Calendar Girls

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Calendar Girls (Touchstone Movie)

“Calendar Girls” is a British comedy-drama film released in 2003, directed by Nigel Cole. The movie is based on the true story of a group of women from a Yorkshire Women’s Institute who decide to create a nude calendar to raise funds for charity.

The film follows Annie (played by Julie Walters) and her best friend Chris (played by Helen Mirren), who are members of the local Women’s Institute. When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, they decide to raise money for a new sofa in the hospital waiting room. To do this, they come up with the idea of creating a calendar featuring the women of the institute posing nude behind strategically placed baked goods and flowers.

Initially met with skepticism and resistance from the other members of the institute, the idea gains popularity, and the calendar becomes a huge success, garnering national and even international attention. The women, who come to be known as the “Calendar Girls,” become unlikely celebrities and raise a substantial amount of money for leukemia research.

The film explores themes of friendship, empowerment, and the importance of challenging societal norms. The women in the film, who are mostly middle-aged or older, prove that age is no barrier to achieving something meaningful and making a difference in the world. They challenge stereotypes and show that beauty and strength come in all shapes, sizes, and ages.

“Calendar Girls” is a heartwarming and touching film that celebrates the resilience and spirit of ordinary women who dare to do something extraordinary. It portrays the power of women supporting each other and working together to achieve a common goal.

The performances of Julie Walters and Helen Mirren are outstanding and carry the emotional weight of the film. Their portrayal of friendship and the bond between the characters is authentic and moving.

The movie’s success led to a global phenomenon, inspiring real-life groups of women to create their own nude calendars for various charitable causes. “Calendar Girls” remains a beloved and inspirational film that continues to remind audiences of the strength and beauty that lies within ordinary people.

Additional Details


  • Helen Mirren: Chris Harper
  • Julie Walters: Annie Clarke
  • Linda Bassett: Cora
  • Annette Crosbie: Jessie
  • Celia Imrie: Celia
  • Penelope Wilton: Ruth Reynoldson
  • Geraldine James: Marie
  • Philip Glenister: Lawrence Sertain
  • Ciarán Hinds: Rod Harper
  • John Alderton: John Clarke
  • George Costigan: Eddie Reynoldson
  • John-Paul Macleod: Jem Harper


  • Director: Nigel Cole
  • Producer: Nick Barton
  • Writers: Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi

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