Florence Pugh

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Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh in 2019 (cropped).jpg
Pugh at an event for Fighting with My Family in 2019
Born
Florence Rose C. M. Pugh

(1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 23)
Oxfordshire, England
OccupationActress
Years active2014–present
RelativesToby Sebastian (brother)

Florence Rose C. M. Pugh (/pj/ PEW; born 3 January 1996) is an English actress. She made her professional acting debut in the mystery film The Falling (2014) and she gained recognition for her leading role in the independent drama Lady Macbeth (2016). Her performance as an unhappily married woman in the latter won her the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress.

Pugh portrayed Elizabeth de Burgh in the Netflix historical film Outlaw King (2018) and her breakthrough came in 2019, when she portrayed professional wrestler Paige in the sports film Fighting with My Family and received critical acclaim for her performances as an emotionally troubled woman in the horror film Midsommar and a headstrong artist in the coming-of-age film Little Women.

Early life[edit]

Florence Rose C. M. Pugh[1] was born on 3 January 1996 in Oxfordshire.[2][3] Her father, Clinton Pugh, is a restaurateur in Oxford,[4] while her mother, Deborah, is a dancer and dance teacher. Pugh has three siblings, including actor and musician Toby Sebastian and actress Arabella Gibbins.[5] She lived in the Spanish community of Andalusia for part of her childhood; her first school was located in Sotogrande. Her love of accents and comedy was first displayed at age six at Cokethorpe School in Hardwick, Oxfordshire, when she was cast as Mary in a Christmas nativity play and decided to play the role with a Yorkshire accent. More lead parts followed at Wychwood School (2007–2009) and at St. Edward's School, Oxford.[5][6][7][8]

Career[edit]

2014–2018: Career beginnings[edit]

Pugh at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival

Pugh made her professional acting debut in mystery drama The Falling (2014), in which she played a precocious teenager opposite Maisie Williams, while still in school.[5][9] Tara Brady of The Irish Times labelled her "remarkable" and Mike McCahill of The Daily Telegraph took note of how well she conveyed her character's "teen-queen bearing with the vulnerability of one still unsure of her own body."[10][11] Pugh was nominated for Best British Newcomer at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival and for Best Young British/Irish performer by the London Film Critics' Circle.[12]

In 2015, Pugh played her first lead role in the television film Studio City, co-starring Eric McCormack.[5][13] The following year, she starred in the independent drama Lady Macbeth and had a recurring role as a webcam model in the first season of the ITV detective series Marcella.[14] In the former, based on the novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov, she starred as a young girl unhappily married to a much older man. Reviewing the film for Variety, Guy Lodge termed Pugh a "a major talent to watch" and praised her portrayal of her character's "complex, under-the-skin transformation".[15] For her performance, she won the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, among others.[16]

In 2018, Pugh featured in the action film The Commuter and played Cordelia to Anthony Hopkins' Leir of Britain in Richard Eyre's television film King Lear.[17] Later that year, she portrayed Elizabeth de Burgh in the Netflix historical film Outlaw King (2018), starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce. Charles Bramesco of The Guardian found her to be "excellent despite her thankless role".[18] She next featured in a six-part miniseries adaptation of John le Carré's spy novel The Little Drummer Girl, in which she played an actress in the 1970s who becomes embroiled in an espionage plot.[19][20] In a mixed review of the series, Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair wrote, "Pugh is terrific throughout, once again asserting her star-on-the-rise status. She smartly mixes earthiness with sophistication, wisdom with naïveté."[21]

2019 onward: Breakthrough[edit]

Pugh at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con

Pugh's breakthrough came with her three film releases of 2019.[22] She first starred as professional wrestler Paige in Fighting with My Family, her first lead role in a Hollywood film. A comedy-drama about Paige's relationship with her family, co-starring Lena Headey and Dwayne Johnson,[23] the film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and received critical acclaim.[24][25] Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent took note of how different the role was from her previous appearances, and wrote that she was "completely convincing as the wrestler. She has all the moves in the ring and shows the same defiance, scruffy glamour and self-deprecating humour as the real life [...] Paige."[26] She next took on a leading role in Ari Aster's horror film Midsommar, about a troubled couple who encounter Swedish cultists. David Edelstein of Vulture labeled her performance "amazingly vivid" and wrote, "Her face is so wide and open that she seems to have nowhere to hide her emotions."[27]

In her final film release of 2019, Pugh played Amy March, a headstrong artist, in Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women.[28] The ensemble cast rehearsed the script before filming began, but Pugh could not participate as she was filming Midsommar at the time. She believed that it helped create distance between her and the actresses portraying her sisters, which proved conducive for her character's personality.[29] David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Pugh "continues to prove herself a distinctive talent, managing all the tricky contradictions of the role with disarming grace, humor and a willful streak that grows almost imperceptibly into wisdom".[30]

Pugh will next star alongside Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Widow, about the titular superhero.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Falling Abbie Mortimer
2016 Lady Macbeth Katherine Lester
2018 The Commuter Gwen
2018 Outlaw King Elizabeth de Burgh
2018 Malevolent Angela Sayers
2019 Fighting with My Family Saraya "Paige" Bevis
2019 Midsommar Dani Ardor
2019 Little Women Amy March
2020 Black Widow Yelena Belova / Black Widow Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Studio City Cat Television film
2016 Marcella Cara Thomas 3 episodes
2018 King Lear Cordelia Television film
2018 The Little Drummer Girl Charmian "Charlie" Ross Miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result
2017 Lady Macbeth Evening Standard British Film Awards Breakthrough of the Year Won
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Best Actress Won
British Independent Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress Won
European Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated
Empire Awards Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer Nominated
2019 Outlaw King BAFTA Scotland Award Best Actress in Film Nominated
Midsommar Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Won
Little Women Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Pending
Best Acting Ensemble Pending
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Pending
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Pending
Best Breakthrough Artist Pending
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Best Ensemble Nominated

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