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PIA ZADORA
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Pia Zadora
Born Pia Alfreda Schipani
(1953-05-04) May 4, 1953 (age 63)
Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Residence Summerlin, Nevada
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1964-present
Spouse(s)
  • Meshulam Riklis (m. 1977; div. 1993)
  • Jonathan Kaufer (m. 1995; div. 2001)
  • Michael Jeffries (m. 2005)
Children 3
Website piazadora.com

Pia Zadora (born May 4, 1953)[1] is an American actress and singer. After working as a child actress on Broadway, in regional theater, and in the film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964), she came to national attention in 1981, when following her starring role in the highly criticized[2] Butterfly, she won a Golden Globe Award as New Star of the Year,[3] while simultaneously winning the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress and the “Worst New Star” for the same performance.

When in the 1980s Zadora’s film career failed to achieve critical success, she switched her focus to music. As a singer Zadora has released several successful albums featuring popular standards, often backed by a symphonic orchestra. Compared to her acting, Zadora’s musical career has received substantially better responses from critics.[4]

Early life[edit]

Zadora was born Pia Alfreda Schipani in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her father, Alphonse Schipani, was an Italian-American violinist, while her mother, Saturnina (Zadorowski) Schipanni, was a Polish-American theatrical wardrobe supervisor for Broadway productions and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the New York City Opera.[5][6] Pia is of Polish maternal and Italian paternal descent.[7][8] She adapted part of her mother’s maiden name as her stage name. Zadora appeared as a child actress with Tallulah Bankhead in Midgie Purvis. She played the youngest sister (Bielke) in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof (1964–1966).

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Zadora (right) in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, 1964

Zadora’s first film was in 1964’s widely panned Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, as Girmar, a young Martian girl. She also sang “Hooray for Santy Claus” in that movie, which has become a fan favorite since its 1991 appearance on the movie-mocking TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Zadora’s acting career made little headway until, while touring with a musical production in 1972, she met Meshulam Riklis, 32 years her senior. The couple married on September 18, 1977. Not long after her marriage, Zadora had a breakthrough as the Dubonnet Girl, appearing in print and television commercials for the apéritif wine, in whose American distributor Riklis was a shareholder.[citation needed]

Zadora starred alongside Stacy Keach and Orson Welles in the 1982 film version of James M. Cain‘s novel Butterfly, the plot for which involved father-daughter incest. Her character, Kady Tyler, was described as being the daughter of Keach’s character Jesse Tyler. The musical score featured Zadora singing “It’s Wrong For Me To Love You”. She won that year’s Golden Globe Award as Best New Star of the Year, amid charges that Riklis had purchased the award with a promotional campaign that included Zadora’s image presented prominently on Sunset Boulevard billboards.[9] Most critics panned her performance, however, and she received the 1982 “Razzies” for both “Worst New Star” and “Worst Actress.”

Zadora next starred in the 1982 film Fake-Out, also called Nevada Heat, a women in prison B-movie comedy co-starring Telly Savalas and Desi Arnaz Jr.. In 1983 she appeared in the film adaptation of the Harold Robbins novel, The Lonely Lady, portraying an aspiring screenwriter who achieves success after surviving sexual assault. For this performance she received the 1983 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress.[10] On the basis of being multiply recognized by the Golden Raspberry Awards, Zadora was named Worst New Star of the Decade (1980–1989) and nominated as Worst Actress of the 1980s.[11]

In 1985, Zadora starred as the object of an extraterrestrial‘s affections in the musical-comedy Voyage of the Rock Aliens. In addition to displaying her comedic side, the film showcased her musical talents and featured half of the songs from her 1984 album Let’s Dance Tonight. In 1988, she appeared as a beatnik in John Waters‘s film Hairspray. In 2000, Zadora was nominated at the 20th Golden Raspberry Awards as Worst Actress of the Century, ultimately losing to Madonna.

Music[edit]

Although as an actor Zadora’s performances have generated critical hostility, she has attained greater critical success as a singer, particularly in Europe. Another native of Hoboken, Frank Sinatra, reportedly encouraged Zadora in the 1980s to record albums consisting primarily of standards.[citation needed] Zadora’s cover of the Shirley Ellis hit “The Clapping Song“, recorded for the film score of The Lonely Lady in 1983, reached the U.S. top 40, and in 1984 she had a hit duet with Jermaine Jackson titled “When the Rain Begins to Fall” from the movie Voyage of the Rock Aliens. In 1985 she received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the song “Rock It Out”, losing to Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good To Me”. A minor hit in the United States, the song reached number one in some European countries.[citation needed] Also in 1985, Zadora released Pia & Phil, an album of standards with the London Philharmonic Orchestra,[12] and recorded a follow-up album in 1986 titled I Am What I Am.[13]

In 1988, Zadora worked with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on an album entitled When the Lights Go Out. The album was released only in Europe, and the single “Dance Out of My Head” did not chart, despite the top producers and club remixes by Shep Pettibone and Ben Liebrand. In 1989, Zadora recorded the album Pia Z with producer Narada Michael Walden; this album also failed to chart. The single “Heartbeat of Love” included club remixes by Robert Civillés and David Cole of C + C Music Factory. Two additional albums/CDs of standards, Pia Today! (1988) and Only for Romantics (1991) received only limited promotional release.[14] A three-CD compilation, Pia – The Platinum Collection, was released in 1993 and sold in the United States via “infomercials.” The album included repackaged versions of Pia & Phil, I Am What I Am, and Pia Today![15]

In 1994, Zadora had a cameo appearance in the comedy Naked Gun 3313: The Final Insult. In her segment of the film, Zadora performed the Steve Allen-penned “This Could Be the Start of Something Big” during a parody of an Academy Awards musical number.

