Eliza Bennett

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Eliza Bennett
Eliza Bennett II.jpg
2011
Born Eliza Hope Bennett
(1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 22)
Reading, Berkshire, UK
Other names Eliza Hope Bennett
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 2004–present

Eliza Hope Bennett (born 17 March 1992) is an English actress and singer. Her most notable roles have been those of Meggie Folchart in the film Inkheart, Tora in the film Nanny McPhee, Susan in From Time to Time and playing Holly Manson in the West End musical Loserville.

Early life[edit]

Bennett was born in Reading, Berkshire, England in 1992. Bennett grew up in Reading with her older brother and sister and attended Leighton Park School from 2003 to 2010.[1][2]

Film career[edit]

Bennett started acting at a young age, appearing in stage productions at primary school, and landed her first job as Jemima in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium in 2002 at the age of nine. She got her first film role playing Princess Arabella in 2004's The Prince and Me. In 2005 Bennett landed one of her biggest film roles, playing Tora in Nanny McPhee, which also starred Colin Firth and Emma Thompson.

More film roles followed, including Hayley in the TV movie Supernova, Young Anne in the 2006 film Victims, Emily in The Contractor with Wesley Snipes and television work as Nora in the Agatha Christie's Marple episode "By the Pricking of My Thumbs".

In 2006, she auditioned for the role of Meggie Folchart in the film Inkheart, based on the novel by Cornelia Funke. Bennett beat out hundreds of girls for the coveted part, and in early 2007 was in Italy making the film with Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany and Helen Mirren. After Inkheart, Eliza went on to land the role of Susan in Julian Fellowes' film From Time to Time starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Timothy Spall.

More recent roles include as Kate Anderson in Johannes Roberts' thriller film F, working with the director again in 2011 horror film Roadkill.[3] In 2012, Eliza portrayed the psychopathic character of Kayleigh in the thriller film Confine starring Daisy Lowe and Alfie Allen; a role for which she received a best supporting actress nomination at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, eventually receiving a distinctive achievement award.[4] and also winning Best Actress Award for Confine at CYIFF 2013

Music career[edit]

Bennett also performed a song for Inkheart's soundtrack, called "My Declaration", originally written and performed by Tom Baxter.[5]

In 2012, Eliza then went back to musical theatre when she was cast as Holly in the West End musical Loserville. This was first performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, before getting a West End transfer to the Garrick Theatre in 2012.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2004 The Prince and Me Princess Arabella
2005 Nanny McPhee Tora Brown
Supernova Haley Richardson TV film
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Nora Johnson one episode; By the Pricking of My Thumbs
2007 The Contractor Emily Day
2008 Inkheart Meggie Folchart Credited as Eliza Hope Bennett
2009 From Time to Time Susan
Perfect Life Young Anne
2010 F Kate Anderson
2011 Roadkill Hailey
2012 Confine Kayleigh
2012 Grimm's Snow White Snow White

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
April 2002 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jemima Potts

at the London Palladium

July 2012 Loserville Holly

at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

2012–13 Loserville Holly

at the Garrick Theatre (London West End)

Awards & nominations[edit]

Year Category Award Result
2007 Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film for Nanny McPhee

Shared with Thomas Sangster, Raphaël Coleman, Jennifer Rae Daykin, Holly Gibbs & Samuel Honywood.

Young Artist Award Nominated
2012 Best Supporting Actress for Confine Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Nominated
2012 Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Loserville Broadwayworld West End Awards Nominated

2013 Best Actress Award for "Confine" CYIFF Winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""The Crucible" cast announced". News. Leighton Park School. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Eliza Bennett Pictures, Wallpaper, Videos and News
  3. ^ "More Details and Exclusive Stills: F". Dreadcentral.com. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "2012 WRIFF AWARD WINNERS - Wild Rose Film Festival". Wildrosefilmfest.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Inkheart Movie – Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Eliza Bennett, Andy Serkis". Movies.about.com. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

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