Eliza Bennett

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Eliza Bennett
Eliza Bennett.jpg
Bennett in 2009
Born Eliza Hope Bennett
(1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 26)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Other names Eliza Hope Bennett
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2004–present

Eliza Hope Bennett[1] (born 17 March 1992)[2] is an English actress and singer. Her most notable roles have been those of Meggie Folchart in the film Inkheart,[3][4] Tora in the film Nanny McPhee,[5][3] Susan in From Time to Time[6] and playing Holly Manson in the West End musical Loserville.[7][8][9] Bennett starred on the MTV black comedy series Sweet/Vicious as Jules Thomas.[10][11]

Early life[edit]

Bennett was born and grew up in Reading, Berkshire[12] with her older brother and sister[13] and attended Leighton Park School.[14][15][16]

Film career[edit]

Bennett landed her first role as Jemima in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium in 2002 aged nine.[9] She got her first film role playing Princess Arabella in 2004's The Prince & Me.[17][18] In 2005 Bennett landed one of her biggest film roles, playing Tora in Nanny McPhee.[5][3]

In 2005, she played Hayley in the TV movie Supernova,[19] Young Anne in the 2006 film Victims, Emily in The Contractor with Wesley Snipes[20][21] and television work as Nora in the Agatha Christie's Marple episode "By the Pricking of My Thumbs".[22][23]

In 2006, she played the role of Meggie Folchart in the film Inkheart,[3][4] based on the novel by Cornelia Funke. In 2009, Eliza went on to land the role of Susan in Julian Fellowes' film From Time to Time.[6]

In 2010, she played the role of Kate Anderson in Johannes Roberts' thriller film F,[24][25] Roadkill.[26][27] In 2012, Eliza portrayed the psychopathic character of Kayleigh in the thriller film Confine[28][29]; a role for which she received a best supporting actress nomination at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, eventually receiving a distinctive achievement award.[30] and also winning Best Actress Award for Confine at CYIFF 2013[citation needed]

In 2012 she played the role of Kayleigh in the film Confine,[28][29] Alex/Brittany in the 2015 film H8RZ[31][32]and Agathe Von Trapp in the 2015 film The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music.[33][34]

Music career[edit]

Bennett performed a song for Inkheart's soundtrack, called "My Declaration", originally written and performed by Tom Baxter.[35][36]

In 2012, Eliza then went back to musical theatre when she was cast as Holly in the West End musical Loserville.[7][8][9] This was first performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds,[7] before getting a West End transfer to the Garrick Theatre in 2012.[37]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes Refs.
2004 The Prince & Me Princess Arabella [17][18]
2005 Nanny McPhee Tora Brown [5][4]
2005 Supernova Haley Richardson TV film [19]
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Nora Johnson Episode; By the Pricking of My Thumbs [22][23]
2007 The Contractor Emily Day [20][21]
2008 Inkheart Meggie Folchart Credited as Eliza Hope Bennett [3][4]
2009 From Time to Time Susan Oldknow [6]
2009 Perfect Life Young Anne [38]
2010 F Kate Anderson [24][25]
2011 Roadkill Hailey [26][27]
2012 Grimm's Snow White Snow White [39][40]
2012 Confine Kayleigh [28][29]
2013 The Midnight Beast Amy [41]
2014 BBC Comedy Feeds Sofie Flat TV [42][43]
2014 Plebs Ambrosia Episode; The Candidate [44][45][46]
2015 Valentine's Kiss Lily Whiteley [47][48]
2015 Broadchurch Lisa Newbery Series 2 [49][50][51]
2015 Strike Back Chloe Foster Series 5 [52][53][54]
2015 H8RZ Alex Thomas / Brittany Tammand [31][32]
2015 The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music Agathe Von Trapp [33][34]
2016 Grantchester Kitty Lawson Season 2 [55][56][57]
2016–17 Sweet/Vicious Jules Thomas Main role [10][11]

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Refs.
April 2002 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jemima Potts London Palladium [9]
July 2012 Loserville Holly Manson West Yorkshire Playhouse [7]
2012–13 Loserville Holly Manson Garrick Theatre [37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Award Result Refs.
2007 Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film for Nanny McPhee

Shared with Thomas Sangster, Raphaël Coleman, Jennifer Rae Daykin, Holly Gibbs & Samuel Honywood.

