Henley in 2008
|Born||Georgina Helen Henley
(1995-07-09) 9 July 1995
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England
|Education||Clare College, Cambridge|
Georgina Helen “Georgie” Henley (born 9 July 1995) is an English actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia film series, for which she won the Phoenix Film Critics’ Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth Female in a Lead or Supporting Role in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 2005, at only ten years old.
Henley was born on 9 July 1995 to Helen and Mike Henley in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, where she attended Moorfield School for Girls before attending Bradford Grammar School. She has two older sisters, Rachael and Laura. Rachael played the older version of Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Henley made her acting debut as Lucy Pevensie in 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, based on the C.S. Lewis novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The film grossed over $745 million worldwide. Henley has won the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth Female in a Lead or Supporting Role and the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature.
Henley reprised her role of Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, 2008 sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and 2010 sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Since the release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Henley has appeared as Jill in the stage play Babes in the Wood put on by Upstagers’ Theatre Group, which ran from 27 January to 4 February 2006. She starred as Scaramouche in Bradford Grammar School’s production of We Will Rock You, which ran from 13 to 16 March 2013. She also appeared as the young Jane Eyre in the 2006 BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre.
During her time at University of Cambridge Henley performed on stage in Play It Again, Sam by Woody Allen; The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood; The Trojan Women; A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; and in the CUADC/Footlights annual pantomime. Henley has also directed projects including Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and After Seymour (the latter of which she co-wrote). In 2016 she appeared in the stage productions of: Skylight by David Hare; Girl, Interrupted (an adaption of the book with the same name; and Swallow by Stef Smith. In the summer of 2014, Henley went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival along with Cambridge Shortlegs, performing once again in The Penelopiad in the role of Eurycleia.
In late 2016, Henley will also star in the film Access All Areas starring as Nat.
Henley resides in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, where she was a member of the Ilkley Upstagers’ Theatre Group, and has finished her education at Bradford Grammar School. She graduated from Clare College, Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts in English on 22 June 2016. She is a supporter of SOS Children’s Villages, an international orphan charity providing homes and mothers for orphaned and abandoned children.
|2005||Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||Lucy Pevensie||Film|
|2006||Jane Eyre||Young Jane Eyre||Television miniseries|
|2008||Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian||Lucy Pevensie||Film|
|2010||Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader||Lucy Pevensie||Film|
|2014||Perfect Sisters, Perfect Sisters||Beth Anderson||Film|
|2015||The Sisterhood of Night||Mary Warren||Film|
|2016||Access All Areas||Nat||Film; post-production|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Phoenix Film Critics Awards||Best Youth in Lead or Supporting Role – Female||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||Won|
|2006||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Young Actress||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Most Promising Performer||Nominated|
|Empire Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film — Young Actress Age Ten or Younger||Won|
|2008||Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards||Kids Choice Film Actress||The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian||Won|
|2009||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
|2011||National Youth Art Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress – Feature Film||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader||Won|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
|Born||Rachel Clare Hurd-Wood
(1990-08-17) 17 August 1990
Streatham, London, England
Rachel Clare Hurd-Wood (born 17 August 1990) is an English actress and model, best known for her roles as Wendy Darling in the 2003 film Peter Pan, Corrie McKenzie in 2010’s Tomorrow, When the War Began, and Sibyl Vane in 2009’s Dorian Gray.
Hurd-Wood was born in the Streatham district of South London, England, the daughter of Philip and Sarah Hurd-Wood. She lived in London till the age of eight, when she and her family moved to a Victorian cottage at the edge of a leafy forest in Godalming, Surrey. She moved back to London into a shared flat for pursuing her degree in linguistics at University College London at the age of eighteen. She moved into her own house in London just before her 21st birthday. She has a younger brother, Patrick who appeared with her in Peter Pan as one of the sleeping children in the “I Do Believe In Fairies” scene. He also plays the role of Samuel Crowthorn alongside his sister in her later film, Solomon Kane in which she plays Meredith Crowthorn. Her father’s work involves performing, writing scripts and doing voice-overs for commercials. He appears in one of her films, An American Haunting, as one of the guests in the Christmas party scene towards the beginning of the film. She joined a drama club in her school and took part in its stage production during her second year. Hurd-Wood dispelled the false rumour that her uncle is Hugh Laurie in a 2009 September–October interview for the magazine Little White Lies: The An Education Issue and then again in a 2010 live Myspace web chat for the film Tomorrow, When the War Began. “My uncle lives in Wales and is an artist”, she says.
Hurd-Wood attended Rodborough Technology College in Milford, Surrey from 2001 to 2006 for her GCSEs with Art, English Literature, Psychology and Philosophy as subjects. She had tutored lessons during the filming of Peter Pan in Australia during 2002 to 2003 as her work lasted for a span of 8 to 9 months. She later attended sixth-form Godalming College from 2006 to 2008 to study for her GCE Advanced Levels with Art, Psychology and Philosophy as subjects. Hurd-Wood had considered becoming a marine biologist because of her love for dolphins. She gave up on the idea when she discovered that it would require studying science because she thought she was not very good at it. She became interested in working with children who have special needs or disabilities. Hurd-Wood studied linguistics from 2008 at University College London, having completed her first year in 2009, but left the course incomplete before travelling to Australia for the filming of Tomorrow, When the War Began, when she decided to focus entirely on her career in acting.
Hurd-Wood signed for World Famous StarCards, a charity supporting the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity, at the world charity premiere of the movie Peter Pan in London on 9 December 2003. Her autographed card was auctioned in 2009. It tops the chart for the most popular signing, according to Paul Brett, founder of the StarCards charity.
Hurd-Wood along with other celebrity supporters of the charity Shooting Star CHASE, Keeley Hawes, Matthew MacFadyen and Max Clifford joined more than 50 children with life-limiting illnesses and their families for the event on Sunday, 20 December 2009. The charity worked with Coca-Cola and the Merlin Group, which runs Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures and the London Eye, to transform Christopher’s (CHASE) Hospice in Guildford, Surrey into a winter wonderland and gave the children at hospice a wonderful Christmas surprise.
Hurd-Wood’s career in acting started in 2002 when she was picked for the role of Wendy Darling, after her grandparents spotted a television clip that said P.J. Hogan was searching for a “young English rose” for the feature film Peter Pan. She travelled to Gold Coast, Australia for eight months for filming. Her performance received good reviews and was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, and a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress.
Hurd-Wood portrayed the character Imogen Helhoughton in the 2004 TV film Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, as a 13-year-old victim of a serial killer. Also in 2004, she had a major role of Betsy Bell in the thriller An American Haunting, as a girl who is haunted and tormented by an unrelenting demon. Her performance came in for some praise, one critic remarking, “The actors are the saving grace… Hurd-Wood a mix of radiant [sic] approaching womanhood and animal terror. Their impassioned performances make you really care what happens to these people…”, another reviewer comments, “Rachel Hurd-Wood… delivers a fantastic and nuanced performance as Betsy Bell, the very central role that essentially carries the entire movie.” Hurd-Wood was nominated for the 2006 Teen Choice Awards in the category Movie – Choice Scream for her role.
In 2005 she appeared in an adaptation of the best-selling novel by German writer Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Set in 18th century France, Hurd-Wood portrayed Laura Richis, the red-headed virgin daughter of a politically connected merchant played by Alan Rickman. She had her brunette hair dyed red. She was nominated for the “Best Supporting Actress” award at the 33rd Saturn Awards by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for her role.
The year 2007 saw Hurd-Wood starring as a waitress in the music video for the song “A Little Bit” by Madeleine Peyroux. She appeared alongside the musicians in the music video for “Fatherhood/Motherhood” by Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man.
In the 2008 film Solomon Kane, she played Meredith Crowthorn, a Puritan captured by a band of marauders who killed her family and whom Kane sought to rescue. Her younger brother Patrick appears in the film as her brother Samuel. During filming, Hurd-Wood studied for her GCSE A-levels at Godalming College in Surrey. Later in the year she acted in the film Dorian Gray based on the Oscar Wilde novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. She was in the small but key role of the young budding actress Sibyl Vane, with whom Gray falls in love. She was studying in the first year of the linguistics course at UCL while working in this film.
In her first contemporary role, Hurd-Wood was cast as Corrie Mackenzie, one of the principal characters in the 2009 Australian action-adventure film Tomorrow, When the War Began, based on the novel by John Marsden. (The novel was one of the books she read while being tutored for the filming of Peter Pan.) At this point, she discontinued studying for a Linguistics degree to concentrate full-time on acting. She learned an Australian accent for the role. The film became the highest grossing movie for that year in Australia.
Hurd-Wood portrayed the lead character Mae-West O’Mara in the 2010 film Hideaways, narrating a story to her six-year-old daughter, about the strange powers of the men in the Furlong family. Her performance was well-received by critics, calling her “charismatic” and “…the heart and soul of the film, the one the girls will relate to and the guys are going to love…”. “If the film works it’s due in large part to her stellar performance”, says a reviewer. Another reviewer commented, “When the light hits Mae’s eyes, it’s like you can see whole worlds being born and being destroyed ad infinitum … Hurd-Wood’s chemistry with Treadaway is instant, the two are a joy to watch, and their romance is the heart of the film … [Rachel’s and Harry’s] two great central performances”. Later in the year, she played the younger version of the character Isabel, played by Jenny Agutter, in the short film The Mapmaker. Also in the same year, she was featured in the music video for “Revolver” by Warehouse Republic.