Cabaret show: 2011 and beyond[edit]

In 2011, Zadora began a small attempt at a comeback with a cabaret show titled Pia Zadora: Back Again, And Standing Tall. In February, she performed at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens and the Kaye Auditorium in Boca Raton.[16] She took the show to The Rrazz Room in San Francisco on June 8 where it ran for five performances until June 12.[17][18][19][20] Zadora appeared at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room’s 3rd annual Rrazziversary Gala Celebration and Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on March 17, 2011, and at the Nevada Children’s Center’s Great Gatsby Gala on April 3, 2011.

In 2012, Zadora performed with the Desert Symphony Orchestra at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California[21] and appeared on the TV show Celebrity Ghost Stories.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Zadora married businessman Meshulam Riklis in 1977, when she was 23 and he 54. She was a marquee headliner at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas during the early 1970s due to her association with Riklis and Sinatra. Zadora and Riklis bought the Beverly Hills mansion Pickfair Manor in January 1988 from Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss for almost $7 million. They demolished most of the structure while keeping the guest houses, claiming that termites and time had made repairs difficult.[23] The mansion, which drew its name of “Pickfair” from having once been the shared home of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, was torn down and a new 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) mansion was built on the property. Zadora later claimed on a September 2012 episode of BIO’s Celebrity Ghost Stories that Pickfair was razed due to a troubling apparition which appeared to her and children when her husband was away on business. Riklis commissioned a nude oil portrait of Zadora, which greeted visitors.[9]

With first husband Meshulam Riklis she has children Kady Zadora (born 1985) and Kristofer Barzie (born 1987) [24] Kady was named after Zadora’s film character in Butterfly, which later inspired the call letters for station KADY-TV in Oxnard, California after Riklis acquired it in 1988. After he divested himself of his ownership, it changed its call letters to KBEH. Zadora and Riklis divorced in 1993, and Zadora remained in the mansion until late 2005 or early 2006, when she sold it to Korean businessman Corry Hong for $17,650,000.[25]

Zadora’s second husband was writer-director Jonathan Kaufer. They were married from August 1995 to November 2001, and had one child, Jordan Maxwell Kaufer.[26]

Zadora has been married to Michael Jeffries, a detective with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, since 2005 and currently resides in Summerlin, Nevada.[27] Zadora and Jeffries met after Zadora contacted the Las Vegas Police to report a stalking incident.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1964 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Girmar
1982 Butterfly Kady Tyler
1982 Fake-Out Bobbie Warren also known as Nevada Heat
1983 The Lonely Lady Jerilee Randall
1984 Voyage of the Rock Aliens Dee Dee
1985 Feel the Motion Herself
1988 Hairspray Beatnik Chick
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Herself
1994 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Herself

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Pajama Tops Babette Latouche TV Movie
1990 Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme Little Miss Muffet TV Movie
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins Herself TV Movie
1999 Frasier Jill 1 episode (voice only)

Theater[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US US Country UK[29] Germany[30]
1978 “Come Share My Love”
1979 “Bedtime Stories” 76
“Tell Him”A 98
“I Know a Good Thing When I Feel It” 65
1980 “Baby It’s You” 55
1982 “I’m in Love Again” 45
1983 The Clapping Song 36
1984 When the Rain Begins to Fall(with Jermaine Jackson) 54 68 1
“Follow My Heartbeat”B
“Let’s Dance Tonight” 11
“Little Bit of Heaven” 10
“Rock It Out” 110
1985 “Come Rain, Come Shine”
1986 “I Am What I Am”
1988 “Dance Out of My Head” 65
1989 “Heartbeat of Love”
“If You Were Mine”
  • AB-side to “Bedtime Stories”
  • BB-side to “When the Rain Begins to Fall”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

  • Won: New Star of the Year, Butterfly (1981)

Golden Raspberry Awards[edit]

  • Won: Worst New Star, Butterfly (1983)
  • Won: Worst Actress, The Lonely Lady (1984)
  • Won: Worst New Star of the Decade, Butterfly and The Lonely Lady (1990)
  • Nominated: Worst Actress of the Decade, Butterfly and The Lonely Lady (1990)
  • Nominated: Worst Actress of the Century, Voyage of the Rock Aliens, Butterfly, and The Lonely Lady (2000)

Golden Apple Award[edit]

  • Won: Sour Apple (1982)

Grammy Awards[edit]

  • Nominated: Best Rock Vocal Performance Female, for “Rock It Out” (1985)[31]

ShoWest Award[edit]

  • Won: Young Star of the Year (1982)

Kristin Cavallari

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Kristin Cavallari

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Kristin Cavallari
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Cavallari in September 2010
Born Kristin Elizabeth Cavallari
(1987-01-05) January 5, 1987 (age 30)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Education Barrington High School
Laguna Beach High School
Occupation Television personality, fashion designer, actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Jay Cutler (m. 2013)
Children 3

Kristin Elizabeth Cutler[1] (née Cavallari; born January 5, 1987)[2] is an American television personality, fashion designer, and actress. Born in Denver, Colorado, she attended Laguna Beach High School as a teenager. In 2004, Cavallari came to prominence after being cast in the reality television series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, which documented the lives of her and her friends.

After moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in 2006, Cavallari appeared in several television series as minor characters.

Cavallari is married to free agent quarterback Jay Cutler.

Early life[edit]

Cavallari in September 2008

Cavallari was born in Denver, Colorado,[2] one of two children of Judith Eifrig and Dennis Cavallari.[3] She is of German and Italian descent.[4]

Media career[edit]

Cavallari was in her junior year of high school when the first season of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County began production. At the time, she was involved in an on-and-off relationship with senior Stephen Colletti. Cavallari’s romance with Colletti caused a rivalry with another cast member, Lauren Conrad. The love triangle became one of the series’ central plot lines.

