Katie Jarvis

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Katie Jarvis
Born Dartford, Kent, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Katie Jarvis is an English actress, known for her role as Mia Williams in the film Fish Tank. She was spotted by a casting agent, following an argument with her boyfriend at Tilbury Town railway station.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Jarvis was seen by a casting agent working for director Andrea Arnold at Tilbury Town railway station in Tilbury, Essex, following an argument with her boyfriend,[1] Brian. When first approached by the casting agent, she did not believe she was being cast for a film and refused to hand over her phone number, but eventually took a number and called later.[2] She was cast in Arnold's film, Fish Tank, following a successful audition. Despite no previous acting experience, Jarvis said she wasn't nervous; "There weren't a lot of people at the first audition so I wasn't nervous, but at the second it became a bit more scary as there were a lot of girls. I'd never done any dancing or anything like that and I didn't think I had a chance."[3] However, in the audition Jarvis refused to dance on which Arnold commented; "We had to leave the camera in the room and go out. She hates dancing."[4] During much of the filming, Jarvis slept on her sister's couch.[4] She plays Mia, a troublesome and sometimes aggressive 15-year-old girl from an underclass family, passionate about dance.[3][5][6] Media of the time referred to her as the 'accidental actress'.[7] The film was in the running for the Palme d'Or at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, and although it didn't win the highest award, it did win the Jury Prize.[8][9] Following the success of the film, she was signed by talent agencies, Billy Lazarus signed her for United States based United Talent Agency and Sue Latimer of Artist Rights Group will represent her in Britain.[10]

In early 2014 she was reportedly under consideration for a role in the Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens after taking a hiatus from acting to concentrate on her family.[11] However, she did not appear in the film.

Jarvis' most recent role was as Sadie Burns in 4 episodes of the 2014 Channel 5 TV series, Suspects.

Personal life[edit]

Jarvis was born in Tilbury, Essex. She gave birth to a daughter, Lillie Mae, on 9 May 2009. On 19 April 2011 she gave birth to her son, Alfie.[1][4][12]



Year Film Role Notes
2009 Fish Tank Mia British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Edinburgh International Film Festival Award for Best British Performance
London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Debut
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
2015 Ginger Mary Jane Kelly


Year Title Role Notes
2009 10 Minute Tales Girl Episode: Perfect day
2014 Suspects Sadie Burns Season 1; Episodes 6 & 7
Season 2; Episodes 1 & 2


  1. ^ a b c Palmer, Emma (15 May 2009). "Katie finds stardom after station tiff with boyfriend". Echo. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "No Cannes do... Essex girl star of gritty teen movie passes up red carpet invite to stay with newborn baby". London: Daily Mail. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Akbar, Africa (15 May 2009). "Shy teenage star shuns red carpet of Cannes". London: The Independent. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Hoyle, Ben (14 May 2009). "Station row led Katie Jarvis to stardom in British film Fish Tank". The Times. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (15 May 2009). "First Night: Fish Tank". London: The Independent. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Calhoun, Dave (May 2009). "Fish Tank review". Time Out. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Katie Jarvis - Essex's accidental actress". The Independent. London. 15 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Giltz, Michael (24 May 2009). "Cannes 2009 Day Twelve: Haneke Triumphs With Top Prize". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  9. ^ Calhoun, Dave (28 May 2009). "Cannes 2009: Final round-up". Time Out. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Fish Tank girl Katie signed by US agents". Basildon Recorder. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  11. ^ https://uk.yahoo.com/movies/s/katie-jarvis-star-wars-vii-role-203400661.html
  12. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (14 May 2009). "How row set in train life-changing offer for Fish Tank star". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  13. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4799616/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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