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Nina Dobrev

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Nina Dobrev
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Dobrev in 2012
Born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
(1989-01-09) January 9, 1989 (age 28)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Residence Los Angeles
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Notable work The Vampire Diaries
Home town Toronto, Ontario

Nina Dobrev (born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva;[1] January 9, 1989[2]) is a Bulgarian-Canadian actress.[3][4] She portrayed Mia Jones on the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2006–2009), and then played the role of Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on The CW‘s supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–2015, 2017).

Dobrev has also starred in several feature films, including the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the 2014 comedy Let’s Be Cops, the 2015 horror comedy The Final Girls, and the 2017 action movie XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

Early life[edit]

Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, as Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva (Bulgarian: Николина Константинова Добрева), and moved to Canada at the age of two, where she was raised in Toronto, Ontario.[5] She has an older brother, Aleksandar Dobrev. Her father, Konstantin Dobrev, is a computer specialist, and her mother, Michaela Dobreva (née Radeva), is an artist.[5]

Dobrev attended Vradenburg Junior Public School and J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School, where she started ballet and jazz classes, and competed in rhythmic gymnastics.[5] Then, she attended the arts program at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough and Ryerson University, majoring in sociology. She left in 2008 to pursue her acting career. She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto.[6]

Career[edit]

Dobrev in 2008

Dobrev has appeared in a number of feature films, including Fugitive Pieces, Away from Her, Never Cry Werewolf, and the teen television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She also starred in a number of Lifetime original movies. In 2007 she appeared in the music video of You Got That Light performed by Wade Allain-Marcus and David Baum. She also had a role in the MTV film The American Mall.

Dobrev subsequently starred in The CW‘s supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries, a television adaptation of the book series of the same name, playing the role of Elena Gilbert.[7] This series achieved worldwide success and her portrayal of Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce received critical acclaim.[citation needed] In April 2015, Dobrev announced via Instagram that she would be leaving The Vampire Diaries after portraying Elena for six seasons.[8] In January 2017, it was announced that Dobrev would return as Elena in The Vampire Diaries series finale.[9]

Dobrev at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011

She then had a minor role in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010.[10] The film had enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan‘s biggest moneymaker ever.[11]

In April 2011, Dobrev was cast as Candace Kelmeckis in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, alongside Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Paul Rudd.[12] In August 2014, she starred alongside Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in the 20th Century Fox comedy Let’s Be Cops.[13]

Dobrev played the role of Vicki Summers in the 2015 horror comedy film The Final Girls.[14] The film received critical acclaim upon its release. In September 2015, Dobrev was cast in the film Arrivals, opposite Asa Butterfield and Maisie Williams, portraying the role of flight attendant Izzy.[15] The same year, she was cast in the romantic comedy Crash Pad, alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Christina Applegate, which began filming in Vancouver in fall 2015.[16]

In April 2016, it was announced that she had officially joined the cast of the action film sequel XXX: Return of Xander Cage, opposite Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Dobrev in 2014

Dobrev attended Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough, Toronto until her graduating year. She entered post-secondary studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, majoring in Sociology, before dropping out in 2008 to pursue her acting career.[18] Dobrev is multilingual and speaks English, French and Bulgarian.[19] While filming The Vampire Diaries, Dobrev lived in Atlanta.[citation needed] She moved to Los Angeles in 2015.[citation needed]

Dobrev dated her co-star from The Vampire Diaries Ian Somerhalder from 2010 to 2013. Dobrev split with actor Austin Stowell in February 2016 after 7 months of dating. [20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Repo! The Genetic Opera Teenage Zydrate Addict
2007 Away from Her Monica
2007 How She Move Tall Girl in Bathroom
2007 The Poet Rachel
2007 Fugitive Pieces Bella
2008 Mookie’s Law Rosabella Short film
2009 You Got That Light Girl Short film
2009 Chloe Anna
2011 The Roommate Maria
2011 Arena Lori Lord
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Candace Kelmeckis
2014 Let’s Be Cops Josie
2015 The Final Girls Vicki Summers
2017 XXX: Return of Xander Cage Becky Clearidge
2017 Flatliners Marlo In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Playing House Young Frannie McKenzie Television film
2006–2009 Degrassi: The Next Generation Mia Jones Recurring role (season 6); main role (seasons 7–8);
special guest star (season 9); 52 episodes
2007 My Daughter’s Secret Justine Dysert Television film
2007 Too Young to Marry Jessica Carpenter Television film
2008 The Border Maia 2 episodes
2008 Never Cry Werewolf Loren Hansett Television film
2008 The American Mall Ally Shepherd Television film
2009 Eleventh Hour Grace Dahl Episode: “Eternal”
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Mia Jones Television film
2009–2015, 2017[9] The Vampire Diaries Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce / Amara Main role (seasons 1–6); uncredited voice role (season 7)[21] Season 8 Finale
2009 Merry Madagascar Cupid the Reindeer (voice) Christmas special
2011 Family Guy Lois’ High School Bully (voice) Episode: “Trading Places
2011 The Super Hero Squad Show Ellen (voice) Episode: “This Man-Thing, This Monster!”
2014 Robot Chicken Cortana / Abby / Jenny Curran (voice) Episode: “Panthropologie”
2014 The Originals Tatia Episode: “Red Door”
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: “Tim Tebow vs. Nina Dobrev”
2017 Workaholics Courtnee Episode: “Termidate”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star – Female The Vampire Diaries Won [22]
Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won [22]
Young Hollywood Awards Making Their Mark The Vampire Diaries Won [23]
Cast to Watch (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Won [23]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won [24]
Choice Hottie – Female The Vampire Diaries Nominated [25]
Choice Vampire The Vampire Diaries Nominated [26]
2012 People’s Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actress The Vampire Diaries Won [27]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won [28]
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Performance The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won [29]
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress The Vampire Diaries Nominated [30]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won [31]
2014 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress The Vampire Diaries Nominated [32]
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Won [32]
mtvU Fandom Awards Ship Of The Year (with Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Won [33]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won
Young Hollywood Awards Fan Favorite Actor – Female The Vampire Diaries Nominated [34]
Best Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Won [34]
2015 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress The Vampire Diaries Nominated [35]
Favorite TV Duo (with Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Won [35]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won [36]
Choice TV: Liplock (with Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Won [36]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up ^ “Nina Dobrev Biography”. TV Guide. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  2. Jump up ^ “Nina Dobrev”. Hollywood.com. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  3. Jump up ^ Dobrev, Nina [ninadobrev] (April 19, 2013). “No, I’m Bulgarian ! “@ParisHilton4ev: @ninadobrev Do you have some kind of a relation to Russian nationality? xoxo”” (Tweet). Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  4. Jump up ^ “Усмихнатата, красива и позитивна българка Нина Добрев” [Smiling, beautiful and positive Bulgarian Nina Dobrev]. Struma (in Bulgarian). January 13, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b c Calhoun, Crissy (2010). “Cast Bios: Nina Dobrev”. Love You To Death: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries. Ecw Pr. ISBN 978-1-55022-978-3. 
  6. Jump up ^ “Degrassi Gets Schooled”. TheEyeopener.com. November 4, 2008. Archived from the original on February 13, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  7. Jump up ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 8, 2009). “Networks see flurry of pilot castings”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  8. Jump up ^ Roffman, Marisa (April 6, 2015). “‘Vampire Diaries’ Shocker: Star Nina Dobrev Exits”. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ Jump up to: a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 26, 2017). “‘The Vampire Diaries’: Nina Dobrev To Return For Series Finale”. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  10. Jump up ^ “Chloe (2010)”. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  11. Jump up ^ Pevere, Geoff (December 7, 2010). “The Digital Revolution: Part 1”. Toronto: TheStar.com. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  12. Jump up ^ Finke, Nikki (April 15, 2011). “Nina Dobrev Goes From ‘Vampire Diaries’ To ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'”. Deadline.com. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  13. Jump up ^ “Nina Dobrev Gives Us A Behind The Scenes Look At ‘Let’s Be Cops'”. MTV. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  14. Jump up ^ Kit, Borys (April 10, 2014). “‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Vampire Diaries’ Stars Join Horror Comedy ‘Final Girls’ (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. 
  15. Jump up ^ Patten, Dominic (September 30, 2015). “Nina Dobrev Cast in Arrivals Movie with Asa Butterfield & Maisie Williams”. Deadline.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  16. Jump up ^ McNary, Dave (October 21, 2015). “Domhnall Gleeson, Thomas Haden Church, Christina Applegate Starring in Rom-Com ‘Crash Pad’ (EXCLUSIVE)”. Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  17. Jump up ^ Siegel, Tatiana (February 11, 2016). “Paramount Boards Vin Diesel’s ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'”. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  18. Jump up ^ “Degrassi Gets Schooled”. The Eyeopener Online. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  19. Jump up ^ “Dobrev: ‘I’m proud to be Bulgarian'”. Digital Spy. November 22, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  20. Jump up ^ “Nina Dobrev and Austin Stowell Break Up After 7 Months of Dating”. E! News. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  21. Jump up ^ Swift, Andy (May 13, 2016). Vampire Diaries Finale: The Story Behind Nina Dobrev’s Surprise Cameo”. TVLine. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  22. ^ Jump up to: a b “Winners of “Teen Choice 2010″ Announced” (PDF). Teen Choice Awards. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 9, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  23. ^ Jump up to: a b Fulghum, Sherrill (May 14, 2010). “Young Hollywood Award Winners”. Allvoices. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  24. Jump up ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (August 7, 2011). “Teen Choice Awards 2011 Winners Revealed”. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  25. Jump up ^ Votta, Rae (June 29, 2011). “Teen Choice Awards 2011 Nominees Announced: Harry Potter vs Twilight”. The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  26. Jump up ^ Martin, Lara (July 26, 2011). “‘Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco to host Teen Choice 2011”. Digital Spy. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  27. Jump up ^ “People’s Choice Award winners”. USA Today. January 11, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  28. Jump up ^ “Teen Choice Awards 2012: Hunger Games,’ ‘Twilight’ and Justin Bieber Win Big”. ABC News. July 23, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  29. Jump up ^ “S.D. Film Critics vote ‘Argo’ top film of 2012”. UT San Diego. December 12, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  30. Jump up ^ Goodacre, Kate (January 10, 2013). “People’s Choice Awards 2013: The winners and nominees in full”. Digital Spy. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  31. Jump up ^ “Complete list of Teen Choice 2013 Awards winners”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  32. ^ Jump up to: a b “People’s Choice Awards 2014: The winners list”. Entertainment Weekly. January 8, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  33. Jump up ^ “‘Veronica Mars’ Hits A Neptune High, Wins Top Honors At The mtvU Fandom Awards”. MTV News. 
  34. ^ Jump up to: a b “2014 Young Hollywood Awards Nominees Include ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Fault in Our Stars'”. Variety. April 13, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  35. ^ Jump up to: a b Toomey, Alyssa (November 4, 2014). “Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley and Robert Downey Jr. Among People’s Choice Nominees, Plus Find Out Who’s Hosting!”. E! Online. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  36. ^ Jump up to: a b “Teen Choice Awards 2015 winners and highlights”. CBS News. August 17, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 

