Felicity Jones

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Felicity Jones
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Born Felicity Rose Hadley Jones
(1983-10-17) 17 October 1983 (age 33)
Bournville, England, UK
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Partner(s) Ed Fornieles (2003–13)

Felicity Rose Hadley Jones (born 17 October 1983) is an English actress. She started her professional acting career as a child, appearing at age 12 in The Treasure Seekers (1996). She went on to play Ethel Hallow for one season in the television show The Worst Witch and its sequel Weirdsister College. She took time off from acting to attend school during her formative years, and has worked steadily since graduating from Wadham College, Oxford in 2006. On radio, she has played the role of Emma Grundy in the BBC's The Archers. In 2008, she appeared in the Donmar Warehouse production of The Chalk Garden.

Since 2006 Jones has appeared in numerous films, including Northanger Abbey (2007), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Chéri (2009), The Tempest (2010) and Inferno (2016). She stars in the upcoming Star Wars prequel Rogue One (2016).

Her performance in the 2011 film Like Crazy was met with critical acclaim, garnering her numerous awards, including a special jury prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In 2014, her performance as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything also met with critical acclaim, garnering her nominations for the Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actress.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born and brought up in Birmingham, England,[1] the daughter of Julia (née Hadley) and Gareth Jones. Her uncle is actor Michael Hadley. She has one sibling, a brother. One of her great-great-grandmothers was Italian, from Lucca, Tuscany. Her middle name, Rose, is the first name of her grandmother.[2] Her father was a journalist while her mother was in advertising.[3]

After Kings Norton Girls' School, Jones attended King Edward VI Handsworth School, to complete A-levels and went on to take a gap year (during which she appeared in the BBC series Servants). She then studied English at Wadham College, Oxford,[4] graduating with an upper second in 2006. While studying English, she appeared in student plays, including Attis in which she played the title role,[5] and, in 2005, Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors for the OUDS summer tour to Japan, starring alongside Harry Lloyd.

Career[edit]

Jones began acting at 11 years at after-school workshop Central Junior Television funded by Central Television.[3] She appeared in the first series of The Worst Witch. When Weirdsister College began in 2001, Jones returned as Hallow. Her longest and probably best known role overall was on the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers, where she played Emma Carter (who is now played by Emerald O'Hanrahan).[6]

In 2003, she starred as Grace May in the BBC drama Servants.[7] She took the leading role in the 2007 ITV adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, and made her stage debut in Polly Stenham's That Face at the Royal Court Theatre in April 2007.

In 2008, she appeared in the films Brideshead Revisited and Flashbacks of a Fool,[8] the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp" and a revival of Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London.[9] In January 2009, the five-part TV serial The Diary of Anne Frank, in which Jones played the role of Margot Frank alongside Tamsin Greig (as Edith Frank-Holländer) and Iain Glen (as Otto Frank), was broadcast on BBC One. Later that year in May, she performed in a rehearsed reading of Anthony Minghella's Hang Up at the High Tide Festival.[10] Jones played the role of Julie in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's 2010 film Cemetery Junction.[11] She also appeared in Soulboy[12] and in Julie Taymor's big screen adaptation of The Tempest as Miranda.

On 29 January 2011, Jones won a Special Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival for her performance as Anna in Drake Doremus's Like Crazy.[6] She had to do her own hair and make-up in the film, while the dialogue was entirely improvised.[6] Her performance earned comparisons to Carey Mulligan's Academy Award-nominated role in An Education.[6] She also received the Best New Hollywood Award for this film at the 2011 Hollywood Film Awards.[13] She appeared alongside Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick in Chalet Girl, a romantic comedy released in March 2011, for which she had to undergo two months of snowboarding training and work undercover in a chalet at St Anton, scrubbing toilets and partying at the Krazy Kanguruh bar in preparation for the role.[6] Jones said that the role was "something of a relief" after a string of costume roles and she was also keen to take on a comic role.[3] Jones performed in Luise Miller, a new translation of Schiller's Kabale und Liebe by Mike Poulton at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London, in June and July 2011.[14] Jones lived with a Catholic family and attended Mass to prepare for the role.[6] In 2011, Jones was announced as the new face of Burberry.[6] In November, she was also announced as the new face of Dolce & Gabbana.[15] She also co-starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was released on 2 May 2014. She played Felicia Hardy; an assistant of Harry Osborn.[16][17][18]

Her current highlight is her 2014 performance as Jane Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything, a biopic charting the life and love between Jane Wilde Hawking and the world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, with Eddie Redmayne starring as Hawking. The film has received critical acclaim mostly due to her and Redmayne's performances. For her role as Jane, she received widespread acclaim and nominations from numbers of organizations, including an Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