In May 2009, Cavallari confirmed she would be joining the cast of Laguna Beach’s spin-off series, The Hills.[5] She made her first appearance on the series during the fifth season’s mid-season finale on May 31, 2009, at Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt‘s wedding, where she caught the bouquet. The second half of the season premiered on September 29, 2009, with Cavallari assuming the position of former main cast member and narrator Conrad. Despite originally signing a deal with MTV to appear in two additional seasons following the fifth, the sixth and final season concluded on July 13, 2010.[6]

Cavallari pregnant with her second child in April 2014

Cavallari was on the 13th season of ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars and partnered with two-time champion, Mark Ballas. She was the third to be eliminated.[citation needed]

After Laguna Beach, Cavallari headed to Los Angeles and signed on the UPN reality television series Get This Party Started, which premiered February 7, 2006. The series was canceled after airing two episodes. She appeared on one episode of another UPN series, Veronica Mars, and went on to guest roles on series including CSI: NY, Cane, and Adventures in Hollyhood. In 2006, she signed on as Crystal in the horror film Fingerprints.

In 2008, she had a supporting role as Summer in Spring Breakdown alongside Amy Poehler. The film was released straight-to-DVD on June 2, 2009, and received mixed reviews. She also starred in the independent film Green Flash alongside Torrey DeVitto. In 2009, she starred in the independent American high school comedy film, Wild Cherry, as Trish, which also starred Rumer Willis. She also starred in the straight-to-DVD film, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year, as Kaitlyn. The film was released July 14, 2009, to mixed to negative reviews.[citation needed]

Charity work and public image[edit]

Cavallari has been involved in the “Until There’s a Cure” public service advertising campaign, to raise awareness and funds for AIDS and HIV research and vaccine development.[citation needed] In 2006, Cavallari appeared in ads for PETA,[7] and has also appeared as a celebrity spokesperson for “We Are Ellis Island”, a campaign for the restoration of Ellis Island.[citation needed] In February 2009, she posed for the NOH8 Campaign in support of gay marriage.[8]

In January 2010, she traveled to El Salvador to do charity work. In March 2011, Cavallari traveled to Kenya to do charity work with the non-profit organization One Kid One World.[citation needed]

In March 2014, Cavallari drew national criticism for refusing to vaccinate her children, a decision she and her husband, Jay Cutler based on fears of a connection between childhood vaccination and autism.[9][10][11]

From 2015-2016, the former website Gawker ran a series of daily articles on Cavallari for a streak of 415 days.[12] The series, by Allie Jones, was called “500 Days of Kristin”—although it ended after just 415 days, with the publication of Cavallari’s book Balancing in Heels. By treating Cavallari’s quotidian Instagram posts as newsworthy, the series appeared to gently mock the culture of celebrity women on social media.

Personal life[edit]

Cavallari began dating then Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in late 2010,[13] and became engaged to him in April 2011. They called off the engagement in July 2011,[14] but reconciled in November 2011.[15] Cavallari and Cutler wed on June 8, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee.[16] They have three children: sons Camden (born August 8, 2012),[17] Jaxon (born May 7, 2014)[18] and daughter Saylor (born November 23, 2015).[19]

Her brother, Michael Cavallari, was found dead on December 10, 2015, having died of hypothermia following a car crash.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

As actress[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Veronica Mars Kylie Marker Episode: “Versatile Toppings
2006 Fingerprints Crystal Main Role
2007 Cheerleader Camp Julie Television movie
2007 Cane Casey Episode: “Family Business”
2008 Green Flash aka Beach Kings Lana Direct-to-DVD release
2008 CSI: NY Isabelle Vaughn Episode: “Forbidden Fruit”
2008 Spring Breakdown Lizzie – Seven #3
2009 Wild Cherry Trish van Doren
2009 National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year Kaitlin Hayes Direct-to-DVD release
2011 The Middle Ms. Devereaux Episode: “Friends, Lies, and Videotape”
2012-13 The League Herself Season 4, Episode 4; Season 5, Episode 3

As herself[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004–05 Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County 28 episodes
2006 Get This Party Started Host; 2 episodes
2009–10 The Hills 23 episodes (Guest appearance Season 5 Episode 10,Main Cast Season 5 Episode 11-Season 6 Episode 12)
2011 RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3
2011 America’s Next Top Model Guest Judge; Season 17, Episode 3
2011 Dancing with the Stars Season 13, Eliminated week 3
2012 Cupcake Wars Guest Judge; Season 6, Episode 9: “Kristin Cavallari’s Baby Shower”

Debbie Rush

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Born Castleton, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Television Coronation Street (2008—)
Spouse(s) Andrew Rush (m. 1989)[1]
Children Tom Rush
Poppy Rush
William Rush

Debbie Rush is an English actress, best known for playing the role of Anna Windass in Coronation Street since 2008.[2]

After training at the Manchester School of Acting when she was in her thirties,[3] she has also starred in Shameless and Hollyoaks in the City.[4] Rush also filmed the role of Pam in the horror film Salvage alongside Neve McIntosh.

In December 2010, Rush released her own fitness DVD, Debbie Rush’s Bulge Buster Workout.[5]

In March 2015, Debbie Rush was nominated in the category of “Best Actress” at The British Soap Awards 2015.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Rush and husband Andrew have three children, Tom, Poppy and William.[7]

Film & Television[edit]

Year Title Type Role Notes
2006 Hollyoaks: In the City TV Mrs Jones 2 episodes
2007 The Street TV Mother of disabled child 1 episode
2008 Shameless TV Nice Woman 1 episode
2008 Florence Nightingale Film Nurse Interviewee Drama Film
2008 – Present Coronation Street TV Anna Windass Series Regular
2009 – 2015 British Soap Awards TV Herself – Audience Member TV Special
2009 Salvage Film Pam Horror Film
2013 Lemon La Vida Loca TV Herself 1 episode
2014 All Star Family Fortunes TV Herself 1 episode

2015 TEXT SANTA  ELSIE TANNER

 

 

Rebecca Atkinson

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Rebecca Atkinson

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Rebecca Atkinson
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Atkinson as Karen Maguire in Shameless.
Born (1983-09-22) 22 September 1983 (age 33)
Salford, England, UK
Other names Rebecca Batt
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Employer Channel 4 (2004–13)
BBC Scotland (2016–)
Known for Playing Karen Maguire in Shameless
Partner(s) Ben Batt

Rebecca Atkinson (born 22 September 1983) is an English actress and model best known for playing Karen Maguire in Shameless from 2004 until 2013 when the series ended.

