Rebecca Maria Hall
3 May 1982
|Alma mater||St Catharine's College, Cambridge|
Rebecca Maria Hall (born 3 May 1982) is an English actress, producer, writer, and director. She 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 the Ian Charleson Award.
In 2006, following her film debut in Starter for 10, Hall got her breakthrough role in Christopher Nolan's thriller film The Prestige. In 2008, she starred as Vicky in Woody Allen's romantic comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Hall 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 film Iron Man 3 (2013), the science fiction film Transcendence (2014), the psychological thriller The Gift (2015), the live-action/CGI fantasy adventure film The BFG (2016), the biographical drama Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017) and the monster film Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). In 2016, Hall was praised by critics for her portrayal of reporter Christine Chubbuck in the biographical drama Christine. She made her directorial debut with Passing (2021), receiving critical acclaim.
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
Hall was born on 3 May 1982 in London, the daughter of American opera singer Maria Ewing and English stage director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall. Her mother is of African American, Native American, Scottish and Dutch ancestry. Her parents separated when she was still young, eventually divorcing in 1990. Hall has five paternal half-siblings: stage director Edward Hall, producer Christopher Hall, actresses Jennifer Caron Hall and Emma Hall, and set designer Lucy Hall.
Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl. She studied English literature at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year. During her time at Cambridge, she was active in the student theatre scene and also set up her own theatre company. She was a member of the Marlowe Society and performed in several productions alongside housemate Dan Stevens, then an English literature student at Emmanuel College.
Film and television
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. 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, 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. Her performance was well-received, 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. 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. The following year she played the female lead in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011.
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." 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. 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). In 2015, Hall starred in the romantic comedy Tumbledown and Joel Edgerton's directorial debut The Gift.
In 2017, she portrayed Elizabeth Holloway Marston, a real-life psychologist who inspired Wonder Woman, in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. The same year, Hall joined the cast of A Rainy Day in New York, re-teaming her with Woody Allen. In January 2018, Hall donated her salary to Time's Up after re-reading literature pertaining to the sexual abuse allegation against Woody Allen, stating: "I see not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. I regret this decision and wouldn't make the same one today." Hall provided English dub for the character Mother in Mirai (2018). She was a cast member and an executive producer of The Night House, which will be released in 2021. The same year, she appeared in the monster film Godzilla vs. Kong, and made her directorial debut in the drama Passing, which she also wrote and co-produced. Passing premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and received critical acclaim before its distribution rights were acquired by Netflix for approximately $16 million.
Hall made her professional stage debut 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" and "accomplished", earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003.
In 2003, Hall's father celebrated 50 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, which gained her a second Charleson nomination and starred in the title role of Thea Sharrock's revival of D. H. Lawrence's The Fight for Barbara. In 2004, Hall appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal Bath, two of which her father directed: 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.
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 played the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, the Curran Theatre in San Francisco and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. This was a second leg of the U.S. tour that began in 2003 with venues at the Shubert Theater New Haven, Connecticut, Columbus, Ohio, and the Wilbur Theater in Boston.
In 2008–09, Hall appeared in Sam Mendes's first instalment of the Bridge Project as Hermione in The Winter's Tale and as Varya in The Cherry Orchard. The project gave performances with the same cast in Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2010–11, she played Viola in a production of Twelfth Night at London's National Theatre, directed by her father.
Hall made her Broadway debut in 2013 in Sophie Treadwell's expressionist play Machinal. The Roundabout Theater production, directed by Lyndsey Turner, began previews on 20 December 2013, with the official opening on 16 January 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre.
In 2010, there was intense media speculation of an affair between Hall and director Sam Mendes, who was married to Kate Winslet at the time. Hall and Mendes were in a relationship from 2011 to 2013.
|2006||Starter for 10||Rebecca Epstein|
|The Prestige||Sarah Borden|
|2008||Vicky Cristina Barcelona||Vicky|
|Official Selection||Emily Dickinson||Short film|
|2009||Dorian Gray||Emily Wotton|
|The Town||Claire Keesey|
|Everything Must Go||Samantha|
|2011||A Bag of Hammers||Mel|
|The Awakening||Florence Cathcart|
|2012||Lay the Favourite||Beth Raymer|
|2013||Iron Man 3||Maya Hansen|
|Closed Circuit||Claudia Simmons-Howe|
|A Promise||Charlotte Hoffmeister|
|The Gift||Robyn Callem|
|2017||The Dinner||Katelyn Lohman|
|Professor Marston and the Wonder Women||Elizabeth Holloway Marston|
|2018||Mirai||Mother (voice)||English dub|
|Holmes & Watson||Dr. Grace Hart|
|2019||A Rainy Day in New York||Connie Davidoff|
|2020||The Night House||Beth||Also executive producer|
|2021||Passing||N/A||Director, producer and writer|
|Godzilla vs. Kong||Ilene Andrews|
|With/In||Post-production; segment: "Mother!!"|
|1992||The Camomile Lawn||Young Sophie||4 episodes|
|1993||The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends||Lucie (voice)||Episode: "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher"|
|Don't Leave Me This Way||Lizzie Neil||TV movie|
|2006||Wide Sargasso Sea||Antoinette Cosway||TV movie|
|2007||Rubberheart||Maggie||Short; based on a short story by Hall|
|Joe's Palace||Tina||TV movie|
|2008||Einstein and Eddington||Winifred Eddington||TV movie|
|2009||Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974||Paula Garland||TV movie|
|2012||Parade's End||Sylvia Tietjens||5 episodes|
|2015||Codes of Conduct||Rebecca Rotmensen||Unaired pilot|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Rachel||Episode #1.1|
|2020||Tales from the Loop||Loretta||6 episodes|
|2012||"A Case of You"||Girl||James Blake video|
Awards and nominations
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- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005. Gives name at birth as "Rebecca Maria Hall".