In February 2015, she was cast as Jyn Erso in the Star Wars spin-off film, Rogue One with Gareth Edwards directing.[19]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Jones split from her boyfriend of ten years, sculptor and Internet artist Ed Fornieles,[6][20] who she had met at Oxford when he was at the Ruskin School of Art.[6][21]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
The Treasure Seekers 1996 Bastable, AliceAlice Bastable Television film [22]
The Worst Witch 1998–99 Hallow, EthelEthel Hallow 11 episodes [23]
Weirdsister College 2001 Hallow, EthelEthel Hallow 13 episodes [24]
Servants 2003 May, GraceGrace May 6 episodes [25]
Northanger Abbey 2007 Morland, CatherineCatherine Morland Television film [26]
Cape Wrath 2007 Brogan, ZoeZoe Brogan 8 episodes [27]
Doctor Who 2008 Redmond, RobinaRobina Redmond Episode: "The Unicorn and the Wasp" [28]
The Diary of Anne Frank 2009 Frank, MargotMargot Frank 5 episodes [29]
Page Eight 2011 Worricker, JulianneJulianne Worricker Television film [30]
Salting the Battlefield 2014 Worricker, JulianneJulianne Worricker Television film [31]
Girls 2014 Dottie Episode: "Role-Play" [32]

Film[edit]

Title Year Role(s) Director(s) Notes Ref(s)
Flashbacks of a Fool 2008 Young Ruth Walsh, BaillieBaillie Walsh [33]
Brideshead Revisited 2008 Flyte, CordeliaCordelia Flyte Jarrold, JulianJulian Jarrold [34]
Chéri 2009 Edmée Frears, StephenStephen Frears [35]
Cemetery Junction 2010 Kendrick, JulieJulie Kendrick Gervais, RickyRicky Gervais and Stephen Merchant [36]
Soulboy 2010 Hodgson, MandyMandy Hodgson Marcus, ShimmyShimmy Marcus [37]
The Tempest 2011 Miranda Taymor, JulieJulie Taymor [38]
Chalet Girl 2011 Matthews, KimKim Matthews Traill, PhilPhil Traill [39]
Like Crazy 2011 Gardner, AnnaAnna Gardner Doremus, DrakeDrake Doremus [40]
Albatross 2011 Fischer, BethBeth Fischer MacCormick, NiallNiall MacCormick [41]
Hysteria 2011 Dalrymple, EmilyEmily Dalrymple Wexler, TanyaTanya Wexler [42]
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding 2012 Thatchem, DollyDolly Thatchem Rice, DonaldDonald Rice [43]
Breathe In 2013 Sophie Doremus, DrakeDrake Doremus [44]
The Invisible Woman 2013 Nelly Ternan Fiennes, RalphRalph Fiennes [45]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 Felicia Hardy Webb, MarcMarc Webb [46]
The Theory of Everything 2014 Hawking, Jane WildeJane Wilde Hawking Marsh, JamesJames Marsh Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress [47]
True Story 2015 Barker, JillJill Barker Goold, RupertRupert Goold [48]
Collide 2016 Juliette Creevy, EranEran Creevy [49][50]
A Monster Calls 2016 Conor's Mum Bayona, Juan AntonioJuan Antonio Bayona [51]
Inferno 2016 Brooks, SiennaSienna Brooks Howard, RonRon Howard [52]
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 Erso, JynJyn Erso Gareth Edwards In post-production [53]

Theatre[edit]

Production Year(s) Theatre Role Ref(s)
The Snow Queen 2005–06 Newbury Theatre Gerda [54]
That Face 2007 Royal Court Theatre Mia [55]
The Chalk Garden 2008 Donmar Warehouse Laurel [56]
Luise Miller 2011 Donmar Warehouse Miller, LuiseLuise Miller [57]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year[a] Film(s) Category Result Ref.
AACTA Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress – International Nominated [58]
Academy Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [59]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2014 The Invisible Woman Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest[b] Nominated [60]
British Academy Film Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [61]
British Independent Film Awards 2011 Albatross Best Supporting Actress Nominated [62]
2013 The Invisible Woman Best Actress Nominated [63]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [64]
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association 2014 The Theory of Everything Best Actress 4th place [65]
Denver Film Critics Society 2012 Best Breakout Star Nominated [66]
2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [67]
Detroit Film Critics Society 2011 Like Crazy Best Actress Nominated [68]
Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Empire Awards 2012 Like Crazy Best Female Newcomer Won [69]
2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [70]
Golden Globe Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress – Drama Nominated [71]
Gotham Awards 2011 Like Crazy Breakthrough Actor Won [72]
Hollywood Film Awards 2011 New Hollywood Award Won [73]
Houston Film Critics Society 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [74]
London Film Critics' Circle 2015 The Theory of Everything British Actress of the Year Nominated [75]
National Board of Review 2011 Like Crazy Breakthrough Performance Tied[c] [76]
San Diego Film Critics Society 2014 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [77]
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015 The Theory of Everything Cinema Vanguard Award[d] Won [78]
Satellite Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [79]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [80]
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association 2014 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [81]
Sundance Film Festival 2011 Like Crazy Special Jury Prize Won [82]
Teen Choice Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything
True Story
Choice Movie Actress: Drama Nominated [83]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 2014 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [84]
Women Film Critics Circle 2014 The Theory of Everything The Invisible Woman Award Won [85]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Year in which awards ceremony was held
  2. ^ Shared with Ralph Fiennes
  3. ^ Tied with Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  4. ^ Shared with Eddie Redmayne

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