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|Born||Jennifer Anne Ehle
December 29, 1969
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
|Spouse(s)||Michael Ryan (2001–present)|
|Parents||John Ehle, Rosemary Harris|
Jennifer Anne Ehle (//; born December 29, 1969) is an American-English actress of stage and screen. She is well known for her BAFTA winning role as Elizabeth Bennet in the successful 1995 mini-series Pride and Prejudice. She has appeared in supporting roles in films such as Wilde (1997), Sunshine (1999), The King's Speech (2010), Contagion (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and the upcoming film RoboCop (2014). She has also starred in the short-lived American television series A Gifted Man. She is the daughter of actress Rosemary Harris and author John Ehle.
Ehle was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to English actress Rosemary Harris and American author John Ehle. Her ancestry includes Romanian (from a maternal great-grandmother), English, and German.
Ehle made her stage debut as a toddler in a 1973 Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which her mother played Blanche Dubois. She spent her childhood between the UK and US, attending 18 different schools including the Interlochen Arts Academy. She was raised largely in Asheville, North Carolina, which was close by her hometown. Her drama training was split between the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
In 1992, Peter Hall cast her as Calypso in a television adaptation of Mary Wesley's novel The Camomile Lawn, in which she and her mother played the same character at different ages. This story, produced by UK's Channel 4, was a five part miniseries about the lives and loves of a family of cousins from 1939 to the present. The two would later reprise this different age portrayal of a character as Valerie in István Szabó's 1999 movie Sunshine.
Her performance as Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice gained her a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. After a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company, she gained her first major feature film role in Paradise Road. She continued pursuing a career both on stage and screen. In 2000, she earned further critical acclaim for her Broadway debut as Annie in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing; winning both a Theatre World Award and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. Her mother was also nominated for the same award that year for Waiting in the Wings. After a hiatus, she returned to the stage in 2005 in The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic opposite Kevin Spacey. The following year, she played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth as part of the Shakespeare in the Park. She won her second Tony award for portraying three characters in Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia triptych, which ran from October 2006 until May 2007.
Her more recent film work includes Before the Rains, an Indian-US co-production directed by Santosh Sivan, and Pride and Glory with Edward Norton and Colin Farrell. In 2008, she was featured in a CBS telefilm, The Russell Girl.
In August 2009, it was announced that Ehle would play the character of Catelyn Stark in the pilot of HBO's Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire fantasy book series. Ehle filmed the pilot episode, but when HBO ordered the series, it was announced that she would be replaced by Northern Irish actress Michelle Fairley. Much of the pilot episode was reshot, with Fairley replacing Ehle in all scenes involving Catelyn Stark. Ehle gave up the role for personal reasons, but was and still is an avid fan of the series.
In 2010, Ehle starred alongside John Lithgow in the production of Mr. & Mrs. Fitch presented by Second Stage Theatre. She played Myrtle Logue, wife of King George VI's speech therapist Lionel Logue, in The King's Speech. George VI was played by her Pride and Prejudice co-star, Colin Firth.
In 2011, Ehle played Dr. Ally Hextall in Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed Contagion. In the autumn of 2011, Ehle began a co-starring role in the American television series A Gifted Man. Her character is a ghost who visits with her ex-husband and asks him to assist with her low-income clinic.
In 2012, Ehle played CIA officer Jessica in Zero Dark Thirty.
During the filming of Pride and Prejudice, Ehle began a brief relationship with co-star Colin Firth. She married writer Michael Ryan on November 29, 2001, and they have two children: a son, George, born on February 6, 2003, and a daughter, Talulah, born on March 4, 2009.
Film and television
|1992||The Camomile Lawn||Young Calypso||Mini-series, 5 episodes|
|1995||Pride and Prejudice||Elizabeth Bennet||Mini-series, 6 episodes|
|1997||Paradise Road||Rosemary Leighton-Jones|
|1997||Wilde||Constance Lloyd Wilde|
|1997||Melissa||Melissa||Mini-series, 5 episodes|
|1998||Bedrooms and Hallways||Sally|
|1999||This Year's Love||Sophie|
|2005||The River King||Betsy Chase|
|2006||Alpha Male||Alice Ferris|
|2008||Pride and Glory||Abby Tierney|
|2008||The Russell Girl||Lorraine Morrissey|
|2008||Before the Rains||Laura||Malayalam-language film|
|2010||The King's Speech||Myrtle Logue|
|2011||The Ides of March||Cindy Morris|
|2011||The Adjustment Bureau||Brooklyn Ice House Bartender|
|2011||A Gifted Man||Anna Paul||Television series, 16 episodes|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty||Jessica|
|2014||RoboCop||Liz Kline||post production|
|1959 Pink Thunderbird||Edinburgh Festival|
|Laundry and Bourbon||Edinburgh Festival|
|1991||Tartuffe||Elmire||Peter Hall Company|
|1992||Breaking the Code||Pat Green||Triumph Productions Tour|
|1995-96||Richard III||Lady Anne||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1995-96||Painter of Dishonour||Serafina||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1995-96||The Relapse||Amanda||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1999||The Real Thing||Annie||Donmar Warehouse|
|1999||Summerfolk||Varvara Mikhailovna||National Theatre|
|2000||The Real Thing||Annie||Albery Theatre and Barrymore Theater|
|2001||Design for Livin||Gilda||Roundabout Theatre Company||American Airlines Theater|
|2005||The Philadelphia Story||Tracy Lord||The Old Vic, London|
|2006||Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||Shakespeare in the Park||Delacorte Theater|
|2006||The Coast of Utopia: Voyage||Liubov Bakunin||Vivian Beaumont Theater|
|2006||The Coast of Utopia: Shipwrecked||Natalie Herzen||Vivian Beaumont Theater|
|2007||The Coast of Utopia: Salvage||Malwida von Meysenbug||Vivian Beaumont Theater|
|2010||Mr. and Mrs. Fitch||Second Stage Theatre|
Awards and nominations
- 1991: Ian Charleson Award – Tartuffe (play)
- 1992: Radio Times Award Best Newcomer – The Camomile Lawn (TV)
- 1996: BAFTA TV Award – Pride and Prejudice
- 2000: Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play – The Real Thing (play)
- 2000: Variety Club Award – The Real Thing (play)
- 2001: Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Drama – Sunshine
- 2007: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play – The Coast of Utopia (play)
- 2010: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – The King's Speech
- 1997: BAFTA Film Award – Wilde
- 2000: Outer Critics Circle Award – The Real Thing (play)
- 2000: Genie Award nomination – Sunshine
- 2000: Laurence Olivier Theatre Award – The Real Thing (play)
- 2007: Outer Critics Circle – The Coast of Utopia (play)
- 2012: Georgia Film Critics Assoc Best Supporting Actress Zero Dark Thirty
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- "What Lizzie did next". Melbourne: The Age. April 23, 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- Doug Feiden (5 June 2000). "'Kiss Me Kate' is big Tony winner 'Copenhagen' and 'Contact' also honored". New York: Daily News. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
- "Utopian win for Jennifer Ehle and Tom Stoppard at Tony Awards". London: Daily Mail. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Fairley to replace Ehle in HBO's 'Thrones'". The Hollywood Reporter. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
- "A Gifted Man’s Leading Lady". http://www.thedailybeast.com. The Daily Beast. 22 September 2011.
- "Tony Winners Lithgow and Ehle Are 'MR. & MRS. FITCH' For Second Stage Theatre" August 19, 2009, Broadway World
- Hiscock, John (29 August 2002). "The respect I get is ludicrous". The Daily Telegraph (London).