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Megan Fox

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Megan Fox
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Fox at a Special Event Screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sydney, Australia in September 2014.
Born Megan Denise Fox
(1986-05-16) May 16, 1986 (age 30)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2001–present
Height 163 cm (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Spouse(s) Brian Austin Green (m. 2010)
Children 3

Megan Denise Fox[2] (born May 16, 1986) is an American actress and model. She began her acting career in 2001, with several minor television and film roles, and played a regular role on the Hope & Faith television sitcom. In 2004, she made her film debut with a role in the teen comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. In 2007, she co-starred as Mikaela Banes, the love interest of Shia LaBeouf‘s character, in the blockbuster action film Transformers, which became her breakout role. Fox reprised her role in the 2009 sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Later in 2009, she starred as the eponymous lead in the black comedy horror film Jennifer’s Body.

Fox is also considered one of the modern female sex symbols and has appeared in magazines such as Maxim, Rolling Stone and FHM.[3][4]

Early life

Fox was born on May 16, 1986[2][5] in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.[6][7] Her parents are Gloria Darlene (Cisson) and Franklin Thomas Fox.[8] Fox’s father, a parole officer, and her mother divorced when Fox was three years old.[6] Her mother later remarried, and Fox and her sister[9] were raised by her mother and her stepfather, Tony Tonachio.[10][11][12] She was raised “very strictly Pentecostal“, but later attended Catholic school for 12 years.[13][14] Fox’s parents divorced when she was young. She said that the two were “very strict” and that she was not allowed to have a boyfriend[15] or invite friends to her house.[9] She lived with her mother until she made enough money to support herself.[15]

Fox began her training in dance and drama at age five, in Kingston, Tennessee.[16] She attended a dance class at the community center there and was involved in Kingston Elementary School’s chorus and the Kingston Clippers swim team. At 10 years of age, after moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, Fox continued her training.[17][18] When she was 13 years old, Fox began modeling after winning several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina.[19] At age 17, she tested out of school via correspondence in order to move to Los Angeles, California.[9][15]

Fox has spoken extensively of her time in education; that in middle school she was bullied; consequently she ate lunch in the bathroom to avoid being “pelted with ketchup packets”. She said that the problem was not her looks, but that she had “always gotten along better with boys” and that “rubbed some people the wrong way”.[20] Fox also said of high school that she was never popular and that “everyone hated me, and I was a total outcast, my friends were always guys, I have a very aggressive personality, and girls didn’t like me for that. I’ve had only one great girlfriend my whole life”.[20] In the same interview, she mentions that she hated school and has never been “a big believer in formal education” and that “the education I was getting seemed irrelevant. So, I was sort of checked out on that part of it”.[20]

Career

2001–09: Early career and Transformers

At 15, Fox made her acting debut in the 2001 film Holiday in the Sun, as spoiled heiress Brianna Wallace and rival of Alex Stewart (Ashley Olsen), which was released direct-to-DVD on November 20, 2001. In the next several years she guest-starred on What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men, as well as being an uncredited extra in Bad Boys II (2003).

In 2004, she made her film debut in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen co-starring opposite Lindsay Lohan, playing the supporting role of Carla Santini, a rival of Lola (Lohan). Fox was also cast in a regular role on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith, in which she portrayed Sydney Shanowski, replacing Nicole Paggi. Fox appeared in seasons 2 to 3, until the show was cancelled by ABC in May 2006.[21]

In 2007, Fox won the lead female role of Mikaela Banes in the 2007 live-action film Transformers, based on the toy and cartoon saga of the same name. Fox played the love interest of Shia LaBeouf‘s character Sam Witwicky. Fox was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category of “Breakthrough Performance”, and was also nominated for three Teen Choice Awards.[21] Fox had signed on for two more Transformers sequels.[21][22]

Fox reprised her role as Mikaela Banes in the Transformer sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. There was some controversy surrounding Fox’s appearance while filming the sequel of Transformers when Michael Bay, the film’s director, ordered the actress to gain 10 pounds.[23] The film was released worldwide on June 24, 2009.[24] Fox was to star in the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but was not included because of her statements comparing working under director Bay to working for Hitler (see below). Bay said in June 2009 that Fox was fired on orders of executive producer Steven Spielberg,[25] a claim Spielberg challenged.[26]

In 2009, Fox had her first lead role since the Transformers series; she portrayed the title character in Jennifer’s Body, written by Academy Award–winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.[27] In April 2009, she began filming Jonah Hex, in which she portrayed Leila (Tallulah Black), a gun-wielding beauty and Jonah Hex’s (Josh Brolin) love interest. The film was released on June 18, 2010.[28] Despite receiving top billing, Fox described her role in the film as being a cameo.[29] Jonah Hex was a critical and commercial failure in the U.S., with its international distribution cancelled after its poor performance.[30] The film was named the “worst picture of the year” by the Houston Film Critics Society.[31]

2009–present: Later career

Fox next starred alongside Mickey Rourke in Passion Play. The film’s poor reception at the Toronto Film festival led to its conventional theatrical distribution being bypassed for a direct-to-video release, with only two screens briefly showing the film to fulfill contractual obligations.[32] Mickey Rourke remarked that Passion Play was “terrible. Another terrible movie.”[33][34] Fox was the voice of the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins in the Na Nai’a Legend of the Dolphins, a 3D documentary film. The story is told by a cast including Kate Winslet, Ellen Page, Gerard Butler, James Franco, Julian Lennon, Diego Luna, Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Isabella Rossellini and Daryl Hannah.[35]

In March 2009, Variety reported that Fox was set to star as the lead role of Aspen Matthews in the film adaptation of the comic book Fathom which she will also co-produce with Brian Austin Green.[36] Fox appeared with Dominic Monaghan in the music video for Eminem and Rihanna‘s single “Love the Way You Lie“.[37]

In 2012, she appeared briefly in Sacha Baron Cohen‘s comedy The Dictator and had a featured role in Judd Apatow‘s comedy This Is 40. She was the voice of Lois Lane in the film Robot Chicken DC Comics Special,[38] an episode of the television comedy series Robot Chicken, and it aired as a one-off special during Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim on September 9, 2012.

