Anna Popplewell

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Anna Popplewell
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Born Anna Katherine Popplewell
(1988-12-16) 16 December 1988 (age 26)
London, England
Nationality British
Education North London Collegiate (2000–2007)
Oxford University (2007-2010)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Known for The Chronicles of Narnia film series
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Reign
Relatives Lulu Popplewell (sister)
Freddie Popplewell (brother)

Anna Katherine Popplewell (born 16 December 1988) is an English film, television and theater actress. She is known for her role as Susan Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia film series since 2005,[1] as Chyler Silva in Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn since 2012 and Lady Lola in Reign since 2013.

Early life[edit]

Popplewell, oldest of three children, is the daughter of Andrew Popplewell and Dr. Debra Lomas, a dermatologist who studied at Newnham College Cambridge. She was born in London. She has two younger actor siblings: Lulu Popplewell, who starred as Daisy in Love Actually, and Freddie Popplewell, who starred as Michael Darling in the film Peter Pan. Her paternal grandfather, Sir Oliver Popplewell, is a distinguished former judge, and her uncle is cricketer Nigel Popplewell.[2] She attended North London Collegiate School and was senior student 2006–07.[3] She was admitted to Oxford University in 2007 where she studied English Language and Literature at Magdalen College.

Career[edit]

Popplewell began acting at the age of six, taking classes at the Allsorts Drama School. She began acting professionally in the TV production Frenchman's Creek in 1998. She made her film debut in 1999 in the film Mansfield Park and has since appeared in supporting roles in films like The Little Vampire (2000) and Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) with Scarlett Johansson. In 2001 she appeared as Victoria in the BBC serial Love in a Cold Climate.

Her first major role was in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) where she played Susan Pevensie. She has a phobia of mice, which required a double to do part of her scene at the Stone Table in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.[4] She reprised her role in the sequel, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, in which she acted with William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley and Ben Barnes. The film opened in cinemas 16 May 2008. She also made a cameo appearance in the third Narnia film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

She was awarded the Cuppers Prize in 2007 for Best Supporting Actress in a student production of Five Kinds of Silence. In December 2007, she played Lady Macbeth in a student production of Macbeth at the OFS Studio in Oxford. In 2008 she performed as the character Wendla in the controversial play Spring Awakening.[5]

In 2012 she played the character Chyler Silva in the live action 5-part mini series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

In 2013 Popplewell played Lola, a friend of Mary, Queen of Scots, in Reign. Filming took place in Ireland and Canada.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Frenchman's Creek Henrietta TV film
1999 Mansfield Park Betsey
2000 Little Vampire, TheThe Little Vampire Anna Sackville-Bagg
Dirty Tricks Rebecca TV film
2001 Me Without You Young Marina
2002 Thunderpants Denise Smash
2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring Maertge
2005 Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Susan Pevensie Lead Role
2008 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Susan Pevensie Lead Role
2010 Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Susan Pevensie Cameo
2012 Payback Season Izzy
2013 Passengers Nurse Beth
Series
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Victoria TV miniseries
2002 Daniel Deronda Fanny Davilow TV miniseries;3 episodes
2011 Comedy Lab Herself – Guest Episode: "Totally Tom"
Brave New World Maura Taft Unaired TV pilot;Main role
2012 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Chyler Silva Web series;Main role
Looking Back Herself Documentary short
2013–present Reign Lola TV Series;Main role

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Bugsy Malone Bugsy Malone Comedy
2007 Five Kinds of Silence Family Comedy
2007 Macbeth Lady Macbeth Main Characters
2008 Spring Awakening Wendla Musical, Drama
2008 Indian Ink Flora Crewe Drama
2009 Buried Child Halie Drama
2010 The Blue Room Actress Drama, Comedy

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Susan Pevensie Voice
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Susan Pevensie Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 Teen Choice Awards Best Movie Choice Actress for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Nominated
2006 Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards Susan Pevensie for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Won
2006 Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards Best Performance in cast for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Won
2007 Cuppers Prize Best Supporting Actress for Five Kinds of Silence Won
2008 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Best Film Star for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Nominated
2009 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Nominated
2012 3rd Annual Streamy Awards' Best Female Performance: Drama for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anna Popplewell". IMDb. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Paton, Maureen (29 May 2008). "Anna Popplewell: out of the lion's den". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "The Big 6" (pdf). Newsletter. North London Collegiate School. March 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 
  4. ^ Anna Popplewell and Andrew Adamson (2006). The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [Cast Commentary] (DVD). 
  5. ^ "Profiles: Spring Awakening". BBC Oxford. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.bellmediapr.ca/Network/MuchMore/Press/All-Hail-The-Queen-M3-Premieres-Exclusive-Racy-Period-Drama-REIGN-Oct-16-

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