Bonnie Wright

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Bonnie Wright
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Bonnie Wright in 2010 at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Born Bonnie Francesca Wright
(1991-02-17) 17 February 1991 (age 23)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Model
Screenwriter
Director
Producer
Years active 2001–present

Bonnie Francesca Wright [1] (born 17 February 1991)[2] is an English actress, model, screenwriter, director and producer. She is best known for playing the role of Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, based on the Harry Potter novel series by British author J. K. Rowling.

In 2014, she took part in the third series of The Great Sport/Comic Relief Bake Off: she won the first episode, being named the "Star Baker".[3]

Early life[edit]

Bonnie Wright was born in London, England, United Kingdom, the second child of Sheila Teague and Gary Wright, owners of the jewellery company Wright & Teague. She has an older brother, Lewis. Wright attended Prior Weston Primary School and later the King Alfred School in North London for her secondary education.[4] During the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, Wright began attending London's University of the Arts: London College of Communication, to study as a Film and Television Production Manager because of her plans to continue acting and to work behind-the-scenes after filming Harry Potter.[5][6][7] In 2012 Wright graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[8]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

2001–2011: Harry Potter series[edit]

Wright auditioned for the role of Ginny Weasley because her brother said she reminded him of the character.[5] Wright appears in the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, only in a small scene set at London King's Cross railway station, where her character and her mother Molly meet Harry Potter as four of her older brothers board the Hogwarts express. Her role became much more prominent in the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in which her character begins studies at Hogwarts and encounters a secret diary that begins to control her actions.

She also opened the titular chamber in the same film under the influence of Tom Riddle, the main antagonist of Harry Potter series. Wright was seen in third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban chatting with Hermione in one background and had few dialogues. However, her character had a bonafide supporting role in the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with dialogue sprinkled across several scenes and perhaps her most screen-time yet.

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Wright played a central role, joining Dumbledore's Army and eventually participating in the climactic battle between the DA and the Order of the Phoenix with Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Wright's central role continued in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where she became an important chaser of the Gryffindor Quidditch team and ultimately Harry Potter's love interest.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, Wright again reprised her central role for the last time. In these films she was seen particularly in scenes before the three protagonists went in search of Horcruxes, The Battle of Hogwarts and in the Epilogue set nineteen years later.

Wright has also provided the voice of Ginny in the video game versions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Wright is one of the thirteen actors who has appeared in all eight films of the Harry Potter franchise. All the Harry Potter films were critical and high commercial successes. All the films as of 2014 have found places in List of highest-grossing films. Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Stands at fourth highest grossing film of all time in that list.

Wright received positive reviews for her performances as Ginny Weasley throughout the globe. Variety wrote, "Bonnie Wright's Ginny intrigues as the sort of initial plain Jane who keeps growing on you."[9] Comingsoon.net wrote "that If someone told me eight years ago that Bonnie Wright, introduced as Ginny Weasley in the first movie, would turn into such a strong dramatic actress who could carry scenes as well as the three leads, I wouldn't have believed it,"[10] and Film School Rejects who also wrote "Ginny (Bonnie Wright) in particular shines through, building on the power she gained in the last film to become an independent young woman that proves more complex with every scene".[11] While Indian critic Taran Adarsh said, "[Bonnie] Wright makes her impact feel nicely and beautifully as Ginny Weasley throughout the Harry Potter Series."

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling gave a speech during the world premiere of the eighth and final film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on 7 July 2011 in London, England. She announced that there are seven Harry Potter film series cast members to whom she refers as "The Big Seven", and she named Wright as one of the seven members, alongside with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis and Evanna Lynch.[12]

2002–present: subsequent acting work[edit]

Wright co-starred in two TV movies that were Stranded (2002) as the younger version of Sarah Robinson and Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (2004), where she played the younger version of writer Agatha Christie.[13]

In 2007, she guest starred on the Disney Channel's The Replacements, where she voiced Vanessa in the second season premiere titled "London Calling".

In 2013, she co-starred in Before I Sleep opposite David Warner, Tom Sizemore, Cynthia Gibb, Eric Roberts, Eugene Simon, Campbell Scott and Chevy Chase.[14] The film premiered at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival.[15] Afterwards, she co-starred opposite her Harry Potter co-star Ciarán Hinds, Rufus Sewell, Natascha McElhone and Sinéad Cusack in The Sea, based on a John Bansville novel, as Rose the young nursemaid.[16] The film premiered in competition at Edinburgh International Film Festival on 23 June 2013,[17] and had its North American premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[18]

The same year, Wright made her stage debut in the role of The Girl in Peter Ustinov's The Moment of Truth.[19] The play was performed at the Southwark Playhouse in London on 26 June 2013 prior to an official opening on 28 June 2013 for a four-week run through 20 July 2013.[20][21] Wright received positive reviews for her stage debut performance in The Moment of Truth play; the British Theatre Guide wrote "Bonnie Wright makes clear in her performance, she is motivated by love for her father and movingly has to face rejection from her gas-masked lover when he returns as liberator".[22] The Stage said that "Bonnie Wright, in her stage debut, is perfectly acceptable as the Girl".[23] In the Ones To Parts review of the play said "Bonnie Wright showing us that there's more to her than Harry's love interest Ginny Weasley though in truth, despite being younger even than her juvenile co-stars, she was always one of the series strongest and most natural actors".[24] The London Evening Standard wrote "Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, makes a decent stage debut as the Marshal's daughter".[25]