In January 2013, Fox was featured in a Brazilian television commercial for Brahma beer.[39] In February 2013, Fox set aside her differences with her former director Michael Bay and worked again with him on his reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).[40] In October 2014, Fox was cast as the female lead in James Franco‘s film adaptation of Zeroville.[41] In 2015, Fox was cast in the role of Amelia Delthanis in the Plarium video game, Stormfall: Rise of Balur.[42] In October 2015, it was confirmed that Fox would be temporarily replacing Zooey Deschanel in the television show New Girl following Deschanel’s maternity leave.[43][44] Fox reprised the role of April O’Neil in the 2016 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

Personal life

Marriage to Brian Austin Green

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Fox, at the Seventh Annual Hollywood Life magazine “Breakthrough of the Year” Awards, December 9, 2007

Fox began dating actor Brian Austin Green in 2004, after meeting on the set of Hope & Faith; she was 18 years old, while he was 30.[45][46] They became engaged in November 2006.[47] In February 2009, it was reported that they had ended their engagement.[47] Later that year Fox was targeted by a group of fashion-motivated criminals known as “The Bling Ring“, who robbed Green’s home because she was living with him.[48] Fox and Green were reported to have become engaged again on June 1, 2010,[49] however Fox stated that she and Green had been continuously engaged since 2006.[50]

Fox and Green married on June 24, 2010 in a private ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort on Maui.[51][52] Fox filed for divorce on August 21, 2015, a few days after she and Green announced their separation.[53][54] By early 2016, the couple was back together and expecting a third child.[55]

Fox has three sons with Green: Noah Shannon Green (born September 27, 2012),[56][57] Bodhi Ransom Green (born February 12, 2014), and Journey River Green (born August 4, 2016).[58] Through her marriage, Fox is also a stepmother to Green’s son Kassius (born March 2002), from his past relationship with actress Vanessa Marcil.[57]

Beliefs and issues

Fox has been open about her feelings on men and socializing, stating that although she had more in common with men in their thirties while she was in her 20s, she has a general distrust and dislike of “all boys-slash-men,”[59] and that, despite the public perceiving her as a “wild and crazy sexpot,” she is antisocial and has only been sexually intimate with two men her entire life – “My childhood sweetheart and Brian. I can never have sex with someone that I don’t love, ever. The idea makes me sick. I’ve never even come close to having a one-night stand.”[60][61] She would rather stay at home and play games instead of going out.[60][62] Fox commented, “My biggest regret is that I’ve assisted the media in making me into a cartoon character. I don’t regret what has happened to me, but I regret the way I have dealt with it.”[61]

In September 2008, Fox alluded to being bisexual in an interview with GQ magazine. She said that, when she was 18 years old, she fell in love with and sought to establish a relationship with a female stripper. She used this experience to illustrate her belief that “all humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes”.[63][64] In May 2009, she confirmed her bisexuality, stating: “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual. But I’m also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who was bisexual, because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I’d never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man.”[65][66] In the June 2009 issue of Elle, she revealed that she somewhat distorted the events of her relationship with the stripper, saying she has given certain male writers “an amped-up version” of her past – “They’re boys; they’re easily toyed with. I tell stories and have them eating out of my hand. Not all of it is true. In fact, most of it is bullshit.” Fox said, “I never said she was my girlfriend! I just said that I loved her, and I did love her. The real story is more sobering. It’s not a sexy, fun-time, fantasy story. But that’s not the story you tell GQ.”[59]

Fox has a form of brachydactyly called clubbed thumb,[67] and has discussed her obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), insecurities, self-harming, and has acknowledged that she has low self-esteem.[68] She stated of her OCD, “This is a sickness, I have an illness—this is not OK anymore.”[62]

Fox told Esquire in January 2013 that her Christian faith is still very important to her. She said that she still speaks in tongues; at times she has to hold back from breaking out in tongues at her current church. “I have to feel like I’m in control of my body,” she said. “And I know what you’re thinking, Then why would I want to go to church and speak in tongues? You have to understand, there I feel safe. I was raised to believe that you’re safe in God’s hands. But I don’t feel safe with myself.”[69]

In the media

Media exposure and being typecast

Of the effects of media exposure, being a role model and typecast, Fox stated that she finds media attention difficult, and there have been times when people avoided being around her because they do not want to end up in the media’s spotlight.[70] She said she is not a role model for preaching to kids that sex before marriage or cursing is wrong, or about what women should be. “But if you want your girls to feel strong and intelligent and be outspoken and fight for what they think is right, then I want to be that type of role model, yeah.”[71] She said being typecast as attractive is not bad and that it can enable her to surprise people when she gives a good performance in a film,[71] but that she is interested in portraying less sexualized characters.[70]

Fox’s overexposure in the media caused several men’s websites to boycott her in late 2009,[72] with AOL‘s man-blog Asylum dubbing August 4, 2009 “A Day Without Megan Fox” and promising that they would not mention or feature her on this day; they asked other men’s sites to copy this stance, and several, including AskMen, complied. There was sentiment that despite the amount of traffic Fox can bring to a website, it was time to focus attention on another young actress.[72] Other sites, however, refused to boycott Fox, with Asylum’s sister site PopEater declaring “we’re posting things about Megan Fox that aren’t even news, just because we know you want it, whether you’ll admit it or not”[73] and COED magazine calling the boycott a “publicity stunt” and “hypocritical”, saying that they were the home of “The Megan Fox Boycott Boycott”.[74] The British newspaper The Sun declared August 4 to be “Megan Fox Day”, saying that “She deserves a day dedicated to her”.[75] In response to the boycott, Fox told magazine Nylon, in a September 2009 interview, that “the media blitz” for Transformers resulted in an over-extension of her welcome in the media. “I was part of a movie that [the studio] wanted to make sure would make $700 million, so they oversaturated the media with their stars,” she said. “I don’t want to have people get completely sick of me before I’ve ever even done something legitimate.”[76]

By 2010, Fox became much less prominent in the media, after starring in the less commercially successful films Jonah Hex and Passion Play. Dan Clarendon of Wetpaint stated that it felt like it had “been years since we’ve heard about [Megan Fox]”; however, her first pregnancy and additional projects such as her role in Friends with Kids brought her some attention in 2012.[77]

Public image

Fox at the premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in Paris, June 2009

Chris Lee of the Los Angeles Times called Fox a “sex symbol of the highest order” and added that she is “a woman whose hotness has become emblematic of a specific era. Call Megan Fox the first bona fide sex symbol of the 21st century.”[3] Some of Fox’s various magazine covers include Maxim in 2007; Cosmo Girl,[78][79] Paw Print,[80] Jack (ITALY),[81] FHM (UK),[82] and GQ in 2008;[83] and USA Weekend,[84] Esquire,[85] Empire,[86] Maxim,[87] GQ (UK),[88] Entertainment Weekly[89] and ELLE in 2009.[15] She has been featured on “hottest” and “most beautiful woman” lists throughout the years, notably Maxim‘s Hot 100 lists and when FHM readers voted her the “Sexiest Woman in the World” in 2008.[4][90][91] People named her one of 2012’s Most Beautiful at Every Age.[92]

Photograph showing Megan Fox's tattoo of the quote "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies" and a partial view of her tattoo of Marilyn Monroe's face

Fox in October 2007 with two of her tattoos visible

Fox’s public image came under scrutiny when, on September 11, 2009, an unsigned letter from three crew members of Transformers defended Michael Bay against accusations made by Fox about his on-set behavior, including a comparison with Hitler. The letter alleges that Fox is unpleasant to work with on set and makes several accusations of ungracious behavior that are at variance with her public persona. Bay defended Fox, stating he does not condone the letter, and that while he also does not condone Fox’s “outlandish quotes”, it is “her crazy quips” that “are part of her crazy charm. The fact of the matter [is] I still love working with her, and I know we still get along.” Anthony Steinhart, a production assistant who worked on Transformers, also came out in her defense, stating that he had never “…witnessed Ms. Fox being rude or inconsiderate of people’s feelings or the work to be done”.[25][93]

The media often comparing Fox to actress Angelina Jolie, dubbing her the “next Angelina Jolie”, also affected Fox’s image.[71][94][95][96] The actresses have been compared partly because they each have a “tattoo collection”, status as a “built in sex-symbol” and “share exotic, sultry looks”.[71][94] There were additionally reports that Fox was to replace Jolie in a new Lara Croft film and that Jolie was displeased by this development, but Fox indicated that these were only rumors and said that she did not want to portray the character.[97][98][99] Fox commented that the comparisons indicate a lack of creativity on the part of the media, adding, “I am a brunette with tattoos, I curse and I have made mention of sex before. I joked about it which people find outrageous so they want to constantly compare that to her.”[94][95] She said, “I’m sure [Jolie] has no idea who I am. But if I were her, I’d be like, ‘Who the fuck is this little bullshit brat who was in Transformers that’s going to be the next me?’ I don’t want to meet her. I’d be embarrassed.”[94][100] Lee stated that Jolie and Fox are partly differentiated because of Jolie’s “pronouncements on such subjects as the need to ban land mines in Southeast Asia or repatriate Afghan war refugees”,[3] while Zach Johnson of E! Online stated that, given various similarities between Jolie and Fox, the two may be more alike than Fox is willing to acknowledge.[96]

