||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2011)|
23 July 1988 |
Bennett-Warner was brought up in Northamptonshire and was educated at St Edward's School in Oxford, where she boarded from the age of 13 to 18. She started her acting career in 1999, beating over 3,000 other hopefuls to be cast as one of the original young Nala's in Julie Taymor's London production of The Lion King.
In 2006 she secured a place at RADA and also won the role of Emmie Thibodeaux in the musical Caroline, or Change, for which she was nominated for the Whatsonstage.com Stuart Phillips London Newcomer of the Year award for 2007, alongside Andrew Garfield and Chris New. Once finished on the South Bank she starred as the lead role in Athol Fugard's UK premiere of Victory for the Peter Hall Company and then took her place at RADA in September 2007.
Bennett-Warner graduated from RADA in the summer of 2010, but left early to take on the role of Sophie in Lynn Nottage's play Ruined at the Almeida Theatre. Before completing the course she was awarded the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Radio Award. However, due to another job commitment she was unable to join the radio rep.
After finishing Ruined she went on to star in a two-hander with Sinéad Cusack for Sky Arts. Called Crocodile, the play was written by Frank McGuinness. During this time Bennett-Warner was cast in Michael Grandage's award-winning King Lear as Cordelia, with Derek Jacobi in the title role. Before rehearsals started for King Lear in October, she filmed small parts in Come Fly With Me with David Walliams and Matt Lucas and also in Case Histories alongside Jason Isaacs.
After having played Cordelia for almost eight months and receiving an Ian Charleson commendation, she starred in D. C. Moore's new play The Swan — in a role that had been written for her — at the National Theatre, which was followed by a role in Lewis. She then played Queen Isabel in Michael Grandage's swan song Richard II at the Donmar Warehouse with Eddie Redmayne in the title role and Andrew Buchan as Bolingbroke. She received positive reviews from the critics, with Kate Bassett from The Independent saying: "Both of them (Redmayne and Buchan) are, in fact, outshone by Pippa Bennett-Warner in the cameo role of Isabel, Richard’s devoted, fiery queen."
In 2012 she played the lead role in Vivienne Franzmann's second play The Witness,at the Royal Court Theatre. She received rave reviews and went on to secure a nomination for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012, alongside Cate Blanchett and Dame Eileen Atkins.
Bennett-Warner was named as one of the 1000 Most Influential Londoners in 2012 in the category "Generation Next" by The Evening Standard.
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (January 2014)|
- 1999 "The Lion King" Young Nala, Lyceum Theatre
- 2006 "Caroline or Change" by Tony Kushner, Emmie Thibodeaux, National Theatre
- 2007 "Victory" by Athol Fugard, Vicky, Theatre Royal Bath
- 2010 "Ruined" by Lynn Nottage, Sophie, Almeida Theatre
- 2010 "Crocodile" by Frank McGuiness, Girl, Riverside Studios
- 2010 "King Lear" by William Shakespeare, Cordelia, Donmar Warehouse, BAM
- 2011 "The Swan" by D.C. Moore, Denise, National Theatre
- 2011 "Richard II" by William Shakespeare, Queen Isabel, Donmar Warehouse
- 2012 "The Witness" by Vivienne Franzmann, Alex, Royal Court Theatre
|2002||Holby City||Gemma Webber||BBC|
|2003||Lenny Henry in Pieces||Jessica||Tiger Aspect Productions|
|2011||National Theatre Live||Cordelia||National Theatre|
|2011||Come Fly With Me||Lisa||BBC|
|2011||Case Histories||Emma Drake||Ruby Films/BBC|
|2012||Inspector George Gently||Delores Kenny||BBC|
|2012||Agatha Christie's Marple||Victoria||ITV|
|2013||The Smoke||Ziggy Brown||Sky1|
|2013||Death in Paradise||Rosie Curloo||BBC|
|2014||Law and Order: UK||Zana Washington||ITV|
- 2010 "Their Eyes Were Watching God", Janie, BBC World Service Drama
- 2012 "The Great Gatsby", Daisy Buchanan, BBC Radio 4
- 2013 "The Witness", Alex, BBC Radio 3
- 2014 "Dr Thorne", Mary Thorne, BBC Radio 4
- 2014 "The Awakening", Edna Pontellier, BBC Radio 4
- 2014 "Everyday Time Machines", Samantha, BBC Radio 3
- 2014 "The Ice Wife", Kate, BBC Radio 4
- 2014 "Paterson", Marie, BBC Radio 3
- "Pippa Bennett-Warner Profile". RADA. 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Watch out for…". Daily Mail. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- LondonTheatre1.com (15 December 2011). "Interview with Pippa Bennett-Warner". LondonTheatre1.com. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- Bamigboye, Baz (7 October 2011). "Keep your funny side up boys... Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths in talks about playing retired comic duo". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- Bassett, Kate (11 December 2011). "Richard II, Donmar Warehouse, London Company, Crucible, Sheffield The Ladykillers, Gielgud, London". The Independent. Retrieved 30 December 2011.