Lynch in 2009
|Born||Evanna Patricia Lynch
16 August 1991
Termonfeckin, County Louth, Ireland
Evanna Patricia Lynch (born 16 August 1991) is an Irish actress and model. She rose to prominence playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in four Harry Potter films and their tie-in video games. Lynch has made fashion accessories and has recorded an audiobook (Foster by Claire Keegan). She has appeared in photoshoots for various magazines, and modelled for Katrin Thomas and Ciaran Sweeney.
Early life and education
Lynch was born in the Termonfeckin townland of County Louth, Ireland to parents Marguerite and Donal Lynch. She has two older sisters, Emily and Mairead, and one younger brother, Patrick. As a child, Lynch read the Harry Potter series and became a fan, sending letters to the author, J. K. Rowling.
Lynch attended Cartown National School in Termonfeckin until June 2004, and then moved to Our Lady's College in Drogheda, where her father was the deputy principal. In 2008, Lynch studied speculative fiction and drama at the Centre for the Talented Youth of Ireland, a summer school for gifted teens, in Glasnevin. While on the Harry Potter set, she was tutored for at least three hours a day. From September 2010, Lynch attended the Institute of Education to repeat her Leaving Certificate.
In 2006, Lynch auditioned at a casting call in London for the role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film in the series adapted from the books. After auditioning against 15,000 other girls, and a subsequent screen test with lead actor Daniel Radcliffe, she was cast at the age of 14. Producers were impressed with her affinity for the character; David Heyman said "The others could play Luna; Evanna Lynch is Luna." Although uninvolved in the casting process, Rowling believed that Lynch was perfect for the role. She had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series, her experience limited to school plays. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was Lynch's debut screen performance in 2007. The film was a box office hit, taking US$938 million worldwide, and garnered generally favourable reviews. Critics praised the performances of the supporting cast, often singling out Lynch for particular acclaim; A. O. Scott of The New York Times called her performance "spellbinding", and Jane Watkins of Country Life said she "[brought] an appealing sweetness to her character that's not so developed in the book". She reprised her role as Luna in the film's tie-in video game.
Two years later, Lynch again starred as Luna in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth instalment in the series. The film was critically and financially successful. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe wrote that Lynch as Luna "combats the movie's occasional sluggishness with a hilarious sluggishness of her own", and Michael Dwyer of The Irish Times called her the best Irish actress of 2009 for her work on the film. Her performance earned her Scream Award and Young Artist Award nominations, and she again reprised her role in the film's tie-in video game.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, the first of two films adapted from the seventh and final Harry Potter book, was released in 2010. The film was a success at the box office and drew generally favourable reviews from critics. James Verniere of The Boston Herald commented that Luna "is still delightfully lunar," while Simon Miraudo of Quickflix criticised the film commenting that "the delightful Evanna Lynch is brutally underutilised as the loopy Luna Lovegood". She again reprised her role in the film's tie-in video game.
The following year, Lynch again appeared as Luna in the eighth and final instalment in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The film opened to universal critical acclaim and went on to become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time, grossing US$1.328 billion in box-office receipts worldwide. Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times wrote that Lynch "continues to be all-that-and-a-radish-earring as the ever-wafting Luna Lovegood," and Roger Moore of The Orlando Sentinel named her as "maybe" one of his "favorite players in the finale." She again reprised her role in the film's tie-in video game. In August 2012 at Leakycon in Chicago she joined the cast of StarKid to play Luna Lovegood in a script reading of the third Harry Potter parody musical, A Very Potter Senior Year (the other two being A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel.)
The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, gave a speech during the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on 7 July 2011 in London, England. She stated that there were seven major cast members in the series, whom she referred to as The Big Seven, and she named Lynch as one of the seven members, along with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, and Bonnie Wright. Rowling has said that, of all the actors in the film series, Lynch has had the most influence on how her character was subsequently written. In 2012, she told Charlie Rose that when composing the final books, "I saw her. [She] got in my head. I even heard her voice when I was writing Luna."
She was also scheduled to play Fiona Carrick-Smith in the upcoming 2013 indie crime drama film Monster Butler, alongside her Harry Potter co-star Gary Oldman. The film was to have been based on the life of British serial killer and thief Archibald Hall. However, the film has been cancelled due to problems with funding.
In May 2013, it was announced that Lynch will be starring in the British stage tour production call Houdini performing at various theatres in the United Kingdom from 9 September 2013 to 12 October 2013. Lynch will play the role of Bess Houdini, the wife and assistant of the famous magician Harry Houdini.
In December 2013, it was announced that Lynch will be starring in the independent crime thriller Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale alongside with Ian Harding and Carol Kane. Lynch is to play the role as Theresa Bornstein. Filming for the production is taking place in New York City and set to be filmed for eighteen days.
Lynch has made and helped design a number of fashion accessories for the Harry Potter films. She has modelled for Katrin Thomas and Ciaran Sweeney, and in 2012 appeared on the cover of the Fall issue of Runway magazine. She has also recorded an abridged audiobook version of Claire Keegan's short story Foster. Her charity work includes participation with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland, in which she launched their MS Readathon fundraiser in 2010. Lynch is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the non-profit organisation, the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA). With the HPA, she has supported same-sex marriage in Maine, taken part in a webcast fundraiser, written an article about body image, and contributed to a fundraising book.
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Luna Lovegood|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Luna Lovegood|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Luna Lovegood|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Luna Lovegood|
|2014||It Don't Come Easy||Ella||Short film (completed)|
|2014||Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale||Theresa Bornstein||Filming|
|2012||Sinbad||Alehna||TV series, series one, one episode|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Luna Lovegood||Voice and likeness|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Luna Lovegood||Voice and likeness|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Luna Lovegood||Voice and likeness|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Luna Lovegood||Voice and likeness|
|2012||A Very Potter Senior Year||Luna Lovegood||StarKid Productions|
|2013||Houdini||Bess Houdini||Stage tour production in the United Kingdom.|
Awards and nominations
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Young Artist Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Scream Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
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