Fox began getting tattoos at age 19, as a form of self-expression, and has eight known tattoos,[101][102] including her husband’s name “Brian” on her lower hip, a picture of Marilyn Monroe‘s face on her right forearm, which she has been getting removed in a series of laser surgeries that she has called incredibly painful,[102][103] and a crescent moon overlapping a five-pointed star above her right ankle; this tattoo is the only known colored tattoo that Fox has.[104] Of getting the Monroe tattoo removed, Fox said that she had been warned by others that there would be a day when she did not want her tattoos once she got older. “I was stubborn and thought that I was going to love [the Monroe tattoo] forever, or that it would be like a book of my life, all the things that I loved when I was young. It’s not that way at all.”[102] Fox stated, “[Monroe] was a negative person, she was disturbed, bipolar. I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life.”[105]

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Holiday in the Sun Brianna Credited as Megan Denise Fox
2003 Bad Boys II Stars-and-Stripes Bikini Kid Dancing Under Waterfall Uncredited extra[106]
Not present in final cut
2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Carla Santini
2007 Transformers Mikaela Banes
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Sophie Maes
2008 Whore Lost
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Mikaela Banes
2009 Jennifer’s Body Jennifer Check
2010 Jonah Hex Tallulah Black / Lilah
2010 Na Nai’a: Legend of the Dolphins Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins Voice role
2010 Passion Play Lily Luster
2011 Friends with Kids Mary Jane
2012 The Dictator Herself
2012 This Is 40 Desi
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O’Neil[107]
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows April O’Neil
2017 Zeroville Soledad Paladin Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Ocean Ave. Ione Starr Main role
2003 What I Like About You Shannon Episode: “Like a Virgin (Kinda)”
2004 Two and a Half Men Prudence Episode: “Camel Filters and Pheromones”
2004 The Help Cassandra Ridgeway Main role
2004 Boss Girl Candace Television film
2004–2006 Hope & Faith Sydney Shanowski Main role (season 23)
2011 Robot Chicken Herself / Lois Lane Voice role; Episode: “The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover”
2012 Robot Chicken DC Universe Special Lois Lane Voice role; Television film
2012 Wedding Band Alexa Jordan Episode: “I Love College”
2016–present New Girl Reagan Lucas Recurring role (since season 5)

Music videos

Year Artist Title Notes
2009 Panic! at the Disco New Perspective Scenes from Jennifer’s Body were shown
2010 Eminem featuring Rihanna Love the Way You Lie

Awards and nominations

Awards
Year Film Award Category Result
2005 Hope & Faith Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress Nominated
2007 Transformers Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure Nominated
Choice Movie: Breakout Female Nominated
Choice Movie: Liplock Nominated
National Movie Award Best Performance by a Female Nominated
2008 MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2009 Herself Teen Choice Award Choice Female Hottie[108] Won
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Choice Summer Movie Star Female Won
Scream Award Best Sci-Fi Actress[109] Won
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (video game) Spike Video Game Awards Best Performance by a Human Female Won
2010 Jennifer’s Body and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Golden Raspberry Award Worst Actress of 2009[110] Nominated
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Worst Screen Couple of 2009 Nominated
Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Nominated
Jennifer’s Body MTV Movie Awards Best WTF Moment Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Female Hottie Won
Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller Won
2011 Jonah Hex Golden Raspberry Award Worst Actress Nominated
Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble Nominated
2015 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Worst Supporting Actress Won
Kids’ Choice Award Favorite Movie Actress Nominated
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Movie Actress Pending

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Emma Watson

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Emma Watson
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Born Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson[1]
(1990-04-15) 15 April 1990 (age 26)[2]
Paris, France
Nationality British[3]
Education Brown University (B.A., English)
Worcester College, Oxford
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • activist
Years active 1999–present
Known for Harry Potter film series
My Week with Marilyn
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is a British actress, model, and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the elite private Dragon School as a child and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. She rose to prominence after landing her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011, previously having acted only in school plays.[4] The franchise earned Watson worldwide fame, critical accolades, and more than £10 million.[5] She continued to work outside of the Harry Potter films, first lending her voice to The Tale of Despereaux and appearing in the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes. Since then, she has taken on starring roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring, made a brief appearance as an “exaggerated” version of herself in This Is the End,[6] and portrayed the title character’s adopted daughter in Noah.[7]

From 2011 to 2014, Watson split her time between working on film projects and continuing her education, studying at Brown University and Worcester College, Oxford and graduating from Brown with a bachelor’s degree in English literature in May 2014.[8] Her modelling work has included campaigns for Burberry and Lancôme.[9][10] As a fashion consultant, she helped create a line of clothing for People Tree.[11] She was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2014, winning for British Artist of the Year.[12] That same year, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate gender equality.[13]

Early life

Watson was born in Paris, France, the daughter of English lawyers Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson.[14][15][16] Watson lived in Paris until the age of five. Her parents separated when she was young; following their divorce, Watson moved back to England to live with her mother in Oxfordshire while spending weekends at her father’s house in London.[14][17] Watson has stated that she speaks some French, though “not as well” as she used to.[18] After moving to Oxford with her mother and brother, she attended the Dragon School in Oxford, remaining there until 2003.[14] From the age of six, she wanted to become an actress,[19] and trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing, and acting.[20]

By the age of ten, Watson had performed in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince,[21] but she had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. Following the Dragon School, Watson moved on to Headington School.[14] While on film sets, she and her peers were tutored for up to five hours a day.[22] In June 2006, she took GCSE school examinations in ten subjects, achieving eight A* and two A grades.[14][23]

Career

1999–2003: Beginnings and breakthrough

An image of hand and feet impressions in a tile of concrete.

Handprints, shoe-prints and wand prints of (from left to right) Watson, Radcliffe, Grint, at TCL Chinese Theatre in 2007

In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States), the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling‘s best-selling novel. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow applicants Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they had been cast for the roles of the schoolfriends Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, respectively. Rowling supported Watson from her first screen test.[19]

The release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001 was Watson’s debut screen performance. The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001.[24][25] Critics praised the performances of the three leads, often singling out Watson for particular acclaim; The Daily Telegraph called her performance “admirable”,[26] and IGN said she “stole the show”.[27] Watson was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher’s Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress.[28]

A year later, Watson again starred as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second instalment of the series. Reviewers praised the lead actors’ performances. The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films,[29] while The Times criticised director Chris Columbus for “under-employing” Watson’s hugely popular character.[30] Watson received an Otto Award from the German magazine Bravo for her performance.[31]

2004–2011: Continued success with Harry Potter and other roles

Watson at the premiere of Goblet of Fire in November 2005

In 2004, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released. Watson was appreciative of the more assertive role Hermione played, calling her character “charismatic” and “a fantastic role to play”.[32] Although critics panned Radcliffe’s performance, labelling him “wooden”, they praised Watson; The New York Times lauded her performance, saying “Luckily Mr. Radcliffe’s blandness is offset by Ms. Watson’s spiky impatience. Harry may show off his expanding wizardly skills … but Hermione … earns the loudest applause with a decidedly unmagical punch to Draco Malfoy‘s deserving nose.”[33] Although Prisoner of Azkaban proved to be the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film of the entire series, Watson’s personal performance won her two Otto Awards and the Child Performance of the Year award from Total Film.[34][35]

With Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), both Watson and the Harry Potter film series reached new milestones. The film set records for a Harry Potter opening weekend, a non-May opening weekend in the US, and an opening weekend in the UK. Critics praised the increasing maturity of Watson and her teenage co-stars; The New York Times called her performance “touchingly earnest”.[36] For Watson, much of the humour of the film sprang from the tension among the three lead characters as they matured. She said, “I loved all the arguing. … I think it’s much more realistic that they would argue and that there would be problems.”[37] Nominated for three awards for Goblet of Fire, Watson won a bronze Otto Award.[38][39] Later that year, Watson became the youngest person to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue,[40] an appearance she reprised in August 2009.[41] In 2006, Watson played Hermione in The Queen’s Handbag, a special mini-episode of Harry Potter in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II‘s 80th birthday.[42]

Watson at the premiere of Half-Blood Prince in July 2009

The fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was released in 2007. A huge financial success, the film set a record worldwide opening-weekend gross of $332.7 million.[43] Watson won the inaugural National Movie Award for Best Female Performance.[44] As the fame of the actress and the series continued, Watson and fellow Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint left imprints of their hands, feet and wands in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on 9 July 2007.[45]

