Ella Purnell

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Ella Purnell
Born (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 18)
Occupation Actress, model
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Ella Purnell in October 2010

Ella Purnell (born 17 September 1996) is an English teen actress, most notable for her roles in Never Let Me Go (2010) and Maleficent (2014).

Life and career[edit]

She was born in London, England, where she currently lives with her mother. Ella has three younger brothers by her father. She attended Forest School, currently goes to City of London School for Girls and began Year 10 in September 2011. She used to attend weekly classes at Sylvia Young Theatre School, studying acting, singing and dance, and was formerly represented by their in-house talent agency, Young 'Uns (now known as Sylvia Young Agency). She is now however represented by The Rights House. She also attends Young Actors' Theatre Islington.

In 2008, she beat hundreds of other girls for a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.[1] She was one of only a few girls chosen to appear in the children's ensemble and remained in the show for a year.


Towards the end of her time in Oliver!, she won the role of Young Ruth in Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go – a feature film based on the acclaimed book by Kazuo Ishiguro.[2] This was a main role, in which Ella played the younger version of Keira Knightley's character; the script is set for the first half in Hailsham boarding school, where the main characters are children, and in the second half tells of their lives after leaving the school.

After filming this, Ella was cast as Kayleigh in Gustavo Ron's Ways to Live Forever, adapted from the book by Sally Nicholls.[3] She was also cast as Mia in Juan Carlos Fresnadillos Intruders which filmed in the summer of 2010 in London and Madrid. She plays the daughter of Clive Owen and is the central character.[4] She was recently named by Screen International as one of 10 UK Stars of Tomorrow.[5] Purnell also recently appeared in the BBC HD Film Short Candy in June 2011.

She appeared in the feature film Kick-Ass 2 (2013), alongside actress Chloë Grace Moretz. She also appeared as a main character in the independent film, Wildlike, and as a young Maleficent in Disney's 2014 film Maleficent.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Never Let Me Go Young Ruth
2010 Ways to Live Forever Kayleigh
2011 Candy Candy BBC HD short
2011 Intruders Mia
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Dolce
2014 Maleficent Teen Maleficent
2014 Wildlike MacKenzie
2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Emma Filming
2016 Tarzan Young Jane Porter Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Cyberbully Megan TV film


  1. ^ 6 July 2010 (2010-07-06). "Ella Purnell | Features | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  2. ^ "First trailer for 'Never Let Me Go' with Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan". Moviejungle.com. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Ways to live forever – The Movie". Waystoliveforever.com. 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  4. ^ Cooper, Sarah (2010-07-14). "Fersnadillo starts shooting thriller Intruders in London". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  5. ^ "Stars of Tomorrow 2010". Screenterrier.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 

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