Ellie Kendrick

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Ellie Kendrick
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Ellie Kendrick in July 2016
Eleanor Lucy V. Kendrick

(1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 32)
Greenwich, London, England
Occupation(s)Actress, stage performer

Eleanor Lucy V. Kendrick (born 8 June 1990) is an English actress best known for playing Anne Frank in the BBC's 2009 miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank, Ivy Morris in the first series of the 2010 revived Upstairs Downstairs, and Meera Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones. She also voices Taelia Fordragon in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

Early life[edit]

Kendrick was born in London. She attended Dulwich College Preparatory School, in Cranbrook, Kent, followed by Benenden School, also in Kent, and spent time with the National Youth Theatre.[1][2] In October 2009, she began her BA in English Literature at the University of Cambridge.


Kendrick has played roles in Waking the Dead (2004), Doctors (2004), In 2 Minds (2004), Prime Suspect: The Final Act (2006), Lewis (2007), and the film An Education, scripted by Nick Hornby[3] and which premièred at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[2]

Kendrick played Anne Frank in the 2009 miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank. She said that her approach to playing Frank was to "peel back the layers of idolisation and to think of the characters just as normal people". Her performance was praised for "bringing fresh realism to an iconic role".[3]

In 2009, she made her stage début as Juliet in a Shakespeare's Globe production of Romeo and Juliet.[4] In December 2010, she played maid Ivy Morris in BBC One's revival of Upstairs Downstairs. She did not return for the second series, broadcast in 2012.

In 2011, Kendrick appeared in the BBC Radio 4 production of Life and Fate. She also played the character Allison in Being Human in the episode "Puppy Love" in 2012. She returned to the role in the ultimate episode of the series "The Last Broadcast" in 2013.

In 2012, Kendrick was cast in the role of Meera Reed in season 3 of Game of Thrones.[5][6] In 2013 she returned to the stage in In the Republic of Happiness and The Low Road at the Royal Court Theatre; she is also playing the character Constance on Sky1's Chickens. Kendrick also played the part of Helen in Misfits.[7]

2016 saw Kendrick perform her first lead film role in The Levelling.[8][9][10]

Kendrick's first play, Hole, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2018 under the direction of Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland.[11][12] The play combines Greek mythology and physics to explore female rage and oppression.[13][14] She wrote the play in 2016 as part of a writing group with the Royal Court.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 An Education Tina
2012 Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Kitty Thatcham
2016 Native Eva
2016 Love Is Thicker Than Water Helen
2016 Whisky Galore! Catriona Macroon
2016 The Levelling Clover
2022 Attachment (Danish: Natten har øjne) Leah [16]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Waking the Dead Young Greta Episode: "The Hardest Word, Part 2"
2004 Doctors Laura Episode: "Promises, Promises"
2004 In2Minds Zoe Main role
2006 Prime Suspect: The Final Act Melanie Television movie
2007 Lewis Megan Linn Episode: "Whom the Gods Would Destroy"
2009 The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank[17] 5 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2010 Upstairs Downstairs Ivy Morris Main role
2012–2013 Being Human Allison 2 episodes
Game of Thrones Meera Reed 16 episodes
2013 Chickens Constance 1 episode
2013 Misfits Helen 5 episodes
2018 Press Leona Manning-Lynd Main role
2018 Vanity Fair Jane Osborne 6 episodes
2020 McDonald & Dodds Elenora Crockett 1 episode
2020 COBRA Stephanie Lodge 6 episodes
2021 Dodo Lilly Scott 4 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Taelia Fordragon
2020 World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Taelia Fordragon
2023 Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Future Redeemed Na’el


Year Title Station
2011 Life and fate BBC Radio Four
2012 Dracula BBC Radio Four
2014 The Basin BBC Radio Four
2017 Agnes Grey BBC Radio Four


Year Title Director Role Theatre
2017 Gloria Michael Longhurst Ani, Sasha, Callie Hampstead Theatre
2009 Romeo and Juliet Dominic Dromgoole Juliet Globe Theatre


  1. ^ "Former Kent pupil starring in TV drama" Archived 22 March 2020 at the Wayback Machine 5 January 2009, Kent Online
  2. ^ a b Kendrick on the Internet Movie Database IMDb.com
  3. ^ a b 'Diary gives life to a new star' The Times 7 January 2009
  4. ^ "Close-up: Ellie Kendrick" The Independent
  5. ^ "Ellie Kendrick hits the bullseye with role in Game of Thrones". kentonline.co.uk. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. ^ "'Game of Thrones' Star Breaks Down Meera Reed's Actions: "Her Job Is to Protect Bran at All Costs"". hollywoodreporter.com. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Please complete the reCAPTCHA". Spotlight. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  8. ^ Crawford, Julie. "Ellie Kendrick relishes role in The Levelling". nsnews.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Interview With THE LEVELLING's Ellie Kendrick - ComicsVerse". comicsverse.com. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  10. ^ "TIFF '16 Interview: Ellie Kendrick on Giving Dimension to "The Levelling"". moveablefest.com. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  11. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej. "'Hole' review". Time Out London. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  12. ^ Sierz, Aleks (5 January 2019). "Ellie Kendrick's "Hole" at The Royal Court". The Theatre Times. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  13. ^ Billington, Michael (5 December 2018). "Hole review – history of female empowerment with heavy gravity". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  14. ^ Caird, Jo. "Review: Hole (Royal Court)". WhatsOnStage. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  15. ^ Williams, Holly (1 December 2018). "Ellie Kendrick: 'I've always been interested in the expression of rage in women'". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  16. ^ Hewett, Jonah (10 November 2022). "Attachment | Natten har øjne | Film". felixonline.co.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  17. ^ "The Diary Of Anne Frank". BBC Press Office. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2017.

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