By July 2007, Watson’s work in the Harry Potter series was said to have earned her more than £10 million, and she acknowledged she would never have to work for money again.[5] In March 2009, she was ranked 6th on the Forbes list of “Most Valuable Young Stars”,[46] and in February 2010, she was named as Hollywood’s highest paid female star, having earned an estimated £19 million in 2009.[47]

Despite the success of Order of the Phoenix, the future of the Harry Potter franchise became surrounded in doubt, as all three lead actors were hesitant to sign on to continue their roles for the final two episodes.[48] Radcliffe eventually signed for the final films on 2 March 2007,[48] but Watson was considerably more hesitant.[49] She explained that the decision was significant, as the films represented a further four-year commitment to the role, but eventually conceded that she “could never let [the role of] Hermione go”,[50] signing for the role on 23 March 2007.[51]

Watson with Daniel Radcliffe (left) and Rupert Grint at the London premiere of Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in July 2011

Watson’s first non-Potter role was the 2007 BBC film Ballet Shoes, an adaptation of the novel of the same title by Noel Streatfeild.[52][53] The film’s director, Sandra Goldbacher, commented that Watson was “perfect” for the starring role of aspiring actress Pauline Fossil: “She has a piercing, delicate aura that makes you want to gaze and gaze at her.”[54] Ballet Shoes was broadcast in the UK on Boxing Day 2007 to an audience of 5.7 million viewers, to mixed reviews.[55][56][57]

Watson also lent her voice to the role of Princess Pea in the animated film The Tale of Despereaux, a children’s comedy starring Matthew Broderick, with Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) also starring in the film.[58] The Tale of Despereaux was released in December 2008 and grossed $87 million worldwide.[59]

Principal photography for the sixth Harry Potter film began in late 2007, with Watson’s part being filmed from 18 December to 17 May 2008.[60][61] Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiered on 15 July 2009,[62] having been delayed from November 2008.[63] With the lead actors now in their late teens, critics were increasingly willing to review them on the same level as the rest of the film’s all-star cast, which the Los Angeles Times described as “a comprehensive guide to contemporary UK acting”.[64] The Washington Post felt Watson to have given “[her] most charming performance to date”,[65] while The Daily Telegraph described the lead actors as “newly liberated and energised, eager to give all they have to what’s left of the series”.[66] In December 2008, Watson stated she wanted to go to university after she completed the Potter series.[67]

Watson’s filming for the final instalment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, began on 18 February 2009[68] and ended on 12 June 2010.[69] For financial and scripting reasons, the original book was divided into two films which were shot consecutively.[70][71] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was released in November 2010 while the second film was released in July 2011.

She also appeared in a music video for One Night Only, after meeting lead singer George Craig at the 2010 Winter/Summer Burberry advertising campaign. The video, “Say You Don’t Want It“, was screened on Channel 4 on 26 June 2010 and released on 16 August.[72] In her first post-Harry Potter film, Watson appeared in 2011’s My Week with Marilyn as Lucy, a wardrobe assistant who is flirted with by the main character, Colin Clark, and has a few dates with him.[73][74]

2012–present

Watson at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

In May 2010, Watson was reported to be in talks to star in a film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.[75] Filming began in summer 2011, and the film was released in September 2012.[76]

In The Bling Ring (2013), Watson stars as Nicki. The film is based on the real-life Bling Ring robberies, with Watson playing a fictionalised version of Alexis Neiers, a television personality who was one of seven teenagers involved in the robberies. While the film mostly received mixed reviews, critics gave almost unanimous praise for Watson’s portrayal of Nicki in the film. Watson also had a supporting role in the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End (2013), in which she, Seth Rogen, James Franco and many others played “exaggerated versions of themselves”[6] and Watson memorably dropped the “f-bomb“.[77] She said she could not pass up the opportunity to make her first comedy and “work with some of the best comedians … in the world right now”.[78]

In June 2012, Watson was confirmed for the role as Ila in Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, which began filming the following month, and was released in March 2014.[7] In March 2013, it was reported that Watson was in negotiations to star as the title character in a live-action Disney adaptation of Cinderella.[79] Kenneth Branagh was attached to direct the adaptation, while Cate Blanchett had reportedly agreed to play the evil stepmother. Watson was offered the role, but turned it down because she did not resonate with the character.[80][81]

Watson was attached in 2012 to the role of Emma Forrest in a film adaptation of her memoir Your Voice in My Head. At the time, Harry Potter director David Yates was attached. In a May 2013 interview, it appeared that Watson was no longer attached as the film’s star. Stanley Tucci stated that the role would instead be played by Emily Blunt.[82] However, by September 2013, it was confirmed that Watson was once again involved in the production in the role of Forrest and that filming would begin in November that year with a new director, Francesca Gregorini.[83]

As of June 2013, Watson is set to work with Harry Potter producer David Heyman for her next film Queen of the Tearling, based on a yet-to-be-released book trilogy. She will lead the film as heroine Kelsea Glynn as well as being an executive producer.[84] Warner Bros. will distribute the film.[85] It was reported in September 2013 that Watson would star in While We’re Young, the film adaptation of Adena Halpern‘s 2010 novel 29, which focuses on a young-at-heart grandmother who would rather spend time with her granddaughter (Watson) than her daughter. The film was directed by Stephen Chbosky, with whom Watson had collaborated on The Perks of Being a Wallflower.[86]

In October 2013, Watson was chosen as the Woman of the Year by British GQ.[87] That same month she was one of two British actors to land atop a readers’ poll of the sexiest movie stars of 2013, beating Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence for the actresses’ title in an online poll of more than 50,000 film fans. Benedict Cumberbatch took the men’s vote.[88]

Watson joined Judi Dench, Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Mark Ruffalo as recipients of the 2014 Britannia Awards, presented on 30 October in Los Angeles. Watson won for British Artist of the Year and dedicated her award to Millie, her pet hamster who died as Watson filmed Philosopher’s Stone.[12] 2015 releases in which Watson starred include two thriller films; first Colonia, co-starring Daniel Brühl and Michael Nyqvist;[89] and second Regression by Alejandro Amenábar, alongside Ethan Hawke and her Harry Potter colleague David Thewlis.[90][91]

She will be seen playing the role of Belle in a 2017 live-action Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast opposite Dan Stevens as the Beast.[92] She will sing in the film for the first time, which she called “terrifying in and of itself”.[93] She has signed up to star opposite Tom Hanks in the film adaptation of David Eggers‘s novel The Circle.[94]

In February 2016, Watson announced she was taking a year-long break from acting. She planned to spend the time on her “personal development” and her women’s rights work.[95]

Modelling and fashion

In 2005, Watson began her modelling career with a photo shoot for Teen Vogue and was the youngest star to grace its cover.[2] Three years later, the British press reported that Watson was to replace Keira Knightley as the face of the fashion house Chanel, but this was denied by both parties.[96] In June 2009, following several months of rumours, Watson confirmed that she would be partnering with Burberry as the face of their Autumn/Winter 2009 campaign, for which she received an estimated six-figure fee.[9][97] She also appeared in Burberry’s 2010 Spring/Summer campaign alongside her brother Alex, musicians George Craig and Matt Gilmour, and model Max Hurd.[98] In February 2011, Watson was awarded the Style Icon award from British Elle by Dame Vivienne Westwood.[99] Watson continued her involvement in fashion advertising when she announced she had been chosen as the face of Lancôme in March 2011.[10]

In September 2009, Watson announced her involvement with People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion brand.[11] Watson worked as a creative advisor for People Tree to create a spring line of clothing, which was released in February 2010;[11][100] the range featured styles inspired by southern France and London.[100][101] The collection, described by The Times as “very clever” despite their “quiet hope that [she] would become tangled at the first hemp-woven hurdle”,[102] was widely publicised in magazines such as Teen Vogue,[103] Cosmopolitan, and People. Watson, who was not paid for the collaboration,[104] admitted that competition for the range was minimal,[102] but argued that “Fashion is a great way to empower people and give them skills; rather than give cash to charity you can help people by buying the clothes they make and supporting things they take pride in”; adding, “I think young people like me are becoming increasingly aware of the humanitarian issues surrounding fast fashion and want to make good choices but there aren’t many options out there.”[102] Watson continued her involvement with People Tree, resulting in the release of a 2010 Autumn/Winter collection.[105]

Watson was awarded Best British Style at the 2014 British Fashion Awards. The competition included David Beckham, Amal Clooney, Kate Moss and Keira Knightley.[106]

Education

Watson at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

After leaving school, Watson took a gap year[107] to film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows beginning in February 2009,[71] but said she intended to continue her studies[67] and later confirmed that she had chosen Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.[108] In March 2011, after 18 months at the university, Watson announced that she was deferring her course for “a semester or two”,[109] though she attended Worcester College, Oxford during the 2011–12 academic year as a “visiting student”.[110]

