnolia Mae Films
  • Pathé

Other Companies:

  • Olswang  legal services
  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting supplied by
  • Company 3 London  digital intermediate
  • Compuhire  computer & video playback
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • De Lane Lea  sound re-recording
  • Dynamic International Freight Services  freight forwarders
  • Hothouse Music  Music Supervision
  • Mad Dog Casting  extras casting
  • Movie Lot, The  security
  • Panavision Grips  grip and dolly provided by
  • Panavision UK  camera equipment provided by
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Sky Media Travel  travel agent
  • Vivid Rental  HD Avid equipment rental


  • E1 Films Canada (2013) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Paradiso Entertainment (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Mozinet (2013) (Hungary) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Snow Business International (snow effects)
  • Union Visual Effects

Visual Effects by:

  • Tim Caplan known as visual effects producer
  • Mitch Crease known as visual effects artist
  • Agueda Del Castillo known as visual effects artist
  • Adam Gascoyne known as visual effects supervisor
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Ines Li known as visual effects coordinator
  • Mervyn New known as visual effects artist
  • Laura Pavone known as colour assist
  • Maria Peralta Ramos known as visual effects artist
  • Rob Pizzey known as digital colourist
  • Iain Read known as visual effects artist
  • James Roberts known as visual effects artist
  • Aurora Shannon known as colour assist
  • Noga Alon Stein known as visual effects line producer

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some language



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