Ella Balinska

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Ella Balinska
Ella Balinska Oscars Vanity Fair 2020.jpg
Balinska attends the 92nd Academy Award Vanity Fair Oscars Party
Born (1996-10-04) 4 October 1996 (age 25)
Alma materGuildford School of Acting
OccupationActress
Years active2014–present
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Parent(s)

Ella Balinska (born 4 October 1996) is an English[1] actress. She is known for starring in the 2019 action comedy film Charlie's Angels.

Early life and education[edit]

Balinska was born on 4 October 1996 in London, England, to entrepreneur Kaz Balinski-Jundzill and chef Lorraine Pascale.[2][3][4] She has described her background as being a mix of "British, Polish and Caribbean".[5] Her parents divorced in 2000.[3] Her father is married to model Sophie Anderton.[6]

She played county-level netball and competed in track and field at a national level,[7] having been the javelin thrower for Team London.[8] She went to James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich, London, and left in 2015. She then went on to train at the Guildford School of Acting.[9] She left during her final semester in 2018 for work and returned in 2020 to complete her degree, officially graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting in 2021.[10] The Ella Balinska Scholarship was established in her name.[11]

Career[edit]

In 2017, Balinska obtained the lead role in The Athena (2019) as Nyela Malik.[12] She starred alongside Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott in the action comedy Charlie's Angels, a continuation of the 1976 television series of the same name and two previous theatrical films.[1] It was released in November 2019, garnering mixed critical reviews.[13][14]

Balinska starred in the thriller film Run Sweetheart Run, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.[15] She will portray and voice Frey Holland, the protagonist of the action role-playing video game Forspoken.[16] Balinska is set to star in Resident Evil, a Netflix live-action television series based on the video game series of the same name, and The Occupant, a science fiction thriller film.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Balinska is a supporter of the nonprofit organisation the British Fashion Council.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Junction 9 Tanya Mason
2015 Thanatos Clarice Spinoza
2016 Hunted Agent A. Fox
2017 Tiers of the Tropics Orla
2017 Clover Maya Short film
2017 Room Meghan Short film
2017 10 Men & Gwen Cristina
2019 Charlie's Angels Jane Kano
2019 Ru's Angels Jane Kano Short film; cameo[20]
2020 Run Sweetheart Run Cherie
TBA The Occupant Abby

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Casualty Susie Barbour Season 32, episode 33[21]
2018 Midsomer Murders Grace Briggs Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
2019 The Athena Nyela Malik

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Forspoken Frey Holland [22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 Screen Nation Film and Television Awards Rising Star The Athena Nominated [16]
National Film Awards UK Best Actress Charlie's Angels Nominated [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New generation of Charlie's Angels revealed as Kristen Stewart and two rising English stars". The Daily Telegraph. 27 July 2018. Archived from the original on 5 June 2021. Retrieved 10 May 2020. She'll be joined by English actresses Naomi Scott (known for appearing in 2017's Power Rangers and playing Jasmine in the forthcoming Aladdin live action film) and Ella Balinska, who is the daughter of Lorraine Pascale and is best known for playing Grace Briggs in Midsomer Murders and the titular role in Sky series Nyela's Dream.
  2. ^ McGrath, Nick (22 January 2011). "Lorraine Pascal: Baking Cakes". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b Wagner, Kate (27 July 2018). "Everything You Need To Know About 'Charlie's Angels' Star, Ella Balinska". Elle Australia. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  4. ^ Walsh, Savannah (12 October 2019). "Everything You Need To Know About Ella Balinska, The Newest Charlie's Angel". Elle. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions WIRED". Retrieved 16 November 2019 – via Youtube.
  6. ^ Cope, Rebecca (9 August 2021). "'90s It girl Sophie Anderton marries Count Kaz Balinski-Jundzill". Tatler. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  7. ^ Fernandez, Alexia (27 June 2019). "Charlie's Angels Are Back! Everything to Know About Stars Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska". People. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  8. ^ Davids, Brian (18 November 2019). "'Charlie's Angels' Star Ella Balinska on Intense Training and Her Catwoman Audition". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  9. ^ Marks, Olivia (16 November 2019). "High Kicks And High Fashion – Meet 'Charlie's Angels' Ella Balinska, Hollywood's Hottest New Recruit". British Vogue. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  10. ^ "The Ella Balinska Scholarship 2021". GSA. 8 October 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  11. ^ "GSA announces new Ella Balinska Scholarship 2021". University of Surrey. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  12. ^ *Pledbrook, Pledbrook. "Nyela's Dream". Bryncoed Productions. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  13. ^ Bukszpan, Daniel (23 November 2019). "Why this November's big movie releases have been flopping at the box office". CNBC. Archived from the original on 5 June 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Charlie's Angels: What did the critics think?". BBC News. 13 November 2019. Archived from the original on 12 June 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2020. The last edition of the film series - 2003 sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, which also starred Diaz, Liu and Barrymore, received similarly mixed reviews and failed to hit the heights of its predecessor at the box office.
  15. ^ Valenti, Lauren (28 January 2020). "How Ella Balinska Got Ready for Her "Run Sweetheart Run" Premiere at Sundance". Vogue. Archived from the original on 23 October 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  16. ^ a b Oddo, Marco Vitto (18 March 2021). "'Forspoken' Trailer Teases the Square Enix Game Formerly Known as 'Project Athia'". Collider. Archived from the original on 18 March 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  17. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (11 June 2021). "'Resident Evil': Lance Reddick To Star As Albert Wesker, Five Actresses Join Netflix Live-Action Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 12 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  18. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (8 September 2021). "Ella Balinska To Star In Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Occupant', Pic Gets Epic Games Grant — TIFF". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 8 September 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  19. ^ Nast, Condé (4 June 2021). ""I Know What It Feels Like To Just Want To Be Able To Run": Ella Balinska On Her Role As The BFC's New Patron". British Vogue. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  20. ^ Nolfi, Joey (8 November 2019). "Kristen Stewart, Charlie's Angels fight evil with RuPaul's Drag Race queens in new short film". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  21. ^ "BBC One - Casualty, Series 32, Episode 23". BBC.
  22. ^ Aramaki, Takeshi (18 March 2021). "Forspoken comes to PS5 in 2022". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Renee Zellweger, Ricky Gervais, Dev Patel, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Olivia Coleman are among stars nominated at 2020 National Film Awards UK". National Film Awards UK. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2020.

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