- Hattenstone, Simon (12 June 2010). "Who, me? Why everyone is talking about Rebecca Hall". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
- Isenberg, Barbara (8 November 1992). "MUSIC No-Risk Opera? Not Even Close Maria Ewing, one of the most celebrated sopranos in opera, leaps again into the role of Tosca, keeping alive her streak of acclaimed performances while remaining true to herself". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- McLellan, Joseph (15 November 1990). "Article: Extra-Sensuous Perception;Soprano Maria Ewing, a Steamy 'Salome'". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
- Marsh, Robert C. (18 December 1988). "Growth of Maria Ewing continues with 'Salome' // Role of princess proves crowning achievement". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
- "Rebecca Hall Relationships". TV Guide. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "Former Cambridge student takes her first leading role" (PDF). The Cambridge Student. 3 November 2011. p. 06.
- Farber, Jim (20 February 2005). "For Rebecca Hall, it's all in the family business". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- "The Prestige production notes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
- "Macbeth". Marlowe Society. 2002.
- "Rebecca Hall takes the lead". The Daily Telegraph. 29 October 2011. Archived from the original on 29 October 2011.
- "Hall of fame: Rebecca Hall". The Daily Telegraph. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
- Grant, J. "BBC, HBO unite for Poliakoff copro", C21 Media, 9 November 2006.
- Nugent, Benjamin (30 April 2010). "Rated 'R' for Rebecca". gq. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
- "Awards Database – The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- "It's Time for StudioCanal's Awakening". Dread Central. 16 September 2012.
- Optimum Releasing website.. Retrieved 19 August 2011
- "Lay the Favourite – review". London Evening Standard. 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
plays Raymer as an endearing force of nature who somehow manages to survive in a dangerous world through sheer force of character
- O'Donovan, Gerard (10 May 2013). "Baftas 2013: the contenders". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
- "Rebecca Hall Joins Transcendence With Johnny Depp & Paul Bettany". Empire. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- Pamela McClintock (30 January 2014). "Berlin: Rebecca Hall to Star Opposite Jason Sudeikis in 'Tumbledown'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Joel Edgerton Receives The Gift". Dread Central. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Lodge, Guy (24 January 2016). "Sundance Film Review: 'Christine'". Variety. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
- Kilday, Gregg (11 September 2017). "Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber Join Woody Allen's New Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
- Stefansky, Emma (13 January 2018). "Rebecca Hall Donated Her Salary from Woody Allen's Next Movie to Time's Up". Vanity Fair. New York City: Condé Nast. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Passing Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
- "Netflix Nears $16M Deal to Acquire Rebecca Hall's 'Passing'". Variety. 3 February 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
- Billington, Michael (11 October 2002). "Mrs Warren's Profession". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
- Loveridge, L. "Mrs Warren's Profession: A CurtainUp London Review", CurtainUp, ~11 October 2002. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
- Lathan, P. (20 April 2003). "Another Hall Hits the Heights". The British Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
- Paddock, Terri (14 April 2003). "Rebecca Hall & Tempest Two Win Charleson Awards". whatsonstage.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- Brantley, Ben (15 December 2003). "THEATER REVIEW; Actress Finds Shadows in Shakespearean Spunk". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- Paddock, Terri (29 March 2004). "Dillon Wins Ian Charleson Award for Master Builder". whatsonstage.com. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- Spencer, Charles (10 July 2003). "Long-lost – but no masterpiece". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- Cripps, Charlotte (15 July 2004). "Rebecca Hall: My art belongs to Daddy". The Independent. London. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- Connema, Richard (15 April 2005). "Sir Peter Hall's Production of The Bard's As You Like It is Stimulating". talkinbroadway.com. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Haithman, Diane (25 February 2005). "Taking the fast lane to success". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "The Shubert Theatre – Shows". The Shubert Theatre.
- "CAPA Touring Productions". capa.com.
- Review theatermania.com, 2003
- "Mendes and Spacey in theatre link". BBC News. 3 April 2007.
- Bridge project info at BAM Archived 14 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine bam.org
- Benedict, David (23 January 2011). "Twelfth Night". Variety.
- Gioia, Michael (20 December 2013). "Broadway Revival of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, Starring Rebecca Hall, Begins Previews Dec. 20". Playbill. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013.
- "Did Rebecca Hall Come Between Sam Mendes And Kate Winslet?". HuffPost. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
- "Who, me? Why everyone is talking about Rebecca Hall". the Guardian. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
- Adams, Stephen (27 November 2011). "Sam Mendes: I am seeing Rebecca Hall". Retrieved 15 January 2020.
- Mead, Rebecca (3 June 2017). "Rebecca Hall's Complicated Inheritance". New Yorker. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
- Soloski, Alexis (25 May 2017). "Rebecca Hall and Morgan Spector: Together, Onstage and off". The New York Times.
- "Rebecca Hall and Morgan Spector: Together, Onstage and Off". The New York Times. 25 May 2017.
- Schneller, Johanna (8 February 2018). "Rebecca Hall's fight for nuance in the #TimesUp era". The Globe and Mail.
- "Celebrities attend Sir Peter Hall Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey". alamy.com. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
- "Don't Leave Me This Way (TV) (TV) (1993)".
- "Steve McQueen HBO Drama Codes of Conduct Shut Down". 24 February 2016.
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