Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Dido Elizabeth Belle

Tom Wilkinson
Lord Mansfield

Penelope Wilton
Lady Mary Murray

Sarah Gadon

Matthew Goode
Captain Sir John Lindsay

Tom Felton
James Ashford

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MPAA Rating
PG for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images.


Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. official plot version from

Additional Notes

  • The film was developed by the BFI Film Fund which also backed production, alongside Isle of Man Film, Pinewood Pictures, Head Gear Films and Metrol Technology.