Watson told Ellen DeGeneres just before graduation that it took five years to finish instead of four because, due to her acting work, she “ended up taking two full semesters off”.[111] On 25 May 2014, she graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.[8] In 2013, she became certified to teach yoga and meditation. As part of this certification, she attended a week-long meditation course at a Canadian facility, in which residents are not allowed to speak, in order “to figure out how to be at home with myself”.[112][113] She told Elle Australia that an uncertain future meant finding “a way to always feel safe and at home within myself. Because I can never rely on a physical place.”[114]

Personal life

While working on the film Noah, Watson was questioned about her faith, and she described herself as a spiritual Universalist.[115]

Women’s rights work

Watson has promoted education for girls, visiting Bangladesh and Zambia to do so.[116] In July 2014, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.[13] In September that year, an admittedly nervous Watson[117] delivered an address at UN Headquarters in New York City to launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality. In that speech she said she began questioning gender-based assumptions at age eight when she was called “bossy” (a trait she has attributed[118] to her being a “perfectionist”) whilst boys were not, and at 14 when she was “sexualised by certain elements of the media”.[119] Watson’s speech also called feminism “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” and declared that the perception of “man-hating” is something that “has to stop”.[117] Watson later said she received threats within 12 hours of making the speech, which left her “raging. … If they were trying to put me off [of doing this work], it did the opposite”.[120] In 2015, Malala Yousafzai told Watson she decided to call herself a feminist after hearing Watson’s speech.[121]

Also in September, Watson made her first country visit as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to Uruguay where she gave a speech highlighting the need for women’s political participation.[122] In December, the Ms. Foundation for Women named Watson its Feminist Celebrity of 2014 following an online poll.[123] Watson also gave a speech about gender equality in January 2015, at the World Economic Forum‘s annual winter meeting.[124]

Watson took the top spot on the AskMen “Top 99 Outstanding Women 2015” list on the strength of having “thrown her back” into women’s rights issues.[125] The day after she turned 25, Watson placed number 26 on the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people; her first-ever appearance on the list. For its recap, former New York Times editor Jill Abramson noted Watson’s “gutsy, smart take on feminism” and called the effort to get men involved “refreshing”.[126]

In January 2016, Emma Watson started a feminist Goodreads book club: Our Shared Shelf.[127] The goal of the club is to share feminist ideas and encourage discussion on the topic. One book is selected per month and is discussed in the last week of that month.[127] The first book to be selected was My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, who Emma Watson would later interview on 24 February at the How to: Academy in London.[128][129]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Hermione Granger Also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Hermione Granger
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Hermione Granger
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Hermione Granger
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Hermione Granger
Ballet Shoes Pauline Fossil Television film
2008 Tale of Despereaux, TheThe Tale of Despereaux Princess Pea Voice
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Hermione Granger
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Hermione Granger
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Hermione Granger
My Week with Marilyn Lucy
2012 Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower Sam
2013 This Is the End Herself
Bling Ring, TheThe Bling Ring Nicki Moore
2014 Noah Ila
2015 The Vicar of Dibley Reverend Iris Television programme; episode: “The Bishop of Dibley[130]
Colonia Lena
Regression Angela Gray
2017 Beauty and the Beast Belle
The Circle Mae Holland In post-production

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2002 Saturn Awards Best Young Actor Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Nominated
2002 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Youth Performance Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Nominated
2002 Empire Awards Best Debut (shared with Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint)[131] Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Nominated
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress[28] Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Won
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a Feature Film (shared with Rupert Grint and Tom Felton)[28] Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Nominated
2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated
2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Won
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actress Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actress Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated
2006 Australian Kids’ Choice Awards Favourite Female Movie Star Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team[39] Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated
2007 National Movie Awards Best Performance by a Female Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Won
2008 Empire Awards Best Actress[132] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated
2010 People’s Choice Awards Favourite On-Screen Team Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Nominated
2010 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Actress Fantasy Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Nominated
2011 Capri Art Film Festival Awards Best Ensemble Cast Award My Week with Marilyn Won
2011 Kids’ Choice Awards Favourite Movie Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 People’s Choice Awards Favourite Movie Star (Under 25) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 Empire Awards Best Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 National Movie Awards Performance of the Year Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Daniel Radcliffe) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Arben Bajraktaraj and Rod Hunt) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Actress Sci-Fi/Fantasy[133] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Daniel Radcliffe) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie: Female Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Won
2012 Kid’s Choice Awards Favourite Movie Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 People’s Choice Awards Favourite Ensemble Movie Cast[134] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Won
2012 People’s Choice Awards Favourite Movie Star (Under 25)[134] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Favourite Movie Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Rupert Grint) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 MTV Movie Awards Best Cast (shared with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Won
2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress[135] The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance[135] The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress The Perks of Being a Wallflower Nor !Runner-up
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favourite Drama Movie Actress[136] Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Logan Lerman) Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment (shared with Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller) Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards MTV Trailblazer Award[137] Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Actress Drama[138] Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Movie – Liplock (shared with Logan Lerman) Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Style Icon N/A Nominated
2014 People’s Choice Awards Favourite Comedic Movie Actress[139] This Is the End Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama Noah Nominated
2014 Britannia Awards British Artist of the Year[140] N/A Won
2014 British Fashion Awards Best British Style[106] N/A Won

Dakota Fanning (UPDATE)

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Dakota Fanning

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Dakota Fanning
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Fanning at the Vanity Fair party for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Hannah Dakota Fanning
(1994-02-23) February 23, 1994 (age 23)
Conyers, Georgia, U.S.
Education Campbell Hall School
Alma mater New York University
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 1999–present
Agent Creative Artists Agency (2014–present)
Relatives Elle Fanning (sister)

Hannah Dakota Fanning (born February 23, 1994)[1] is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history.[2] As a child actress, she went on to appear in high-profile films such as Man on Fire (2004), War of the Worlds (2005) and Charlotte’s Web (2006).

Fanning then began the transition to more adult roles with Hounddog (2007) and The Secret Life of Bees (2008). Her recent film roles have included the eponymous character in Coraline (2009), Cherie Currie in The Runaways (2010), Annie James in The Motel Life (2013), and Jane in The Twilight Saga (2009–12).

Although the focus of Fanning’s career is acting, she also has fashion-related jobs. Her debut in modeling came in 2009 when she made the cover of various magazines like Elle, Vanity Fair, and Cosmopolitan, among others. She also appeared in the fashion week in New York in 2014 and at the opening ceremony of Fashion Week New York S/S 2015.

Early life[edit]

Fanning was born in Conyers, Georgia. She attended Montessori School of Covington. Her mother, Heather Joy (née Arrington), played tennis professionally, and her father, Steven J. Fanning, played minor league baseball and now works as an electronics salesman in Los Angeles, California.[3][4] Her maternal grandfather is former American football player Rick Arrington, and her aunt is former ESPN reporter Jill Arrington.[5] Dakota is the older sister of Elle Fanning, also an actress.

Fanning has English, French, German and Irish ancestry. She and her family are Southern Baptist.[6]

Acting career[edit]

1999–2003[edit]

When Fanning was a small child, she was an actress at the Towne Lake Arts Center in Woodstock, Georgia, starring in small plays, then in 1999, Fanning began acting at the age of five after appearing on a Tide commercial. Her first significant acting job was a guest role in the NBC prime-time drama ER, which remains one of her favorite roles

“I played a car accident victim who has leukemia. I got to wear a neck brace and nose tubes for the two days I worked.”[7]

Fanning subsequently had several guest roles on television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Practice, and Spin City. She also portrayed the title characters of Ally McBeal and The Ellen Show as young girls.

In 2001, Fanning was chosen to star opposite Sean Penn in the movie I Am Sam, the story of a mentally challenged man who fights for the custody of his daughter (played by Fanning). Her role in the film made Fanning the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, being seven years of age at the time.[8] She also won the Best Young Actor/Actress award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for her performance.[9]

In 2002, director Steven Spielberg cast Fanning in the lead child role of Allison “Allie” Clarke/Keys in the science fiction miniseries Taken. By this time, she had received positive notices by several film critics, including Tom Shales of The Washington Post, who wrote that Fanning “has the perfect sort of otherworldly look about her, an enchanting young actress called upon … to carry a great weight.”[10]

In the same year, Fanning appeared in three films: as a kidnap victim who proves to be more than her abductors bargained for in Trapped, as the young version of Reese Witherspoon‘s character in Sweet Home Alabama, and as Katie in the movie Hansel and Gretel.

A year later, she starred in two prominent films: playing the uptight child to an immature nanny played by Brittany Murphy in Uptown Girls, and as Sally in The Cat in the Hat. In addition, Fanning did voice-over work for four animated projects during this period, including voicing Satsuki in Disney‘s English language release of My Neighbor Totoro, a little girl in the Fox series Family Guy, and a young Wonder Woman in the episode “Kids Stuff” from Cartoon Network‘s Justice League Unlimited.