She played the role of the babysitter in the 2011 teaser for a proposed feature-length film, Let’s Go Play at the Adams, based on the book of the same name by Mendal Jonhson. She next played the role of the daughter of the character Teddy, in the short film It Ends Here, directed by her friend Zimon Drake.
In 2012, Hurd-Wood played the female lead role of Elisabeth James in the film Highway to Dhampus, a story about the effect foreigners in Nepal and Nepali expatriates have on the locals. Later in the year, she narrates the words of her fashion-designer friend, Matthew Williamson, in an advertisement/mini-film. She next starred alongside the singers Tyler James and Kano in the music video for the single “Worry About You” (feat. Kano) by Tyler James.
Hurd-Wood posed for the publicity and poster material for Volstead Putsch, an underground bohemian party organised by The Triumvirate of Fez at the London’s Volstead Club in 2008. The same year she posed for Raw Riddim Records promoting their merchandise such as chains, t-shirts, hoodies, etc.
Hurd-Wood was a member of the international expert jury panel for “European debuts” at the “52nd International Film Festival for Children and Youth” at the Zlin Film Festival held from 27 May 2012 to 3 June 2012 at Zlin in the Czech Republic. 25
Film and television
|2003||Peter Pan||Wendy Darling||Nominated- Young Artist Awards (Best Performance in a Feature Film) – Leading young Actress
Nominated- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
|2004||Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking||Imogen Helhoughton|
|2005||An American Haunting||Betsy Bell||Nominated- Teen Choice Awards: Choice Movie Scream Award Movie|
|2006||Perfume: The Story of a Murderer||Laura Richis||Nominated- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2009||Solomon Kane||Meredith Crowthorn|
|2009||Dorian Gray||Sibyl Vane|
|2010||Tomorrow, When the War Began||Corrie Mackenzie|
|2011||The Mapmaker||Young Isabel||short film|
|2014||Highway to Dhampus||Elizabeth James|
|2015||Home Fires||Kate Campbell||S1, E1-2|
Music video appearances
|2006||“A Little Bit“||Madeleine Peyroux||Appeared as a waitress|
|2007||“Fatherhood/Motherhood“||Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man||Appeared with L.S.C. Oakeshott|
|2010||“Revolver”||Warehouse Republic||Appeared with Henry Leroy-Salta|
Justice in Los Angeles on September 7, 2013
|Born||Victoria Dawn Justice
(1993-02-19) February 19, 1993
Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
Victoria Dawn Justice (born February 19, 1993) is an American actress and singer. She debuted as an actress at the age of ten and has since appeared in several films and television series including the Nickelodeon series, Zoey 101 and Victorious. She has made appearances in several theatrical releases, including Unknown as well as the 2006 thriller The Garden. She has appeared in several Nickelodeon series, including The Naked Brothers Band, True Jackson, VP, The Troop, The Penguins of Madagascar, and iCarly. In 2015, she starred in the lead role in the MTV series, Eye Candy.
Aside from acting, Justice is involved in her musical career. She has performed several songs for the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon musical Spectacular!, in which she starred. She has recorded a number of songs for the Victorious series.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Philanthropy
- 4 Personal life and influences
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Discography
- 7 Tours
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Justice was born in Hollywood, Florida, the daughter of Serene and Zack Justice. She has a younger half-sister named Madison Grace Reed. Her father is of English, German, and Irish descent, while her mother has Puerto Rican ancestry. She and her family relocated to Hollywood, California, in 2003. In 2005, she auditioned and was accepted into the musical theatre program at Los Angeles’ Millikan Performing Arts Academy. Justice has done advertisements for companies such as Ralph Lauren, Gap, and Guess, and has appeared in national commercials for Mervyn’s, Peanut Butter Toast Crunch, and Ovaltine.
2003–2009: Zoey 101, Spectacular! and Musical Beginnings
Justice began her acting career when she was 10 years old, when she made a guest appearance on the Gilmore Girls episode “The Hobbit, the Sofa and Digger Stiles”. Justice portrayed Jill No. 2 in a walk-on role. After her appearance in the series, her family moved to Los Angeles, when Justice stated she wanted a career in acting. The following year, Justice guest starred on the second episode of the Disney channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, in which she played a young pageant contestant named Rebecca. Later, Justice was awarded a role in the 2005 drama-thriller Mary. Justice portrayed the role of Stella, a young girl who begins seeing visions of Mary Magdalene. The film debuted at 2005 Venice Film Festival, before being shown at several other Festivals, including the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival and the San Sebastián International Film Festival. During the same year, Justice was awarded a main role in the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 as Lola Martinez, a new student who is also an aspiring actress. When she found out she had earned the role, she said, “I was extremely happy; I was bouncing up and down and screaming. That was a really great moment.” The season two episode that introduced Justice’s character debuted on September 11, 2005. Justice also had roles in two other films that year. She had a cameo appearance in the R-rated film When Do We Eat?, as well as earning the role of Rose in the Hallmark television film Silver Bells, the following of which has become a Hallmark Hall of Fame film.
In 2006, while filming episodes for Zoey 101, Justice made a guest appearance on an episode of the series Everwood, in the episode “Enjoy the Ride”. Justice made her theatrical film debut that year, when she was given a cameo role in the film Unknown. The film was a financial failure, and received mixed reviews from critics. Also in 2006, Justice played the supporting role of Holly in the thriller film The Garden. The film was met with negative reviews from critics. Justice focused on seasons three and four of Zoey 101 in 2007 and 2008. Those were the years when it was coming to a close. Justice released a promotional single midway through 2007, while she was still filming Zoey 101. The song was a cover of the Vanessa Carlton song, “A Thousand Miles“. May 2, 2008, saw the airing of the final episode of the series. In 2009, she announced plans to guest star on an episode of Nickelodeon’s series The Naked Brothers Band. The TV special, titled Valentine Dream Date featured Justice portraying herself. Justice made no plans of going back into the recording studio until 2009, when she starred in the Nickelodeon musical, Spectacular!. Justice’s character performs three songs during film. Justice starred alongside Nolan Funk and Simon Curtis in the musical film, which aired on Nickelodeon on February 16, 2009. The film has become one of Nickelodeon’s most popular movies, attracting an audience 3.7 million viewers on its premiere night. The film received a generally positive review from several critics, holding a 76% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of 2011.
After the success of The Naked Brothers Band special in which Justice guest starred, she appeared in another episode, “The Premiere“, on April 11, 2009. She later appeared episodes of iCarly, True Jackson, VP, and The Troop, and on the game show BrainSurge. Justice announced in 2009 that she would be working on a thriller film, set for theatrical release. It was later announced the film would feature Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse. Unlike initial plans of a theatrical release, the film had a limited preview release on December 12, 2009, and was returned to post production. Despite this, the film’s worldwide release was canceled.
2010–2013: Victorious and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
Justice confirmed that she would be receiving her own musical show on Nickelodeon called Victorious, explaining the show’s genesis thus: “I was on Zoey 101. When I was 12, Dan Schneider cast me as a new character, Lola Martinez. From there, I worked with him for three years, on three seasons of Zoey 101. And, after that, Dan found out that I could also sing and dance as well as act, so he thought it would be really cool to create a show for me on Nickelodeon, called Victorious.” The pilot for the show, which was presented as a special for the series, debuted on March 27, 2010, and received 5.7 million views, making it the second-highest rated premiere for a live-action Nickelodeon series. The original broadcast of this episode, which took place right after the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards, was an extended cut; all subsequent airings had various scenes and lines removed to conform to its time-slot.
Justice returned to the recording studio to record music for the series in 2010. She recorded the series first featured song, which also serves as the theme song, titled “Make It Shine“. Several other songs have been featured in the series, including “You’re the Reason”, “Beggin’ on Your Knees” and “Best Friend’s Brother“. Justice performed her third official single, “Freak the Freak Out“, during the Victorious special episode of the same name. Justice later guest-starred on the animated series The Penguins of Madagascar, voicing the character of Stacy in the episode “Badger Pride”. Justice starred in the 2010 Nickelodeon television movie The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, playing Jordan Sands, a girl who is transformed into a werewolf following her move to a creepy manor. The film was a major success for the network, drawing in 5.8 million viewers for the premiere. The film received generally positive reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 69% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 reviews. In 2011, the cast of iCarly, along with the cast of Victorious starred in a crossover episode, titled iParty with Victorious. This marked the second time Justice has guest starred for iCarly, first as Shelby Marx. Victorious ended on February 2, 2013 due to reaching its 60-episode limit, therefore not having a proper ending.
In a 2010 interview with the Associated Press, she stated that she is recording an album but would take her time with the process, rather than rush it, and write the songs on the album. But, she is very excited waiting for it. Justice released onto iTunes a song from Victorious called “Countdown“, on February 18, 2012. It was co-recorded with her co-star Leon Thomas III. The next single she released was on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, with “Take a Hint” being released to iTunes on March 3, 2012. This was her first duet with Victorious co-star Elizabeth Gillies. In October 2012, she revealed she will release her debut album in 2013, stating “It’s going to be pop”. Justice played the lead role, Wren, in the comedy Fun Size, released on October 26, 2012. The movie also featured stars Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler and Josh Pence.
2013–present: Eye Candy and debut solo album
Justice’s debut single, “Gold“, was released on June 18, 2013. The single also has a B-side titled “Shake”. On October 11, 2013, it was announced that Justice was cast as Lindy Sampson in MTV‘s Eye Candy, a cyber thriller based on the novel by R. L. Stine. Justice’s debut album was originally expected to be released sometime in 2014. However, in August of that year, Billboard revealed that Justice had left Columbia Records, but was recording new music, to be released “next year sometime”. Aside from the lead single “Gold” and its B-side “Shake”, two songs have premiered on Justice’s YouTube channel, “Caught Up in You” and “Girl Up”. “Girl Up” was written by Justice and Toby Gad for the Girl Up movement, which helps girls in developing countries.
