Bel Powley

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Bel Powley
Born Isobel Dorothy Powley
(1992-03-07) 7 March 1992 (age 24)
Hammersmith, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
Parent(s) Mark Powley

Isobel Dorothy "Bel" Powley (born 7 March 1992) is a British actress best known for playing Daisy Miller in the CBBC television series M.I. High. Powley plays the protagonist in the 2015 film The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Early life[edit]

Powley was born in the Hammersmith district of London, England,[1] to British actor Mark Powley and casting director Janis Jaffa.[2] Her mother is Jewish.

She attended Holland Park School.[3]


From 2007 until 2008 Powley was one of the lead characters in M.I.High, starring in 26 episodes alongside Rachel Petladwala and Moustafa Chousein-Oglou. In addition to M.I.High, Bel Powley has also appeared in several other productions such as Murderland (3 episodes, 2009), Little Dorrit (2008), The Bill (2008) and The Whistleblowers (2007).

In 2013 it was announced that Powley was joining the cast of ITV series Benidorm for series six.[4]

In 2015, Powley portrayed Princess Margaret in the biographical comedy-drama A Royal Night Out alongside Emily Watson and Rupert Everett and played the lead role of Minnie Goetze in the comedy-drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl, alongside Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård, for which she received rave reviews.

On 5 August 2015, two days before the New York and L.A. premiere of the film, it was announced that she will star in the upcoming indie film Carrie Pilby, taking over the role from Hailee Steinfeld.[5]

On 5 October 2015 it was announced that Powley would star opposite Liv Tyler in the elevated horror film Wildling directed by Fritz Böhm.[6]


Powley appeared as Maggie in Tusk Tusk at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in March 2009.[7] On Broadway she was Thomasina in the 2011 revival of Arcadia at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.[8] In October 2011 she once again appeared at the Royal Court as Tilly in Jumpy,[9] a role which she returned to in the West End transfer of Jumpy at the Duke of York's Theatre in August 2012.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In an interview in 2011, Powley said she had a spot reserved to read history at the University of Manchester.[3] Powley joined the protests against university fee rises in 2010.[11] Powley has confirmed that she's dating Douglas Booth.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Side by Side Lauren Buckle
2015 The Diary of a Teenage Girl Minnie Goetze Gotham Award for Best Actress
Nominated – BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated – New York Film Critics Online Awards for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
2015 A Royal Night Out Princess Margaret Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2015 Equals Rachel
2016 Detour Cherry
2016 Carrie Pilby Carrie Pilby Post-production
2016 A Storm in the Stars Claire Clairmont Post-production
2016 Ashes in the Snow Lina Vilkas Filming
2017 Wildling Anna Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007–08 M.I. High Daisy Millar Series 1 & 2
2008 The Bill Becky Cooper
2008 Little Dorrit Flower Girl
2009 Murderland Carrie Walsh
2009 Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas Cranchesterford teenager Special
2011 The Cabin Sydney Television film
2014 Benidorm Bianca Dyke


  1. ^ "Isobel Dorothy Powley - England and Wales Birth Registration Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Synnot, Siobhan (2 August 2015). "Actress Bel Powley comes of age as 1970s adolescent". The Scotsman. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Arcadia - Broadway (2011-03-17). "Arcadia's Bel Powley on Coming to Broadway as a Brainy Teen | Broadway Buzz". Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  4. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (2013-04-12). "Benidorm series 6 confirmed". Radio Times. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  5. ^ Ford, Rebecca (5 August 2015). "'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Actress Bel Powley to Star in 'Carrie Pilby' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2015-10-05). "Rising Star Bel Powley To Topline 'Wildling'; Liv Tyler and Trudie Styler's Maven To Produce". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  7. ^ Spencer, Charles (2 April 2009). "Tusk Tusk at the Royal Court". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Brantley, Ben (18 March 2011). "Arcadia:The 180-Year stitch, Metaphysically Speaking". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Spencer, Charles (19 October 2011). "Jumpy, Royal Court". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Observations' One To Watch: Bel Powley, Actress, 20 - Features - Films". The Independent. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  11. ^ Susannah Butter (2012-11-02). "Generation next... meet London's bright young things - London Life - Life & Style - London Evening Standard". Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
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