Georgina Helen Henley
9 July 1995
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England
|Education||Clare College, Cambridge|
Georgina Helen Henley (born 9 July 1995) is an English actress. She first began acting as a child, and became known for starring as Lucy Pevensie in the fantasy film series The Chronicles of Narnia film series (2005–2010), which grossed over US$1.5 billion worldwide and won her several accolades. This includes nods from several critic groups and an Empire Award nomination.
Following the end of the Chronicles of Narnia franchise, she played a leading role in the thriller film Perfect Sisters (2014), and headlined the independent mystery film The Sisterhood of Night (2015), the latter of which earned her praise and established her as a mature actress. She went on to play Margaret Tudor in the biographical series The Spanish Princess (2019–2020).
Henley was born to Helen and Mike Henley in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, where she attended Moorfield School for Girls before attending Bradford Grammar School. She has two older sisters, Rachael and Laura. Rachael played the older version of Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Henley made her acting debut as Lucy Pevensie in 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the C.S. Lewis novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The film grossed over $745 million worldwide. Henley reprised her role of Lucy Pevensie in the 2008 sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and 2010 sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Since the release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Henley has appeared as Jill in the stage play Babes in the Wood put on by Upstagers' Theatre Group, which ran from 27 January to 4 February 2006. She starred as Scaramouche in Bradford Grammar School's production of We Will Rock You, which ran from 13 to 16 March 2013. She also appeared as the young Jane Eyre in the 2006 BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre.
Henley appears as Beth in the crime-drama Perfect Sisters a film based on the story of two Canadian teenaged sisters who killed their mother. The film was released in April 2014. Henley plays Mary Warren in The Sisterhood of Night. The film was released in April 2015.
During her time at University of Cambridge Henley studied English and performed on stage in Play It Again, Sam by Woody Allen; The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood; The Trojan Women; A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; and in the CUADC/Footlights annual pantomime. Henley has also directed projects including co-directing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and After Seymour (the latter of which she co-wrote). In 2016, she appeared in the stage productions of: Skylight by David Hare; Girl, Interrupted (an adaptation of the book with the same name; and Swallow by Stef Smith. In the summer of 2014, Henley went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival along with Cambridge Shortlegs, performing once again in The Penelopiad in the role of Eurycleia.
In 2015, Henley wrote and directed her first short film, TIDE, the story of a young lesbian couple. In late 2016, Henley starred in the film Access All Areas starring as Nat. In May 2018, it was announced Henley would play Margaret Tudor in the Starz limited series The Spanish Princess, based on the novels The Constant Princess (2005) and The King's Curse (2014) by Philippa Gregory. In January 2019, she was named as a cast member for an upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, which would not be picked up by HBO.
In 2022 she published a pamphlet of poems called Amphibian.
As of 2012[update], Henley was a supporter of SOS Children's Villages, an international orphan charity providing homes and mothers for orphaned and abandoned children. Henley resides in London, England.
In 2022, Henley revealed she had contracted necrotising fasciitis six weeks into studying at Cambridge University, and that the illness had "nearly claimed [her] life".
|2005||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||Lucy Pevensie|
|2008||The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian||Lucy Pevensie|
|2010||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader||Lucy Pevensie|
|2014||Perfect Sisters||Beth Anderson|
|2015||The Sisterhood of Night||Mary Warren|
|2017||Access All Areas||Natalie|
|2006||Jane Eyre||Young Jane Eyre||Television mini-series|
|2019–2020||The Spanish Princess||Margaret "Meg" Tudor||Main role|
|2019||Untitled Game of Thrones prequel||N/A||Unsold television pilot|
|2020||Prop Culture||Herself||Episode: "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe"|
|2023||The Diplomat (American TV series)||Pensy|
As a director
- Tide (2016), short film: director and writer
Awards and nominations
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|2006||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Young Actress||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Most Promising Performer||Nominated|
|Empire Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger||Won|
|2008||The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian||Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards||Kids Choice Film Actress||Won|
|2009||The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
|2011||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
- ^ "Famous birthdays for July 9: Tom Hanks, Courtney Love". United Press International. 9 July 2019.
- ^ Farley, Christopher John (9 December 2010). "Is 'Narnia' Actress Georgie Henley Too Young to Play Herself?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
- ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) – Box Office Mojo".
- ^ "Caspian to be second Narnia movie". BBC. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2006.
- ^ "Narnia Voyage Postponed to 2010". Retrieved 2 March 2009.
- ^ Santer, Diederick (28 May 2006). "Behind The Scenes Production Diary". BBC News. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
- ^ Harvey, Dennis. "Film Review: ‘Perfect Sisters’" Variety, 11 April 2014
- ^ The Deadline Team (26 October 2012). "Movie Castings: Georgie Henley Joins 'Sisterhood Of Night', William Levy Set For Trio Of Lionsgate Projects – Deadline.com — Deadline". Deadline.
- ^ Chang, Justin. "Film Review: ‘The Sisterhood of Night’" Variety, 15 April 2015
- ^ "Person: Georgie Henley". Camdram.
- ^ Vaa, Rebecca (11 November 2014). "After Seymour". Varsity Online. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
- ^ "Tide".
- ^ "Access All Areas". Edinburgh International Film Festival.
- ^ Petski, Denise (17 May 2018). "The Spanish Princess: Charlotte Hope To Star In The White Princess Follow-Up On Starz". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "'Game of Thrones' Prequel Casts 8 Rising Stars". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
- ^ "Amphibian | Georgie Henley". London Review Bookshop. 16 November 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
- ^ "Our friends". Archived from the original on 29 April 2012.
- ^ "Georgie Henley: Narnia actor with flesh-eating disease thanks Addenbrooke's". BBC News. Retrieved 28 October 2022.