In 2004, she made an appearance on season ten of the television series Friends, playing the role of Mackenzie, a young girl who is moving out of the house Monica and Chandler are buying.

2004–2007[edit]

Fanning at the London premiere of War of the Worlds, in June 2005

In 2004, Fanning appeared in Man on Fire as Pita, a nine-year-old who wins over the heart of a retired mercenary (Denzel Washington) hired to protect her from kidnappers. Roger Ebert wrote that Fanning “is a pro at only ten years old, and creates a heart-winning character.”[11]

Hide and Seek was her first release in 2005, opposite Robert De Niro. The film was generally panned, and critic Chuck Wilson called it “a fascinating meeting of equals – if the child star [Fanning] challenged the master [De Niro] to a game of stare-down, the legend might very well blink first.”[12]

Fanning voiced Lilo (succeeding Daveigh Chase) in the direct-to-video film Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. She also had a small part in the Rodrigo García film Nine Lives (released in October 2005), in which she shared an unbroken nine-minute scene with actress Glenn Close, who had her own praise for Fanning: “She’s definitely an old soul. She’s one of those gifted people that come along every now and then.”[13] Fanning also recorded voice work for Coraline during this time.[14]

Fanning completed filming on Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (opposite Kurt Russell) in late October 2004.

Kris Kristofferson, who plays her character’s grandfather in the film, said that she is like Bette Davis reincarnated.[15] While promoting her role in Dreamer, Fanning became a registered member of Girl Scouts of the USA at a special ceremony, which was followed by a screening of the film for members of the Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley Council.[16]

Fanning at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008

Fanning then went on to star in War of the Worlds, starring alongside Tom Cruise. Released in reverse order (War in June 2005 and Dreamer in the following October), both films were a critical success.[citation needed] War director Steven Spielberg praised “how quickly she understands the situation in a sequence, how quickly she sizes it up, measures it up and how she would really react in a real situation.”[17]

Fanning moved straight to another film without a break: Charlotte’s Web, which she finished filming in May 2005 in Australia, and premiered on December 15, 2006.

During the summer of 2006, Fanning worked on the film Hounddog, described in press reports as a “dark story of abuse, violence, and Elvis Presley adulation in the rural South.”[18] Fanning’s parents have been criticized for allowing her to film a scene in which her character is raped. However, Fanning defended the film by saying to Reuters, “It’s not really happening. It’s a movie, and it’s called acting.”[19]

Although the film was a failure both at the box office and with critics,[citation needed] Fanning’s performance was praised by Roger Ebert, who compared her to Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver.[20]

In the same year, at the age of twelve, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, becoming the youngest member in the Academy’s history.[21] Later that year, she was ranked 4th in Forbes list of “Top-Earning Stars Aged Under 21”, having earned an estimated $4 million in 2006.[22]

In the spring of 2007, she filmed Fragments – Winged Creatures alongside Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce, Josh Hutcherson, and Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson. She plays Anne Hagen, a girl who witnesses her father’s murder and who turns to religion in the aftermath. In July, Fanning appeared on a short film titled Cutlass, one of Glamour‘s “Reel Moments” based on readers’ personal essays. Cutlass was directed by Kate Hudson.

From September to the end of the year, Fanning filmed Push, which centers on a group of young American expatriates with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities who hide from the Division (a U.S. government agency) in Hong Kong and band together to try to escape the control of the division.[23] Fanning played Cassie Holmes, a 13-year-old psychic.

2008 – 2011[edit]

Fanning at the premiere Eclipse in June 2010

In January 2008, Fanning began filming the film adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees, a novel by Sue Monk Kidd.[24] Set in South Carolina in 1964, the story centers on Lily Owens (Fanning), who escapes her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father by running away with her caregiver and only friend (played by Jennifer Hudson) to a South Carolina town where they are taken in by an eccentric trio of beekeeping sisters (played by Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, and Alicia Keys).

Her films Coraline and Push were released on the same day, February 6, 2009.

In March 2008, upon the original creation of the film adaptation Dakota and Elle Fanning were cast to play Kate and Anna respectively in the film My Sister’s Keeper. However, when Dakota heard that she would be required to shave her head for the role, she dropped out of the film as then did Elle. The two sisters were replaced; Abigail Breslin took on the lead role as Anna Fitzgerald, and Sofia Vassilieva was cast as Kate Fitzgerald.[25]

Fanning played Jane, a member of the Volturi Guard, in New Moon and reprised the role in Eclipse, based on novels by Stephenie Meyer.[26] New Moon was released on November 20, 2009, and Eclipse was released on the following June. On In March 2009, she was ranked number three on the list of Forbes Most Valuable Young Stars[27] after having earned an estimated $14 million.[citation needed]

In 2010, she starred in the film The Runaways, alongside Kristen Stewart, Stella Maeve, and Scout Taylor-Compton, where she played Cherie Currie, the lead singer of the band. Then from the end of the year until early 2011, Fanning filmed Breaking Dawn, reprising the role of Jane.[28]

Fanning’s voice was heard in Rise, a documentary film commissioned by U.S. Figure Skating to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the crash of Sabena Flight 548 which resulted in the loss of the entire American team and subsequent cancellation of the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships. She read a poem written by U.S. national champion Laurence Owen (who died in the crash) that was said to be an eerie premonition of the afterlife.[29][30]

During the summer of 2011, she played Tessa in Now Is Good. Fanning also became the face of Marc JacobsOh, Lola! perfume campaign, but the ad was banned in the UK as the Advertising Standards Authority judged that “the ad could be seen to sexualize a child.”[31][32]

In 2011, she played Annie James in The Motel Life, which was released on November 8, 2013. In the fall of 2011, Fanning played the starring role in Effie Gray, directed by Richard Laxton, written and co-starred by Emma Thompson, with Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi and Claudia Cardinale.

2012 – present[edit]

In August 2012, she signed to play the lead role of a wealthy financial eco-terrorist, Dena Brauer, who finances a plan, in a thriller film Night Moves opposite actors Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard. The film was to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.[33] Night Moves tells the story of three Eco-terrorists who work at an organic farm and collaborate on a plot to blow up a hydroelectric dam.[34]

In January 2013, she was cast as Beverly Aadland in the Errol Flynn biopic The Last of Robin Hood.[35] Later that year in September, Fanning was cast as Olivia in Franny.[36] In November, she was cast in Viena and the Fantomes as Viena; about a roadie traveling across America with a punk rock band in the 1980s.[37] The film is set to be released in 2015.[38]

In February 2014, she recorded a voice role for the animated movie Yellowbird.[39]

In May 2015, Every Secret Thing, based on the 2004 novel by Laura Lippman, co-starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Danielle Macdonald, Colin Donnell and Nate Parker was released in the U.S.

Also in 2015, Koolhoven confirmed that Jack Roth joined the cast of the film Brimstone. In June 2015, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Fanning and Kit Harington had replaced Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson in the film, respectively. The set of primary recording began June 15 and will be held in Romania, Spain, and Germany.

In July 2016, it was announced Fanning was cast in a film adaption of The Bell Jar as Esther Greenwood.[40] Kirsten Dunst is directing the movie and production is set to start in early 2017.

In October 2016, it was announced that Fanning had joined the cast of Ocean’s Eight, set to be released in 2018.[41]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2011, Fanning graduated from Campbell Hall School in Studio City, California,[42] where she participated on the varsity spirit cheerleading squad and was voted homecoming queen.[43][44] From 2011 to 2014, she attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, where she majored in women’s studies, with a focus on the portrayal of women in film and culture.[45]

In January 2012, it was reported that Fanning signed to be represented by WME (William Morris Endeavor),[46] thus ending a decade-long association with Osbrink Talent Agency.[47] In April 2014, it was announced that Fanning switched agencies again and is now represented by CAA.[48]

Filmography[edit]

