Sally Hawkins

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Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins (2007).jpg
On site for the 2007 TV movie Persuasion, October 7, 2006
Born Sally Cecilia Hawkins
(1976-04-27) 27 April 1976 (age 38)
Dulwich, London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Sally Cecilia Hawkins (born 27 April 1976) is an English actress. Her performance as Poppy in the 2008 Mike Leigh film Happy-Go-Lucky won her several international awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival.

Hawkins graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1998 and made her stage debut in Accidental Death of an Anarchist the same year. Her other stage work includes the Royal Court Theatre productions of The Winterling (2009) and Constellations (2012).

Hawkins' notable film roles include Susan in Vera Drake (2004), Sarah in An Education (2009), Rita O'Grady in Made in Dagenham (2010) and Ginger in the 2013 Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. On television, she starred in the BBC adaptations of Fingersmith (2005) as Sue Trinder and Persuasion (2007) as Anne Elliot.[1]

Early life[edit]

The daughter of Jacqueline (née Sinfield) and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books, Hawkins was born in Dulwich, and raised in Blackheath, in southeast London. She first developed an interest in acting at the age of 3 when she went to a circus show. She intended to go into comedy but ended up doing theatre plays.[2] She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1998.

Career[edit]

Hawkins' started her career primarily as a stage actress in such productions as Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Romeo and Juliet, The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Misconceptions and many more. She also had small appearances on television series such as Casualty and Doctors.

Hawkins made her first notable screen performance in the 2002 Mike Leigh film All or Nothing as Samantha. This would be first of three films that Hawkins and Leigh would work on together, the second of which was the 2004 film Vera Drake. She appeared as Slasher in the 2004 Layer Cake. Her first major television role came in 2005, when she played Susan Trinder in the BAFTA-nominated BBC drama Fingersmith, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel of the same name, in which she co-starred with Imelda Staunton. Since then she has gone on to star in another BBC adaptation, Patrick Hamilton's 20,000 Streets Under the Sky. Between 2003 and 2005 Hawkins appeared in four episodes of the BBC comedy series Little Britain. Hawkins acted in David Hare's adaptation of Federico García Lorca's play The House of Bernarda Alba in 2005, at Royal National Theatre.

She has also lent her voice to numerous radio series such as Concrete Cow, which she also was a writer on, Ed Reardon's Week, Think the Unthinkable, Cash Cows, War with the Newts and The Party Line. In 2006, Hawkins returned to the stage, appearing at the Royal Court Theatre in Jez Butterworth's The Winterling During 2006 she also made uncredited appearances in Richard Ayoade's Man to Man with Dean Learner where she played various uncredited roles in various deleted scenes included on the DVD. Hawkins would later be directed by Ayoade on two of his films.

In 2007, she played Anne Elliot in the television film of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Her performance was well received by critics and was awarded a Golden Nymph.[3] She also had a supporting role in the Woody Allen film Cassandra's Dream, starring Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor. Hawkins reunited with Leigh for a third time in the 2008 comedy-drama film Happy-Go-Lucky, portraying Poppy Cross, a kind-hearted primary school teacher. Hawkins performance received critical acclaim and received many accolades, including winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.[4][5]

Three films starring Hawkins, Made in Dagenham, Submarine and Never Let Me Go, all premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.[6] All three received positive reviews and Hawkins performances were met with critical acclaim. In October 2010, she appeared on Broadway as Vivie in Mrs. Warren's Profession at the American Airlines Theatre.[7] In 2011, Hawkins had a supporting role in the film adaptation of Jane Eyre and was the female lead in the romantic comedy film Love Birds. In 2012, she and Rafe Spall co-starred in the play Constellations at the Royal Court Theatre and later Duke of York's Theatre. The play was met with positive reviews and won the best play category at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.[8] She also had a small role as Mrs. Joe in the 2012 adaption of Great Expectations.

