Rebecca Hall

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Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall Berlinale 2010 cropped.jpg
Hall in 2010
BornRebecca Maria Hall
(1982-05-03) 3 May 1982 (age 36)
London, England
Alma materSt Catharine's College, Cambridge
OccupationActress
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
Morgan Spector (m. 2015)
Parent(s)
Relatives

Rebecca Maria Hall (born 3 May 1982) is a British-born American actress[1] who made her first onscreen appearance at age 10 in the 1992 television adaptation of The Camomile Lawn, directed by her father Peter Hall. Her professional stage debut came in her father's 2002 production of Mrs. Warren's Profession, which earned her enthusiastic reviews and the Ian Charleson Award.

Following her film debut in Starter for 10 (2006), Hall got her breakthrough role that same year in Christopher Nolan's thriller film The Prestige. In 2008, Hall starred as Vicky in Woody Allen's romantic comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She then appeared in a wide array of films, including Ron Howard's historical drama Frost/Nixon (2008), Ben Affleck's crime drama The Town (2010), the horror thriller The Awakening (2011), the superhero movie Iron Man 3 (2013), the science fiction film Transcendence (2014), the psychological thriller The Gift (2015) and the biographical drama Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017). In 2016, Hall was praised by critics for her portrayal of reporter Christine Chubbuck in the biographical drama Christine.[2]

Hall has also made several notable appearances on British television. She won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2009 Channel 4 miniseries Red Riding: 1974. In 2013, she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her performance in BBC Two's Parade's End.

Early life and education[edit]

Hall was born on 3 May 1982 in London,[3] the daughter of English stage director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall and American opera singer Maria Ewing. Her mother is of Sioux, African-American, Scottish and Dutch origin.[4][5][6][7] Her parents separated when she was still young, eventually divorcing in 1990.[4] Hall has five half-siblings: stage director Edward Hall, producer Christopher Hall, actresses Jennifer Caron Hall and Emma Hall and set designer Lucy Hall.[4][8]

Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl.[4] She studied English Literature at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year.[4][9][10] During her time at Cambridge, she was active in the student theatre scene and also set up her own theatre company.[11] She was a member of the Marlowe Society and starred alongside housemate Dan Stevens, who was an English literature student at Emmanuel College, in several productions.[12][13]

Career[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Hall's first professional role came in 1992, when she appeared as young Sophy in her father's television adaptation of Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn at the age of nine.[14] Her feature film debut came in 2006 as Rebecca Epstein in the film adaptation of David Nicholls's Starter for Ten. She got her breakthrough with the role of Sarah Borden in Christopher Nolan's film The Prestige (2006). She then appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace in 2007,[15] as well as appearing in several other television films including Wide Sargasso Sea and Rubberheart.

Hall's Hollywood fame grew when she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) as one of the title characters, Vicky.[16] Her performance was well-received,[16] and she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In 2008, she appeared in Ron Howard's historical drama Frost/Nixon as the girlfriend of Michael Sheen's David Frost. The following year she was cast in the British fantasy-horror film Dorian Gray based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Following a small role in the indie film Please Give, Hall starred in Ben Affleck's crime drama The Town (2010) opposite Affleck and Jon Hamm.[16] In June 2010, she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Paula Garland in the 2009 Channel 4 production Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974.[17] The following year she played the female lead in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011.[18][19]

In 2012, she took on the role of Beth Raymer in the comedy-drama film Lay the Favourite, based on Raymer's memoir of the same title; one review commented that she "plays Raymer as an endearing force of nature who somehow manages to survive in a dangerous world through sheer force of character."[20] She next starred in the BBC/HBO/VRT production of Parade's End (2012) opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, which earned her a BAFTA Television Award nomination for Best Actress.[21] In 2013, Hall replaced Jessica Chastain as Maya Hansen in the superhero film Iron Man 3. The same year she appeared in the political thriller Closed Circuit (2013). She then starred opposite Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence (2014).[22] In 2015, Hall starred in the romantic comedy Tumbledown and Joel Edgerton's directorial debut The Gift.[23][24]

In the 2016 biographical drama Christine, Hall played the role of real-life news reporter Christine Chubbuck. Variety called her "discomfitingly electric in the best role she’s yet been offered".[25]

Stage[edit]

Hall's professional stage debut came in 2002 when she starred as Vivie in her father's production of Mrs Warren's Profession at the Strand Theatre in London. Her performance, described as "admirable"[26] and "accomplished",[27] earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003.[28][29]

