Ellie Kendrick

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Ellie Kendrick
Born Eleanor Lucy V. Kendrick
(1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 25)
London, England
Occupation Actress, stage performer

Eleanor Lucy V. "Ellie" Kendrick (born 6 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.

Early life[edit]

Kendrick was born in London. She attended Benenden School in Kent and spent time with the National Youth Theatre.[1][2] In October 2009, she took up a place to study English 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 Four 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 part of Meera Reed for the third season of Game of Thrones. 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 is currently playing the part of Helen in Misfits.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Waking the Dead Young Greta Episode: "The Hardest Word, Part 2"
2004 Doctors Laura Episode: "Promises, Promises"
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 5 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2009 An Education Tina
2010 Upstairs Downstairs Ivy Morris 3 episodes
2012–2013 Being Human Allison 2 episodes
2012 Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Kitty Thatcham
Game of Thrones Meera Reed 9 episodes
2013 Chickens Constance 1 episodes
2013 Misfits Helen 5 episodes


Year Title Station
2011 Life and fate BBC Four
2012 Dracula BBC Four


  1. ^ "Former Kent pupil starring in TV drama" 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. ^ "Please complete the reCAPTCHA". Spotlight. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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