Florence Pugh

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Florence Pugh
Born (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 22)
Oxford, England
Years active2014–present
RelativesToby Sebastian (brother)

Florence Pugh (born 3 January 1996) is an English actress. She made her professional acting debut in the mystery film The Falling (2014) and had her breakthrough with a 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 went on to portray Elizabeth de Burgh in the Netflix historical film Outlaw King (2018).[1]

Early life[edit]

Pugh was born and raised in Oxfordshire.[2][3] She lived in Andalusia, Spain for part of her childhood. Her father, Clinton Pugh, is a restaurateur in Oxford[4] and her mother, Deborah, is a dancer and dance teacher. Pugh has three siblings, including actor and musician Toby Sebastian and stage actor Arabella Gibbins.[1] Her first school was in Sotogrande in Spain. Her love of accents and comedy was first displayed aged 6 at Cokethorpe Juniors: cast as Mary in a Christmas nativity she decided to play her as having a broad Yorkshire accent. More lead parts followed at Wychwood School (2007–2009) and at St. Edward's School, Oxford.[1][5][6][7]


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. [8][1] 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".[9][10] 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.[11]

In 2015, Pugh played her first lead role in the television film Studio City, co-starring Eric McCormack.[12][1] The following year, she starred in the independent drama Lady Macbeth and had a recurring role in the first season of the ITV detective series Marcella.[13] In the former, based on the short story 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".[14] For her performance, she won the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, among others.[15]

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.[16] 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".[17]

Pugh will next portray the professional wrestler Paige in Fighting with My Family, a comedy about Paige's relationship with her family.[18] Pugh will also star in Ari Aster's horror film Midsommar, in Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women, and in a six-part miniseries adaptation of John le Carré's spy novel The Little Drummer Girl.[19][20][21]



Year Film Role Notes
2014 The Falling Abbie Mortimer
2016 Lady Macbeth Katherine Lester Evening Standard British Film Award for Breakthrough of the Year
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress
British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated–European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated–BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated–Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
2018 The Commuter Gwen
Outlaw King Elizabeth de Burgh
Malevolent Angela
2019 Fighting with My Family Saraya "Paige" Bevis Completed
Midsommar Dani Post-production
Little Women Amy March Filming


Year Film 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


  1. ^ a b c d e Hayes, Martha (6 October 2018). "Florence Pugh: 'You never see an unplucked brow in Hollywood'". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ Lodge, Guy (28 December 2014). "Rising stars of 2015: actor Florence Pugh". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016.
  3. ^ Masters, Tim (28 April 2017). "Lady Macbeth: Florence Pugh on her killer first lead role". BBC News. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017.
  4. ^ MacAlister, Katherine (23 April 2015). "Florence Pugh goes straight from A-levels to LA". The Oxford Times. Archived from the original on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  5. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (27 April 2017). "Florence Pugh: 'Dying was not that bad'". The I. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017.
  6. ^ Fishwick, Samuel (19 March 2015). "Go Westeros: meet Game of Thrones' new player Toby Sebastian". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 15 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Mr and Mrs. Disraeli". Wychwood School. p. 8. Archived from the original on 23 September 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  8. ^ Orr, Gillian (18 April 2015). "'After you left the room I said, Wow!': director Carol Morley and actress Florence Pugh on their haunting new film The Falling". The Independent. Archived from the original on 19 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  9. ^ Brady, Tara (23 April 2015). "The Falling review: combining kitchen-sink grit and otherworldly mystery". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  10. ^ McCahill, Mike (24 April 2015). "The Falling review: 'potently suggestive'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Carol leads the nominations for the 36th London Critics' Circle Film Awards". London Film Critics Circle. 15 December 2015. Archived from the original on 19 December 2015.
  12. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (5 March 2015). "British Newcomer Florence Pugh Cast as Eric McCormack's Daughter in 'Studio City'". Variety. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018.
  13. ^ Masters, Tim (28 April 2017). "Lady Macbeth: Florence Pugh on her killer first lead role". BBC News. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017.
  14. ^ Lodge, Guy (9 September 2016). "Film Review: 'Lady Macbeth'". Variety. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  15. ^ Clarke, Stewart (10 December 2017). "'God's Own Country' Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards". Variety. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  16. ^ Dalton, Ben (22 March 2018). "First look at Anthony Hopkins, Florence Pugh in BBC's 'King Lear'". Screen Daily. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  17. ^ Bramesco, Charles (7 September 2018). "Outlaw King review – Chris Pine fronts up for some macho medieval bombast". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  18. ^ Ford, Rebecca; Ritman, Alex (7 February 2017). "Dwayne Johnson Gets in the Ring for 'Fighting with My Family' Wrestling Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Florence Pugh Lands Female Lead in 'Hereditary' Director Ari Aster's Next Film". Variety. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Emma Watson in Talks to Join Meryl Streep in 'Little Women'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  21. ^ Petsky, Denise (21 August 2018). "John le Carré's 'The Little Drummer Girl' Miniseries Gets November Premiere Date On AMC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 September 2018.

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