Ehle in 2016
December 29, 1969
Michael Ryan (m. 2001)
Jennifer Anne Ehle (//; born December 29, 1969) is a British-American actress. She won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1995 BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice. For her work on Broadway, she won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Real Thing, and the 2007 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Coast of Utopia. She is the daughter of English actress Rosemary Harris and American author John Ehle.
Ehle made her West End debut in Peter Hall's 1991 production of Tartuffe, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1995. Other television credits include The Camomile Lawn (1992), A Gifted Man (2011–2012) and The Looming Tower (2018). She has also appeared in supporting roles in such films as Wilde (1997), Sunshine (1999), The King's Speech (2010), Contagion (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), RoboCop (2014), and Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). Ehle also portrayed Lydia Marsh in The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018).
Ehle was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to English actress Rosemary Harris and American author John Ehle. Aside from English, her ancestry includes Romanian (from a maternal great-grandmother) and paternally, German.
Ehle appeared as a toddler in a 1973 Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which her mother played Blanche DuBois. She spent her childhood in both the UK and the US, attending several different schools, including Interlochen Arts Academy. She was raised largely in Asheville, North Carolina. Her drama training was split between the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Ehle first gained international admiration and attention for her iconic performance as Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice co-starring Colin Firth. She has since then had a career in theatre, television, and film.
Ehle made her West End debut as Orgon's wife in the 1991 Peter Hall Company production of Tartuffe, for which she won second prize at the Ian Charleson Awards. Hall then cast her as Calypso in The Camomile Lawn (1992), a television adaptation of Mary Wesley's book of the same name, in which she and her mother played the same character at different ages.
In 2000, Ehle made her Broadway debut to great critical acclaim as Annie in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, winning the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. Her mother, Rosemary Harris, was also nominated for the same award that year for Waiting in the Wings. That following year, Ehle appeared again on Broadway in the revival of Noël Coward's Design for Living co-starring with Dominic West and Alan Cumming.
After a hiatus, Ehle returned to the London stage in 2005 in The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic opposite Kevin Spacey. The following year, she played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth with Liev Schreiber, as part of the Shakespeare in the Park.
In 2017, in her most recent work on Broadway, she appeared in the critically acclaimed Oslo, which won the Tony Award for Best Play. She herself was nominated for Best Actress in a Play for her work.
Film and television career
Since 2010 Ehle has appeared in a string of critically acclaimed films such as The King's Speech (where she reunited with her Pride and Prejudice co-star Colin Firth), Steven Soderbergh's Contagion (2011), George Clooney's The Ides of March (2011), Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos (2015), Ira Sach's Little Men (2016), and Terence Davies' A Quiet Passion (2016).
In August 2009, it was announced that Ehle would play the character of Catelyn Stark in the pilot of HBO's Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series. Ehle filmed the pilot episode, but decided it was too soon to return to work after the birth of her daughter. She was replaced by Northern Irish actress Michelle Fairley.
