Ellie Bamber

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Ellie Bamber
Ellie Bamber in 2016 London Film Festival 03 (30210044432).jpg
Bamber at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival
Eleanor Elizabeth Bamber

(1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 25)
Surrey, England
EducationWellington College
Years active2010–present

Eleanor Elizabeth Bamber (born 2 February 1997) is an English actress. In 2018, she won third prize at the Ian Charleson Awards for her 2017 performance as Hilde in The Lady from the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse.[1][2] She was in Tom Ford's feature film Nocturnal Animals and the BBC One television series, Les Misérables, as Cosette, and portrayed Mandy Rice-Davies in the BBC series, The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Early life[edit]

Bamber was born in Surrey, England, and has a younger brother, Lucas. Her father, David, works in finance and her mother is her manager.[3] She was privately educated at Hawley Place School (Hurst Lodge School),[4] Eagle House School and Wellington College and was awarded drama scholarships.



At the age of 12, Bamber became the youngest member of the Players' Theatre Club. At the age of 13 she was chosen by Sir Trevor Nunn to play the role of ‘Young Jenny’ in his production of Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory. After roles in TV and film, she returned to musical theatre when she was selected for a lead role as the disruptive teenager ‘Dinah Lord’ in High Society at The Old Vic, London. Directed by Maria Friedman, this was the last production under Kevin Spacey’s tenure as Artistic Director. Following the run, in November 2015, she was nominated for the ‘Evening Standard Theatre Award’ for ‘Best Newcomer in a Musical’.[5]

In 2017 she played Hilde in The Lady from the Sea, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah at the Donmar Warehouse, and her performance won third prize at the Ian Charleson Awards.[1][2]

Television and film[edit]

Her film debut was in The Falling (2014). In the same year she starred as Lydia Bennet, the youngest of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, starring alongside Lily James, Douglas Booth, Sam Riley and Matt Smith.[6] In 2015, she was chosen as one of the British Film Institute and Screen Daily – Screen Stars of Tomorrow.

In 2016 she appeared in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, playing the daughter of Jake Gyllenhaal and Isla Fisher's characters, in a film also starring Amy Adams.[7] Also that year, she filmed the feature film Extracurricular Activities. In 2017 she also filmed High Resolution based on the book Taipei by Tao Lin.

In 2017, Bamber appeared in the music video for Shawn Mendes' song "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back".[8]

In 2018 Bamber was in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, alongside Keira Knightley and Morgan Freeman. In 2019 she played Cosette in the BBC 1 television series Les Misérables with Dominic West and Olivia Colman. In 2018 Bamber was seen in the feature film The Seven Sorrows of Mary where she plays the lead role of Mary. She starred in the BBC 1 television series, The Trial of Christine Keeler as Mandy Rice-Davies alongside Sophie Cookson and James Norton and had a leading role in the acclaimed 2021 BBC drama series The Serpent .

Personal life[edit]

Bamber dated actor Richard Madden from 2017 to January 2019.[9]


List of film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Falling Schoolgirl
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Lydia Bennet
Bring Back the Cat Tittie Ellison Short film
Nocturnal Animals India Hastings Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2018 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Louise
High Resolution Erin Won Best Actress at Orlando Film Festival
The Seven Sorrows of Mary Mary
2019 Extracurricular Activities Mary Alice Walker
2020 The Show Becky Cornelius
List of television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 A Mother's Son Olivia TV miniseries, 2 episodes
2015 The Musketeers Martine Episode: "The Prodigal Father"
2016 The Fashion Fund Herself Episode: "Winner Announced"
2018 Les Misérables Cosette Main role, 3 episodes
2019–2020 The Trial of Christine Keeler Mandy Rice-Davies Main role, 6 episodes
2021 The Serpent Angela Knippenberg 8 episodes
2022 Willow Dove Main role

Theatrical plays[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2009 Players' Theatre Victorian Music Hall 75th anniversary show[10][11][12] Betty Players' Theatre Club singing role
2010 Aspects of Love Young Jenny
2015 High Society Dinah Lord
2017 The Lady from the Sea Hilde Donmar Warehouse Bamber won Third Prize at the Ian Charleson Awards[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Masso, Giverny. "Natalie Simpson wins 2017 Ian Charleson Award". The Stage. 18 May 2018
  2. ^ a b c "And the winners are... Find out who triumphed at the Ian Charleson Awards". The Sunday Times. 27 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Ellie Bamber Explains Why Having a Momager is Actually a Great Idea". 18 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Hurst Lodge and Hawley Place schools to merge in January 2018 | the Independent Schools Association". 9 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Full list of nominees". London Evening Standard. London. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  6. ^ Mac Donnel, Chloe (2 March 2016). "She's Adored By Karl Lagerfeld + Mates With Suki Waterhouse: Meet Actor Ellie Bamber". InStyle.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (18 September 2015). "Tom Ford Adds Ellie Bamber To 'Nocturnal Animals'". Deadline. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  8. ^ Ceron, Ella (21 June 2017). "Shawn Mendes Debuts "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" Music Video". Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  9. ^ Duncan, A. (August 2018). "Who is Richard Madden's girlfriend, when did he date Jenna Coleman and who are his exes?". Metro. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Ellie Bamber: My Donmar debut will be relief after months of filming and modelling – The Players' Theatre". www.playerstheatre.co.uk. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Bamber, Ellie – The Players' Theatre". www.playerstheatre.co.uk. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  12. ^ Betker, Ally. "Tom Ford's Newest Discovery Ellie Bamber Is the Next Redhead Movie Star". Retrieved 4 November 2018.

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