Margulies's feature-film bow in Out for Justice (1991) led to regular TV work with the dramas "Law & Order" and "Homicide: Life on the Streets." But it was her Emmy-winning turn as head nurse Carol Hathaway on the hospital drama "ER" that made the actress a star, pairing her romantically with small-screen heartthrob George Clooney.
During and after "ER," Margulies clicked off a string of intriguing film roles, including a Hasidic wife in A Price Above Rubies (1998) and the sorceress Morgaine in "The Mists of Avalon" (2001). Returning to series television in 2009, Margulies earned her first Golden Globe and an Emmy nod for "The Good Wife." The role brought her another Golden Globe nomination the following year.
Based on real-life events, this Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) drama follows the story of Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan), whose wife has left him and whose three children -- Evelyn, Maurice and Dermot -- are taken from him and placed in orphanages. Authorities deem Doyle's dire financial straights unacceptable for raising children, and the unemployed father vows to reunite his family. But he faces the judgment of the Irish Supreme Court.