Early life[edit]

Atkinson grew up on Weaste Lane in Salford and went to All Souls’ RC Primary School on Kintyre Avenue in Weaste, which was also the primary school of former Warrington and Salford forward Adrian Morley.

Career[edit]

She is best known for playing Karen Maguire in Channel 4‘s popular comedy drama series, Shameless, and for appearing in all 11 series. She has also appeared in Life On Mars, Ideal and BBC Three’s new “multi-platform sitcom” Trexx and Flipside. In October 2016, Atkinson joined the cast of BBC Scottish soap opera, River City, as Belinda Roberts, the ex cellmate of Amber Murdoch.

She has had minor parts in many shows, including playing Asia in four episodes of BBC comedy series Ideal, and two episodes of New Street Law, where she played a character named Susie Hardwick. She appeared in Heartbeat in 2002 and 2006 playing two different characters. Shows she has had a single appearance in include Life on Mars (The Stabbing), Holby City, The Bill, Coronation Street, Doctors and The Royal. She has also appeared in Children’s Ward at her young ages. She also appeared in the film adaptation of Kevin Sampson’s Awaydays, released in 2009.

She attended the David Johnson Drama and taught dancing in Goostrey for the Glenda Ann School of Dancing before appearing on TV. She also taught dancing for the Glenda Ann School of Dancing in Goostry, an old farming village in Cheshire.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Her partner is Shameless co-star, Ben Batt, who played Joe Pritchard. They met on the set in 2008 and shared numerous storylines together. In 2016, she gave birth to their son, Jack.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

REBECCA RYAN (ENGLISH ACTRESS)

 

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Rebecca Ryan

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Rebecca Ryan
Born (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 25)
Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999-present

Rebecca Ryan (born 27 April 1991) is an English actress. She attended St Monica’s High School in Manchester.[1] Ryan is best known for playing the role of Debbie Gallagher in the Channel 4 comedy drama series Shameless [2] from 2004 to 2009 and as Vicki MacDonald in the BBC school-based drama series, Waterloo Road [2] from 2009 to 2011. She is currently starring in the UK tour of Beryl, written by her former Shameless co-star, Maxine Peake, who played Veronica Ball.

Ryan currently plays Gemma Dean, sister of paramedic Iain Dean, in the BBC1 drama Casualty.

Background[edit]

Dance[edit]

Ryan’s Irish mother, Mairanna, was the first World Irish dancing champion. Inspired by her mother, Ryan took up Irish dancing lessons at age 3, competed in numerous competitions and was even ranked third at age 12.[3]

Theatre[edit]

Ryan first followed her brother, Charlie Ryan, onto the stage at the age of six in a production of the Who’s Tommy at Manchester Opera House.[4] She made her stage debut in Scarborough by Fiona Evans at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2008,[4] and subsequently appeared in “Lost Monsters” at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.[2] In May 2014, Ryan toured in the production of A Taste of Honey Derby Theatre.[4]

In February 2015 Ryan starred in the Derby Theatre’s Solace of the Road playing the characters Holly and Solace.[5] The Derby Telegraph reviewer, Susie Brighouse, said of her performance: “Rebecca Ryan perfects the complex art of acting by a subtle change of tone to clarify what Solace is thinking, as well as deftly changing between the personalities of Holly and Solace throughout the play.”[6] Alfred Hickling of The Guardian wrote: “It’s hard to think of an actor more capable of veering between the ages of 12 and 27 at any given moment [than Ryan.]”[7]

Ryan featured in the second run of Beryl, written by fellow Shameless actress Maxine Peake, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in June and July 2015, followed by an autumn 2015 tour around England.[8][9]

Television[edit]

She is most well known for her role as Debbie Gallagher in Shameless, which she began playing at the age of 11. Though she never had any formal training as an actor, she credits the time spent on the set of Shameless as a wonderful learning experience:

Just sitting there and watching them all used to be amazing — James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff, Maxine Peake, David Threlfall. It was just a masterclass for me, to sit there and watch all these incredible people. I learnt so much from them and made some great friends.[1]

Ryan has appeared in various television series, including State of Play[2] Holby City [2] and the CBBC show, Stupid!. In February 2006, she appeared in Emmerdale playing Bob Hope‘s (Tony Audenshaw) daughter, Carly Hope.

She also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 6 as part of a task and in a May 2009 episode of Casualty. From 2009 to 2011, she appeared as pupil Vicki MacDonald in BBC school-based drama series, Waterloo Road, alongside Linzey Cocker, who plays Jess Fisher. In January 2010, she played the part of Ellie McCall in a special five-part storyline in BBC daytime soap opera Doctors.

In February 2011, Ryan appeared in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief [10] with fellow Waterloo Road star, Philip Martin Brown, who plays the role of a teacher in the show. They danced to “It’s Like That” by Run–D.M.C. and Jason Nevins. In May 2011, she played Maeve Summers in an episode of Casualty.

She has appeared as Grace in Monroe (2012), as Erin Doyle in an episode of DCI Banks (2014), and as Natalie Dixon in Doctors (Series 16, 2015).