Young Artist Award Nominated [58]
2012 Best Supporting Actress for Confine Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Nominated [citation needed]
2012 Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Loserville Broadwayworld West End Awards Nominated [citation needed]
2013 Best Actress Award for "Confine" CYIFF Won [30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q&A: Talking with Eliza Hope Bennett of Loserville". Love Theatre. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Eliza Bennett [@ElizaBennett] (17 March 2017). "Jeez Jules stop taking my birthday so seriously" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "New DVD: Inkheart (PG)". GetReading. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Gritten, David (11 December 2008). "Inkheart - review". Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Nanny McPhee". RadioTimes. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c Castro, Adam-Troy (14 December 2012). "Inkheart's Eliza Bennett will time-travel in her next fantasy film". SyfyWire. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d Eliza Bennett [@ElizaBennett] (19 April 2012). "I can finally say that I will be in @JamesBourne Loserville at @WYPlayhouse!! Come and book tickets nowwwww!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  8. ^ a b Spencer, Charles (18 October 2012). "Loserville, Garrick Theatre, review". Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d Cook, Caroline (16 October 2012). "Reading actress takes to the West End stage in Loserville". Get Reading. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Ryan, Maureen (14 November 2016). "Review: MTV's 'Sweet/Vicious'". Variety. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Barnes, Katie (25 January 2017). "MTV's 'Sweet/Vicious' is the best show you haven't been watching". ESPN. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Perryman, Francesca (19 March 2016). "Former Reading pupil nominated for prestigious Olivier award". Get Reading. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  13. ^ Eliza Bennett [@ElizaBennett] (3 January 2015). "So excited my brother is getting married next month and now my sister is ENGAGED!! 💍💃Exciting family…" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  14. ^ "Old Leightonians". Leighton Park School. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  15. ^ ""The Crucible" cast announced". News. Leighton Park School. 22 September 2009. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  16. ^ SACLAO, CHRISTIAN (26 January 2017). "'Sweet/Vicious' Creator Shares New Story Ideas For Potential Season 2". International Business Times. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "The Prince and Me - Credits". BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  18. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (November 2005). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2006. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 543. ISBN 9780740755385. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "SUPERNOVA". Sonar Entertainment. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "The Contracter". Amazon. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "The Contractor". RadioTimes. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "Agatha Christie's Marple - By the Pricking of My Thumbs". RadioTimes. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "By the Pricking of My Thumbs - Full Cast and Credits". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "DVD Releases: 'F' (Review)". Cinevue. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  25. ^ a b Kermode, Jennie (8 September 2010). "F (2010) Film Review". Eye For Film. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  26. ^ a b "Roadkill". RadioTimes. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  27. ^ a b "Roadkill". Amazon. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  28. ^ a b c Chafey, Alex (4 July 2013). "Confine – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  29. ^ a b c NICHOLSON, BEN. "Film Review: 'Confine'". Cinevue. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  30. ^ a b "2012 WRIFF AWARD WINNERS - Wild Rose Film Festival". Wildrosefilmfest.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  31. ^ a b "H8RZ". Amazon. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  32. ^ a b Yarrow, Marcia. "H8RZ (Review)". The American Mag. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  33. ^ a b "The Von Trapp Family - A Life of Music [DVD]". Amazon. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  34. ^ a b "The Von Trapp Family: A Life of Music 2 For £10 DVD £5.99". HMV. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  35. ^ "MY DECLARATION - ELIZA BENNETT". MTV. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  36. ^ "My Declaration ("Inkheart")". Amazon. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  37. ^ a b Eliza Bennett [@ElizaBennett] (2 October 2012). "@hughbon well if your back you should come and see #Loserville at the Garrick theatre! It's so fun. PS I'm so happy Downton is back on my TV" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  38. ^ "Perfect Life [DVD] (2010) Eliza Bennett, Chris Bearne, Steven Berkoff". Ebay. Archived from the original on 30 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  39. ^ "Grimm's Snow White". RadioTimes. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  40. ^ "Grimm's Snow White". Amazon. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  41. ^ "The Midnight Beast - Series 2, Episode 4 - Going Solo". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  42. ^ "Comedy Feeds - Flat TV". BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  43. ^ Rosenthal, Tom (15 May 2015). "BBC Three orders Flat TV". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  44. ^ Eliza Bennett [@ElizaBennett] (20 October 2014). "Hello English Telly Owners. I shall be on your TV sets TONIGHT on #Plebs on @Itv2Tony at 10pm. Tune…" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  45. ^ Eliza Bennett [@ElizaBennett] (20 October 2014). "Thank you for the kind words about this weeks #Plebs ep. I has a blast working on it. If you missed it, catch it on ITVplayer. Innit bruv" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  46. ^ "Series 2 - Episode 6 - The Candidate". RadioTimes. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  47. ^ "VALENTINE'S KISS [Episodes 1-2]". BBFC. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  48. ^ "Valentine's Kiss". Letterboxd. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  49. ^ Eliza Bennett [@ElizaBennett] (5 January 2015). "Hey peeps! Watch @BroadchurchTV tonight @ITV 9pm. If you watch every week, you might just see my face. Had a lovely little time on this job" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  50. ^ JEFFERY, MORGAN (24 February 2015). "Broadchurch 2: What worked, what didn't?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  51. ^ Ihnat, Gwen (25 March 2015). "Broadchurch: "Season Two, Episode Four"". AVClub. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  52. ^ Eliza Bennett [@ElizaBennett] (28 January 2014). "Woken up feeling exhausted just from 1st day filming on Strike Back! #training #filming #strikeback" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  53. ^ Curt, Wagner (22 September 2014). "Michelle Yeoh, Dustin Clare join 'Strike Back' cast". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  54. ^ "Cinemax's STRIKE BACK to Return for Fourth & Final Season, 7/31". Broadway. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  55. ^ Eliza Bennett [@ElizaBennett] (23 March 2016). "I guest star on #Grantchester tonight on #ITV at 9pm. Tune in if you fancy! Lovely cast and people" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  56. ^ "Grantchester - Press Centre". ITV. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  57. ^ "Grantchester - S2 - Episode 4". Radio Times. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  58. ^ "Thomas Sangster Awards". Ace Showbiz. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 2007 Got nomination for Young Artist Award Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film for Nanny McPhee (2005) shared with Eliza Bennett, Jennifer Rae Daykin, Holly Gibbs 

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