Graced with a classic, timeless beauty and equally adept at both high drama and low comedy, British actress Romola Garai had long drawn the admiration of film critics, although early in her career that had not been entirely advantageous to her. Born and raised throughout Asia and southeast England, Garai was first spotted by a casting director while performing in a school play in London. Cast in a small role as the young Judi Dench in the ITV teleplay "Last of the Blonde Bombshells," the 17-year-old soon was soon inundated with offers for more work. Skewered by the British critics for her early starring role in the BBC miniseries "Daniel Deronda" (2002), Garai dove into subsequent assignments with a greater sense of purpose and was soon winning raves for her performances in the feature films "I Capture the Castle" (2003) and "Vanity Fair" (2004), as well as for her work in the made-for-TV movie "The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant" (2005) and the miniseries "Emma" (2009). Losing several plum roles to rising star Kiera Knightley did not deter Garai from persevering and the actress soon found herself collaborating with such internationally renowned filmmakers as Woody Allen, Kenneth Branagh and Joe Wright, scooping up critical accolades along the way and becoming a talent to be reckoned with.