The daughter of one of England's most acclaimed theater and television directors, actress Rebecca Hall began making her first onscreen appearances in British television while still a child. She honed...
London, England, GB
|Parade's End||Actor||Sylvia Tietjens||1|
|Lay the Favorite||Actor||Beth Raymer||1|
|The Awakening||Actor||Florence Cathcart||1|
|Closed Circuit||Actor||Claudia Simmons-Howe||1|
|Starter For 10||Actor||Rebecca Epstein||1|
|Parade's End (2011-2012)||Actor||Sylvia||2011||1|
|1974: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 1||Actor||Paula Garland||1|
|Everything Must Go||Actor||Samantha||1|
|Dorian Gray||Actor||Emily Wooton||1|
|The Town||Actor||Claire Keesey||1|
|A Bag of Hammers||Actor||Melanie||1|
|The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1992-1993)||Actor||Lucie (voice)||1992||1|
|Joe's Palace (2005-2006)||Actor||Tina||2005||1|
|Vicky Cristina Barcelona||Actor||Vicky||1|
|Iron Man 3||Actor||Maya Hansen||1|
|The Prestige||Actor||Sarah Borden||1|
|The British Academy Film Awards (2008-2009)||Actor||Presenter||2008||1|
|Co-starred with Ben Affleck in Boston crime drama "The Town"; film also directed by Affleck|
|Made feature acting debut in film adaptation of David Nicholls' "Starter for 10"|
|Played Christian Bale's wife in Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige"; appeared opposite Scarlett Johansson|
|Featured in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"; again collaborated with Johansson; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress|
|Played a Las Vegas cocktail waitress who falls for a married sports gambler (Bruce Willis) in comedy feature "Lay the Favorite"; film based on memoir by Beth Raymer|
|Made professional stage debut as Vivie in her father's production of "Mrs Warren's Profession" at the Strand Theatre in London|
|Starred in the title role of Thea Sharrock's revival of D. H. Lawrence's "The Fight For Barbara"|
|Co-starred with Will Ferrell in "Everything Must Go"|
|Played David Frost's girlfriend in Ron Howard's film adaption of Peter Morgan's "Frost/Nixon"|
|Made onscreen debut as Young Sophy on her father Peter Hall's television adaptation of Mary Wesley's "The Camomile Lawn" (Channel Four)|
Born on May 3, 1982 in London, England, Hall was the daughter of opera singer Maria Ewing and Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a leading British theatrical figure. Though her parents separated when she was five, Hall spent a good portion of her childhood watching her mother from the wings of the Royal Opera House performing in productions directed by her father, and made her own acting debut before age 10 in her father's television adaptation of the novel "The Camomile Lawn" (1992). Though more minor television roles followed, Hall opted to focus on her studies, attending the exclusive girls' school Rodean Hall before moving on to Cambridge University. There she pursued a degree in English literature while amassing considerable experience in school productions and even started her own theater company. After two years at Cambridge, she dropped out in 2002 to pursue her acting career in earnest.
Hall's professional stage debut came that same year in her father's production of "Mrs. Warren's Profession," which earned her rave reviews and the Ian Charleson Award, which recognized performances in classical roles by actors under age 30. A second Charleson Award nomination came the following year for her turn in Shakespeare's "As You Like It," again directed by her father. She accompanied the production on a worldwide tour in 2005 before making her feature-film debut with "Starter for 10" (2006). A comedy set in England circa 1985, Hall starred as an irreverent college student who falls for James McEvoy's trivia enthusiast. A subsequent turn as the doomed heroine of a BBC adaptation of Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea" (2006) preceded her first Hollywood effort in "The Prestige" (2006). Cast as the wife of a magician (Christian Bale) locked in a decades-long battle of wills with a rival (Hugh Jackman), Hall brought great depth to the supporting role, which also found her working alongside such screen stars as Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine.
Hall returned to England for the television drama "Joe's Palace" (BBC One, 2007) before making a lifelong dream come true with her next project. An unabashed fan of Woody Allen who claimed that "Manhattan" (1979) was her favorite film of all time, Hall called on the director to give her a part during an interview for "Starter for 10." Allen, who was working in London at the time, summoned her shortly thereafter and cast her as one of the leads in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008). Hall was reunited with her "Prestige" co-star Scarlett Johansson as the more thoughtful of two American tourists who are seduced by an earthy artist (Javier Bardem), only to discover that his hot-tempered ex-wife (Penelope Cruz) is still very much in the picture. The critical acclaim that preceded the film's release laid the groundwork for a great deal of focus on Hall in subsequent months, thanks to her participation in such major projects as Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon" (2008). Hall continued making a name for herself with her first-ever Golden Globe nomination, earning a nod for Best Performance by an Actress for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
Back in her native England, Hall received considerable acclaim for her role in "Red Riding: 1974" (Channel 4, 2009), one chapter of a miniseries about rampant police and political corruption during the paranoid times of the Yorkshire Ripper murders. She played Paula Garland, the distraught mother of a missing girl also dealing with her husband's recent suicide who becomes romantically involved with a young reporter (Andrew Garfield), while trying to hide her past with a powerful local businessman (Sean Bean). Her performance won Hall a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. Returning to features, she had a small but notable role in the Nicole Holofcener comedy "Please Give" (2010), playing the granddaughter of a cranky elderly woman (Ann Guilbert) whose death is eagerly anticipated by a yuppie couple (Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt) looking to take over her apartment. Hall next starred in Ben Affleck's widely acclaimed crime thriller, "The Town" (2010), playing a bank manager who falls for a career criminal (Affleck) after being taken hostage by his gang.
With her film career steadily on the rise, Hall signed on for a featured part in "Everything Must Go" (2010), a subdued Arizona-set dramedy based on a Raymond Carver story that starred Will Ferrell as a man going through a particularly rough personal crisis. Returning to the U.K., she finally landed a headlining role for the chilling ghost story "The Awakening" (2011), also starring fellow Brits Dominic West and Imelda Staunton, and revisited television with a lead part in the period miniseries "Parade's End" (BBC, 2012), featuring another buzzed-about actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. Continuing to expand her horizons, Hall entered the realm of the superhero movie with a supporting role in "Iron Man 3" (2013).
|Maria Ewing||Mother||Born March 27, 1950|
|Edward Hall||Half-Brother||Born Nov. 27, 1966|
|Peter Hall||Father||Born Nov. 22, 1930; founded Royal Shakespeare Company 1960|
|Christopher Hall||Half-Brother||Born March 30, 1957|
|Jennifer Hall||Half-Sister||Born 1958|
|Sam Mendes||Companion||Reportedly confirmed relationship 2011|
|Freddie Stevenson||Companion||Acted together in 2003 production of "As You Like It"; No longer together|
|University of Cambridge|
|On nudity: "If it's right for the material, I think it's right. I'm strangely un-prudish about it...You just have to have a sense of humour about it." -- from GQ, Nov. 9, 2011|
|Following her brief stint as a child screen actor, Hall took more than a decade to return to film and television productions.|
|Hall has worked with two actors that have famously portrayed Sherlock Holmes: Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr.|
|"I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor. It has just always been an inevitability on some level." -- from W. Magazine, August 2010|
|"The irony is that I've never really been an ingenue. Even though I've been working since I was eight, I stopped for a long time and started working again when I was 20. I've always played parts that are 28, 29, 30 years old." -- from W. Magazine, August 2010|
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