Justice has taken part in several charity events. She has supported charities such as the United Nations Foundation, which benefits numerous causes such as AIDS, Children, Environment, Health, Human Rights and Peace. On September 30, 2010, Justice announced she would be joining the Charity Campaign Girl Up. When asked about joining, she stated “I’m so excited to become a Champion for Girl Up and to help make a difference for girls who aren’t given the same opportunities that most of us take for granted. I know that there are plenty of girls throughout the country who are just like me—ready and motivated to stand up for the rights and well-being of girls in the developing world. I am confident that, together, we will rise to the challenge.” Justice joined Girl Up on September 30, 2010, for the campaign’s official launch in New York City and will go on to support the “Unite for Girls” tour, which travels to cities across the U.S. to activate and engage teens from coast to coast. She will have the chance to visit Girl Up-supported programs in developing countries to observe first-hand the impact they can have on girls and communities. During an interview with Seventeen, Justice stated, “I was looking into different charities and hearing these girls in Guatemala and Africa talk about having to walk miles for water and crying because they don’t have any money to go to school. It just really broke my heart, so I want to spread the word as much as I can and get other people working together. Before you know it we can actually make a difference”.
Justice has also supported children’s hospitals. In June 2012, the “Music Makes It Better” campaign was launched by Children’s National Medical Center, featuring PSAs by Justice, Justin Bieber, and The Band Perry. The campaign aims to bring music, arts, and other programs to children while they’re in the hospital.
Personal life and influences
Justice dated Pierson Fodé for two years. In November 2015 it was reported that they had separated. Justice’s musical influences include Madonna, Britney Spears, Pink, Sara Bareilles, The Jackson 5, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Karen Carpenter, Elton John, Alanis Morissette, Carole King and Diana Ross.
|2005||When Do We Eat?||Young Nikky|
|2008||The Kings of Appletown||Betsy|
|2012||The First Time||Jane Harmon|
|2012||Fun Size||Wren DeSantis|
|2013||Jungle Master||Rainie (voice)||English dub|
|2014||Snow White and the Seven Thugs||Snow White||Short film|
|2015||Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List||Naomi|
|2015||Get Squirrely||Lola (voice)|
|2003||Gilmore Girls||Jill #2||Episode: “The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles”|
|2005||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Rebecca||Episode: “The Fairest of Them All”|
|2005–08||Zoey 101||Lola Martinez||52 episodes|
|2006||Everwood||Thalia Thompson||Episode: “Enjoy the Ride”|
|2009||The Naked Brothers Band||Herself||2 episodes|
|2009–2011||iCarly||Shelby Marx / Tori Vega||2 episodes|
|2009||True Jackson, VP||Vivian||Episode: “True Crush”|
|2010||The Troop||Eris Fairy||Episode: “Speed”|
|2010–13||Victorious||Tori Vega||58 episodes|
|2010–2015||The Penguins of Madagascar||Stacy (voice)||2 episodes|
|2010||The Boy Who Cried Werewolf||Jordan Sands||Movie|
|2013||Big Time Rush||Herself||Episode: “Big Time Tour Bus”|
|2015||Eye Candy||Lindy Sampson||10 episodes|
|2016||Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life||Ramona Miller||2 episodes|
|2016||The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again||Janet Weiss||Movie|
- Opening act
Awards and nominations
Herizen F. Guardiola
|Herizen F. Guardiola|
|Birth name||Herizen Fawn Guardiola|
|Born||(1996-07-24) July 24, 1996
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Herizen F. Guardiola (born Herizen Fawn Guardiola; July 24, 1996) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her breakout role as Mylene Cruz on the Netflix original series, The Get Down.
Guardiola is a native of Miami, Florida. Her father is a reggae musician of Cuban descent and her mother of Jamaican descent is a nutritionist and yoga instructor. Guardiola has two younger sisters.
Herizen Guardiola made her acting debut in The Get Down, a Netflix original series from Baz Luhrmann. About her discovery, Luhrmann said, “It’s always thrilling to find a fresh unknown talent, particularly one who is not only a terrific actor but a magnificent vocalist.”
She was an immediate hit with audiences. In just four days after the August 12th, 2016 release of The Get Down, she went from approximately 3,000 Instagram follows to over 21,000. On Monday, September 12, 2016, exactly a month after its release, she surpassed 100,000 Instagram followers.
Her debut EP is scheduled to be released in early 2017.
Guardiola is a vegetarian and enjoys hiking in her spare time.
|2016||The Get Down||“Be That As It May”
“Grace of God”
“I’ll Be There”
“Set Me Free”
“Up the Ladder”
|2016-Present||The Get Down||Mylene Cruz||Female lead|
|2015||Runaway Island||Freya Nordholm|
(1997-01-13) January 13, 1997
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
In 2009, Dyer appeared in Hannah Montana: The Movie as Clarissa Granger. In 2011, she starred in The Greening of Whitney Brown alongside Brooke Shields and Aidan Quinn. Dyer then appeared in the indie film I Believe in Unicorns which premiered in 2014 at SXSW.
|Film and TV performances|
|2009||Hannah Montana: The Movie||Clarissa Granger|
|2010||Too Sunny for Santa||Janie|
|2011||The Greening of Whitney Brown||Lily|
|2012||Blue Like Jazz||Grace|
|2014||I Believe in Unicorns||Davina|
|2014||The City at Night||Adeline|
|2016||Long Nights Short Mornings||Marie|
|2016–present||Stranger Things||Nancy Wheeler||Series regular|
|2016||Don’t Let Me Go||Banshee|
Wilson in March 2010
|Born||Debra Renee Wilson
(1962-04-26) April 26, 1962
South Ozone Park, Queens, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Debra Wilson Skelton, Debra Skelton|
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, voice actress, television presenter|
|Spouse(s)||Cliff Skelton (m. 2006; separated 2010)|
Debra Renee Wilson (born April 26, 1962), also known as Debra Wilson Skelton or Debra Skelton, is an American actress and comedian. Wilson is known for being the longest-serving original cast member on the sketch comedy series MADtv, having appeared for the show’s first eight seasons. She has also done voice work for various productions including Avatar, American Dad!, Family Guy, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, The Proud Family, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Boondocks.
Wilson was born and raised in New York City, in the neighborhood of Ozone Park, Queens. Wilson attended the New York City High School of the Performing Arts. After graduation, she continued her studies at Syracuse University, working in television and radio broadcasting. Wilson was also a pre-school teacher during the 1980s for the All Saints Church, in Sunnyside, Queens. Her acting debut was on the television pilot The Apollo Comedy Hour. Following this success she became a series regular on The Uptown Comedy Club and co-hosted Can We Shop? with Joan Rivers. She continued her work in television working as a spokesperson for Burger King, and guest starring in New York Undercover. Her major feature film debut was Let It Be Me which she worked on shortly before starting on MADtv.
Wilson was one of the original eight cast members of MADtv when the series aired in 1995. Wilson came to the show with a background in sketch comedy, improv and television. MADtv was her third TV series, although she had done stand up in New York for one year.
Wilson was credited for creating some of the most popular recurring characters on the show. Among her characters were Latina bimbo Melina (Lida and Melina), Reality Check’s Tovah McQueen, Stick Chick Autumn, Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority sister Hayden Brooks, Alexis Dubane (Prehistoric Glamazon Huntresses), blaxploitation actress Cocoa Latette (Son of Dolemite), Lowered Expectations Host and Ms. Not Nice (Jenny Jones). Perhaps her best known character was the fast talking “Black American Princess” Bunifa Latifah Halifah Sharifa Jackson. Her most recognized impressions on the show were of Oprah Winfrey and Whitney Houston. Her Oprah impersonation is so well regarded that in fact she has played Oprah or Oprah-like characters in other media, most notably Scary Movie 4 and The Proud Family.
Celebrity impressions on MADtv
Since her debut on MADtv, Wilson has done voice acting on episodes on numerous television shows, landing some recurring roles on such shows as Clone High, Family Guy, and The Mr. Potato Head Show. She voiced Captain Lisa Cusak in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Sound of Her Voice“.
Wilson has made numerous independent films, including Naked Angel, Jane White Is Sick and Twisted, Skin Deep, and Soulmates. She was also in an episode of Without a Trace as a doctor, and has appeared three times (to date) as working girl Divine in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
She and Sullivan have done commercials for Pepsi‘s Sierra Mist. She appeared as herself on the February 15, 1999, episode of WCW Monday Nitro accompanying MADtv castmate Will Sasso in his professional wrestling match against Bret Hart. She also appeared on the UK “Whose Line Is It Anyway” – Season 10, Episode 9.
She was the co-host of TV Guide Channel‘s TV Watercooler with John Fugelsang, until she was replaced by Teresa Strasser in October 2006. She was also a co-host on GSN Live until she left in January 2010.
