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The Invisible Woman (2013)

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At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelly (as Ms. Felicity Jones)
Rev. William Benham (as Mr. John Kavanagh)
Tom Attwood ...
Mr. Lambourne (as Mr. Tom Atwood)
Susanna Hislop ...
Mary (as Ms. Susanna Hislop)
Mr. George Wharton Robinson (as Mr. Tom Burke)
Tommy Curson-Smith ...
Geoffrey (as Mr. Tommy Curson-Smith)
Governor (as Mr. David Collings)
Michael Marcus ...
Charley Dickens (as Mr. Michael Marcus)
Mrs. Frances Ternan (as Ms. Kirstin Scott Thomas)
Maria Ternan (as Ms. Perdita Weeks)
Charles Dickens (as Mr. Ralph Fiennes)
Mr. Mark Lemon (as Mr. Richard McCabe)
Gabriel Vick ...
Mr. Berger (as Mr. Gabriel Vick)
Mr. Augustus Egg (as Mr. Mark Dexter)
Joseph Paxton ...
Mr. Pigott (as Mr. Joseph Paxton)


In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of the hailed British author, Charles Dickens. Bored with his intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens takes the educated Ellen as his mistress with the cooperation of her mother. What follows is a stormy relationship with this literary giant who provides her with a life few women of her time can enjoy. Yet, Ellen is equally revolted by Charles' emotional cruelty and determination to keep her secret. In that conflict, Ellen must judge her own role in her life and decide if the price she pays is bearable. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Charles Dickens' greatest story was the one he could never tell.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La mujer invisible  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$27,136 (USA) (3 January 2014)


$1,233,347 (USA) (9 May 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones, who play lovers in this movie, also worked together in Cemetery Junction (2010), in which they played father and daughter. In a 2013 interview with Jones and Fiennes on NPR, Jones said that it was "weird" and "very Freudian" to go from playing one relationship to the other, but Fiennes disagreed, saying "It's just a job. Come on." See more »


When collecting cash for the hospital, there is an 1895 Crown coin on the plate. Charles Dickens died in 1870. See more »


Charles Dickens: A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is a profound secret and mystery to every other.
Nelly: Until that secret is given to another to look after. And then perhaps two human creatures may know each other.
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Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 5 February 2014 (2014) See more »


Sir Roger de Coverly
[Dickens dances with Nelly]
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A 19th Century Affair
29 December 2013 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

A jewel: the 19th century and Charles Dickens come alive in this jewel directed and starring Ralph Fiennes. The heavily garbed women, great sweeps of countryside, and living in little houses "in town," and even the poor and "fallen women" on the streets of London come to life. Charles Dickens too: a entertaining man in real life, not just in his fiction and plays. An interesting plot with sympathetic treatment: how could one have an affair in the 19th century, examined from every perspective: from the great man, who also loves his public - Dickens is a superstar - his best friend, Wilkie Collins, the mystery writer, who doesn't believe in the institution of marriage, the woman Dickens loves, her mother, the great man's wife, the whispering public, a non-judgmental vicar. Dickens seems a man for our own time. No wonder Fiennes wanted to bring him to life. Felicity Jones co-stars, and she brings virginal purity, and passion and ferocity at times to the part. A good acting company as well. The kind of production one expects from the British.

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