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Imogen Poots
Poots in 2020
Imogen Gay Poots

(1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 35)
Hammersmith, London, England
Years active2004–present
PartnerJames Norton (2018–2023)

Imogen Gay Poots (born 3 June 1989) is an English actress. She played Tammy in the post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Weeks Later (2007), Linda Keith in the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013), Debbie Raymond in the Paul Raymond biopic The Look of Love (2013), and Julia Maddon in the American action film Need for Speed (2014). Also in 2014, she portrayed Jesse Crichton in A Long Way Down, alongside Pierce Brosnan and Aaron Paul and Izzie in Peter Bogdanovich's She's Funny That Way. In 2016, she starred as Kelly Ann in the Showtime series Roadies. In 2019, she co-starred with Jesse Eisenberg in the films Vivarium and The Art of Self-Defense. In 2020, she played Laura in The Father (2020). In 2022, she began playing the role of the mysterious Autumn in the Prime Video science fiction neo-Western series Outer Range.

Early life and education[edit]

Imogen Gay Poots was born in June 1989[1] at the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, London, the daughter of Trevor Poots, a current affairs television producer from Belfast, and Fiona Goodall, a journalist and voluntary worker from Bolton.[2][3] She has an older brother.[4][5]

Raised in Chiswick, West London, Poots was privately educated, attending Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in Brook Green, Queen's Gate School in South Kensington, and Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. While intending to become a veterinary surgeon, she began spending Saturdays at an improvisation workshop hosted by the Young Blood Theatre Company at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. She abandoned her original career aspiration after fainting at the sight of veterinary surgery during work experience.[2]

Attaining three A grades at A-level, she won a place at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2008, but had it deferred for two years in order to pursue her acting career.[3][6]


Poots at the Fright Night panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2011

Poots first appeared on-screen in a 2004 episode of Casualty and had a non-speaking role in 2006's V for Vendetta, but she was largely unknown when, at the age of 17, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo cast her in the horror film 28 Weeks Later, released in 2007. Since then, she has appeared in films such as Cracks in 2009, Centurion in 2010, and as the female lead in the 2011 remake of Fright Night alongside Anton Yelchin.[7][8][9][10] Although Poots has never formally trained as an actress, according to Giles Hattersley, she developed her acting skills through a practical apprenticeship that may have served her well, as she is "compellingly natural" in front of the camera.[6]

In 2011, she was chosen by fashion house Chloé to appear in a campaign for its eponymous fragrance shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.[11] In 2012, she was selected to star in a Sofia Coppola-directed advertising campaign for a collaboration between fashion label Marni and high street retailer H&M.[12][13]

In 2012, Poots played the acrimonious young violinist Alexandra Gelbart opposite Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Late Quartet. In 2013, she appeared in Greetings from Tim Buckley, Filth, The Look of Love, and portrayed Linda Keith in the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, alongside André Benjamin as Hendrix.[14] In 2014, Poots starred in the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment and the action film Need for Speed, an adaptation of the video game series, and played Jess in the black comedy A Long Way Down. In 2015, she appeared opposite Zac Efron in She's Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Knight of Cups with Cate Blanchett,[15] has been cast in the adaptation of Jess Walter's novel Beautiful Ruins,[16] and reunited with Yelchin for Green Room. In 2016, she starred as Kelly Ann in the Showtime series Roadies.

In 2017, she played Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which was broadcast via National Theatre Live on 18 May 2017 from the Harold Pinter Theatre in the London West End. Also that year, Poots starred in the Amy Herzog play Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse opposite James Norton.[17]

