Rebecca Hall

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Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall (Berlin Film Festival 2010).jpg
BornRebecca Maria Hall
(1982-05-03) 3 May 1982 (age 32)
London, England
CitizenshipBritish
American
Alma materCambridge University
OccupationActress
Years active1992–present
Parents
 
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Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall (Berlin Film Festival 2010).jpg
BornRebecca Maria Hall
(1982-05-03) 3 May 1982 (age 32)
London, England
CitizenshipBritish
American
Alma materCambridge University
OccupationActress
Years active1992–present
Parents

Rebecca Maria Hall (born 3 May 1982)[1] is an English American actress. In 2003, she won the Ian Charleson Award for her debut stage performance in a production of Mrs. Warren's Profession.[2] She has appeared in the films The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe), The Town, Frost/Nixon, Iron Man 3, and Transcendence.

In June 2010, Hall won the Supporting Actress BAFTA for her portrayal of Paula Garland in the 2009 Channel 4 production Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974.[3] She was also nominated for the Leading Actress BAFTA in 2013 for her role as Sylvia Tietjens in BBC Two's Parade's End.

Early life[edit]

Hall was born in London, UK to British stage director Peter Hall, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company, and American opera singer Maria Ewing, an opera singer of Dutch, Scottish, Sioux, and African American origin.[4][5][6][7] Her parents separated when she was still young, eventually divorcing in 1990.[4] She has a half-brother, Edward Hall, who is a theatre director, and four other half-siblings,[4] including theatre designer Lucy Hall, veteran TV drama producer Christopher Hall, and Jennifer Caron Hall, a writer and painter.[8]

Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl.[4] She studied English Literature at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year.[4][9][10] During her time at Cambridge, she was active in the student theatre scene and also set up her own theatre company.[11] She was a member of the Marlowe Society and starred alongside housemate Dan Stevens, who was an English literature student at Emmanuel College, in several critically acclaimed productions.[12][13]

Career[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Although she appeared in a play (called The Breast of a Woman) while studying English at Cambridge University,[14] her first professional role came in 1992, when she appeared as young Sophy in her father's television adaptation of Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn at the age of 10.[14]

Hall's feature film debut came in 2006 as Rebecca Epstein in the film adaptation of David Nicholls's Starter for Ten. She got her breakthrough with the role of Sarah Borden in Christopher Nolan's film The Prestige. She then appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace in 2007,[15] as well as appearing in several other television films including Wide Sargasso Sea and Rubberheart.

Her Hollywood fame grew when she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, playing one of the title characters, Vicky.[16] Critics praised her performance.[16] Hall was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. She also appeared in Frost/Nixon in 2008 as the girlfriend of Michael Sheen's David Frost. Hall was cast with Ben Barnes in the film Dorian Gray in 2009. Hall appeared in Please Give with Catherine Keener and Amanda Peet and The Town with Ben Affleck and Blake Lively.[16] She is the female lead role in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011.[17][18]

She played the role of Beth Raymer, in the 2012 film Lay the Favourite, in which one review commented that she "plays Raymer as an endearing force of nature who somehow manages to survive in a dangerous world through sheer force of character."[19] She played the role of Sylvia Tietjens in the BBC/HBO/VRT production of Parade's End in 2012 opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. She replaced Jessica Chastain as Maya Hansen in the superhero film Iron Man 3 (2013). She also starred as Claudia Simmons Howe in the thriller Closed Circuit (2013), and co-starred with Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence (2014).[20]

In October 2013, she was engaged in promoting her latest film, the espionage thriller Closed Circuit, in which one commentator described her as "good...better than [co-star] Eric Bana".[14]

In February 2014, Hall joined the upcoming romantic comedy Tumbledown opposite Jason Sudeikis.[21]

Stage[edit]

Hall's professional stage debut came in 2002 when she starred as Vivie in her father's production of Mrs Warren's Profession at the Strand Theatre in London. Her performance, described as "admirable"[22] and "accomplished",[23] earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003.[24]

In 2003, Hall's father celebrated fifty years as a theatre director by staging a season of five plays at the Theatre Royal in Bath, Somerset. Hall starred in two of these plays; she appeared as Rosalind in her father's production of As You Like It,[25] which gained her a second Charleson nomination[26] and starred in the title role of Thea Sharrock's revival of D. H. Lawrence's The Fight for Barbara.[27] In 2004, Hall appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, two of which her father directed, namely Man and Superman in which she played Ann, and Galileo's Daughter in which she played Sister Maria Celeste. The third, Molière's Don Juan, in which she played the part of Elvira, was directed by Sharrock.[28]

Hall at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival

In 2005, Hall reprised the role of Rosalind in a touring production of As You Like It, again under the direction of her father. This tour took in the following venues: The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames; The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; The Curran Theatre at San Francisco;[29] The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.[30] This was a second leg of the U.S. tour that began in 2003 with venues at the Shubert Theater [31] New Haven, Connecticut,[32] Columbus, Ohio, and the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston.[33]

In 2008–09, she appeared in Sam Mendes's first instalment of the Bridge Project, as Hermione in The Winter's Tale and Varya in The Cherry Orchard,[34] which gave performances with the same cast in Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.[35] In 2010–11, she played Viola in a production of Twelfth Night at London's National Theatre, which her father directed.[36]

Hall made her Broadway debut in Sophie Treadwell's expressionist play Machinal in 2013. The Roundabout Theatre production, directed by Lyndsey Turner, began previews on 20 December 2013, with the official opening set for 16 January 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre.[37]

Personal life[edit]

