Miss Potter

Miss Potter

Chris Noonan (2006)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Beatrix Potter 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 development). That's the spin of Babe director Chris Noonan's heart-warming but overly sentimental costume drama, in which Renée 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.


Victorian writer and illustrator Beatrix Potter is unable to find a firm willing to give her book based on a character called Peter Rabbit a chance, until a timid publisher with whom she falls in love takes on her project. Biographical period drama, starring Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson and Barbara Flynn.

Cast & Crew

Beatrix Potter Renee 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
Director Chris Noonan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesAvailable on: DVD