Oona Chaplin

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Oona Chaplin
Chaplin in 2016
Born
Oona Castilla Chaplin

(1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 37)
Madrid, Spain
Citizenship
  • Spanish
  • Swiss[1]
EducationGordonstoun School
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
Parent
FamilyChaplin

Oona Castilla Chaplin (Spanish: [ˈuna kasˈtiʎa ˈtʃaplin]; born 4 June 1986) is a Spanish actress. Her roles include Talisa Maegyr in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, Kitty Trevelyan in the BBC drama The Crimson Field, and Zilpha Geary in the series Taboo.

Early life[edit]

Chaplin was born in Madrid to English-American actress Geraldine Chaplin and Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla.[2][3] She has a half-brother named Shane from her mother's previous relationship with film director Carlos Saura.[3] Her paternal grandmother, Hilda Valderrama, was a Mapuche human rights lawyer.[4] A member of the Chaplin family, she is a granddaughter of English filmmaker and actor Charlie Chaplin, and great-granddaughter of Irish-American playwright Eugene O'Neill.[5] She was named after her maternal grandmother Oona O'Neill, Charlie Chaplin’s fourth and final wife.

Chaplin spent her childhood mostly in Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Cuba, but travelled often because of her mother's film career.[6][7] She started dancing ballet, salsa and flamenco at an early age.[7][8]

When Chaplin was 15, she began studying at Gordonstoun School in Scotland on a drama scholarship.[9] She appeared in several school plays; toured the United Kingdom in an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet; and impersonated her grandfather in the role of Bottom in an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[7][10] After leaving Gordonstoun, she was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she graduated in 2007.[7]

Career[edit]

Since graduating from RADA, Chaplin has acted in mainly British and Spanish short and feature films. She has played alongside her mother in the feature films Inconceivable, ¿Para qué sirve un oso?, Imago Mortis and Anchor and Hope. She has also had supporting roles in British and American television. She appeared as a Brazilian cage dancer in ITV's Married Single Other (2010); as Marnie Madden, the wife of main character Hector Madden, in the BBC period drama The Hour (2011–2012); as John Watson's girlfriend in an episode of BBC's Sherlock (2012); and as Talisa Maegyr in HBO's Game of Thrones (2012–2013).

She plays Kitty Trevelyan, a lead character, in the BBC drama The Crimson Field (2014), and Ira Levinson's wife Ruth Levinson in The Longest Ride (2015).

She stars as Zilpha Geary in the eight-part historical fiction series Taboo (2017) on BBC One and FX.[11]

Chaplin joined the cast of James Cameron's Avatar sequels in June 2017. Her character, Varang, is described as "a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels".[12][13]

Activism[edit]

Chaplin is a trustee of The Boa Foundation, an international organization that works with indigenous communities to regenerate degraded ecosystems and protect biodiversity.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Chaplin at a red carpet premiere in 2013
Key
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Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Inconceivable Laura Chappel
First, Love? Laura – Flower Girl Short film
Quantum of Solace Perla de las Dunas receptionist
2009 Imago Mortis Arianna
Pelican Blood Linda
2010 High and Dry Sandra Short film
Vampyre compendium Short film
2011 ¿Para qué sirve un oso? Rosa
The Devil's Double Beauty
Salar Sandra Short film
2012 The Sorrows[15] Sarah
2013 Powder Room Jess
What if... Julianne
2014 Purgatorio Marta [16]
Aloft Alice
2015 The Longest Ride Ruth Levinson
Dancing for my Havana Rosa
2016 Realive Naomi
2017 Anchor and Hope Eva
2020 Epicentro Herself Documentary
2022 Lullaby Rachel Brown
2024 Avatar 3 Varang Post-production
2026 Avatar 4 Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Spooks Kate Episode: "The Virus (Part 2)"
2008 Spooks: Code 9 Kate Episode 2
2009 Married Single Other Fabiana 3 episodes
2010 El Gordo: Una historia verdadera Silvia 2 episodes
2011–2012 The Hour Marnie Madden 12 episodes
2012 Sherlock Jeanette Episode: "A Scandal in Belgravia"
2012–2013 Game of Thrones Talisa Maegyr 11 episodes
2013 Dates Mia 5 episodes
2014 Inside No. 9 Sabrina Episode: "A Quiet Night In"
2014 The Crimson Field Kitty Trevelyan Main role, 6 episodes
2014 Black Mirror[17] Greta Feature-length special: "White Christmas"
2016 El padre de Caín Mercedes [18]
2017 Taboo Zilpha Geary Main cast, all 8 episodes
2018 My Dinner with Hervé Katie Television film
2020 The Comey Rule Lisa Page miniseries
2022 Made for Love Alice Episode: "Alice? Are You Listening?"
Treason Maddy De Costa Main cast, all 5 episodes[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tyzack, Holly (16 July 2011). "Funny girl: The not-so silent star Oona Chaplin". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Oona Chaplin from Game Of Thrones with Sarah Jane Crawford". BBC Radio 1Xtra YouTube. Archived from the original on 20 December 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b Slater, Lydia (12 February 2010). "Oona Chaplin: The Chaplin Kid". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  4. ^ Aguilar, Carlos. "How Charlie Chaplin's Granddaughter Oona Chaplin Is Reconnecting With Her Mapuche Roots". Remezcla. Retrieved 7 December 2023.
  5. ^ "Chaplin's granddaughter acts up". BBC News. 23 July 2003. Retrieved 2 July 2007.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (16 July 2011). "Funny Girl: The not-so-silent star Oona Chaplin". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d "Oona Chaplin". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  8. ^ Tyzack, Anna (11 August 2011). "My Perfect Weekend: Oona Chaplin". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  9. ^ Ross, David (28 April 2009). "Students step back in time to celebrate 75 years: Pupils and staff make it a special 1930s anniversary for Gordonstoun school". The Herald. p. 3.
  10. ^ Thynne, Jane (30 July 2003). "Parents: Just like mum: Choosing the same career as a parent is very common – but not necessarily a good idea". The Guardian. p. 14.
  11. ^ Swift, Andy (23 November 2015). "Tom Hardy's FX/BBC One Drama Taboo Adds 13, Begins Production". tvline.com. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  12. ^ Dave McNary (20 June 2017). "'Games of Thrones' Star Oona Chaplin Joins James Cameron's 'Avatar' Sequels". Variety. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  13. ^ Rebecca Ford (20 June 2017). "'Avatar' Sequels Add 'Game of Thrones' Actress Oona Chaplin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  14. ^ "About Us". The Boa Foundation. Retrieved 23 June 2023.
  15. ^ "DigiSPAA Announces 2012 Finalists" (PDF). 17 October 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  16. ^ Holland, Jonathan (10 April 2014). "Purgatory (Purgatorio): Malaga Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  17. ^ "'Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm Joins 'Black Mirror'". Variety.com. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  18. ^ "'El padre de Caín' – estreno 6 de diciembre en Telecinco". Audiovisual451. 2 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Meet the cast of Treason on Netflix". RadioTimes. 25 December 2022. Retrieved 26 December 2022.

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