Imogen Poots

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Imogen Poots
Poots at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
BornImogen Gay Poots
(1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 24)
Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith, London, UK
Years active2004–present
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Imogen Poots
Poots at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
BornImogen Gay Poots
(1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 24)
Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith, London, UK
Years active2004–present

Imogen Gay Poots[1] (born 3 June 1989) is a British film and television actress. She is best known for playing Tammy in 28 Weeks Later.

Early life and education[edit]

Poots was born at the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, London on 3 June 1989 to Trevor Poots, a current affairs television producer from Belfast, and Fiona Goodall, a journalist and voluntary worker from Bolton.[2][3] Her older brother Alex is a model.[4] Poots has stated that her surname is of Dutch origin.[5]

Raised in Chiswick, she 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 vet, 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.[2] 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.[3][6]


Poots first appeared on-screen in an episode of Casualty and had a non-speaking part in V for Vendetta, but she was largely unknown when, at the age of 17, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo cast her alongside Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner and Rose Byrne in 28 Weeks Later. Since then Poots has appeared in a number of films including Cracks, Centurion and the 2011 remake of Fright Night.[7][8][9][10] 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.[6]

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.[11] 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.[12][13]

In 2013 she appeared in Greetings from Tim Buckley, Filth and The Look of Love. In 2014 she will star in three major Hollywood productions, That Awkward Moment, She's Funny That Way and Need for Speed, an adaptation of the best-selling video game series. Poots has also filmed scenes for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups[14] and has been cast in Todd Field's forthcoming adaptation of Jess Walter's novel Beautiful Ruins.[15]


2004CasualtyAlice ThorntonEpisode: Love Bites
2006V for VendettaYoung Valerie
200728 Weeks LaterTammy Harris
WishJaneShort film
2008Miss Austen RegretsFanny KnightTelevision film
Me and Orson WellesLorelei Lathrop
Waking MadisonAlexis
Solitary ManAllyson Karsch
Bouquet of Barbed WirePrue SorensonTV series
Christopher and His KindJean RossTelevision film
2011Jane EyreBlanche Ingram
Fright NightAmy Peterson
Comes A Bright DayMary Bright
2012A Late QuartetAlexandra Gelbart
2013Greetings from Tim BuckleyAllie
All Is by My SideLinda Keith
FilthAmanda Drummond
The Look of LoveDebbie Raymond
2014A Long Way DownJess CrichtonPost-production
That Awkward MomentElliePost-production
Need for SpeedJulia BonetPost-production
She's Funny That WayIsabella 'Izzy' PattersonPost-production
Knights of CupsPost-production
Beautiful RuinsDee MorayPre-production

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.[16][17]


  1. ^ "POOTS, Imogen". British Film Institute. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Mottram, James (10 December 2010). "Imogen Poots - A blooming English Rose". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Union Pack". Interview. March 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Barker, Lynn (16 August 2011). ""Fright Night's" Leading Lady". Teen Hollywood. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Hattersley, Giles (7 April 2013). "She's got the look". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 November 2013. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ Clements, Pip (16 April 2010). "Imogen Poots: a starlet is born". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Power, Chris (29 April 2007). "Rising star". The Observer. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (26 December 2009). "Talent 2010: The actress, Imogen Poots". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Forrester, Sarah (27 May 2011). "Chloe's New Signings". Vogue. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Bergin, Olivia (30 January 2012). "Imogen Poots lands Marni for H&M campaign". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Behind the scenes of the Marni at H&M commercial on YouTube
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (15 November 2013). "Imogen Poots to Star in Todd Field’s ‘Beautiful Ruins’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Imogen Poots". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Winners announced at the 16th Moët British Independent Film Awards" (Press release). London. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 

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