Wilson married writer and director Cliff Skelton in April 2006. They separated in 2010 citing irreconcilable differences.
|1995||Blue in the Face||Statistician|
|1996||Girl 6||Salesgirl #3|
|1997||Gridlock’d||Medicaid woman #2|
|1998||Star Trek: The Experience: The Klingon Encounter||Security officer||Short film; voice role|
|2002||Jane White Is Sick & Twisted||Chi-Chi|
|2005||Bringing Up BayBay||Pam Wilcox, BayBay Girl||Short film; also writer|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Rehab nurse|
|2006||Adventures of Brer Rabbit, TheThe Adventures of Brer Rabbit||Sister Buzzard||Direct-to-video; voice role|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Oprah Winfrey|
|2006||Over the Hedge||Debbie||Voice|
|2006||Mandingo in a Box||Host||Short film|
|2006||Shut Up and Shoot!||Nikki Ryder|
|2007||If I Had Known I Was a Genius||Teresa Reed|
|2007||Lord Help Us||Shariffer Simms||Direct-to-video|
|2007||Cordially Invited||Vivian Dunn|
|2007||Chosen One, TheThe Chosen One||Akia May||Voice role|
|2008||Cuttin’ da Mustard||Actress|
|2009||Knight to F4||Cheryl Johnson|
|2009||Psyche on Melrose||Hostess||Short film|
|2009||Haunted World of El Superbeasto, TheThe Haunted World of El Superbeasto||Various voices||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Avatar||Na’vi troupe member|
|2009||Friends of Dorothy||Hillary||Short film|
|2010||Perfect Combination||Mrs. Lewis|
|2011||Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||Iana||Voice role|
|2010||Oprah’s Last Show||Oprah Winfrey||Short film|
|2011||Naked Angel||Mama Tony|
|2011||Division III: Football’s Finest||Mandy|
|2012||Back Then||Georgia Miller|
|2012||Bed-Stuy Lullaby||Sha’rell||Short film|
|2013||Cordially Invited – The Wedding Day of Alton & Kenya||Vivian Dunn|
|2014||Jungle Shuffle||Kam||Voice role|
|2014||Knock ’em Dead||Darien|
|2014||Fatal Acquittal||Detective Bell|
|2014||10 Year Plan||Minister|
|2015||Mothers of the Bride||Freesia the producer|
|2015||Hotel Transylvania 2||Additional Voices|
|2016||Caged No More||Leona|
|2016||The Summerland Project||Adah Allen|
|1992–93||Uptown Comedy Club, TheThe Uptown Comedy Club||Various||Main cast|
|1995||New York Undercover||Shanna||Episode: “High on the Hog”|
|MADtv||Various||Main cast (seasons 1–8); guest star (seasons 10, 13, 14 and 15); 196 episodes|
|1998||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Lisa Cusak||Episode: “The Sound of Her Voice“|
|1998||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Herself||Season 10, episode 9|
|1998–99||Mr. Potato Head Show, TheThe Mr. Potato Head Show||Queenie||Main role; voice; 13 episodes|
|2000–01, 2008–11||Family Guy||Various voices||6 episodes|
|2001||Gary & Mike||Various voices||13 episodes|
|2001||Oblongs, TheThe Oblongs||N/A||2 episodes|
|2002||Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa||Great grandma||Voice role; television film|
|2002–03||Clone High||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2002–03||Proud Family, TheThe Proud Family||Oprah Winfrey||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2003||Proud Family, TheThe Proud Family||Basil / Tobasco||Voice role; episode: “Adventures in Bebe Sitting”|
|2003||Parkers, TheThe Parkers||Zorah||Episode: “Kimmie Has Two Moms”|
|2004||Without a Trace||Doctor||Episode: “Hawks and Handsaws”|
|2004–07||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Divine||3 episodes|
|2004||I’m with Her||Brenda||Episode: “Friends in Low Places”|
|2004||That’s So Raven||Miesha||Episode: “Spa Day Afternoon”|
|2005||Second Time Around||Deonne||Episode: “You’re Fired”|
|2005–2016||American Dad!||Whitney Houston, Mom at basketball game||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2006||In Justice||Detective Powell||Episode: “Confessions”|
|2006||Celebrity Paranormal Project||Herself||Episode: “Cult Commune”|
|2007||Higglytown Heroes||Marine biologist hero||Voice role; episode: “Little Big Fish/Good Sports”|
|2007||Super Sweet 16: The Movie||Edan Day||Television film (MTV)|
|2008||Reno 911!||Dominatrix||3 episodes|
|2008||Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks||Deborah LeVil||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2008||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Lilian||Episode: “Automatic for the People“|
|2009||90210||Teacher||Episode: “Hello, Goodbye, Amen“|
|2012||Black Dynamite||Amazon Moon Bitch leader, Lil’ Orphan Penny, Eartha K.I.T.T. (voices)||1 episode|
|2013||2 Broke Girls||Delores||Episode: “And the Temporary Distraction”|
|2013||First Family, TheThe First Family||Helen||Episode: “The First Driver”|
|2013||Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show||N/A||Episode: “Of Lice and Men“|
|2013||Save Me||Stephanie||Episode: “Heavenly Hostess”|
|2013–14||DC Super-Pets!||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2013||Mad||Various voices||Episode: “Alfred’s Game/We Are X-Men”|
|2013||Doom Patrol||Madame Rouge||Voice role; episode: “Chapter Ten: The Spy Within the Doom Patrol”|
|2014||Regular Show||Council Woman / Thunder Girl 1 / Blonde Girl||Voice role; episode: “Dodge This”|
|2014–2016||All Hail King Julien||Masikura, Foosa Babe, Tammy||Voice role; 21 episodes|
|2016||Dead 7||Apocolypta||Television film (Syfy)|
|2016||Z Nation||Linda||2 episodes|
|2004||Everybody’s Golf 4||Various Voices||Voice|
|2006||Ice Age 2: The Meltdown||Ellie||Voice|
|2006||X-Men: The Official Game||Storm||Voice|
|2008||Speed Racer: The Videogame||Booster Mbube||Voice|
|2008||Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots||Crying Wolf||Voice|
|2009||Halo 3: ODST||Marine #4||Voice|
|2010||Dead to Rights: Retribution||Security Guard||Voice|
|2010||StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty||Additional Voices||Voice|
|2010||Fallout: New Vegas||Kate / Sweeite / Yvette / Boomer Teacher / Jackal Gang Member / Mercenary / New Vegas Citizen / Novac Settler / Prospector / The Tops Cashier / Traveling Merchant / Vault 34 Dweller / Vikki and Vance Dealer / Viper Gunslinger / Viper Leader / White Gloves Society Member||Voice|
|2011||Infamous 2||Female Pedestrians / The Storyteller||Voice|
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V||The Local Population||Voice|
|2014||Elder Scrolls Online||Additional Voices||Voice|
|2014||WildStar||Dreadphage Ohmna / Selene / Granok Female||Voice|
|2014||Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare||Additional Voices||Voice|
|2014||World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor||Monster Vocal Effects||Voice|
|2016||Mirror’s Edge Catalyst||Rebecca Thane||Voice|
|2016||Gears of War 4||Ashpo Point Gear||Voice|
Cheryl at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||Cheryl Ann Tweedy
(1983-06-30) 30 June 1983
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom
Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini (née Tweedy; born 30 June 1983) is an English singer, dancer, and television personality. She rose to fame in late 2002 as a member of girl group Girls Aloud on ITV‘s Popstars: The Rivals, and stayed with the group until they split up in 2013. They had twenty consecutive top ten singles in the United Kingdom (including four number one singles) and six platinum albums (two went to number one), and five Brit Award nominations from 2005 to 2010, including one win.
Cheryl began a solo career in April 2009. She released her first solo studio album, 3 Words, in October. The album was a commercial success; it gave rise to three successful singles including “Fight for This Love“, which entered at number one on the UK charts. It was the best selling single of the year. 2010 saw the release of her second studio album Messy Little Raindrops. It produced two singles. The first was “Promise This” which also debuted at number one. She released her third solo album A Million Lights on 18 June 2012, with lead single “Call My Name” becoming her third number one single. Only Human was released in 2014 and produced three singles including “Crazy Stupid Love” and “I Don’t Care“. Both singles went to number one in the UK and made her the first British female to have five number ones in the UK, a record she still holds.
Cheryl has become a recognised and photographed style icon; referred to as a “fashionista” by the press. She has been photographed for the covers of British Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. In 2009, she fronted cosmetic company L’Oréal. She was married to England footballer Ashley Cole from July 2006 until September 2010, when she divorced him after their separation earlier that year. She became a judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2008. She mentored two of the eventual winners of the competition (Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry).
In 2011, Cheryl left the UK version of The X Factor to judge the American version. However, she left the show during the auditions stage, fuelling rumours that she had been sacked. Her net worth was estimated at £20 million in October 2014. On 10 March 2014, it was announced that she would return as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor for its eleventh series, signing a £1.5 million contract. In April 2016, she confirmed that she would not return as a judge for the thirteenth series of the programme.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Artistry
- 4 Public image
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Assault conviction
- 7 Other ventures
- 8 Philanthropy
- 9 Filmography
- 10 Discography
- 11 Tours
- 12 Awards and nominations
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Cheryl was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 30 June 1983, and grew up on council estates in the neighbouring districts of Walker and Heaton. She is the fourth of five children of Joan Callaghan, and the first of her two children with Garry Tweedy following the collapse of her marriage to the father of her three other children. Callaghan and Tweedy were together for more than a decade but never married each other; they separated when Cheryl was eleven years old.
As a young child circa 1990, she appeared in a television advert for British Gas with her younger brother Garry Jr. Interested in dancing from an early age, she began sequence dancing at the age of four, before joining The Royal Ballet‘s summer school at the age of nine. She occasionally appeared doing dance recitals on different television shows in the UK, such as Gimme 5, in 1993.
