International audiences were universally charmed by Sally Hawkins' performance as an indefatigably cheerful school teacher in Mike Leigh's comedy "Happy-Go-Lucky" (2008). For many moviegoers, this was...
Dulwich, England, GB
|Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky||Actor||Ella||7|
|The Young Visiters||Actor||Rosalind||7|
|Happily Ever Afters||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Made in Dagenham||2010||Actor||Rita O'Grady||20107|
|Persuasion||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||Anne Elliot||20077|
|All is Bright||2013||Actor||Olga||20137|
|Paddington||2014||Actor||Mrs. Mary Brown||20147|
|Never Let Me Go||2010||Actor||Miss Lucy||20107|
|Jane Eyre||2011||Actor||Mrs. Reed||20117|
|Room on the Broom||Voice||n/a||6|
|The Painted Veil||2006||Actor||Mary||20067|
|It's a Wonderful Afterlife||2010||Actor||Linda||20107|
|Great Expectations||2013||Actor||Mrs Joe Gargery||20137|
|Tipping the Velvet||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||Zena Blake||20027|
|The Killing Gene||2013||Actor||Elly Carpenter||20137|
|Byron||2005 2002 - 2005||Actor||Mary Shelley||20057|
|All or Nothing||2002||Actor||Samantha||20027|
|Little Britain||2005 2002 - 2005||Actor||Kenny Craig's Date||20057|
|The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||Presenter||20087|
|The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards||2009 2008 - 2009||Actor||Presenter||20097|
|Primetime Live||2013 1988 - 2013||Producer||Editorial Producer||3|
|i-Caught||2006 2005 - 2006||Producer||n/a||3|
|20/20||2013 1976 - 2013||Producer||n/a||3|
|Nightline Prime||2013 2009 - 2013||Casting Producer||Booker||1|
|America.01||2001 2000 - 2001||Story By||story editor||1|
|Primetime Special Edition: The Dilley Six-Pack's Happy New Year||2002 2001 - 2002||Story Editor||n/a||1|
|Acted opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in the drama "Never Let Me Go," based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro|
|Appeared as a gun-toting henchman to a dimwitted gangster in "Layer Cake"|
|Cast as part of an ensemble British cast for Woody Allen's thriller "Cassandra's Dream"|
|Cast as Adela in David Hare's production of Federico García Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba"|
|First major television role, played Susan Trinder in the BBC drama "Fingersmith," an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel of the same name|
|Lent her voice and writing skills to the BBC Radio 4 series "Concrete Cow"|
|Re-teamed with director Mike Leigh for her breakthrough role in "Happy-Go-Lucky"|
|Played Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in the British drama "Byron"|
|Returned to the theatre, appearing at the Royal Court Theatre in Jez Butterworth's "The Winterling"|
|Cast in the lead role of the lovelorn Anne Elliot in an ITV adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, "Persuasion"|
|Made on-screen debut in Mike Leigh's "All or Nothing"|
|Co-starred with Naomi Watts and Edward Norton in "The Painted Veil"|
|Appeared in three episodes of the hit BBC comedy series "Little Britain"|
|Played an unwed mother who seeks an abortion from the title character (Imelda Staunton) in "Vera Drake"|
|Portrayed a 1960s British Ford factory worker in "Made in Dagenham," a film based on the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant|
Born April 27, 1976 in Dulwich, a southeastern suburb of London, she was the daughter of Colin and Jacqui Hawkins, who were highly regarded in publishing circles as authors and illustrators of children's books. A movie fan from an early age, especially of World War II-era dramas, she took to acting while attending the James Allen Girls School. Her passion for live performance and comedy carried over after graduation in 1994, whereupon she continued her studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Hawkins began landing roles in professional theater almost immediately after her graduation from the Academy in 1998. Leading roles in productions of classical works like "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Cherry Orchard" preceded her on-screen debut in Mike Leigh's "All or Nothing" (2002). Subsequent film roles were sporadic for Hawkins during this period, though television provided her with steady work in dramas like "Tipping the Velvet" (BBC, 2002) and "Byron" (2003), for which she played Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. Thanks to roles such as these and others, Hawkins began to gain a reputation as the go-to actress for female characters in distress, though she showed a particular knack for comedy as a guest star on the popular series "Little Britain" (BBC One, 2003-06) and as both a writer and performer for the BBC Radio Four series "Concrete Cow."
Hawkins' career in features got a boost in 2004 with supporting roles in two distinctly different films; in "Vera Drake," she was an unwed mother who seeks the help of the title character (Imelda Staunton), a maid who moonlights as an abortionist, while in "Layer Cake," she was Slasher, a gun-toting henchman to a dimwitted gangster. Both films helped to increase her profile with UK audiences, as did a starring role in the BBC drama "Fingersmith," about a pair of Victorian female pickpockets who fall in love with each other. Hawkins also found time in her increasingly busy schedule to return to the theater on several occasions; most notably in productions of "The House of Bernard Alba" in 2005 and "The Winterling" in 2006.
By the following year, international audiences were getting their first look at Hawkins through several British-lensed features. She co-starred with Naomi Watts and Edward Norton in "The Painted Veil" (2006) before taking a smaller role as a serial killer's victim in "The Killing Gene" (2007), a dark thriller with Stellan Skarsgaard and Selma Blair. Television was granting her lead roles as well - most notably an ITV presentation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" with Hawkins as the lovelorn Anne Elliot. That same year, she was part of the large ensemble cast of British talent for Woody Allen's thriller "Cassandra's Dream," which included Ewan MacGregor, Colin Farrell, Tom Wilkinson and Hayley Atwell. Hawkins played Farrell's girlfriend, who feared for his life as it spiraled into drugs and murder.
In 2008, Hawkins reunited with Leigh for what would prove to be her star-making role in "Happy-Go-Lucky." Her Poppy was an effortlessly upbeat young school teacher who faces all adversity - from an anger-prone driving instructor to an affair with a co-worker - with a dazzling smile and a winning attitude. Critics and audiences alike were thoroughly won over by the sweet comedy of Hawkins' performance, which earned her the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and a Golden Globe win from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as well as accolades from numerous state and national critics' associations.
|Colin Hawkins||Father||Well known author and illustrator of children's books|
|Jacqui Hawkins||Mother||Well known author and illustrator of children's books|
|Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|James Allen's Girls' School|
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