Erin Kellyman

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Erin Kellyman
Born (1998-10-17) 17 October 1998 (age 23)
OccupationActress
Years active2015–present
Notable work
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Erin Mae Kellyman (born 17 October 1998) is an English actress, best known for her work as Enfys Nest in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), as Eponine Thénardier in the BBC adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel Les Misérables (2019) and as Karli Morgenthau in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), which is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Tamworth, Staffordshire, Kellyman attended Birmingham Ormiston Academy, The Rawlett School and was a graduate of the Nottingham Television Workshop.[1]

Career[edit]

Kellyman appeared in Raised by Wolves, written by Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline Moran for Channel 4. She also appeared in the 2016 BBC sitcom The Coopers Vs The Rest with Tanya Franks and Kerry Godliman, about a trio of adopted children raised by a suburban couple.[2]

Kellyman was cast as the marauder Enfys Nest in Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018.[3][4] The role of Nest in Solo: A Star Wars Story has been reported as the "anti-hero we deserve"[5] and "the most important new character introduced in the movie."[6] This role was reported to have given Kellyman "global recognition."[1] For the role Kellyman had to go through three stages of audition.[7] Kellyman only tested with the lead of the film, Alden Ehrenreich, during the third audition, doing both acting and stunt test work.[8]

Kellyman also appeared in the BBC's adaptation of Les Misérables as Éponine alongside Olivia Colman, Lily Collins, David Oyelowo and Dominic West.[9] Kellyman had originally auditioned for the role of Cosette, but was called back for the role of Éponine.[1] Kellyman praised the diversity in the BBC production, admitting she never considered she would be able to play such a role in a period drama.[10]

Kellyman appeared in BBC Two dark comedy series Don't Forget the Driver, starring Toby Jones.[11] In 2020, Kellyman played the role of Maya, a child that comes to live with her distant aunt, in the BBC TV drama series Life.[12]

Kellyman co-stars in the 2021 Disney+ action series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Karli Morgenthau, the leader of a radical group called the Flag Smashers, alongside Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Kellyman is mixed race and has said she is happy to play characters who have her heritage for representation of women like herself.[14]

Kellyman is an open lesbian. She attended a pride parade in 2019 with her girlfriend, Jordan O'Coy.[15][16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Enfys Nest Ron Howard
2021 The Green Knight Winifred David Lowery

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Raised by Wolves Cathy 5 episodes
2017 Uncle Eleanor 1 episode
2018–2019 Les Misérables Éponine 3 episodes
2019 Don't Forget the Driver Kayla 6 episodes
2020 Life Maya 6 episodes
2021 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Karli Morgenthau 6 episodes
Marvel Studios: Assembled Herself Documentary; Episode: "Assembled: The Making of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier"
2022 Top Boy Pebbles
Willow Jade Main role, upcoming series

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Erin Kellyman (actor)". Screen. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Mohan, Isabel (29 August 2016). "The Coopers vs The Rest has promise but feels like a poor imitation of My Family: review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 January 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Truitt, Brian (27 May 2018). "'Solo': Decoding the six biggest reveals of the newest 'Star Wars' movie (spoilers!)". USA Today. Retrieved 15 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Furness, Hannah (10 January 2018). "BBC unveils cast of new Les Miserables series with pledge to take classic back to its roots". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 January 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Solo's Enfys Nest: The Star Wars Anti-Hero We Deserve". Den of Geek. Retrieved 22 January 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Shaw-Williams, Hannah (26 May 2018). "Enfys Nest Is Solo's Most Important New Star Wars Character". ScreenRant. Retrieved 22 January 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Unmasking Enfys Nest: An Interview with Erin Kellyman". StarWars.com. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Hutchinson, Emily (18 October 2018). "Nottingham's Star Wars actress Erin Kellyman to appear in new BBC adaptation of Les Miserables". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 15 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Geisinger, Gabriella (25 May 2018). "Solo: A Star Wars Story: Who is Erin Kellyman? Who does she play in Star Wars?". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Interview with Erin Kellyman". BBC Media Centre. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Cast announced for new Toby Jones comedy". chortle.co.uk. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "An interview with Erin Kellyman". BBC Media Centre. 27 September 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "The Falcon & The Winter Soldier Merch Confirms The Identity Of Erin Kellyman's Flag-Smasher". comicbookmovie.com. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  14. ^ "One of my highlights from 2019". 5 January 2020. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Blessed and colourfully dressed 🏳️‍🌈". 26 May 2019. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  16. ^ "It's global pride day and my gay ass self is the truest and happiest I've ever been thanks to you, you beautiful woman, I love you @erin.kellyman ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎". 27 June 2020. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 4 April 2021.

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