She joined Casualty on 21 January 2017 as Gemma Dean, the sister of regular paramedic Iain Dean (Michael Stevenson).[11]

Film[edit]

In 2006, Ryan appeared in The Draft a short film directed by Gary Shore.[11]

Rebecca Ryan (IRISH ACTRESS)

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Rebecca Ryan

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Rebecca Ryan
Born (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 25)
Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999-present

Rebecca Ryan (born 27 April 1991) is an English actress. She attended St Monica’s High School in Manchester.[1] Ryan is best known for playing the role of Debbie Gallagher in the Channel 4 comedy drama series Shameless [2] from 2004 to 2009 and as Vicki MacDonald in the BBC school-based drama series, Waterloo Road [2] from 2009 to 2011. She is currently starring in the UK tour of Beryl, written by her former Shameless co-star, Maxine Peake, who played Veronica Ball.

Ryan currently plays Gemma Dean, sister of paramedic Iain Dean, in the BBC1 drama Casualty.

Background[edit]

Dance[edit]

Ryan’s Irish mother, Mairanna, was the first World Irish dancing champion. Inspired by her mother, Ryan took up Irish dancing lessons at age 3, competed in numerous competitions and was even ranked third at age 12.[3]

Theatre[edit]

Ryan first followed her brother, Charlie Ryan, onto the stage at the age of six in a production of the Who’s Tommy at Manchester Opera House.[4] She made her stage debut in Scarborough by Fiona Evans at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2008,[4] and subsequently appeared in “Lost Monsters” at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.[2] In May 2014, Ryan toured in the production of A Taste of Honey Derby Theatre.[4]

In February 2015 Ryan starred in the Derby Theatre’s Solace of the Road playing the characters Holly and Solace.[5] The Derby Telegraph reviewer, Susie Brighouse, said of her performance: “Rebecca Ryan perfects the complex art of acting by a subtle change of tone to clarify what Solace is thinking, as well as deftly changing between the personalities of Holly and Solace throughout the play.”[6] Alfred Hickling of The Guardian wrote: “It’s hard to think of an actor more capable of veering between the ages of 12 and 27 at any given moment [than Ryan.]”[7]

Ryan featured in the second run of Beryl, written by fellow Shameless actress Maxine Peake, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in June and July 2015, followed by an autumn 2015 tour around England.[8][9]

Television[edit]

She is most well known for her role as Debbie Gallagher in Shameless, which she began playing at the age of 11. Though she never had any formal training as an actor, she credits the time spent on the set of Shameless as a wonderful learning experience:

Just sitting there and watching them all used to be amazing — James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff, Maxine Peake, David Threlfall. It was just a masterclass for me, to sit there and watch all these incredible people. I learnt so much from them and made some great friends.[1]

Ryan has appeared in various television series, including State of Play[2] Holby City [2] and the CBBC show, Stupid!. In February 2006, she appeared in Emmerdale playing Bob Hope‘s (Tony Audenshaw) daughter, Carly Hope.

She also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 6 as part of a task and in a May 2009 episode of Casualty. From 2009 to 2011, she appeared as pupil Vicki MacDonald in BBC school-based drama series, Waterloo Road, alongside Linzey Cocker, who plays Jess Fisher. In January 2010, she played the part of Ellie McCall in a special five-part storyline in BBC daytime soap opera Doctors.

In February 2011, Ryan appeared in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief [10] with fellow Waterloo Road star, Philip Martin Brown, who plays the role of a teacher in the show. They danced to “It’s Like That” by Run–D.M.C. and Jason Nevins. In May 2011, she played Maeve Summers in an episode of Casualty.

She has appeared as Grace in Monroe (2012), as Erin Doyle in an episode of DCI Banks (2014), and as Natalie Dixon in Doctors (Series 16, 2015).

She joined Casualty on 21 January 2017 as Gemma Dean, the sister of regular paramedic Iain Dean (Michael Stevenson).[11]

Film[edit]

In 2006, Ryan appeared in The Draft a short film directed by Gary Shore.[11]

FILMOLOGY:

2007  THE TUDORS (TV SERIES) JOAN

2006 THE DRAFT (SHORT) NEANS

I.R.A.: KING OF NOTHING  LISA

FAIR CITY (TV SERIES) DANELLE

Rebecca Hall

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Rebecca Hall

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Rebecca Hall
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Born (1982-05-03) 3 May 1982 (age 34)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Morgan Spector (m. 2015)
Parent(s)
Relatives

Rebecca Maria Hall (born 3 May 1982) is an English-American actress.[1] 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, The Awakening, Frost/Nixon, Iron Man 3, Transcendence, and The Gift. In 2016, Hall portrayed the troubled news anchor Christine Chubbuck in the critically acclaimed drama Christine.

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 Television BAFTA in 2013 for her role as socialite Sylvia Tietjens in BBC Two’s Parade’s End, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.

Early life[edit]

Hall was born on 3 May 1982[4] in London, the daughter of English stage director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall and American opera singer Maria Ewing. Her mother is of African American, Dutch, Scottish, and Sioux origin.[5][6][7][8] Her parents separated when she was still young, eventually divorcing in 1990.[5] Hall has five half-siblings: stage director Edward Hall, producer Christopher Hall, Jennifer Caron Hall and actress Emma Hall, and set designer Lucy Hall. Christopher and Jennifer are Peter Hall’s children with his first wife, French actress Leslie Caron.[5][9]

Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl.[5] She studied English Literature at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year.[5][10][11] During her time at Cambridge, she was active in the student theatre scene and also set up her own theatre company.[12] 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.[13][14]

Career[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Hall’s 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.[15]

Her 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,[16] as well as appearing in several other television films including Wide Sargasso Sea and Rubberheart.