During 2003 and 2004, Hall was in a relationship with her As You Like It co-star Freddie Stevenson.[28]

In November 2011, a spokesman for director Sam Mendes confirmed that he was romantically involved with Hall.[38]

Hall holds dual citizenship for the UK and the US.[39]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006Starter for 10Rebecca Epstein
2006The PrestigeSarah BordenNominated – Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year
2008Vicky Cristina BarcelonaVickyGotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
2008Frost/NixonCaroline CushingNominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008Official SelectionEmily DickinsonShort film
2009Dorian GrayEmily Wotton
2010Please GiveRebeccaRobert Altman Award
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Body of Work
Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2010The TownClaire KeeseyNational Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2010A Bag of HammersMel
2010Everything Must GoSamantha
2011The AwakeningFlorence CathcartNominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2012Lay the FavoriteBeth Raymer
2013Iron Man 3Maya Hansen
2013Closed CircuitClaudia Simmons-Howe
2013A PromiseCharlotte Hoffmeister
2014TranscendenceEvelyn Caster
2014TumbledownHannahFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992The Camomile LawnYoung Sophie
1993The World of Peter Rabbit and FriendsLucie
1993Don't Leave Me This WayLizzie Neil
2006Wide Sargasso SeaAntoinette Cosway
2007RubberheartMaggie
2007Joe's PalaceTina
2008Einstein and EddingtonWinifred Eddington
2009Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974Paula Garland
2012Parade's EndSylvia TietjensNominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005. Gives name at birth as "Rebecca Maria Hall".
  2. ^ Lathan, P. (20 April 2003). "Another Hall Hits the Heights". The British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 9 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Awards Database – The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Hattenstone, Simon (12 June 2010). "Who, me? Why everyone is talking about Rebecca Hall". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Isenberg, Barbara (8 November 1992). "MUSIC No-Risk Opera? Not Even Close Maria Ewing, one of the most celebrated sopranos in opera, leaps again into the role of Tosca, keeping alive her streak of acclaimed performances while remaining true to herself". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  6. ^ McLellan, Joseph (15 November 1990). "Article: Extra-Sensuous Perception;Soprano Maria Ewing, a Steamy `Salome'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Marsh, Robert C. (18 December 1988). "Growth of Maria Ewing continues with `Salome' // Role of princess proves crowning achievement". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Rebecca Hall Relationships:". TV Guide. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Former Cambridge student takes her first leading role". The Cambridge Student. 3 November 2011. p. 06. 
  10. ^ Farber, Jim (20 February 2005). "For Rebecca Hall, it's all in the family business". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Prestige production notes" (pdf). Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2006. 
  12. ^ "Macbeth". Marlowe Society. 2002. 
  13. ^ "Rebecca Hall takes the lead". Daily Telegraph. 29 October 2011. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c =d'Souza, Christa (20 October 2013). "Hall of Fame". Style Magazine (London: The Sunday Times). Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Grant, J. "BBC, HBO unite for Poliakoff copro", C21 Media, 9 November 2006.
  16. ^ a b c Nugent, Benjamin (30 April 2010). "Rated 'R' for Rebecca". gq. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  17. ^ It's Time for StudioCanal's Awakening
  18. ^ Optimum Releasing website. Retrieved 19 August 2011
  19. ^ "Lay the Favourite – review – Film – Arts – Evening Standard". standard.co.uk. 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. "plays Raymer as an endearing force of nature who somehow manages to survive in a dangerous world through sheer force of character" 
  20. ^ "Rebecca Hall Joins Transcendence With Johnny Depp & Paul Bettany". Empire. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/berlin-rebecca-hall-star-opposite-675731
  22. ^ Billington, M. "Mrs Warren's Profession", Guardian Unlimited: Arts, 11 October 2002, retrieved 9 November 2006.
  23. ^ Loveridge, L. "Mrs Warren's Profession: A CurtainUp London Review", CurtainUp, ~11 October 2002, retrieved 9 November 2006.
  24. ^ Paddock, Terri (14 April 2003). "Rebecca Hall & Tempest Two Win Charleson Awards". whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  25. ^ Brantley, Ben (15 December 2003). "THEATER REVIEW; Actress Finds Shadows in Shakespearean Spunk". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  26. ^ Paddock, Terri (29 March 2004). "Dillon Wins Ian Charleson Award for Master Builder". whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  27. ^ Spencer, Charles (10 July 2003). "Long-lost – but no masterpiece". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  28. ^ a b Cripps, Charlotte (15 July 2004). "Rebecca Hall: My art belongs to Daddy". The Independent (London). Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  29. ^ Connema, Richard (15 April 2005). "Sir Peter Hall's Production of The Bard's As You Like It is Stimulating". talkinbroadway.com. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  30. ^ Haithman, Diane (25 February 2005). "Taking the fast lane to success". LA Times. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  31. ^ [1] shubert.com
  32. ^ [2] capa.com
  33. ^ Review theatermania.com, 2003
  34. ^ "Mendes and Spacey in theatre link". BBC News. 3 April 2007. 
  35. ^ Bridge project info at BAM bam.org
  36. ^ Benedict, David (23 January 2011). "Twelfth Night". Variety (New York). 
  37. ^ Gioia, Michael (20 December 2013). "Broadway Revival of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, Starring Rebecca Hall, Begins Previews Dec. 20". Playbill.com. 
  38. ^ Gould, Lara (28 November 2011). "Kate Winslet's ex-husband Sam Mendes admits: I am dating Rebecca Hall". Daily Mail (London). 
  39. ^ Rebecca Hall in, The New York Times

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