Rosie Day

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Rosie Day
Rosie Day
Day in 2017
Rosie Jane Day

(1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 (age 24)
Years active1999–present

Rosie Jane Day (born 6 March 1995) is an English actress. She is known for playing Mary Hawkins in the Golden Globe nominated Starz and Sony Pictures TV series Outlander[1] and Sarah Jessica Parker's daughter in the comedy film All Roads Lead to Rome.[2] She currently stars as Tina Pemberton in Sky One's Living the Dream, alongside Phillip Glenister and Lesley Sharp,[3] and the 2018 Summit Entertainment feature Down a Dark Hall alongside Uma Thurman.[4] She is also an ambassador for the teenage mental health charity stem4.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Day has been acting since childhood, both on stage and on screen, following in the footsteps of her older sister. It was at one of her sister's auditions that she was spotted by a casting agent and given her first role, at the age of 4, in BBC's Hope and Glory.[6] In that same year, Day and her sister played two of the Dudakov children in Maxim Gorky’s play Summerfolk at the Royal National Theatre in London.[7] She soon became a successful child actor on British television - playing roles such as young Tess Elliot in ITV's medical drama Harley Street in 2008 - and in theatre, with further engagements at the Royal Court Theatre and Palace Theatre.[6]

Day never received professional training as an actor, but drew from her experience working with adult co-stars, watching and copying them.[6]

At the age of 16, she played Naomi in the hit stage play Spur of the Moment by award-winning playwright Anya Reiss at the Royal Court Theatre in London's West End.[8]

In 2012 she made her film debut playing Angel, a sex trafficking victim, in Paul Hyett's horror film The Seasoning House.[9] The role brought her positive acclaim[10][11] and four awards for Best Actress. To prepare for the part, Day conducted intensive "research into the experience of women who [had] been in that situation"[12] and learned sign language to portray the deaf character.[13] The actress later said that she was "young and very naïve" when taking on the role and that the "film certainly had an effect on [her]."[13]

Rosie was chosen as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2013.[14] The special edition magazine highlights up and coming actors and filmmakers in the UK and Ireland.

In 2015 she starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, who Day calls "a huge influence"[13], in the romantic comedy All Roads Lead To Rome. From there she returned to the small screen for the recurring role of Mary Hawkins in the second season of Starz’s historical drama series Outlander.[15] In 2014, while working with Scottish actor Sam Heughan on Heart of Lightness, a film based upon Henrik Ibsen's play The Lady of the Sea, the Outlander star told her about the character and suggested Day for the part.[16] As part of Outlander's second season cast, Day received the Satellite award for "Best Cast in a Genre Show" in 2017.[17]

Later that year she starred alongside Uma Thurman in Summit Entertainment’s Down a Dark Hall, an American-Spanish horror film, based on the novel by Lois Duncan. Day portrayed troubled teenager Sierra in the female led piece which, as an outspoken feminist, appealed to the actress.[18] Butterfly Kisses, a film in which she was the lead, won the Crystal Bear for best feature at the 67th Berlinale festival in 2017.[19]

Day currently stars as Tina Pemberton in the Sky One family comedy-drama Living the Dream. In 2019 she played Jane Asher in Sky Arts 'Urban Myth: Scrambled Eggs'.


Year Title Character Production
2019 Urban Myths: Scrambled Eggs Jane Asher Sky Arts
2019 Frank Bonnie Channel 4
2019 Living The Dream Season 2 Tina Sky One
2019 Indigo Valley Louise
2018 Peripheral Shelly
2018 The Convent Sister Emeline
2018 Down a Dark Hall Sierra Summit Entertainment
2018 Good Omens Lisa BBC
2017 Living the Dream Tina Sky One
2017 Watership Down Thethutinang BBC
2017 Prime Suspect 1973 Pam Tennison ITV
2016 Outlander Mary Hawkins
2016 Butterfly Kisses Zara Blue Shadow Films
2016 Grantchester Joan ITV
2016 All Roads Lead to Rome Summer Post-production
2015 Howl Nina Metrodome
2015 Cuffs Stacey Shawcross BBC
2014 Soror Grace Film 4
2013 Siblings Ellie BBC
2013 Heart of Lightness Hilde Film
2013 Misfits Lucy E4
2013 Sixteen Chloe Seize Films
2013 Ironclad: Battle For Blood Kate De Vesci Content Media/Warner Bros
2012 Homefront Millie Bartham ITV
2012 DCI Banks Hannah Rothwell ITV
2012 The Seasoning House Angel Kalidescope Film Distribution
2011 Holby City Kay Barker BBC
2011 Doctors Alice Goodson BBC
2011 Good Night Cloe Blind Eye Pictures
2011 Traction Andrea Film
2010 Summer in Transylvania Mirana Nickelodeon
2009 Doctors Meg White BBC
2009 Half Moon Investigations Shell Travers BBC
2008 Harley Street Tess Elliot ITV
The Large Family Laura Large BBC
2007 My Life as a Popat Tatiana ITV
2006 The Romantics Dorothy Wordsworth BBC
2004–2005 Bernard's Watch Nicolette Ashbury ITV
Pants On Fire Lucy BBC
2003 Trust Emma Naylor BBC
2002 Family Affairs Harriett Channel Five
2002 Big Train Jenny BBC
2000 Black Books Lucy Channel 4
In Deep Charlotte ITV
1999 Hope and Glory Emma BBC


Year Title Character Production
2018 Again Izzy Trafalgar Studios
2014 Velocity Dot Finborough Theatre
2012 Pussy Riot Kate Royal Court Theatre
2011 Microwave by Elinor Cook Becky Royal National Theatre Studio
2010 Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss Naomi Royal Court Theatre
2006 Les Misérables Young Cosette Palace Theatre, London
2002 Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare Bohemia Royal National Theatre
2001 The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge Lily Royal National Theatre
2000 Summerfolk by Maxim Gorky Anya Royal National Theatre


  1. ^ "Exclusive: Rosie Day joins 'Outlander' season 2". Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (17 October 2014). "Rosie Day Joins 'All Roads Lead To Rome'". Deadline. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Philip Glenister and Lesley Sharp star in Sky 1 comedy Living the Dream". Royal Television Society. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda; N'Duka, Amanda (14 October 2016). "Noah Silver and Rosie Day Tread 'Down A Dark Hall'". Deadline. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  5. ^ newstem4. "stem4 - Ambassadors". stem4 - Teenage Mental Health Charity. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Leonsis, Elle; Leonsis, Elle (11 February 2016). "Brit Takes: Rosie Day on Learning From Sarah Jessica Parker and Tackling Hollywood". IndieWire. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Production of Summerfolk | Theatricalia". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  8. ^ Longman, Will (6 February 2018). "Rosie Day interview - 'It's time to change and put women at the forefront'". London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Rosie Day to play Angel in The Seasoning House". Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  10. ^ The Seasoning House, retrieved 10 January 2019
  11. ^ Watson, David (19 June 2013). "The Seasoning House Review". Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  12. ^ Young, Sage. "'Outlander's Mary Hawkins Scene Was Handled Well". Bustle. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  13. ^ a b c Corà, Angelica. "Interview with Rosie Day: on 'Living the Dream' and Rocking the Industry". The Italian Rêve. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  14. ^ Screen Daily article: "Screen unveils 2013 UK Stars of Tomorrow" (25 June 2013)
  15. ^ Leeds, Sarene (26 June 2016). "'Outlander' Actress Rosie Day on Mary Hawkins's Season-Long Transformation". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
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  18. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Berlin: 'Butterfly Kisses' Wins Crystal Bear for Best Film in Generation Sidebar". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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