Rome - this
autumn on BBC TWO
Atia of the Julii - Polly Walker
Niece of Caesar, mother of Octavia and Octavian. She
is snobbish, willful and cunning, sexually voracious and totally amoral.
In a culture in which women are formally without any
power, Atia is among the shadow rulers of Rome - women who have built
powerful networks and alliances completely independent of the men's
worlds while they are away for months and years on military campaigns.
Polly Walker first gained attention
for her role as a terrorist in Patriot Games.
Her other film credits include Control, Savage Messiah,
Curtain Call, 8 1/2 Women, After Alice, Dark Harbor, Talk of Angels,
The Gambler, Robinson Crusoe, Emma, Restoration, Sliver, The Trial and
Her television credits include the acclaimed State
of Play for BBC ONE.