Miss Potter

  • PG
  • Chris Noonan (2006)
  • UK / US
  • 88 min
Miss Potter
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger) didn't just write and illustrate world-famous children's books; she was a proto-feminist - making a fortune in a man's world - and an early environmentalist - saving her beloved Lake District from property development. That's the spin of Babe director Chris Noonan's heart-warming but overly sentimental costume drama, in which Zellweger gurns a lot through her portrayal of the creative Victorian free spirit. What makes the film work is Ewan McGregor's effortless charm as the timid publisher who shares her vision of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and becomes her first romance in the bestselling process, and a sparkling Emily Watson as his spinster sister, who eventually befriends Beatrix. Directed in picture-postcard style, with occasional flashes of cartoon animation depicting Potter's creations and inner emotions, this is a sweet and lightweight treat.

Plot Summary

Biographical period drama starring Renée Zellweger as Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter and Ewan McGregor as the timid publisher who falls for both the woman and her work.

Cast and crew


Beatrix Potter
Renée Zellweger
Norman Warne
Ewan McGregor
Millie Warne
Emily Watson
Helen Potter
Barbara Flynn
Rupert Potter
Bill Paterson
Miss Wiggin
Matyelok Gibbs
William Heelis
Lloyd Owen
Harold Warne
Anton Lesser
Fruing Warne
David Bamber
Mrs Warne
Phyllida Law
Young Beatrix
Lucy Boynton
Lady Armitage
Jane How
Ashton Clifford
Richard Mulholland


Chris Noonan

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Available on DVD
Released 5 Jan 2007
Certificate PG