She won recognition in several modelling competitions, including the titles of Boots Group‘s “bonniest baby”, Mothercare‘s Happy Faces Portrait competition, “Best Looking Girl of Newcastle”, The Evening Chronicle‘s “Little Miss and Mister”, and “Most Attractive Girl” at the MetroCentre. She made appearances in British Gas adverts for a second time, an SCS furniture store advert, and an Eldon Square Christmas advert with younger brother Garry. She attended Walker Comprehensive School in Newcastle between September 1994 and July 1999, and left at 16 with few qualifications.
2002–2009: Girls Aloud
Cheryl was one of thousands of people who auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, which aimed to create a boy band and a girl group to compete for the Christmas Number One spot on the UK Singles Chart. She sang “Have You Ever” in her audition, and was one of twenty contestants (ten girls and ten boys) chosen as finalists by judges Pete Waterman, Louis Walsh and Geri Halliwell. The finalists performed live on Saturday evenings, with one gender performing each week. Each week, the contestant polling the fewest phone votes was eliminated, until the final line-ups of the five-piece groups emerged. She was in danger of elimination twice, surviving over Emma Beard and Aimee Kearsley in consecutive performing weeks. On 30 November 2002, she was the first contestant to qualify for the girl group, joining Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh to form Girls Aloud, following the final public vote. The group’s debut single “Sound of the Underground” peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2002 Christmas Number One over boy band One True Voice‘s “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone“. Girls Aloud hold the record for the fastest time between formation of a band and reaching number one single. The group released their debut album Sound of the Underground in May 2003, which entered the charts at number two and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) later the same year. Their singles “I’ll Stand by You“, “Walk This Way“, and “The Promise” have charted at number one. Two of their albums have reached the top of the UK Albums Chart: their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud and 2008’s Out of Control, both of which entered the chart at number one, with over one million copies of the former being sold. They also achieved seven certified albums and have been nominated for five Brit Awards, winning the 2009 Best Single for “The Promise”.
The group’s musical style is pop, but throughout their career they had experimented with electropop and dance-pop. Girls Aloud’s collaborations with Brian Higgins and his songwriting and production team Xenomania earned the group critical acclaim, due to an innovative approach to mainstream pop music. The group became one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success, amassing a fortune of £30 million by May 2010. Guinness World Records lists them as “Most Successful Reality TV Group” in the 2007 edition. They also hold the record for “Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group” in the 2008 edition, and are credited again for “Most Successful Reality TV Group” in the 2011 edition. The group was also named the United Kingdom’s biggest selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone.
2008–2010: Television endeavours and solo debut 3 Words
In 2008, Cheryl replaced Sharon Osbourne as a judge for the fifth series of The X Factor alongside Dannii Minogue, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh. She was given the girls category (made up of female contestants between 16 and 25) and subsequently ended up as the victorious judge when Alexandra Burke was crowned the fifth winner of The X Factor on 13 December 2008. She returned for the sixth series in 2009 and was given the boys category (made up of male contestants aged 16 to 25). She emerged as the winning judge for a second consecutive year after Joe McElderry was crowned the sixth winner of The X Factor. Simon Cowell, creator of The X Factor, has referred to her as “one of the best I’ve ever worked with.”
Cheryl’s first solo performance was on American rapper will.i.am‘s “Heartbreaker” in 2008. She was picked to appear as a dancer in the video after taking streetdancing classes during the filming of the ITV2 series The Passions of Girls Aloud. She was later asked by will.i.am to sing additional vocals on the track. In April 2009, she started working on solo material.
Her debut album, 3 Words, was released in the UK on 26 October 2009. In July 2009, Girls Aloud announced they would take a year-long hiatus in the pursuit of solo projects, but would reunite for a new studio album in 2010. In August 2010, bandmate Nicola Roberts said that she was not anticipating a reunion of the band until 2012, if then. 3 Words spent two weeks at number one. On 6 November 2009, BPI certified the album Platinum, denoting shipments of over 300,000 units. It later tripled this feat.
The first single from the album, “Fight for This Love“, was written by Andre Merritt, Steve Kipner and Wayne Wilkins, and produced by Steve Kipner and Wayne Wilkins. Following a performance on The X Factor live results show, “Fight for This Love” became the fourth best-selling single of 2009 in the UK. It charted at number one on both the Irish and UK Singles Chart. In 2010, “Fight For This Love” went to number one in Denmark, Norway and Hungary. The single was later certified platinum in the UK. Cheryl’s second single “3 Words“, which features will.i.am, went to number 4 in the UK and seven in Ireland. In 2010, the single was released in Australia and charted at number 5 and was certified platinum. The third single, “Parachute“, charted in the top five in both the UK and Ireland. The single was certified gold in the UK.
Cheryl was given a one-off television programme for ITV1, Cheryl Cole’s Night In, which aired on 19 December 2009. The programme, hosted by Holly Willoughby, featured music and interviews with Cheryl and some of her favourite performers. Alexandra Burke, Rihanna, Will Young, Snow Patrol and will.i.am made appearances. The programme attracted 5 million viewers on its first airing, substantially less than the 8.1 million viewers Strictly Come Dancing received during the same time slot.
2010–2011: Messy Little Raindrops
In March 2010, Cheryl stated that she had begun working on her follow-up album to 3 Words, which she hoped to release “later on in the year”. The album was largely produced by Wayne Wilkins. The album features guest vocals from August Rigo, Dizzee Rascal, Travie McCoy, and Will.i.am. Cheryl started recording sessions for her second album in February 2010 though in an interview on Alan Carr: Chatty Man she admitted that some of the songs submitted for the record dated back to 3 Words (2009). Cheryl’s second solo album, titled Messy Little Raindrops, was released on 29 October 2010. The album debuted at number one in the UK, and at number two in Ireland. On 19 August 2011 the album was certified Platinum by BPI, with shipments in the UK in the excess of 300,000. Messy Little Raindrops has received generally mixed reviews from music critics. A mostly positive review came from Jon O’Brien of Allmusic who gave it four out of five stars.
The album’s first single, “Promise This“, was released on 24 October 2010 and became her second number-one hit in the UK. “Promise This” is an up-tempo dance-pop song written by American songwriter Priscilla Hamilton, British music producer Wayne Wilkins, who was responsible for her debut single “Fight for This Love“, and Christopher Jackson. “The Flood” was released as the album’s second single and entered the charts after its official release at number 18. “Everyone”, featuring Dizzee Rascal, was slated as the third single and was to be released on 21 March 2011, but was cancelled due to Cheryl’s involvement on the US version of The X Factor and the underperformance of “The Flood”.
Cheryl returned for the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010 to mentor the girls category once again. In this series, Cheryl faced intense scrutiny from the public and the media after she rejected popular contestant Gamu Nhengu to go through to the live shows in favour of Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel, even though both had fluffed their performances at judges’ houses. Cheryl also received more criticism after she refused to vote for an act in the fifth week, which resulted in claims that the show was fixed. This series would also mark the first that she was not the winning mentor, after a contestant in her category, Rebecca Ferguson, lost out to Matt Cardle, who was mentored by Dannii Minogue.
From May to July 2010, Cheryl was the opening act for The Black Eyed Peas at the British shows (as well as some European dates) of The E.N.D. World Tour. Cheryl was interviewed during an episode of the fourth series of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, in which she discussed her marriage and divorce with Ashley Cole and her life-threatening battle with malaria. The show, which aired on 23 October 2010, drew an audience of 7.2 million: the highest figure in the chat show’s history.
On 5 May 2011, it was officially announced after months of speculation that Cheryl would appear as a judge alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, and Paula Abdul on the American version of The X Factor. However, after only three weeks as a judge and completing the auditions in Los Angeles and Chicago, she departed the show. Cowell said that the reason why she left was because he offered her the job in the UK version back and he felt that she would have been more comfortable there. It was also later confirmed that she would not be returning to the UK version either, as Tulisa Contostavlos had taken her place on the UK judging panel. Nicole Scherzinger replaced her on the judging panel of The X Factor USA for the rest of season 1. A year later on The Graham Norton Show, she said that she had quit the US show and also snubbed the decision to return to the UK version of the show of her own accord. In December 2012, Cheryl sued the American producers of The X Factor for $2.3 million (£1.4m). She received $1.8 million (£1.1m) for the first season, and then sued for $2 million (£1.25m) for the second season, plus additional damages. In November 2013, Cheryl won for her settlement, for an undisclosed amount between her and producers Blue Orbit.
2012–2013: A Million Lights, Girls Aloud reunion and tours
Cheryl’s third studio album, A Million Lights, was released on 18 June 2012. Before the album release, A Million Lights had doubled the amount of pre-orders to her nearest competitor Justin Bieber with his album Believe on the Amazon UK store. However, A Million Lights debuted at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart selling 34,934 copies in its first week on sale, with Bieber selling 3,181 more copies and beating her to the number 1 spot. The album became her first not to debut at number 1 in the UK and her first not to sell over 100,000 copies in its first week on sale. Her debut album 3 Words sold 125,000 copies while its follow-up Messy Little Raindrops sold around 105,000 copies. A Million Lights was certified Gold in the United Kingdom for shipments of 100,000 copies.
The lead single “Call My Name“, became Cheryl’s third number one single on the UK Singles Chart, with the sales of 152,001 digital copies. The song became 2012’s fastest selling number one single on the UK Singles Chart until December of the same year, when The X Factor winner James Arthur sold 490,560 copies with his cover of Shontelle‘s “Impossible“. “Call My Name” sold a total of 417,000 copies in the UK, and was the 34th best-selling single of 2012 there. “Under the Sun”, the second single from the album, was released on 3 September 2012. The song peaked at number 13, becoming her seventh consecutive solo top-twenty single. “Screw You” featuring British rapper Wretch 32 has been confirmed as the album’s third single, but the release was cancelled indefinitely and no more singles were released from A Million Lights due to the reunion of Girls Aloud in November 2012.
