Imogen Poots

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Imogen Poots
Poots at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Poots at the 2011 Comic-Con
BornImogen Gay Poots
(1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 25)
Hammersmith, London, England
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present
 
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Imogen Poots
Poots at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Poots at the 2011 Comic-Con
BornImogen Gay Poots
(1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 25)
Hammersmith, London, England
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present

Imogen Gay Poots[1] (born 3 June 1989)[2] is an English actress who has worked steadily in film since a major role in 28 Weeks Later.

Early life[edit]

Poots was born at the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, London, the daughter of Trevor Poots, a current affairs television producer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Fiona Goodall, a journalist and voluntary worker from Bolton.[3][4] She has an older brother, Alex, who is a model.[5][6]

Raised in Chiswick, Poots was privately educated in West London, attending Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in Brook Green, Queen's Gate School in South Kensington, and Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. While intending to become a veterinarian, she began spending Saturdays at an improvisation workshop hosted by the Young Blood Theatre Company at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. She abandoned her original career aspiration after fainting at the sight of veterinary surgery during work experience.[3] Attaining three A grades at A-level, she won a place at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2008, but had it deferred for two years in order to pursue her acting career.[4][7]

Career[edit]

Poots first appeared on-screen in an episode of Casualty and had a non-speaking role in V for Vendetta, but she was largely unknown when, at the age of 17, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo cast her in 28 Weeks Later. Since then, she has appeared in films such as Cracks, Centurion, and the 2011 remake of Fright Night.[8][9][10][11] Although Poots has never formally trained as an actress, according to Giles Hattersley, a practical apprenticeship may have served her well, as she is "compellingly natural" in front of the camera.[7]

In 2011, she was chosen by fashion house Chloé to appear in a campaign for its eponymous fragrance shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.[12] In 2012, she was selected to star in a Sofia Coppola-directed advertising campaign for a collaboration between fashion label Marni and high street retailer H&M.[13][14]

In 2012, Poots played the acrimonious young violinist Alexandra Gelbart opposite Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Late Quartet. In 2013, she appeared in Greetings from Tim Buckley, Filth, and The Look of Love. In 2014, she starred in That Awkward Moment and Need for Speed (an adaptation of the video game series). She will appear in She's Funny That Way and Knight of Cups,[15] and has been cast in the adaptation of Jess Walter's novel Beautiful Ruins.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006V for VendettaYoung Valerie
200728 Weeks LaterTammy Harris
2007WishJaneShort film
2008Miss Austen RegretsFanny KnightTelevision film
2008Me and Orson WellesLorelei Lathrop
2009CracksPoppy
2009Waking MadisonAlexis
2009Solitary ManAllyson Karsch
2010CenturionArianne
2010ChatroomEva
2010Christopher and His KindJean RossTelevision film
2011Jane EyreBlanche Ingram
2011Fright NightAmy Peterson
2011Comes A Bright DayMary Bright
2012A Late QuartetAlexandra Gelbart
2013Greetings from Tim BuckleyAllie
2013All Is by My SideLinda Keith
2013FilthAmanda Drummond
2013The Look of LoveDebbie Raymond
2014That Awkward MomentEllie
2014A Long Way DownJess Crichton
2014Need for SpeedJulia Maddon
2014Knight of Cups
2015Squirrels to the NutsIsabella "Izzy" Patterson

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004CasualtyAlice ThorntonEpisode: "Love Bites"
2010Bouquet of Barbed WirePrue Sorenson

Awards and nominations[edit]

Poots was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer award for 28 Weeks Later at the British Independent Film Awards in 2007 and won Best Supporting Actress for The Look of Love in 2013.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "POOTS, Imogen". British Film Institute. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Hooper, Ellie (28 January 2014). "Our new girl crush: British actress Imogen Poots". Closer. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Mottram, James (10 December 2010). "Imogen Poots - A blooming English Rose". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Shields, Rachel (2 May 2010). "Imogen Poots: A bright young thing who won't suffer for her art". The Independent. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Union Pack". Interview. March 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Barker, Lynn (16 August 2011). ""Fright Night's" Leading Lady". Teen Hollywood. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Hattersley, Giles (7 April 2013). "She's got the look". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 November 2013. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Clements, Pip (16 April 2010). "Imogen Poots: a starlet is born". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Power, Chris (29 April 2007). "Rising star". The Observer. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Newman, Sara (21 May 2007). "The 5-Minute Interview: Imogen Poots, Actress". The Independent. Archived from the original on 8 January 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (26 December 2009). "Talent 2010: The actress, Imogen Poots". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Forrester, Sarah (27 May 2011). "Chloe's New Signings". Vogue. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Bergin, Olivia (30 January 2012). "Imogen Poots lands Marni for H&M campaign". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Behind the scenes of the Marni at H&M commercial on YouTube
  15. ^ Dang, Simon (12 June 2012). "Imogen Poots Spotted Shooting 'Knight Of Cups' With Christian Bale; Terrence Malick Meeting With Benicio Del Toro?". The Playlist (Indiewire). Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (15 November 2013). "Imogen Poots to Star in Todd Field’s ‘Beautiful Ruins’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Imogen Poots". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Winners announced at the 16th Moët British Independent Film Awards" (Press release). London. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 

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