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The Making of a Lady (2012)
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Richard Curson Smith
Lydia Wilson Maggie Fox Sarah Ridgeway
1h 35m

"The Making of a Lady" is a 2012 British television film directed by Richard Curson Smith. The movie is based on the novel "The Making of a Marchioness" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Here's a brief description:

Plot:The story is set in the Edwardian era and follows the life of Emily Fox-Seton (played by Lydia Wilson), a young woman who works as a companion to Lady Maria Bayne (played by Joanna Lumley). Emily is kind-hearted and struggles financially but maintains a positive outlook on life.

Her circumstances change when she meets and marries Lord James Walderhurst (played by Linus Roache), a wealthy widower. The marriage provides Emily with financial security but also introduces her to the complexities and challenges of the aristocratic society she has entered. As Lady Walderhurst, Emily navigates her new position while discovering the secrets and intrigues of her husband's estate.


  • Social Class and Marriage: The film explores themes of social class and the challenges faced by a woman from a lower social class when she enters the aristocratic world through marriage.
  • Adaptation: "The Making of a Lady" depicts Emily's journey of adapting to her new role as Lady Walderhurst, including the societal expectations and pressures that come with it.


  • Lydia Wilson: She portrays the protagonist, Emily Fox-Seton, a woman who undergoes a significant change in her life after marrying into the aristocracy.
  • Linus Roache: He plays Lord James Walderhurst, Emily's husband, whose background and family history become central to the plot.
  • Joanna Lumley: She appears as Lady Maria Bayne, Emily's employer and friend.

Critical Reception:The film received mixed reviews, with some praising the performances and period details while others criticized certain aspects of the adaptation. The movie is generally appreciated for its depiction of Edwardian society and the challenges faced by its protagonist.

Note: The film was released under two titles: "The Making of a Lady" for the television version and "The Making of a Lady: The Secret Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett" for the DVD version, emphasizing the connection to the author of the source material.

If you enjoy period dramas that explore themes of social dynamics, class distinctions, and the challenges faced by individuals in a changing society, "The Making of a Lady" may be of interest.