To promote A Million Lights, Cheryl embarked on her first solo concert tour, A Million Lights Tour. On 12 June 2012, via her official website she announced the tour, which started on 3 October 2012 and ended on 17 October 2012. The tour comprised 11 show dates, two in Ireland, one in Scotland and eight in England. She also announced plans to do a set of meet and greets at each concert. The £350 offer included an autograph, chance to meet her and a photograph with her backstage. Proceeds would go towards her charity The Cheryl Cole Foundation. The meet and greet ticket drew negative criticism from fans.
On 4 June 2012, Cheryl performed a duet with Gary Barlow at the Diamond Jubilee concert organised and created by Barlow himself and watched by millions worldwide. On 8 August 2012 it was revealed that Cheryl would return to The X Factor as a guest mentor to help judge Gary Barlow pick his finalist for the finals of the competition. In November 2012, she was handed her own documentary entitled Cheryl: Access All Areas, the show attracted 811,000 viewers on ITV2 and 177,000 watched on +1.
After months of speculation, Cheryl confirmed that Girls Aloud‘s reunion would occur in November 2012. Girls Aloud reunited for the group’s 10th anniversary and on 18 November 2012, they released their new single, “Something New” which was the official charity single for Children in Need. The single peaked at number-two on the UK Singles Chart. The group released their second greatest hits compilation, Ten on 26 November 2012. The second single taken from Ten, “Beautiful Cause You Love Me” was released on 17 December 2012. A documentary entitled Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top aired on ITV1 on 15 December 2012 attracted 2.3 million viewers, a 10.5% share of the audience. In 2013, the group embarked on Ten: The Hits Tour. In March 2013, following the completion of the Ten: The Hits Tour, Girls Aloud released a statement via their official Twitter confirming that they were splitting permanently.
2014–present: Only Human and The X Factor return
On 10 March 2014, it was announced that Cheryl would return as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor for its eleventh series, signing a £1.5 million contract. She was once again joined by Cowell and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, as well as new judge Mel B. She was selected to mentor the girls category, and she chose Chloe Jasmine, Stephanie Nala, Lauren Platt and Lola Saunders for the live shows. After Nala and Jasmine were eliminated in week 2 and Saunders in week 4, she mentored Platt to be a semi-finalist in the series.
On 8 May, it was confirmed that Cheryl had been added to the line-up for Capital FM’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on 21 June. On 27 May, she announced in an interview with Hello! Magazine that her fourth studio album would be released in November, preceded by lead single “Crazy Stupid Love“. On 29 May 2014, it was confirmed that she would debut the single, which features Tinie Tempah on 2 June on BBC Radio 1, Capital FM and KISS FM, with the video premiering the following Monday, 9 June. On 27 July 2014, the single entered the UK Singles Chart at number one, selling 118,000 copies. It became her fourth number one single on the chart, tying her with Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora as the third British female to achieve four number ones as a solo artist. The song also peaked at number one in the Republic of Ireland on the Irish Singles Chart.
During an interview on The Graham Norton Show in July 2014, Cheryl said that her fourth studio album would be entitled Only Human. On 28 August 2014, she confirmed the second official single from Only Human as “I Don’t Care“. She described the song as “very fun pop”. “I Don’t Care” was released on 2 November 2014 and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming her fifth number one in the country. This achievement made her the first British female to have five solo number one singles in the UK. Jess Glynne tied the record in August 2015. Only Human was released on 10 November 2014 and became her fourth solo album to debut within the top 10 in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Its title track was announced as the third single to be released from the album. The official music video made its premiere on Vevo on 4 February, with an official digital release on 22 March 2015. The song peaked at number 70 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Cheryl’s lowest charting single in the UK to date.
In June 2015, it was announced that Cheryl would return to The X Factor for its twelfth series; she was joined by Cowell, and new judges Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw. In August 2015, it was announced that she would also serve as executive producer to The X Factor. She was selected to mentor the “Groups” category for the first time and chose 4th Impact, Alien Uncovered and Reggie ‘n’ Bollie for the live shows. After losing Alien Uncovered in week 1, she guided 4th Impact to the quarter-finals and Reggie ‘n’ Bollie to the runners-up position in the final, losing against winner Louisa Johnson.
She later confirmed she was back in the studio working on her fifth studio album, initially due for release in 2016. Cheryl confirmed her departure from The X Factor in April 2016, choosing to focus on her music career. In November 2016, it was announced that Cheryl had split from her management team.
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Cheryl has a mezzo-soprano range. She spoke about her vocal ability saying “I am very aware of my ability, I know I’m no Mariah Carey but I think the emotion in the song is what matters.” 3 Words was influenced by her appreciation for dance music and has given the album and its singles a distinctively different sound to Girls Aloud. It crosses from contemporary R&B, dance pop, house and a more general pop sound. Messy Little Raindrops uses a more dance pop sound than her previous album. A Million Lights, her third studio album also incorporates R&B and dance. She incorporated Dubstep into A Million Lights, MTV citing “Girl in the Mirror” as an example.
“If you think my live vocal sounds so good it must be mimed, I’m happy, I take it as a compliment”
– Cheryl, speaking on the accusations of her miming
It has been widely reported that Cheryl lip-syncs during live performances. Whilst performing “Fight for this Love” in 2009 on The X Factor, media speculated that the performance was mimed, something that she denied though she admitted to having some pre-recorded vocals to help the live performance. In 2010 during her second performance on The X Factor, in which she performed “Promise This”, she “showcased her vocal and dancing skills with an energetic, raunchy routine that earned a standing ovation from her fellow judges.” Similar to her 2009 performance of “Fight for This Love” on The X Factor, the media speculated whether she lip synced or not. An ITV spokesperson insisted that she did not mime, although the performance was pre-recorded.
On 26 May 2012, it was reported that Cheryl would perform “Call My Name” with live vocals on The Voice UK, following allegedly pre-recorded performances that occurred the previous year on The X Factor UK. It was also reported that The Voice executives always edit the vocals for every artist on the show, and they would “provide some finishing touches to her singing prior to it being broadcast.” As the performance began, she swan-dived onto her backing dancers before they performed a highly ellaborated routine. Following the broadcast, she received mixed comments from viewers, with a few accusing the singer of lip synching, while others, including pop artists Emma Bunton and will.i.am, praised the performance. In an interview with BBC News, she addressed the negative comments, and said that “if you think my live vocal sounds so good it must be mimed, I’m happy, I take it as a compliment.” She performed the track again on The Graham Norton Show on 8 June 2012, and was also accused of lip synching.
Cheryl has named Britney Spears and Beyoncé as a few of her inspirations, performance and fashion wise. She spoke on the reason Beyoncé was a big influence on her saying “I love Beyoncé, I just think she is such a beautiful person inside and out, apart from what she does on the stage which is obviously incredible and aspiration. I just like her as a woman shes empowering.” She has cited Lisa “Left Eye”‘ Lopes, a former member of American band TLC, as a big influence saying “I wanted to be Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes from TLC – I used to wear baggy jeans and Timberlands like a tomboy.” Cheryl cites Rihanna as an influence, describing her as “a perfect pop star.” She also cites American singer Mary J. Blige as an influence. “Mary’s voice sounds so grown up and you can hear that she has experienced a lot in her life, her songs help me with every heartache.” She has influenced other artists, including Selena Gomez. In October 2010, Gomez said Cheryl was an influential person for her.
Cheryl has become a recognised and photographed style icon. Fashion magazine British Vogue praised her style saying: “Her wardrobe choices have become as successful as her singles – while filming for X Factor, she had fashion fans watching her every sartorial move and was snapped wearing a string of fashion-forward outfits from Givenchy and Preen, to McQueen and Missoni.” In both 2009 and 2010 she was named the best dressed woman by Glamour Magazine. She kept her top spot in 2010 above fashion model Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham, she beat R&B singer Rihanna, who came second and actress Blake Lively who came third. The result for the magazine were compiled from around 14,000 votes from the magazine’s readers. She has been photographed for the covers of British Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar.
Cheryl has topped FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2009 and 2010. She has won Glamour Women of the Year Awards for TV Personality and Best dressed and Style Network Award for Best Dressed Woman and Style icon of the decade. In February 2009, she appeared on the cover of British Vogue. The media coverage of her appearance in the magazine boosted the magazine’s circulation to 240,000: its best ever February figure. She appeared on the November 2009 cover of the UK’s Elle magazine. In October 2010, a wax statue of her was added to the gallery of Madame Tussauds London at a cost of approximately £150,000.
Cheryl began dating England and Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole in September 2004, announcing their engagement after he proposed in Dubai in June 2005. The couple were married at a ceremony at Barnet, north west London on 15 July 2006. They signed an exclusive deal with OK!, reportedly worth £1 million, regarding the rights of the photographs. On 23 February 2010, she announced she was separating from Cole. On 26 May, she filed for divorce at London’s High Court citing “unreasonable behaviour” of estranged husband Cole as the reason for their break-up. The divorce papers state that Cole admitted being unfaithful to Cheryl with a number of other women. She was granted a decree nisi on 3 September 2010. She continued to use her married name, but later began using the mononym Cheryl for her music releases.
In early 2016, Cheryl began dating singer Liam Payne. After much speculation, Cheryl unofficially confirmed she was pregnant with her first child when she was spotted sporting her pregnancy bump on 29 November 2016; sources told E! News that “Cheryl is indeed expecting and currently in her second trimester.”
