Pippa Bennett-Warner

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Pippa Bennett-Warner
Born (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 30)
Years active1999–present

Philippa Bennett-Warner (born 23 July 1988) is a British actress.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bennett-Warner was brought up in Buckinghamshire, and was educated at St Edward's School in Oxford, and Lucie Clayton.[citation needed] She is of Jamaican and Kittitian descent.


She started her acting career in Julie Taymor's 1999 London production of The Lion King, as one of the original young Nalas.[2]

In 2006, she got a place at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and also the role of Emmie Thibodeaux in the musical Caroline, or Change,[3] for which she was nominated for the Whatsonstage.com Stuart Phillips London Newcomer of the Year award 2007, alongside Andrew Garfield. She went on to star in the lead role in Athol Fugard's UK premiere of Victory for the Peter Hall Company[citation needed] and then went to RADA in September 2007.[citation needed]

Bennett-Warner graduated from RADA in 2010, but left early to take on the role of Sophie in Lynn Nottage's Ruined at the Almeida Theatre. Before completing the course she was awarded the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Radio Award. However, due to another job commitment she was unable to join the radio rep.

After finishing Ruined, a two-hander (Crocodile, written by Frank McGuinness) with Sinéad Cusack for Sky Arts followed.[citation needed] During this time Bennett-Warner was cast in Michael Grandage's award-winning King Lear as Cordelia, with Derek Jacobi in the title role.[2] Before rehearsals started for King Lear in October, she filmed small parts in Come Fly With Me with David Walliams and Matt Lucas and also in Case Histories alongside Jason Isaacs.[citation needed]

Bennett-Warner received an Ian Charleson commendation for King Lear.[citation needed] She then took the role of Denise in D. C. Moore's new play The Swan — in a role that had been written for her — at the National Theatre[4] and then Queen Isabel in Michael Grandage's swan song Richard II at the Donmar Warehouse with Eddie Redmayne in the title role and Andrew Buchan as Bolingbroke.[5] She received positive reviews from the critics, with Kate Bassett from The Independent saying: "Both of them (Redmayne and Buchan) are, in fact, outshone by Pippa Bennett-Warner in the cameo role of Isabel, Richard’s devoted, fiery queen."[6]

In 2012, she played the lead role in Vivienne Franzmann's second play The Witness, at the Royal Court Theatre.[2] She received rave reviews with Susannah Clapp from The Observer stating" Always thought Pippa Bennett-Warner had big future. Now she is having it in ‘The Witness’ at Royal Court...There are actresses (even actors) who are more flashy, who more obviously inflect every detail of a speech. PBW is completely natural. Audiences of course admire her: but they do something else, which is not always the same thing: they believe her”.[citation needed] Bennett-Warner went on to secure a nomination for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012, alongside Cate Blanchett and Dame Eileen Atkins and was named as one of the 1000 Most Influential Londoners in 2012 in the category "Generation Next" by The Evening Standard.[citation needed]

In 2016, she narrated Zadie Smith's book Swing Time.[citation needed]

Bennett-Warner is an Ambassador for The Theatres Trust



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Rage Julia Short
2014 Off the Page: Devil in the Detail Tamsin Short
2016 Patient Zero Linda
2016 Wakefield Emily
2017 The Foreigner Marissa Levitt
2018 Johnny English Strikes Again Lesley
2019 Greywell Jamie


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Holby City Gemma Webber "Leopard Spots"
2003 Lenny Henry in Pieces Jessica
2010 Crocodile Girl TV film
2011 National Theatre Live Cordelia "King Lear"
2011 Come Fly With Me Lisa 2 episodes
2011 Case Histories Emma Drake "Case Histories, Part 1 and 2"
2012 Lewis Nina Clemens "The Indelible Stain"
2012 Inspector George Gently Delores Kenny "Gently Northern Soul"
2012 Agatha Christie's Marple Victoria "A Caribbean Mystery"
2012 Southcliffe Susannah TV mini-series
2012 Vera Manda/Sister Clare "Young Gods"
2013 Death in Paradise Rosie Curloo
2014 The Smoke Ziggy Brown 8 episodes
2014 Law & Order: UK Zana Washington "Repeat to Fade"
2014 The Secrets Lorna TV mini-series
2014 Doctor Who Saibra "Time Heist"
2015 National Theatre Live Dorinda "The Beaux' Stratagem"
2015 The Trials of Jimmy Rose Kerry Irwin TV mini-series
2015 River Tia Edwards
2016-present Harlots Harriet Lennox TV series
2017–Present Sick Note Becca Palmerstone
2018 Silent Witness DC Heidi Bailey 2 episodes
2019–present MotherFatherSon Lauren TV Series
2019 Gangs of London TV series



  • The White Devil as Zanche (BBC Radio 3, 2010)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God as Janie (BBC World drama, 2010)
  • The Great Gatsby as Daisy Buchanan (BBC Radio 4, 2012)
  • The Witness as Alex (BBC Radio 3, 2013)
  • Doctor Thorne as Mary Thorne (BBC Radio 4, 2014)
  • The Awakening as Edna Pontellier (BBC Radio 4, 2014)
  • Everyday Time Machines as Samantha (BBC Radio 3, 2014)
  • The Ice Wife as Kate (BBC Radio 4, 2014)
  • Paterson as Marie (BBC Radio 3, 2014)
  • Talisman as Edie (BBC Radio 4, 2014)
  • Dinner as Sian (BBC Radio 4, 2015)
  • Heat and Dust as Olivia (BBC Radio 4, 2015)
  • Inspector Chen as Catherine Rohn (BBC Radio 4, 2015)
  • Beloved as Denver (BBC Radio 4, 2015)
  • Wolf in the Water as Jessica (BBC Radio 3, 2016)
  • The Maya Angelou Autobiographies as Maya Angelou (BBC Radio 4 2018-2019)


  1. ^ "Pippa Bennett-Warner Profile". RADA. 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c 10 Questions for Actress Pippa Bennett-Warner
  3. ^ "Watch out for…". Daily Mail. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  4. ^ LondonTheatre1.com (15 December 2011). "Interview with Pippa Bennett-Warner". LondonTheatre1.com. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  5. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (7 October 2011). "Keep your funny side up boys... Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths in talks about playing retired comic duo". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  6. ^ Bassett, Kate (11 December 2011). "Richard II, Donmar Warehouse, London Company, Crucible, Sheffield The Ladykillers, Gielgud, London". The Independent. Retrieved 30 December 2011.

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