In 2003, Hall's father celebrated fifty years as a theatre director by staging a season of five plays at the Theatre Royal in Bath, Somerset. Hall starred in two of these plays; she appeared as Rosalind in her father's production of As You Like It,[30] which gained her a second Charleson nomination[31] and starred in the title role of Thea Sharrock's revival of D. H. Lawrence's The Fight for Barbara.[32] In 2004, Hall appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, two of which her father directed, namely Man and Superman in which she played Ann, and Galileo's Daughter in which she played Sister Maria Celeste. The third, Molière's Don Juan, in which she played the part of Elvira, was directed by Sharrock.[33]

In 2005, Hall reprised the role of Rosalind in a touring production of As You Like It, again under the direction of her father. This tour took in the following venues: The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames; The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; The Curran Theatre at San Francisco;[34] The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.[35] This was a second leg of the U.S. tour that began in 2003 with venues at the Shubert Theater[36] New Haven, Connecticut,[37] Columbus, Ohio, and the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston.[38]

In 2008–09, she appeared in Sam Mendes's first instalment of the Bridge Project, as Hermione in The Winter's Tale and Varya in The Cherry Orchard,[39] which gave performances with the same cast in Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.[40] In 2010–11, she played Viola in a production of Twelfth Night at London's National Theatre, which her father directed.[41]

Hall made her Broadway debut in Sophie Treadwell's expressionist play Machinal in 2013. The Roundabout Theatre production, directed by Lyndsey Turner, began previews on 20 December 2013, with the official opening set for 16 January 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Hall had a relationship with director Sam Mendes from 2011 until 2013.[43] She married actor Morgan Spector in New York City in September 2015; the couple met while co-starring in a Broadway production the previous year.[44] In January 2018 they announced they were expecting their first child.[45]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Starter for 10 Rebecca Epstein
2006 The Prestige Sarah Borden
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Vicky
2008 Frost/Nixon Caroline Cushing
2008 Official Selection Emily Dickinson Short film
2009 Dorian Gray Emily Wotton
2010 Please Give Rebecca
2010 The Town Claire Keesey
2010 Everything Must Go Samantha
2011 A Bag of Hammers Mel
2011 The Awakening Florence Cathcart
2012 Lay the Favourite Beth Raymer
2013 Iron Man 3 Maya Hansen
2013 Closed Circuit Claudia Simmons-Howe
2013 A Promise Charlotte Hoffmeister
2014 Transcendence Evelyn Caster
2015 Tumbledown Hannah
2015 The Gift Robyn Callem
2016 Christine Christine Chubbuck
2016 The BFG Mary
2017 The Dinner Katelyn Lohman
2017 Permission Anna Also producer
2017 Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Elizabeth Holloway Marston
2018 Teen Spirit
2018 Mirai Mother (voice) English dub
2018 Holmes & Watson Dr. Grace Hart
2019 A Rainy Day in New York Post-production
2020 Godzilla vs Kong Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Camomile Lawn Young Sophie
1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends Lucie
1993 Don't Leave Me This Way Lizzie Neil
2006 Wide Sargasso Sea Antoinette Cosway
2007 Rubberheart Maggie
2007 Joe's Palace Tina
2008 Einstein and Eddington Winifred Eddington
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 Paula Garland
2012 Parade's End Sylvia Tietjens
2015 Codes of Conduct Rebecca Rotmensen Pilot
2016 Horace and Pete Rachel Episode #1.1
Music videos
Year Title Role Notes
2012 "A Case of You" Herself James Blake video

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2006 Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer The Prestige Nominated
London Film Critics Circle Awards British Newcomer of the Year Nominated
2008 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Vicky Cristina Barcelona Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musica Nominated
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Performance Nominated
London Film Critics Circle Awards British Actress of the Year Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Frost/Nixon Nominated
2010 British Academy Television Awards Best Supporting Actress Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 Won
2010 Independent Spirit Awards Robert Altman Award Please Give Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Body of Work Won
Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
2010 National Board of Review Awards Best Acting by an Ensemble The Town Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
2011 British Independent Film Awards Best Actress The Awakening Nominated
2013 British Academy Television Awards Best Actress Parade's End Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated
2016 Chicago International Film Festival Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress Christine Won
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Courage in Acting Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Actress Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Awards British Actress of the Year Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Awards The Invisible Woman Award Nominated

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005. Gives name at birth as "Rebecca Maria Hall".
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