In 2013, Hawkins starred opposite Cate Blanchett and was directed by Woody Allen for the second time in the critically acclaimed film Blue Jasmine, a role for which she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as nods from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and received various other accolades.[9][10] The same year she starred in All Is Bright, alongside Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd and had a small appearance as a Receptionist in the Richard Ayoade film The Double. In 2014, Hawkins appeared in Godzilla, as Dr. Vivienne Graham, a scientist assisting Dr. Ishiro Serizawa played by Ken Watanabe.[11] She also co-starred with John Hawkes and Michael Cera in the Charlie Kaufman television pilot, How and Why. The pilot was not given a full series order.[12] In November of 2014, she portrayed Mrs. Brown in Paddington, based around the character of the same name.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 All or Nothing Samantha
2002 Post Girl at Lampost Short film
2003 Byron Mary Shelley Television film
2003 Promoted to Glory Lisa Television film
2003 The Young Visiters Rosalind Television film
2004 Bunk Bed Boys Helen Television film
2004 Vera Drake Susan
2004 Layer Cake Slasher
2006 The Painted Veil Mary Scenes deleted
2006 Hollow China Terri Short film
2006 Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in My Heart Nathalie Television film
2006 H G Wells: War with the World Rebecca West Television film
2007 Persuasion Anne Elliot Television film
Golden Nymph for Best Performance by an Actress - Television Film
Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress
2007 WΔZ Elly Carpenter
2007 Cassandra's Dream Kate
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Poppy Cross Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[14]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actress
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress[15]
Evening Standard British Film Awards - Peter Sellers Award for Comedy
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Actress of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Breakthrough Performer
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Silver Bear for Best Actress
Village Voice Film Poll - Best Actress
Nominated — Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
2009 An Education Sarah Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Happy Ever Afters Maura
2009 Desert Flower Marylin
2010 Never Let Me Go Miss Lucy
2010 It's a Wonderful Afterlife Linda / Geetali
2010 Made in Dagenham Rita O'Grady Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2010 Submarine Jill Tate Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2011 Jane Eyre Mrs. Reed
2011 Love Birds Holly
2012 Great Expectations Mrs. Joe
2013 All Is Bright Olga
2013 Blue Jasmine Ginger Empire Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (Runner-Up)
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
2013 The Double Receptionist at Ball
2013 The Phone Call Heather Short film
2014 Godzilla Dr. Vivienne Graham
2014 X+Y Julie Pending — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 Paddington Mrs. Mary Brown

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Casualty Emma Lister Episode: "To Have and to Hold"
2000 Doctors Sarah Carne Episode: "Pretty Baby"
2002 Tipping the Velvet Zena Blake 2 episodes
2003–2005 Little Britain Kenny Craig's girlfriend 4 episodes
2005 Fingersmith Susan Trinder 3 episodes
2005 20,000 Streets Under the Sky Ella 3 episodes
2006 Man to Man with Dean Learner Various Episode: "Randolph Caer"
2011 Little Crackers Mummy Episode: "Barbara Windsor's Little Cracker: My First Brassiere"
2012 Room on the Broom Bird (voice) Television short
2014 How and Why Yvonne Hesselman Pilot
2016 The Hollow Crown Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester Episode: "Henry VI, Part I"

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
1998 Accidental Death of an Anarchist Battersea Arts Centre
1998 Romeo and Juliet Juliet York Theatre Royal
1999 The Dybbuk Leah'le Battersea Arts Centre
1999 The Cherry Orchard Anya York Theatre Royal
1999 Svejk Kidnapped Dog Gate Theatre
2000 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia Open Air Theatre
2000 Much Ado About Nothing Hero Open Air Theatre
2001 Misconceptions Zoe Octagon Theatre
2004 Country Music Lynsey Sargeant Royal Court Theatre
2005 The House of Bernarda Alba Adela Royal National Theatre
2006 The Winterling Lue Royal Court Theatre
2010 Mrs. Warren's Profession Vivie American Airlines Theatre
2012 Constellations Marianne Royal Court Theatre
Duke of York's Theatre

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Concrete Cow Various roles BBC Radio 4
Also writer
2004 Think the Unthinkable BBC Radio 4
2004 The Cenci Family Beatrice Cenci BBC Radio 4
2004–2005, 2007 Ed Reardon's Week Ping BBC Radio 4
2005 Cash Cows Kerry BBC Radio 4
2005 War with the Newts Olga BBC Radio 4
2005 The Party Line BBC Radio 4
2005 Afternoon Romancers[16] Liz BBC Radio 4
2006 Salome Joanna BBC Radio 3
2007 Cut to the Heart Alice BBC Radio 4
2007 Demonstrating Grace Narrator BBC Radio 4
2010 Greed All About It Alice BBC Radio 4
2011 Revolution Therese BBC Radio 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sally Hawkins saves the day in Made in Dagenham" October 1, 2010, The First Post
  2. ^ Galloway, Stephen; Guider, Elizabeth (8 December 2008). "Oscar Roundtable: The Actresses". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Brit actress Sally Hawkins to visit Mill Valley film fest". Marinscope Community Newspapers. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Silverman, Stephen (11 December 2008). "Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Score Golden Globe Nods". People. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Nominations & Winners". Golden Globes. Retrieved 12 December 2008. 
  6. ^ Brad Frenette (2010-07-27). "Toronto International Film Fest announces 2010 lineup". National Post. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  7. ^ Theater Review: A Friendly Clash of Charms in Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  8. ^ Independent profile of Nick Payne, 2 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Oscars 2014 Winners: The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). March 2, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Golden Globes Nominations: The Full List". Variety (Penske Media Corporation). January 11, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sally Hawkins Joins ‘Godzilla’ Cast". Deadline.com. 
  12. ^ "FX’s Charlie Kaufman Pilot Not Going Forward". Deadline.com. 
  13. ^ Patten, Dominic. "TWC-Dimension Sets 'Paddington' For December 2014 Release". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  14. ^ Elsworth, Catherine (12 Jan 2009). "Golden Globes 2009: Sally Hawkins wins best actress in musical or comedy - Telegraph". The Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "2009 ICS AWARD WINNERS". International Cinephile Society. 
  16. ^ AfternoonRomancers

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