She played Lady Rose Dugdale, a wealthy and cultured member of the British upper class-turned-Provisional IRA member, in the 2023 film Baltimore. The film was particularly about Dugdale's role in the 1974 art robbery at Russborough House in County Wicklow, where Dugdale's IRA unit first pistol-whipped homeowner Sir Alfred Beit, 2nd Baronet and his wife, and then stole nineteen old master paintings valued at IR£8 million, but which were later recovered.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Poots was in a relationship with actor James Norton from 2018 until 2023.[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 V for Vendetta Young Valerie Page
2007 28 Weeks Later Tammy Harris
Wish Jane Short film
2008 Me and Orson Welles Lorelei Lathrop
2009 Cracks Poppy
Waking Madison Alexis
Solitary Man Allyson Karsch
2010 Centurion Arianne
Chatroom Eva
2011 Jane Eyre Blanche Ingram
Fright Night Amy Peterson
Comes a Bright Day Mary Bright
2012 A Late Quartet Alexandra Gelbart
2013 Greetings from Tim Buckley Allie
Jimi: All Is by My Side Linda Keith
Filth Amanda Drummond
The Look of Love Debbie Raymond
2014 That Awkward Moment Ellie Andrews
A Long Way Down Jess Crichton
Need for Speed Julia Maddon
She's Funny That Way Isabella Patterson
2015 Knight of Cups Della
Green Room Amber
A Country Called Home Ellie
2016 Frank & Lola Lola
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Ashley Wednesday
Killing for Love Elizabeth Haysom Voice role
2017 Have Had Grace Short film
Sweet Virginia Lila
Mobile Homes Ali
I Kill Giants Karen
2018 Age Out Joan
2019 The Art of Self-Defense Anna
Vivarium Gemma Also executive producer
Castle in the Ground Ana
Black Christmas Riley Stone
2020 The Father Laura
French Exit Susan
2023 Baltimore Rose Dugdale
The Teacher Lisa
TBA Hedda TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Casualty Alice Thornton Episode: "Love Bites"
2008 Miss Austen Regrets Fanny Austen-Knight Television film
2010 Bouquet of Barbed Wire Prue Sorenson Television miniseries
2010 Christopher and His Kind Jean Ross Television film
2016 Roadies Kelly Ann Mason Lead role[21]
2020 I Know This Much Is True Joy Hanks Recurring role (3 episodes)
2022–present Outer Range Autumn Main role (14 episodes)


Year Play Role Theatre
2017 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey Harold Pinter Theatre[22]
2017 Belleville Abby Donmar Warehouse[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Accolade Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 British Independent Film Award BIFA Most Promising Newcomer 28 Weeks Later Nominated [24]
2011 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest (shared with Michael Douglas) Solitary Man Won [25]
2012 Hamptons International Film Festival Award Breakthrough Performer Knight of Cups Won [25]
2013 British Independent Film Award BIFA Best Supporting Actress The Look of Love Won [25][26]
2016 Fright Meter Award Best Supporting Actress Green Room Nominated [25]
2017 The Stage Awards The Joe Allen Best West End Debut Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated [27]
WhatsOnStage Awards Best Supporting Actress in a play Nominated [28]
2018 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated [29]
2019 Sitges Film Festival Best Actress Vivarium Won [30]


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  4. ^ "Union Pack". Interview. March 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  5. ^ Barker, Lynn (16 August 2011). ""Fright Night's" Leading Lady". Teen Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  6. ^ a b Hattersley, Giles (11 September 2001). "She's got the look". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  7. ^ Clements, Pip (16 April 2010). "Imogen Poots: a starlet is born". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  8. ^ Power, Chris (29 April 2007). "Rising star". The Observer. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
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  11. ^ Forrester, Sarah (27 May 2011). "Chloe's New Signings". Vogue. Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  12. ^ Bergin, Olivia (30 January 2012). "Imogen Poots lands Marni for H&M campaign". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  13. ^ Behind the scenes of the Marni at H&M commercial on YouTube
  14. ^ "All Is by My Side (2013)". IMDb.com. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  15. ^ Dang, Simon (12 June 2012). "Imogen Poots Spotted Shooting 'Knight Of Cups' With Christian Bale; Terrence Malick Meeting With Benicio Del Toro?". Indiewire. Archived from the original on 17 September 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (15 November 2013). "Imogen Poots to Star in Todd Field's 'Beautiful Ruins' (Exclusive)". Variety. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  17. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (15 December 2017). "Riveting and troubling insights on the frailty of human relationships – Belleville, Donmar Warehouse, review". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  18. ^ Ide, Wendy (24 March 2024). "Baltimore review – Imogen Poots excels as British aristocrat turned IRA volunteer Rose Dugdale". The Observer. Retrieved 25 March 2024.
  19. ^ "Imogen Poots: Long distance relationship with James Norton works fine". London Evening Standard. 4 March 2020.
  20. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (30 July 2022). "James Norton: 'My greatest fear? Rats. We had one swim up our loo recently. It was horrific'". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  21. ^ Simpson, Dave (24 June 2016). "Real-life roadies review Roadies: 'I felt like a nurse watching an hour of ER'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  22. ^ "Imogen Poots gets her claws into Woolf role". BBC News. 8 March 2017. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Belleville review – James Norton and Imogen Poots gleam amid Paris gloom". the Guardian. 15 December 2017. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021.
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  26. ^ Kemp, Stuart (8 December 2013). "'Metro Manila' Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  27. ^ "The Stage Nominees and winners 2017". thestage.co.uk. 22 September 2022.
  28. ^ "Nominees announced for the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards". whatsonstage.com. 1 December 2017.
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  30. ^ "Siteges - 52ed. Festival Internacional de Catalunya 2019 - List of winners". sitgesfilmfestival.com. 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2021.

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