Hall’s Hollywood fame grew when she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona as one of the title characters, Vicky.[17] Critics praised her performance.[17] She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. In 2008 she appeared in Frost/Nixon as the girlfriend of Michael Sheen‘s David Frost. Hall was cast with Ben Barnes in the film Dorian Gray in 2009. She appeared in Please Give with Catherine Keener and Amanda Peet and The Town with Ben Affleck and Blake Lively.[17] She is the female lead role in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011.[18][19]

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.”[20] 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).[21]

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“.[15]

In 2015, Hall starred in the romantic comedy Tumbledown, opposite Jason Sudeikis,[22] and the Joel Edgerton-directed thriller The Gift,[23] opposite Jason Bateman and Edgerton.[24]

Stage[edit]

Hall at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival

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”[25] and “accomplished”,[26] earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003.[27]

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,[28] which gained her a second Charleson nomination[29] and starred in the title role of Thea Sharrock‘s revival of D. H. Lawrence‘s The Fight for Barbara.[30] 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.[31]

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;[32] The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.[33] This was a second leg of the U.S. tour that began in 2003 with venues at the Shubert Theater [34] New Haven, Connecticut,[35] Columbus, Ohio, and the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston.[36]

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,[37] which gave performances with the same cast in Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.[38] In 2010–11, she played Viola in a production of Twelfth Night at London’s National Theatre, which her father directed.[39]

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.[40]

Personal life[edit]

From 2003 to 2004, Hall dated her As You Like It co-star Freddie Stevenson.[31] She dated director Sam Mendes from 2010 to 2015. In September 2015, Hall married her Machinal co-star Morgan Spector.[41][42]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Starter for 10 Rebecca Epstein
2006 The Prestige Sarah Borden Nominated – Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Vicky Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Nominated – Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
2008 Frost/Nixon Caroline Cushing Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 Official Selection Emily Dickinson Short film
2009 Dorian Gray Emily Wotton
2010 Please Give Rebecca Robert 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
2010 The Town Claire Keesey National 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
2010 A Bag of Hammers Mel
2010 Everything Must Go Samantha
2011 The Awakening Florence Cathcart Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2012 Lay the Favorite Beth Raymer
2013 Iron Man 3 Maya Hansen
2013 Closed Circuit Claudia Simmons-Howe
2013 A Promise Charlotte Hoffmeister
2014 Transcendence Evelyn Caster
2015 Tumbledown Hannah
2015 The Gift Robyn
2016 Christine Christine Chubbuck Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Courage in Acting
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated – IndieWire’s Critic Poll Award for Best Actress
Nominated – London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
Nominated – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Women Film Critics Circle Award for The Invisible Woman Award
2016 The BFG Mary
2017 The Dinner Barbara Lohman
2017 Professor Marston & The Wonder Women Elizabeth Holloway Marston Post-production
2018 Holmes and Watson Dr. Grace Hart Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Camomile Lawn Young Sophie
1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends Lucie
1993 Don’t Leave Me This Way Lizzie Neil
2006 Wide Sargasso Sea Antoinette Cosway
2007 Rubberheart Maggie
2007 Joe’s Palace Tina
2008 Einstein and Eddington Winifred Eddington
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 Paula Garland British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress
2012 Parade’s End Sylvia Tietjens Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
2015 Codes of Conduct Rebecca Rotmensen Pilot
2016 Horace and Pete Rachel
Music videos
Year Title Role Notes
2012 “A Case of You” Herself James Blake video

Jessica Capshaw

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Jessica Capshaw

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Jessica Capshaw
Born Columbia, Missouri, U.S
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Christopher Gavigan (m. 2004)
Children 4
Parent(s) Kate Capshaw
Robert Capshaw
Relatives Steven Spielberg (stepfather)
Sasha Spielberg (half-sister)
Theo Spielberg (adopted brother)

Jessica Capshaw is an American actress. She is known for her role as Jamie Stringer in The Practice and Dr. Arizona Robbins on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. She was introduced in Grey’s Anatomy’s fifth season as an attending surgeon and the new head of pediatric surgery.[1] Originally contracted to appear in three episodes, Capshaw’s contract was extended to the remainder of the fifth season, with her becoming a series regular in the sixth season.

Early life[edit]

Capshaw was born in Columbia, Missouri, the daughter of actress and producer Kate Capshaw, and Robert Capshaw, a sales manager, marketing director, business executive, and high school principal.[2] She is the stepdaughter of director Steven Spielberg.[3] She graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 1994 and Brown University in 1998[4] with an English degree. She then attended acting classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.[1]

Career[edit]

In the 2001 slasher film Valentine, Capshaw played Dorothy Wheeler. In 2009, she became a regular on the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. It was first reported in December 2008 that Capshaw would be joining the cast of Grey’s Anatomy as pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins, for a multi-episode arc.[5] Initially scheduled to appear in three episodes of the show’s fifth season, series creator Shonda Rhimes later extended Capshaw’s contract to appear in all of the season’s remaining episodes,[6] becoming a series regular in the sixth season.[7]

She was established as a love-interest for orthopedic resident Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez). Series creator Shonda Rhimes was pleased with the chemistry between Robbins and Torres, citing the addition of Capshaw to the cast as an element of the season of which she was most proud. Speaking of the new addition, Rhimes said: “I love Jessica Capshaw, and when I say love I mean love. She couldn’t be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith and Derek chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch.”[8] Initial media reaction to the character was positive. Matt Mitovich of TV Guide described her as a “fan favorite”, and Chris Monfette for IGN praised the addition of “fresh, new characters”, such as Robbins over the course of the season.[9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Capshaw married Christopher Gavigan on May 22, 2004 at her family’s East Hampton estate.[12] Capshaw has four children with her husband: son Luke Hudson Gavigan (born September 8, 2007) [13] and daughters Eve Augusta Gavigan (born October 20, 2010),[14] Poppy James Gavigan (born June 20, 2012),[15] and Josephine Kate Gavigan (born May 2, 2016). [16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Locusts Patsy
1998 Denial Marcia
1999 The Love Letter Kelly
2000 Killing Cinderella Beth
2000 Big Time Claire Short film
2001 Valentine Dorothy Wheeler
2002 The Mesmerist Daisy Valdemar
2002 Minority Report Evanna
2003 View from the Top Royalty International Flight Attendant Uncredited
2006 The Groomsmen Jen
2007 Blind Trust Cassie Stewart
2014 The Hero of Color City Duck

