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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, 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 and then went to RADA in September 2007.
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. During this time Bennett-Warner was cast in Michael Grandage's award-winning King Lear as Cordelia, with Derek Jacobi in the title role. 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.
Bennett-Warner received an Ian Charleson commendation for King Lear. 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 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. 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."
In 2012, she played the lead role in Vivienne Franzmann's second play The Witness, at the Royal Court Theatre. 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”. 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.
Bennett-Warner is an Ambassador for The Theatres Trust
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|2014||Off the Page: Devil in the Detail||Tamsin||Short|
|2017||The Foreigner||Marissa Levitt|
|2018||Johnny English Strikes Again||Lesley|
|2002||Holby City||Gemma Webber||"Leopard Spots"|
|2003||Lenny Henry in Pieces||Jessica|
|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||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|
|2016-present||Harlots||Harriet Lennox||TV series|
|2017–Present||Sick Note||Becca Palmerstone|
|2018||Silent Witness||DC Heidi Bailey||2 episodes|
|2019||Gangs of London||TV series|
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- 1999 The Lion King, Young Nala, Lyceum Theatre
- 2006 Caroline or Change by Tony Kushner, Emmie Thibodeaux, National Theatre
- 2007 Victory by Athol Fugard, Vicky, Theatre Royal Bath
- 2010 Ruined by Lynn Nottage, Sophie, Almeida Theatre
- 2010 Crocodile by Frank McGuiness, Girl, Riverside Studios
- 2010 King Lear by William Shakespeare, Cordelia, Donmar Warehouse, BAM
- 2011 The Swan by D.C. Moore, Denise, National Theatre
- 2011 Richard II by William Shakespeare, Queen Isabel, Donmar Warehouse
- 2012 The Witness by Vivienne Franzmann, Alex, Royal Court Theatre
- 2015 The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar, Dorinda, Royal National Theatre
- 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)
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- 10 Questions for Actress Pippa Bennett-Warner
- "Watch out for…". Daily Mail. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- LondonTheatre1.com (15 December 2011). "Interview with Pippa Bennett-Warner". LondonTheatre1.com. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- 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.
- Bassett, Kate (11 December 2011). "Richard II, Donmar Warehouse, London Company, Crucible, Sheffield The Ladykillers, Gielgud, London". The Independent. Retrieved 30 December 2011.