In 2014, Wright co-starred opposite Rhys Wakefield, James D'Arcy and her Harry Potter co-star Freddie Stroma in the American Sci-fi film After the Dark (formerly known as The Philosophers[26]), directed by John Huddles[27][28] and began filming July 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Wright played Georgina, one of the students.[29] The film premiered at Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival on 7 July 2013.[30] The film was released on 7 February 2014.[26]

In late 2014, she appeared in the short film How (Not) to Rob a Train as a bandit,[31] and as Mia in the short film Sweat which is one of five film segments for the feature length anthology film Geography of the Heart about "the complexity of intimacy, shot in five international locations around the world." She also voiced a character in the animated film My Dad Is Scrooge .[32]

Wright has completed Abigail Schwarz's comedy Those Who Wander, produced by Nicola Scandiffio.[33] and the adventure film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?.[34] In 2014, she signed on to co-star in Alexandra McGuinness' thriller The Highway is for Gamblers, with Nikki Reed, Joe Jonas, and Gustaf Skarsgård. The filming is scheduled to start in mid-November 2014 and is set in California's San Bernardino County.[35]

Modelling[edit]

Wright has her own profile page at Next Models Agency.[36] She was named the winner of the Most Edgy Look Award at the 2011 Rodial Beautiful Awards.[37] Also in 2011, Wright appeared in a fashion spread for The Financial Times' luxury lifestyle magazine How to Spend It. The shoot, which took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum, was dedicated to capturing the languor of Dante Rossetti's paintings.[38]

Wright participated as a catwalk model for fashion designer Katie Eary at an Autumn/Winter 2011 show during London Fashion Week.[citation needed] In August 2013, Wright participated along with Phoebe Collings James and Clara Paget, who teamed up with jeweller designer Dominic Jones modelling southsea deckchairs in aid of World Land Trust and Winchester School of Art charity.[39][40]

Screenwriting, directing and producing[edit]

Wright made her screenwriting and directorial debut for her graduation film Separate We Come, Separate We Go starring her Potter co-star David Thewlis.[41] The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival short film corner and screen at the BAFTA Graduate.[42][43]

Wright is the owner of her own production company Bon Bon Lumiere.[44]

In December 2013, Wright directed her After the Dark co-star Sophie Lowe, in her music video "Dreaming". The video was shot across Joshua Tree National Park. They filmed the video without any help, in the car of Lowe's friend. Wright filmed Lowe from the front seat of the car while Lowe was sitting in the back seat trying to create the feeling of drifting.[45][46]

In January 2014, it was announced that Wright directed the music video "Sea Ess", with musician George Schuster, which was filmed in late 2012.[citation needed] In May 2014, she wrote and directed another short film Know Thyself, starring her Harry Potter co-star Christian Coulson.[47]

In July 2014, Wright directed the short film Fade to Gold for her jewellery designer parents Gary Wright and Sheila Teague from Wright and Teague and LoveGold. The film showcases on her parents' creative design on their jewellery, and there was a competition to win Wright's favourite pieces of Wright and Teague's jewellery.[48][49]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2010, Wright confirmed she was dating fellow British actor Jamie Campbell Bower, who played the younger version of Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1. They confirmed their engagement in April 2011.[50][51] Wright and Bower amicably called off their engagement on 30 June 2012.[52]

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Ginny Weasley
2002 Stranded Young Sarah Robinson TV film
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Ginny Weasley
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ginny Weasley
2004 Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures Young Agatha Christie TV film
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ginny Weasley
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ginny Weasley
2007 Replacements, TheThe Replacements Vanessa Voice only; TV; "London Calling"
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ginny Weasley
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Ginny Weasley
2010 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Ginny Weasley Wizarding World of Harry Potter
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Ginny Weasley
2013 The Sea Rose World premiere Edinburgh International Film Festival[53]
North American premiere 2013 Toronto International Film Festival[54]
2013 After the Dark Georgina (formerly known as "The Philosophers"[26])
World premiere Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
2013 Before I Sleep Phoebe World Premiere Heartland Film Festival
2014 How (Not) to Rob a Train Little Girl Bandit
2014 Geography of the Heart Mia Segment: Sweat
2014 My Dad Is Scrooge Connie Voice only
2015 Those Who Wander Zoe Post-production
2015 Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg[55] Diane Post-Production
2015 The Highway is for Gamblers Heidi Filming

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Moment of Truth The Girl Southwark Playhouse

Video game[edit]

Year Game Role Notes
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ginny Weasley Voice only
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ginny Weasley Playable
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Ginny Weasley Voice Only
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Ginny Weasley Playable

Director[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Separate We Come, Separate We Go Director only, directorial debut Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival short film corner.
2013 Dreaming Director Music Video
2014 Sea Ess Director Music Video
2014 Know Thyself Writer, Director and Producer Short film
2014 Fade to Gold Director Short film for LoveGold and Wright and Teague.

Screenwriter[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Separate We Come, Separate We Go Screenwriter only, screenwriting debut Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival short film corner

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Film Result
2011 Rodial Beautiful Awards[37] Most Edgy Look Award Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Won
2012 Empire Award[56] Best Female Newcomer Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated

See also[edit]

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  49. ^ Bonnie’s new short film ‘Fade to Gold’ put online So.Bonnie.net. Retrieved on 7 August 2014.
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  56. ^ O'Hara, Helen (5 March 2012). "The Awards Nominations Are Here!". Empire. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 

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