|1992||The Camomile Lawn||Calypso||Miniseries, 5 episodes|
|1993||The Maitlands||Phyllis||BBC TV production of Ronald Mackenzie's 1930s play|
|1993||Rik Mayall Presents: Micky Love||Tamsin||Miniseries, 6 Episodes|
|1995||Pride and Prejudice||Elizabeth Bennet||Miniseries, 6 episodes|
|1997||Melissa||Melissa||Miniseries, 5 episodes|
|2008||The Russell Girl||Lorraine Morrissey||TV movie|
|2011||Game of Thrones||Catelyn Stark||Unaired pilot episode|
|2011||A Gifted Man||Anna Paul||16 episodes|
|2013||Low Winter Sun||Susan||Episode: "Ann Arbor"|
|2014, 2015||The Blacklist||Madeline Pratt||2 episodes|
|2018||The Looming Tower||Ambassador Barbara Bodine||3 episodes|
|1997||Paradise Road||Rosemary Leighton-Jones|
|1997||Wilde||Constance Lloyd Wilde|
|1998||Bedrooms and Hallways||Sally|
|1999||This Year's Love||Sophie|
|2006||Alpha Male||Alice Ferris|
|2005||The River King||Betsy Chase|
|2008||Pride and Glory||Abby Tierney|
|2008||Before the Rains||Laura||Malayalam-language film|
|2010||The King's Speech||Myrtle Logue|
|2011||The Ides of March||Cindy Morris|
|2011||The Adjustment Bureau||Brooklyn Ice House Bartender|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty||Jessica|
|2014||Black or White||Carol Anderson|
|2014||The Forger||Kim Cutter|
|2014||A Little Chaos||Madame De Montespan|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Carla Wilks|
|2015||Spooks: The Greater Good||Geraldine Maltby|
|2016||Little Men||Kathy Jardine|
|2016||The Fundamentals of Caring||Elsa|
|2016||A Quiet Passion||Vinnie Dickinson|
|2017||Fifty Shades Darker||Carla Wilks||Unrated edition|
|2017||I Kill Giants||Mrs. Thorson|
|2018||The Miseducation of Cameron Post||Dr. Lydia Marsh|
|2018||All Rise||Katherine O'Brien|
|2018||Fifty Shades Freed||Carla Wilks|
|2018||Vox Lux||Josie the Publicist|
|2018||Take Point||Agent Mackenzie||Korean film|
|2019||Run This Town|
|2019||The Professor and the Madman||Ada Murray|
|1959 Pink Thunderbird||Edinburgh Festival|
|Laundry and Bourbon||Edinburgh Festival|
|1991||Tartuffe||Elmire||Peter Hall Company|
|1992||Breaking the Code||Pat Green||Triumph Productions Tour|
|1995–1996||Richard III||Lady Anne||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1995–1996||Painter of Dishonour||Serafina||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1995–1996||The Relapse||Amanda||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1999||The Real Thing||Annie||Donmar Warehouse|
|1999||Summerfolk||Varvara Mikhailovna||National Theatre|
|2000||The Real Thing||Annie||Albery Theatre and Barrymore Theatre|
|2001||Design for Living||Gilda||Roundabout Theatre Company||American Airlines Theater|
|2005||The Philadelphia Story||Tracy Lord||The Old Vic, London|
|2006||Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||Shakespeare in the Park||Delacorte Theater|
|2006||The Coast of Utopia: Voyage||Liubov Bakunin||Vivian Beaumont Theater|
|2006||The Coast of Utopia: Shipwrecked||Natalie Herzen||Vivian Beaumont Theater|
|2007||The Coast of Utopia: Salvage||Malwida von Meysenbug||Vivian Beaumont Theater|
|2010||Mr. and Mrs. Fitch||Mrs. Fitch||Second Stage Theatre|
|2017||Oslo||Mona Juul||Vivian Beaumont Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2000||Actress in a Play||The Real Thing||Won|
|2007||Featured Actress in a Play||The Coast of Utopia||Won|
|2017||Actress in a Play||Oslo||Nominated|
|1996||BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress||Pride & Prejudice||Won|
|1998||Best Supporting Actress||Wilde||Nominated|
Screen Actors Guild Award
|2010||Best Cast in a Motion Picture||The King's Speech||Won|
Laurence Olivier Award
|2000||Best Actress||The Real Thing||Nominated|
Outer Critics Circle Award
|2000||Best Actress - Play||The Real Thing||Nominated|
|2007||Best Featured Actress - Play||The Coast of Utopia||Nominated|
Other award wins:
- 1991: Ian Charleson Award, Second Prize – as Orgon's wife in Tartuffe with the Peter Hall Company
- 1992: Radio Times Award Best Newcomer – The Camomile Lawn (TV)
- 2000: Variety Club Award – The Real Thing (play)
Other award nominations:
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