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Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

Drama recounting the true story of Philomena Lee, a Catholic woman who gives birth out of wedlock in 1950s Ireland. Abandoned by her family, she is forced to live in an abbey, where the nuns sell her infant child for adoption. Philomena keeps her secret for 50 years before eventually enlisting the help of jaded journalist Martin Sixsmith in tracking down her estranged son. Show less


Philomena Lee:
Judi Dench
Martin Sixsmith:
Steve Coogan
Sally Mitchell:
Michelle Fairley
Sister Hildegarde:
Barbara Jefford
Mother Barbara:
Ruth McCabe
Pete Olsson:
Peter Hermann
Sally Mitchell:
Michelle Fairley
Jeff Pope

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