|Born||Imogen Gay Poots
3 June 1989
Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith, London, UK
Early life and education
Poots was born at the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, London on 3 June 1989 to Trevor Poots, a current affairs television producer from Belfast, and Fiona Goodall, a journalist and voluntary worker from Bolton. Her older brother Alex is a model. Poots has stated that her surname is of Dutch origin.
Raised in Chiswick, she was privately educated in West London, attending Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in Brook Green, Queen's Gate School in South Kensington and Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. While intending to become a vet, she began spending Saturdays at an improvisation workshop hosted by the Young Blood Theatre Company at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. She abandoned her original career aspiration after fainting at the sight of veterinary surgery during work experience. Attaining three A grades at A-level, she won a place at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2008, but had it deferred for two years in order to pursue her acting career.
Poots first appeared on-screen in an episode of Casualty and had a non-speaking part in V for Vendetta, but she was largely unknown when, at the age of 17, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo cast her alongside Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner and Rose Byrne in 28 Weeks Later. Since then Poots has appeared in a number of films including Cracks, Centurion and the 2011 remake of Fright Night. Although Poots has never formally trained as an actress, according to Giles Hattersley, a practical apprenticeship may have served her well, as she is "compellingly natural" in front of the camera.
In 2011 she was chosen by fashion house Chloé to appear in a campaign for its eponymous fragrance shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. In 2012 she was selected to star in a Sofia Coppola-directed advertising campaign for a collaboration between fashion label Marni and high street retailer H&M.
In 2013 she appeared in Greetings from Tim Buckley, Filth and The Look of Love. In 2014 she will star in three major Hollywood productions, That Awkward Moment, She's Funny That Way and Need for Speed, an adaptation of the best-selling video game series. Poots has also filmed scenes for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups and has been cast in Todd Field's forthcoming adaptation of Jess Walter's novel Beautiful Ruins.
|2004||Casualty||Alice Thornton||Episode: Love Bites|
|2006||V for Vendetta||Young Valerie|
|2007||28 Weeks Later||Tammy Harris|
|2008||Miss Austen Regrets||Fanny Knight||Television film|
|Me and Orson Welles||Lorelei Lathrop|
|Solitary Man||Allyson Karsch|
|Bouquet of Barbed Wire||Prue Sorenson||TV series|
|Christopher and His Kind||Jean Ross||Television film|
|2011||Jane Eyre||Blanche Ingram|
|Fright Night||Amy Peterson|
|Comes A Bright Day||Mary Bright|
|2012||A Late Quartet||Alexandra Gelbart|
|2013||Greetings from Tim Buckley||Allie|
|All Is by My Side||Linda Keith|
|The Look of Love||Debbie Raymond|
|2014||A Long Way Down||Jess Crichton||Post-production|
|That Awkward Moment||Ellie||Post-production|
|Need for Speed||Julia Bonet||Post-production|
|She's Funny That Way||Isabella 'Izzy' Patterson||Post-production|
|Knights of Cups||Post-production|
|Beautiful Ruins||Dee Moray||Pre-production|
Awards and nominations
- "POOTS, Imogen". British Film Institute. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- Mottram, James (10 December 2010). "Imogen Poots - A blooming English Rose". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- Shields, Rachel (2 May 2010). "Imogen Poots: A bright young thing who won't suffer for her art". The Independent. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Union Pack". Interview. March 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Barker, Lynn (16 August 2011). ""Fright Night's" Leading Lady". Teen Hollywood. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- Hattersley, Giles (7 April 2013). "She's got the look". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 November 2013. (subscription required (. ))
- Clements, Pip (16 April 2010). "Imogen Poots: a starlet is born". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
- Power, Chris (29 April 2007). "Rising star". The Observer. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- Newman, Sara (21 May 2007). "The 5-Minute Interview: Imogen Poots, Actress". The Independent. Archived from the original on 8 January 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- Aftab, Kaleem (26 December 2009). "Talent 2010: The actress, Imogen Poots". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- Forrester, Sarah (27 May 2011). "Chloe's New Signings". Vogue. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Bergin, Olivia (30 January 2012). "Imogen Poots lands Marni for H&M campaign". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- Behind the scenes of the Marni at H&M commercial on YouTube
- Dang, Simon (12 June 2012). "Imogen Poots Spotted Shooting 'Knight Of Cups' With Christian Bale; Terrence Malick Meeting With Benicio Del Toro?". The Playlist (Indiewire). Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Kroll, Justin (15 November 2013). "Imogen Poots to Star in Todd Field’s ‘Beautiful Ruins’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- "Imogen Poots". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- "Winners announced at the 16th Moët British Independent Film Awards" (Press release). London. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.