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 ER Sally McKenna 1 episode: “Rites of Spring”
1999-2000 Odd Man Out Aunt Jordan Main cast
13 episodes
2001 The Back Page TV Movie
2002-2004 The Practice Jamie Stringer Main cast
Season 7 & 8; 42 episodes
2005 Into the West Rachel Wheeler 1 episode: “Manifest Destiny”
2006 Thick and Thin Mary Unaired
2006 Bones Rebecca Stinson 2 episodes: “Mother and Child in the Bay”, “The Truth in the Lye”
2007 The L Word Nadia Christ 3 episodes: “Livin’ La Vida Loca”, “Lassoed”, “Layup”
2009 Head Case 1 episode: “Tying the Not”
2009–present Grey’s Anatomy Dr. Arizona Robbins Recurring (Season 5)
Main Cast (Season 6-present)
2010 One Angry Juror Sarah Walsh TV Movie

Rebecca Luker

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Rebecca Luker

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Rebecca Luker
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Luker at the NYS ARTS Fall Gala 2008
Born (1961-04-17) April 17, 1961 (age 55)
Helena, Alabama, U.S.
Education University of Montevallo, 1984
Occupation Actress, singer, recording artist
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Danny Burstein (2000-present)
Children 2
Website www.rebeccaluker.com

Rebecca Luker (born April 17, 1961) is an American actress, singer, and recording artist who has appeared in several musical theatre productions on Broadway. Luker’s voice type is soprano. The New York Times has compared her to actresses such as Barbara Cook and Julie Andrews.[1] She has been nominated for three Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards, and she is featured on opera star Plácido Domingo‘s recording, The Broadway I Love (1991).

Life and career[edit]

Luker was born in Helena, Alabama, the daughter of a high school treasurer and a construction worker.[2] She attended the University of Montevallo, earning a BA in music, taking a year off in 1984 to perform in Sweeney Todd as Johanna Barker (also starring Judy Kaye as Mrs. Nellie Lovett) at the Michigan Opera Theatre.[3]

Luker’s Broadway debut was in The Phantom of the Opera in the role of Christine (1988-91). She was originally an understudy for principal actress Sarah Brightman and her alternate Patti Cohenour. Luker later took over the role after Brightman, and later Cohenour, left the show. Subsequent Broadway roles include Lily in The Secret Garden (1991–93), Magnolia in Show Boat (1994–97; the first actress to be nominated for a Tony Award for this role),[4] Maria in The Sound of Music (1998–99), Marian in The Music Man (2000–01), and Claudia in Nine (2003). She played the role of Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins from 2006[5] to 2010. She later replaced Victoria Clark as Crazy Marie/the Fairy Godmother in the Broadway production of Cinderella for an engagement that lasted from September 2013 to January 2014.[6] Luker joined the cast of Fun Home at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway, temporarily assuming the role of Helen Bechdel from April 5, 2016 to May 22, 2016.[7]

Luker appeared Off-Broadway in The Vagina Monologues, Indian Summer, X (Life of Malcolm X), Brigadoon, Death Takes a Holiday, and Can’t Let Go. During 2002, the Kennedy Center presented a “Sondheim Celebration”; Luker appeared in Passion as Clara. She performed in the New York City Center Encores! staged concerts of The Boys from Syracuse and Where’s Charley?. Her TV appearances include Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Matlock, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the Hallmark movie Cupid & Cate. She appeared in the 2012 film Not Fade Away. On January 11, 2016, Luker reprised the role of Lily in The Secret Garden at a benefit performance at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Luker performs in concerts with symphony orchestras around the world; she is also a cabaret performer. Her solo cabaret act, Rebecca Luker Sings Jerome Kern, debuted at 54 Below in New York City (2012).[8] She performed in the concert “Bridge to Broadway” (2012),[9] “NEW VOICES at NYU: A Celebration of Songs by NYU Musical Theatre Writers Past and Present” (2012),[10] Rodgers and Hammerstein concert at the Kennedy Center (2011),[11] and a solo concert at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre (2008).[12] Luker won the Bistro Award for her cabaret act at Feinstein’s at the Regency which was devoted to female songwriters (2006). She also performed a solo concert in the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center‘s Allen Room (2005).

Luker, Truman Capote, and To Kill a Mockingbird were the 2001 Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame inductees. She also received a doctorate of fine arts, honoris causa on May 5, 2010 from her alma mater, the University of Montevallo.[13]

She married Danny Burstein in June 2000[14] and has two stepsons, Zachary and Alexander.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Discography[edit]

Solo Recordings[edit]

Cast Recordings[edit]

Featured Recordings[edit]

  • Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (2012, Over the Moon)
  • Victor Herbert: Collected Songs (2012, New World Records)
  • Show Some Beauty (2011, Yellow Sound Label)
  • Poetic License 100 Poems/100 Performers (2010, GPR Records)
  • Tom Herman: Music for Voice (2008, CDBY)
  • State of Grace III (2006, Koch Int’l Classics)
  • The Real Thing: Jamie deRoy and Friends, Volume 7 (2006, Harbinger Records)
  • Jule Styne in Hollywood (2006, PS Classics)
  • Philip Chaffin: Warm Spring Night (2005, PS Classics)
  • Jeepers Creepers: Great Songs from Horror Films (2003, Red Circle)
  • Aria 3: Metamorphosis (2003, Koch Records)
  • Believe: The Songs of The Sherman Brothers (2003, Varèse Sarabande)
  • Sweet Appreciation: Rusty Magee Live at the West Bank Café (2002, SixFootPlusMusic)
  • Peter Buchi: An American Voice (2002, Azica)
  • My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs (2001, Hybrid Recordings)
  • Aria 2: New Horizon (1999, Astor Place Recordings)
  • A Little Bit in Love (1999 Compilation Album, JAY Records)
  • Simple Gifts: Carols from the Abbey (1998, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)
  • Bernstein Dances (1998, Deutsche Grammophon)
  • A Special Place: Songs from the Heart (1998, Original Cast Records)
  • George & Ira Gershwin: Standards & Gems (1998 Compilation Album, Nonesuch Records)
  • The Best of the Broadway Divas (1997 Compilation Album, Varèse Sarabande)
  • The Best of In Celebration of Life 1-5 (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)
  • Aria (1997, Astor Place Recordings)
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997, Walt Disney Records)
  • Unsung Musicals II (1995, Varèse Sarabande)
  • Lost in Boston III (1995, Varèse Sarabande)
  • Voices of Broadway: Songs of Conscience and Hope (1994, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)
  • Musicals! (1993 Compilation Album, EMI Records)
  • Unsung Sondheim (1993, Varèse Sarabande)
  • Jerome Kern Treasury (1993, EMI Records)
  • Jerome Kern in London and Hollywood (1992, Rialto Records)
  • Broadway Showstoppers (1992, EMI Records)
  • Sing Before Breakfast (1991, Rialto Records)
  • Plácido Domingo: The Broadway I Love (1991, Warner Music)
  • Early Kern (1991, Rialto Recordings)
  • Keep Your Undershirt On (1990, Rialto Recordings)

Rebecca Ferguson

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Rebecca Ferguson

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Rebecca Ferguson
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Born Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström
(1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 33)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Alma mater Adolf Fredrik’s Music School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Children 1

Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström[1] (born 19 October 1983), known professionally as Rebecca Ferguson, is a Swedish actress.[2] She is best known for her lead role as Elizabeth Woodville in The White Queen (2013), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and her starring role as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).

Early life[edit]

Ferguson was born in Stockholm and grew up in the Vasastan district in central Stockholm. Her mother, Rosemary Ferguson, is English,[3] and moved from Britain to Sweden at the age of 25.[3] Her father is Swedish.[4]

Rebecca attended an English-speaking school in Sweden and was raised bilingual, speaking Swedish and English.[5]

From the age of 13, she worked as a model and appeared in magazines and on television commercials for cosmetic, apparel, and jewelry advertisements.[6]

Ferguson has danced from a very early age; she did ballet, tap-dancing, jazz, street funk and Tango. She taught Argentine tango at a dance company in Lund, Sweden for a few years,[7] while she continued her work on several short art film projects.[8]

Ferguson attended the Adolf Fredrik’s Music School in Stockholm and graduated in 1999.[9]

Career[edit]

Rebecca Ferguson alongside Steven Gätjen at the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation global premiere in Vienna, Austria.

She came to prominence as upper-class girl Anna Gripenhielm in the soap-opera Nya tider. She went on to later play Chrissy in the Swedish-American soap Ocean Ave.

Swedish director Richard Hobert spotted her at the Simrishamn town market in 2011, which led to her starring in his film A One – Way to Antibes.[10] She has also appeared in the horror film Strandvaskaren and the 2012 film Vi alongside Gustaf Skarsgård.[11][12]

In August 2012, it was announced Ferguson had been cast to play Elizabeth Woodville in the ten-part BBC historical drama The White Queen,[13] based on Philippa Gregory‘s The Cousins’ War novels about the women of the Wars of the Roses.[14] Ferguson’s work in The White Queen has been met with praise,[15] earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.

In 2015, Ferguson played Ilsa Faust, the female lead [16][17] in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, for which she was highly praised.[18][19] She will reprise her role in the sixth Mission: Impossible film.[20]

In 2016, she played the dual roles of Katya and Lauren opposite Sam Reid and Charles Dance in the cold war espionage thriller by Shamim Sarif Despite the Falling Snow.[21] For her acting she won the Best Actress award at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival.[22]

Also in 2016, she appeared in Stephen FrearsFlorence Foster Jenkins, opposite Meryl Streep,[23] and Tate Taylor‘s thriller book adaptation The Girl on the Train.[24] She will co-star in Tomas Alfredson‘s The Snowman, opposite Michael Fassbender and Charlotte Gainsbourg,[25] and will play the lead in Daniel Espinosa‘s sci-fi Life.[26]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Ferguson gave birth to a son, Isac Hallberg, with former boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg. After her soap opera success and the birth of her son, she moved with her boyfriend to Simrishamn, on the Swedish south coast. The couple separated in April 2015.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Strandvaskaren 2004 Amanda
Plus 2008 Short film
Irresistible 2009 Woman Short film
Flyga, inte dala 2009 Short film
Lennart 2009 Short film
Arkiv 2010 Short film
A One-Way Trip to Antibes 2011 Maria
Vi 2012 Linda
Cold Night 2013
Hercules 2014 Ergenia
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015 Ilsa Faust
Despite the Falling Snow 2016 Katya / Lauren
Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Kathleen
The Girl on the Train 2016 Anna Watson
Life 2017 Miranda North
The Snowman 2017 Katrine Bratt In post-production
The Greatest Showman 2017 Jenny Lind In post-production

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Nya tider 1999–2001 Anna Gripenhielm 54 episodes
Ocean Ave. 2002 Chrissy Eriksson Episode: “#1.5”
Wallander 2008 Louise Fredman Episode: “Sidetracked”
The Vatican 2013 Olivia Borghese Television film
The Inspector and The Sea 2013 Jasmine Larsson Episode: “Der Wolf im Schafspelz”
The White Queen 2013 Elizabeth Woodville Main role
10 episodes
The Red Tent 2014 Dinah Lifetime mini-series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2014 Golden Globe Awards[28] Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The White Queen Nominated
2015 Hamptons International Film Festival[29] Breakthrough Performer N/A Won
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards[30] Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Nominated
2016 Empire Awards[31] Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Nominated
Prague Independent Film Festival Best Actress Despite the Falling Snow Won