Hannah John-Kamen

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Hannah John-Kamen
Born (1989-09-06) 6 September 1989 (age 28)[1]
Anlaby, East Yorkshire, England
Alma mater Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Hannah John-Kamen (born 6 September 1989)[1] is a British actress. She is known for her roles as Dutch in the Syfy television series Killjoys and as Viva in the West End musical Viva Forever. She is also known for her role as a Dothraki widow in the sixth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones and for voicing Sweet Shalquoir in the video game Dark Souls II. Her move into blockbusters came with the part of F'Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One.

Early life[edit]

John-Kamen was born in Anlaby, East Yorkshire, England, the youngest of three children of a Nigerian forensic psychologist father and a Norwegian former fashion model mother.[2] She attended primary school in Kirk Ella and received her secondary education at Hull Collegiate School,[3] and also trained at the National Youth Theatre in London.[4] In 2012, she graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Career[edit]

John-Kamen began her professional career in 2011 when she provided her voice for the video game Dark Souls. She then went on to make episode appearances in television series Misfits (2011), Black Mirror (2011), Whitechapel (2012), The Syndicate (2012), The Midnight Beast (2012) and The Hour (2012).

In 2012, John-Kamen landed the lead role of Viva in Viva Forever, a West End musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls.[5] Written by Jennifer Saunders and produced by Judy Craymer, Viva Forever premiered on 11 December 2012 at the Piccadilly Theatre[6] to largely negative reviews. The Daily Mirror, however, praised John-Kamen's performance, noting, "It’s a shame a talented cast, especially Hannah John-Kamen’s Viva and the rest of Eternity, are let down by a clichéd plot and leaden dialogue."[7] The show was eventually closed on 29 June 2013.

2015 saw John-Kamen land a starring role in SyFy's Killjoys.[8][9] In 2016 John-Kamen had a guest starring role on HBO's Game of Thrones.[10] In 2016, she appeared in "Playtest", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.[11] She also appeared in Season two of the UK series The Tunnel . In 2017, it was announced that Kamen had been cast as the villain in the superhero film Ant-Man and the Wasp.[12]

On John-Kamen's role in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, Kristen Tauer wrote : “While much of “Ready Player One” takes place in a virtual reality world, John-Kamen’s character is unique in that she is rooted in the reality throughout the film.”[13]

Personal life[edit]

John-Kamen plays the piano and is trained in ballet, cabaret, jazz dance, salsa, and tap dance.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Order Officer #1 J.J. Abrams
2018 Tomb Raider Sophie Roar Uthaug
Ready Player One F'Nale Zandor Steven Spielberg
Ant-Man and the Wasp Ghost Peyton Reed Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Misfits Carly Episode #3.6
Black Mirror Selma Telse Episode "Fifteen Million Merits"
2012 Whitechapel Roxy 2 episodes
The Syndicate Young Shop Assistant Episode #1.2
The Midnight Beast Pizza Girls Episode: "Someone Called Sam"
The Hour Rosa Maria Ramírez 4 episodes
2014 Death in Paradise Yasmin Blake Series 3; Episode 6
Happy Valley Justine
2015 Cucumber Violet
The Ark Nahlab Television film
Banana Violet
2015–present Killjoys Dutch / Aneela Main role
2016 The Tunnel: Sabotage Rosa Persaud
Game of Thrones Ornela Episodes: "Oathbreaker", "Book of the Stranger"
Black Mirror Sonja Episode: "Playtest"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Dark Souls Lord's Blade Ciaran Voice role
2014 Dark Souls II Sweet Shalquoir Voice role

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2012 Viva Forever Viva Piccadilly Theatre From 11 December 2012 to 29 June 2013[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hannah John-Kamen Biography". Frost Snow. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Brown, Emma (20 January 2017). "DISCOVERY: HANNAH JOHN-KAMEN". Interview Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Hannah John-Kamen to star in Spice Girls musical". This Is Hull and East Riding. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Hannah John-Kamen". The Casting Website.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Shenton, Mark (13 July 2012). "Initial Casting Revealed for West End's Viva Forever!, Featuring Music of The Spice Girls". Playbill. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Shenton, Mark (26 June 2012). "Viva Forever, Musical Featuring Spice Girls Songs, Confirms West End Opening at Piccadilly Theatre". Playbill. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Palmer, Alun (12 December 2012). "Lost in Spice: Viva Forever! the Spice Girls musical is just a Wannabe". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "'Killjoys' actress unleashes her 'bossy' side". .bendbulletin.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "An Interview with Killjoys' Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, and Luke Macfarlane – Discussing Season Two". talknerdywithus.com. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "'Killjoys' John-Kamen generating heat". Welland Tribune. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "'Black Mirror' Season 3 Trailer: "No One Is This Happy'". Deadline. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  12. ^ https://variety.com/2017/film/news/black-mirrors-hannah-john-kamen-in-ant-man-and-the-wasp-1202456011/
  13. ^ Tauer, Kristen (2018-03-30). "Hannah John-Kamen, a Villain on the Rise". WWD. Retrieved 2018-04-05. 

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