On 11 January 2003, Cheryl was involved in an altercation with a nightclub toilet attendant, Sophie Amogbokpa, and subsequently charged with assault and racially aggravated assault over the incident. At her trial on 20 October she was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm but cleared of the racially aggravated assault charge, and sentenced to 120 hours of community service. She was ordered to pay her victim £500 in compensation, as well as £3,000 prosecution costs. Judge Richard Howard said: “This was an unpleasant piece of drunken violence which caused Sophie Amogbokpa pain and suffering.”
As a member of Girls Aloud, Cheryl teamed with Eylure to release five sets of false eyelashes, each set designed by a different member of the group. A range of festival-themed lashes followed in 2010, while limited edition “10th Anniversary” lash was released in 2012. Similarly, to celebrate their tenth anniversary, each member designed a charm bracelet for Pandora, available as either a complete bracelet or a “starter” bracelet.
Cheryl’s first official book, entitled Through My Eyes, was published on 30 September 2010 by Bantam Press. Through My Eyes purports to show her in the recording studio, backstage on tour, behind-the-scenes at The X Factor, at photo shoots and at award ceremonies. She said the book is “filled with pictures that capture those moments, [her] memories and the people [she’s] closest to”. She is the subject of several unauthorised biographies, as well as books detailing her relationship with and divorce from Ashley Cole. Her autobiography, Cheryl: My Story, was published on 11 October 2012. The book’s content was about her relationships with Simon Cowell and her ex-husband Ashley Cole. The autobiography has sold 275,000 copies as of February 2013, generating £2.5 million in sales. On 7 May, she announced her debut fragrance, StormFlower via photo sharing social media site Instagram. She posted pictures of a photo shoot for the perfume.
As a member of Girls Aloud, Cheryl has contributed to charities. As a group they recorded a cover of The Pretenders‘ “I’ll Stand by You“. It was released as the official 2004 Children in Need single, with proceeds going to the charity. Their cover Aerosmith and Run DMC‘s “Walk This Way“, a collaboration with the Sugababes, was the official charity single for Comic Relief in 2007, recorded at Comic Relief co-founder and trustee Richard Curtis‘ request. Girls Aloud celebrated their 10 years as a group by releasing another Children in Need single, “Something New“, which they performed on the Children in Need TV special on 16 November 2012.
In March 2009, Cheryl climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief. The climb, organised by Gary Barlow, was also undertaken by fellow Girls Aloud member Kimberley Walsh, as well as Alesha Dixon, Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, Chris Moyles, Ben Shephard, Ronan Keating and Barlow himself. Between 3 February and 23 March 2009, Cheryl, Walsh, Barlow, Moyles and Cotton also raised money for Comic Relief by providing the voice for the BT Speaking Clock. All nine celebrities reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on Saturday, 7 March 2009. Cheryl, along with Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen and Ben Shephard, reached the summit first at sunrise. The trek raised £3.5 million for the charity. In February 2011, Cheryl launched her own charitable foundation with The Prince’s Trust following a meeting with The Trust’s President, HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. The Cheryl Cole Foundation is meant to provide vital funds for The Trust in the North East, which was set up to help disadvantaged young people from Cheryl’s region. On 13 June 2011, she auctioned 20 dresses with ASOS to raise funds for the foundation.
On 23 January 2015, Cheryl announced the launch of a second charity, once again alongside The Prince’s Trust. The charity was named Cheryl’s Trust, and was set up with the aim of raising £2 million to build a centre, which will support up to 4000 disadvantaged young people in her native city of Newcastle. To raise these funds, Cheryl has thus far teamed up with Prizeo in March 2015, setting up a styling session competition, and also launched a limited edition Belgian Chocolate Bar with Greggs in August 2015; 5p proceeds from each sale being donated towards the trust.
Awards and nominations
|2007||Nickelodeon UK Kids’ Choice Awards||Best Female Singer||Nominated|
|Virgin Media Awards||Most Fanciable Female||Won|
|Heat Magazine Awards||Sexiest Female||Won|
|Best Reality TV Judge||Won|
|2009||Glamour Women of the Year Awards||TV Personality||Won|
|FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World||No. 1 Sexiest Woman in the World||Won|
|Style Network Awards||Best Dressed Woman||Won|
|Style Icon of the Decade||Won|
|BBC Switch Live Awards||Switch’s Prom Queen||Won|
|Virgin Media Awards||Hottest Female||Won|
|Legend of the Year||Nominated|
|Glamour Woman of the Year Awards||Best Dressed||Won|
|2010||2010 BRIT Awards||British Single (“Fight for This Love“)||Nominated|
|Glamour Women of the Year Awards||Best Dressed||Won|
|Woman of the Year||Won|
|FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World||No. 1 Sexiest Woman in the World||Won|
|BT Digital Music Awards||Best Female Artist||Won|
|Best Single (“Fight for This Love“)||Won|
|Best Video (“Fight for This Love“)||Nominated|
|2011||2011 BRIT Awards||British Single (“Parachute“)||Nominated|
|Best British Female||Nominated|
|Elle Style Awards||Musician of the Year||Won|
|TRL Awards (Italy)||Best New Act||Nominated|
|Cosmopolitan Awards||Best Dressed Woman||Won|
|BT Digital Music Awards||Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|2012||Virgin Media TV Awards||Best Judge||Won|
|BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards||Best British Single||Nominated|
|Best British Album||Nominated|
|Best British Music Act||Nominated|
|2013||Nickelodeon UK Kids’ Choice Awards||Favourite UK Female Artist||Nominated|
|2014||FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World||Hall of Fame||Won|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best UK & Ireland Act||Nominated|
|BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards||Best British Solo Act||Nominated|
|Best British Single (“Crazy Stupid Love“)||Nominated|
Mara at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Kate Rooney Mara
(1983-02-27) February 27, 1983
Bedford, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Kate Rooney Mara (/ˈmɛərə/ MAIR-ə; born February 27, 1983) is an American actress. She starred in the Netflix political drama House of Cards as Zoe Barnes and appeared in the Fox TV series 24 as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg. She made her film debut in 1999 with Random Hearts. She appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005), We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian (2008), Stone of Destiny (2008), The Open Road (2009), Transcendence (2014), Fantastic Four (2015) as Susan “Sue” Storm/The Invisible Woman, and The Martian (2015). She also appeared in the FX horror miniseries American Horror Story: Murder House in 2011 as Hayden McClaine.
Kate Rooney Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York. She is the daughter of Timothy Christopher Mara, an NFL scout and vice president of the New York Giants for player evaluation, and Kathleen McNulty Mara (née Rooney). She is the second of four siblings, with one older brother, Daniel; one younger sister, Patricia (known professionally as Rooney Mara, also an actress); and one younger brother, Conor. Mara’s father has Irish, German, and French Canadian ancestry, and her mother is of Irish and Italian descent.
She is a great-granddaughter of both New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. Her mother’s side of the family has held ownership in the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers football team since its formation in 1933, and her father’s side of the family has held ownership in the NFL’s New York Giants since its formation in 1925. Her paternal grandparents were Wellington Mara and Ann Mara. Wellington co-owned the Giants football team from 1959 until his death in 2005, and was succeeded by her uncle, John Mara, who is currently President, CEO, and co-owner of the team. Her maternal grandfather, Timothy James “Tim” Rooney, has run Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York since 1972. Her granduncle, Dan Rooney, chairman of the Steelers, was a former United States Ambassador to Ireland and the co-founder of the charitable organization The Ireland Funds. An uncle, Art Rooney II, is the current President and co-owner of the Steelers.
Mara began acting at the age of nine in a school musical. She attended several youth theater-arts schools and appeared in community theater and in school plays. Mara described herself to Esquire magazine as having been “painfully shy” while growing up and said she only had one friend.
Her first audition was for the NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street. She did not get the role but knew from then on that she just wanted to act. Mara graduated from Fox Lane High School a year early and was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University to study musical theater, but she eventually deferred her slot to work as an actress.
Television and stage
Mara’s first television role was in the NBC legal drama Law & Order in 1997. She went on to guest star on numerous television series, including Madigan Men, Ed and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Mara landed two recurring roles in 2003, as Kate on Everwood, an 18-year-old who is impregnated by her piano teacher and then gets an abortion, and as Vanessa on Nip/Tuck, a bisexual cheerleader involved in a love triangle with her boyfriend Matt McNamara (John Hensley) and another cheerleader (Sophia Bush). Mara also appeared on Cold Case, Boston Public, CSI: Miami and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation that same year.
Mara was cast as the lead in the 2004 WB pilot Prodigy, about a teenage child prodigy. She had a recurring role on the WB’s Jack & Bobby in 2005 and a five-episode arc on the Fox TV series 24 in 2006, playing computer analyst Shari Rothenberg. Mara joined the cast of the HBO comedy-drama Entourage for the series’ sixth season in 2009. She played Brittany, Eric “E” Murphy (Kevin Connolly)’s assistant at his talent-management company and a potential love interest. Mara filmed four episodes for the series in 2009. In 2011, she guest starred on the FX horror series American Horror Story, as Hayden McClaine, a student who becomes Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott)’s dead mistress, a spirit trapped in the Harmon house. Mara was offered the role by Ryan Murphy, her former producer on Nip/Tuck.
In 2012, Mara joined the cast of House of Cards, playing the part of Zoe Barnes, an intrepid reporter from Washington, D.C. who becomes a major ally to Frank Underwood by leaking stories that undermine his rivals. She filmed a second season of the series, which was released on February 14, 2014. On July 10, 2014, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
She made her stage debut in 2003 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in John Guare‘s Landscape of the Body with Lili Taylor. Mara starred in The Alice Complex, a play by Peter Barr Nickowitz, at Dixon Place in New York City in 2005 and at the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles in 2006. The production co-starred Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris. She later told WFAN radio in 2006 that doing more theater work is a “dream” because it was “all I really wanted to do as a kid. I didn’t care about movies or TV, I just wanted to do Broadway”.
