Pippa Bennett-Warner

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Pippa Bennett-Warner
Born (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 27)
Banbury, UK
Occupation actress
Years active 1999–present

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


Bennett-Warner was brought up in Northamptonshire and was educated at St Edward's School in Oxford and afterwards attended Lucie Clayton. She started her acting career in 1999, beating over 3,000 other hopefuls to be cast as one of the original young Nala's in Julie Taymor's London production of The Lion King.

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,[2] for which she was nominated for the Whatsonstage.com Stuart Phillips London Newcomer of the Year award for 2007, alongside Andrew Garfield and Chris New. Once finished on the South Bank she starred as 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 the summer of 2010, but left early to take on the role of Sophie in Lynn Nottage's play 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 she went on to star in a two-hander with Sinéad Cusack for Sky Arts. Called Crocodile, the play was written by Frank McGuinness. 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.

After having played Cordelia for almost eight months and receiving an Ian Charleson commendation, she starred in D. C. Moore's new play The Swan — in a role that had been written for her — at the National Theatre.[3] She then played 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.[4] 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."[5]

In 2012 she played the lead role in Vivienne Franzmann's second play The Witness, at the Royal Court Theatre. She received rave reviews and went on to secure a nomination for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012, alongside Cate Blanchett and Dame Eileen Atkins.

Bennett-Warner was named as one of the 1000 Most Influential Londoners in 2012 in the category "Generation Next" by The Evening Standard.




Year Title Character Production
2002 Holby City Gemma Webber BBC
2003 Lenny Henry in Pieces Jessica Tiger Aspect Productions
2011 National Theatre Live Cordelia National Theatre
2011 Come Fly With Me Lisa BBC
2011 Case Histories Emma Drake Ruby Films/BBC
2012 Lewis Nina Clemens ITV
2012 Inspector George Gently Delores Kenny BBC
2012 Agatha Christie's Marple Victoria ITV
2012 Southcliffe Susannah Channel 4
2012 Vera Manda/Sister Clare ITV
2013 The Smoke Ziggy Brown Sky1
2013 Death in Paradise Rosie Curloo BBC
2014 Law and Order: UK Zana Washington ITV
2014 The Secrets Lorna BBC
2014 Doctor Who Saibra BBC
2015 The Trials of Jimmy Rose Kerry Irwin ITV
2015 River Tia Edwards BBC


  • 2010 "Their Eyes Were Watching God", Janie, BBC World Service Drama
  • 2012 "The Great Gatsby", Daisy Buchanan, BBC Radio 4
  • 2013 "The Witness", Alex, BBC Radio 3
  • 2014 "Dr Thorne", Mary Thorne, BBC Radio 4
  • 2014 "The Awakening", Edna Pontellier, BBC Radio 4
  • 2014 "Everyday Time Machines", Samantha, BBC Radio 3
  • 2014 "The Ice Wife", Kate, BBC Radio 4
  • 2014 "Paterson", Marie, BBC Radio 3


  1. ^ "Pippa Bennett-Warner Profile". RADA. 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Watch out for…". Daily Mail. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  3. ^ LondonTheatre1.com (15 December 2011). "Interview with Pippa Bennett-Warner". LondonTheatre1.com. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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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