Mara’s film debut was in Random Hearts, with Harrison Ford in 1999, directed by Sydney Pollack. She played Jessica Chandler, the daughter of a congresswoman (Kristin Scott Thomas). She next appeared in the Sundance Film Festival award-winning films Joe the King (1999) and Tadpole (2002), alongside Sigourney Weaver. Mara co-starred in Peoples (2004), a drama and coming of age story filmed in Louisville, Kentucky. She starred in the direct-to-video horror film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and appeared with Noah Wyle and Illeana Douglas in the 2005 film The Californians. Her supporting role as the daughter of Heath Ledger‘s character in the Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain that year brought her more widespread critical notice.
Mara signed with the William Morris Agency, and was included on the New York Daily News list of “10 young actors who have a shot at making it big” at the start of 2006. She appeared in Zoom that year as Summer Jones (aka Wonder), a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic and empathic abilities. She next appeared in We Are Marshall, starring Matthew McConaughey, which recalled the aftermath of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash that took the lives of most of the football team. Mara played cheerleader Annie Cantrell.
In 2007, she appeared in the comedy Full of It with Ryan Pinkston for New Line Cinema. The film later aired on television as Big Liar on Campus. Mara was also featured in an advertising campaign for clothing retailer Gap called, “khakis with attitude.” She appeared in Shooter, a thriller about a master sniper portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, lured out of retirement to prevent an assassination. Mara played a Kentucky widow, Sarah Fenn, adopting a southern accent for the role.
In 2007, she finished her work in the film Transsiberian by Brad Anderson, which takes place on the Trans-Siberian Railway that runs from China to Moscow. She spent three months shooting the thriller in Vilnius, Lithuania, starting in December 2006. The film also shot on location in Beijing and Russia. Mara played Abby, a 20-year-old runaway from Seattle. Transsiberian premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in January 2008.
Mara starred in the 2008 film Stone of Destiny, written and directed by Charles Martin Smith, about the theft of the Stone of Scone on Christmas Day, 1950. Mara played Kay Matheson, one of four students that removed the stone in a Scottish nationalist plot. The period adventure-comedy co-starred Billy Boyd, Robert Carlyle and Charlie Cox. Filming began in June 2007 in locations around Glasgow. She employed a Scottish accent for the role, which she found very difficult to master. Mara felt lucky and proud to play a role that was important to people’s heritage. She stayed near the Botanic Gardens in the city’s West End while filming, attending the film premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 21, 2008. The film closed the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2008.
In December 2008, Mara appeared in T Takes: Brooklyn 09, a series of 6 improvised short films directed by Brody Baker. She starred in The Open Road as Lucy. Filming began in Hammond, Louisiana in February 2008, and continued in Memphis, Tennessee and elsewhere in the South.
In 2009, Mara filmed the independent comedy Peep World, starring Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman and Rainn Wilson, and joined the cast of Marvel‘s Iron Man 2, making a cameo appearance as a U.S. Marshal who serves Tony Stark a subpoena. Mara shot the ensemble romantic comedy happythankyoumoreplease in New York City in July 2009. She plays a waitress and aspiring singer named Mississippi, in a story about six single New Yorkers in their 20s. The film was written and directed by actor Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother). The film won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In 2010, Mara played hiker Kristi Moore in the survival drama 127 Hours, a true story directed by Danny Boyle about Aron Ralston, a climber trapped while mountaineering in Utah.
Mara appeared in Ironclad (2011), which tells the story of the siege of Rochester Castle by King John in the year 1215. It is her first film where she speaks in an English accent. Mara appeared in the short film Ten Year, produced by Channing Tatum to attract financing for a feature film. The full-length feature went into production in Albuquerque in January 2010, with Mara starring in a large ensemble cast film about a 10-year high school reunion. In 2012, Mara starred in Stefan Ruzowitzky‘s thriller Deadfall with Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde. In 2013, Mara starred in Broken Bells video for the song Holding On For Life. Mara appeared in Transcendence (2014), starring Johnny Depp and directed by Wally Pfister.
In 2015, she played the Invisible Woman in a new film version of the Fantastic Four. In that year, she also had a supporting role as astronaut Beth Johanssen in director Ridley Scott‘s film The Martian. She also starred as Ashley Smith in the 2015 movie Captive.
Mara currently lives in Los Angeles and New York City. She credits her vegan diet and regular workouts for keeping herself fit. “I’m a massive animal lover, too.” she explained. “Being vegan has been so good for me. I’ve never felt better.”
Mara has stated she comes from a “huge” family; her father is one of 11 children, and she has 22 aunts and uncles and 40 cousins. As a descendant of the owners of the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, Mara is a fan of both teams; she joked, “If I’m mad at my mom I root for the Giants, and if I’m pissed at my dad I root for the Steelers.” This relationship contributed to her being cast in We Are Marshall. Mara has sung at both teams’ games, and after missing the Steelers’ victory at Super Bowl XL due to work, her contracts now state that she can attend if either team goes to the Super Bowl. She was in attendance for the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLII, the Steelers’ victory the next year in Super Bowl XLIII, and the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLVI.
|1999||Joe the King||Allyson|
|1999||Random Hearts||Jessica Chandler|
|2004||Time Well Spent||Girl||Short film|
|2005||Urban Legends: Bloody Mary||Samantha Owens|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Alma Del Mar Jr. (age 19)|
|2005||The Californians||Zoe Tripp|
|2006||Zoom||Summer Jones / Wonder|
|2006||We Are Marshall||Annie Cantrell|
|2007||Full of It||Annie Dray|
|2008||Stone of Destiny||Kay Matheson|
|2009||Big Guy||Kate||Short film|
|2009||Open Road, TheThe Open Road||Lucy|
|2010||Iron Man 2||U.S. Marshal|
|2010||127 Hours||Kristi Moore|
|2014||Tiny Detectives||Detective Kate||Short film|
|2015||Fantastic Four||Sue Storm / Invisible Woman|
|2015||Man Down||Natalie Drummer|
|2015||The Martian||Beth Johanssen|
|2017||Megan Leavey||Megan Leavey||In post-production|
|2017||Mercy||Mercy||In post-production; also producer|
|1997||Law & Order||Jenna Erlich||Episode: “Shadow”|
|2000||Madigan Men||Julie||Episode: “White Knight”|
|2000||Ed||Kelly Kovacs||Episode: “Pretty Girls and Waffles”|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lori||Episode: “Pixies”|
|2003||Everwood||Kate Morris||2 episodes|
|2003||Nip/Tuck||Vanessa Bartholomew||4 episodes|
|2003||Cold Case||Jill Shelby||Episode: “Look Again”|
|2003||Boston Public||Helena Gelbke||Episode: “Chapter Seventy-Five”|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Stephanie Brooks||Episode: “Murder in a Flash”|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Janelle Macklin||Episode: “Formalities”|
|2005||Jack & Bobby||Katie||6 episodes|
|2006||24||Shari Rothenberg||5 episodes|
|2009||T Takes||Kate||2 episodes|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Hayden McClaine||8 episodes|
|2012||Tron: Uprising||Perl (voice)||2 episodes|
|House of Cards||Zoe Barnes||14 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2014)
|2014||Robot Chicken||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2015||Moonbeam City||Chrysalis Tate (voice)||10 episodes|
Boynton at the 2006 premiere of Miss Potter
|Born||(1994-01-17) 17 January 1994
New York, New York, U.S.
|Home town||London, England, UK|
Boynton was born in New York City and grew up in London. She attended Blackheath High School, followed by James Allen’s Girls’ School. She is the daughter of Graham Boynton, the Group Travel Editor of the Telegraph Media Group, and Adriaane Pielou, a travel writer. She has an older sister named Emma Louise Boynton.
Boynton’s first professional role was as the young Beatrix Potter in the 2006 British-American film Miss Potter. Boynton has said that the first day of filming was “the best day of [her] life.” In 2007, she was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress, for Miss Potter.
She went on to play Posy Fossil in 2007, one of three main characters, in the BBC film Ballet Shoes. Posy is a young, ambitious ballerina who is taken under the wing of a prestigious dance academy. Boynton did not dance in Ballet Shoes, instead a body double was used for her character’s dancing scenes. Boynton also played the role of Margaret Dashwood in the BBC serial Sense and Sensibility.
|2006||Miss Potter||Young Beatrix Potter|
|Hymn to Pan||Holliday||Short film|
|2015||The Blackcoat’s Daughter||Rose||original title “February”|
|2016||Lock In||Lucy||Short film|
|I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House||Polly Parsons|
|Don’t Knock Twice||Chloe|
|Let Me Go||Emily||In post-production|
|2017||Rebel in the Rye||Claire Douglas||In post-production|
|Murder on the Orient Express||Countess Andrenyi||Filming|
|2007||Ballet Shoes||Posy Fossil||Movie|
|2008||Sense and Sensibility||Margaret Dashwood||Miniseries (3 episodes)|
|2011||Lewis||Zoe Suskin||Episode: “The Gift of Promise”|
|2011/14||Borgia||Sister Lucia||2 episodes|
|2014||Endeavour||Petra Briers||Episode: “Nocturne”|
|Law & Order: UK||Georgia Hutton||Episode: “Bad Romance”|
|2015||Life in Squares||Angelica Bell||Miniseries|