Fanning at the premiere of Very Good Girls in January 2013

Fanning at the premiere of Push in February 2009

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Father Xmas Clairee Short
Tomcats Little Girl in Park
I Am Sam Lucy Diamond Dawson
2002 Trapped Abigail “Abbie” Jennings
Sweet Home Alabama Young Melanie
Hansel and Gretel Katie
2003 Uptown Girls Lorraine “Ray” Schleine
Cat in the Hat, TheThe Cat in the Hat Sally Walden
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Preschool Kim Voice role
2004 Man on Fire Lupita “Pita” Martin Ramos
My Neighbor Totoro Satsuki Kusakabe Voice role
In the Realms of the Unreal Narrator Voice role
2005 Hide and Seek Emily Callaway
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Lilo Pelekai Voice role
Nine Lives Maria
War of the Worlds Rachel Ferrier
Dreamer Cale Crane
2006 Charlotte’s Web Fern Arable
2007 Hounddog Lewellen
Cutlass Lacy Short
2008 Secret Life of Bees, TheThe Secret Life of Bees Lily Owens
2009 Coraline Coraline Jones Voice role
Push Cassie Holmes
Fragments – Winged Creatures Anne Hagen
Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon Jane Volturi
2010 Runaways, TheThe Runaways Cherie Currie
Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jane Volturi
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Jane Volturi
Celia Hannah Jones Short
The Motel Life Annie James
Now Is Good Tessa Scott
2013 Night Moves Dena Brauer
The Last of Robin Hood Beverly Aadland
2014 Very Good Girls Lilly Berger
Effie Gray Euphemia “Effie” Gray
Every Secret Thing Ronnie Fuller
Yellowbird Delf Voice role; English version
2015 The Benefactor Olivia
2016 Brimstone Liz
American Pastoral Merry Levov
The Escape Lily Short
Viena and the Fantomes Viena
2018 Ghost Wars Marina Richards In production
The Bell Jar Esther Greenwood Pre-production
Ocean’s Eight TBA Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Episode
2000 ER Delia Chadsey Episode: “The Fastest Year”
Ally McBeal Ally (5 years old) Episode: “The Musical, Almost”
Strong Medicine Edie’s Girl Episode: “Misconceptions”
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Brenda Collins Episode: “Blood Drops”
Practice, TheThe Practice Alessa Engel Episode: “The Deal”
Spin City Cindy Episode: “Toy Story”
2001 Malcolm in the Middle Emily Episode: “New Neighbors”
Fighting Fitzgeralds, TheThe Fighting Fitzgeralds Marie Pilot
Family Guy Little girl Episode: “To Love and Die in Dixie
Ellen Show, TheThe Ellen Show Young Ellen Episode: “Missing the Bus”
2002 Taken Allie Keys Miniseries; 10 episodes (voice only in 6)
2004 Justice League Unlimited Young Wonder Woman (voice) Episode: “Kids’ Stuff”
Friends Mackenzie Episode: “The One with Princess Consuela”
TBA The Alienist Sara Howard [49]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Voice role
2009 Coraline PlayStation 2, Wii, Nintendo DS Coraline Jones

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Performer I Am Sam Won [50]
2002 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film I Am Sam Won [51]
2002 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role I Am Sam Nominated [52]
2002 Satellite Awards Outstanding New Talent[citation needed] I Am Sam Won
2002 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer[citation needed] I Am Sam Won
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actress Age Ten or Under I Am Sam Won [53]
2003 Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Leading Young Actress Taken Won [54]
2003 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Taken Nominated
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Cat in the Hat, TheThe Cat in the Hat Nominated [55]
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Man on Fire Nominated [56]
2005 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Nine Lives Nominated [57]
2005 Locarno International Film Festival Best Actress[citation needed] Nine Lives Won
2005 MTV Movie Awards Best Frightened Performance Hide and Seek Won [58]
2005 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film[citation needed] War of the Worlds Won
2005 Irish Film and Television Awards Best International Actress War of the Worlds Nominated [59]
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress War of the Worlds Won
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best Frightened Performance War of the Worlds Nominated [60]
2006 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor War of the Worlds Won [61]
2006 National Association of Theatre Owners (ShoWest Award) Actress of the Year Won [58]
2006 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Dreamer Nominated
2006 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Dreamer Won [62]
2006 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Hide and Seek Nominated
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress Charlotte’s Web Nominated
2007 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Charlotte’s Web Nominated [63]
2007 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Charlotte’s Web Won
2008 Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble Cast Secret Life of Bees, TheThe Secret Life of Bees Nominated
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress Secret Life of Bees, TheThe Secret Life of Bees Nominated
2008 Hollywood Film Festival Cast year (Shared with cast)[citation needed] Secret Life of Bees Won
2009 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Performer Secret Life of Bees Nominated
2009 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Secret Life of Bees, TheThe Secret Life of Bees Won [64]
2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival Rising Star Award Won [65]
2010 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actor/Actress Coraline Nominated [66]
2010 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Kristen Stewart) Runaways, TheThe Runaways Nominated [67]
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Scene Stealer – Female The Twilight Saga: New Moon Nominated
2013 National Arts Awards Bell Family Foundation Young Artist Award Won

Roselyn Sánchez

 

Roselyn Sánchez

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Roselyn Sánchez
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Sánchez in 2013
Born Roselyn Sánchez Rodríguez
(1973-04-02) April 2, 1973 (age 43)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Occupation Actress, producer, writer, singer-songwriter, model
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Gary Stretch
(m. 1998; div. 2001)
Eric Winter
(m. 2008)
Children 1

Roselyn Sánchez (born Roselyn Sánchez Rodríguez on 2 April 1973)[1] is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, model, actress, producer and writer. On television, she best known for her roles as Elena Delgado on the CBS police procedural Without a Trace (2005–09), and as Carmen Luna on the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–16). In film, Sánchez has appeared in Rush Hour 2 (2001), Boat Trip (2002), The Game Plan (2007), and Act of Valor (2012).

Early life

Roselyn Sánchez Rodríguez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[1] She is the youngest of four siblings, having three older brothers. She received her primary education in San Juan. At a young age, she showed an interest in both dancing and acting and would put on shows for her family. Sánchez enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico, where like her father and brothers she was to study marketing.[2] However, after three years she left the course. In 1991, at the age of 18, Sánchez moved to New York City, where she took classes in dancing, acting and singing.[3] She returned to Puerto Rico, and in 1992 she made her movie debut, having landed a small part as an island girl in the movie Captain Ron, which was partly filmed in Puerto Rico, starring Martin Short and Kurt Russell.

Career

In Puerto Rico, Sánchez gained public attention as a dancer and as co-host of a variety show called Qué Vacilón. At that time, in 1993, Sánchez won the Miss Puerto Rico Petite contest, and in 1994 she won the international title of Miss American Petite, bringing her international fame. Sánchez has been named to numerous annual lists of beautiful women including Maxim Magazines “Hot 100” in 2001, 2002 and 2006; AskMen.com‘s “Top 99 Most Desirable Women” in 2005 and 2006; and FHMs “100 Sexiest Women” in 2005 and 2006.[4]

In 2001, Sánchez was cast as Isabella Molina, an undercover United States Secret Service agent who was Jackie Chan‘s love interest in the hit movie Rush Hour 2. In 2003, she played the role of Lorena in the movie Chasing Papi, starring alongside Jaci Velasquez and Sofia Vergara. Sánchez has acted in some 20 movies, including as Maria in Edison and as Karen Lopez in Underclassman. She starred in the Puerto Rican film Cayo, released in 2005.

In 2003, her first musical recording, Borinqueña, was released. The album’s first single, “Amor Amor”, gained a lot of attention as well as a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Music Video. She appeared in Craig David‘s music videos “Hidden Agenda” and “Personal” and in the Fabolous video for the song “Make Me Better“.

In the fall of 2005, Sánchez joined the cast of the CBS television series Without a Trace, where she played Agent Elena Delgado to 2009. She composed the musical Yellow, about a singer/dancer/actress who leaves Puerto Rico to hit the big time in New York, in which she played the principal part. The movie was filmed in 2005 and released in 2007. Also in 2007, she acted as Monique, the ballet teacher, in The Game Plan, and in 2009, starred in The Perfect Sleep, a neo-noir drama, co-starring Patrick Bauchau, Tony Amendola, Isaac Singleton, and Peter Lucas.

In 2012, Sánchez was cast opposite Ana Ortiz of ABC comedy-drama pilot Devious Maids, created by Marc Cherry.On May 14, 2012, the pilot was not picked to series by ABC for the 2012–13 United States network schedule.[5] However, on June 22, 2012, Lifetime picked up the pilot with a thirteen-episode order.[6] The series premiered June 23, 2013, on Lifetime.[7]

Personal life

Sánchez was married from August 9, 1998, to April 15, 2001, to the English actor, former boxer and former model Gary Stretch. After her divorce, she started a relationship with Puerto Rican salsa singer Víctor Manuelle. However, in December 2005, she announced that she had ended their relationship; the separation was amicable. She married actor Eric Winter on 29 November 2008, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[8][9] In August, 2011, Sánchez announced that she and Winter were expecting their first child together.[10] Their daughter, Sebella Rose Winter, was born on January 4, 2012.[11]

Sánchez is a supporter of animal rights and an active member of PETA. She recently appeared nude in a PETA ad in support of anti-fur campaign efforts.[12] She is the spokesperson of the Fundación de Niños San Jorge, which assists sick children from poor families.[13]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Captain Ron Clarise, Island Girl
1999 Held Up Trina
2001 Rush Hour 2 Isabella Molina
2002 Boat Trip Gabriella
2002 Nightstalker Gabriella Martinez
2003 Basic Nunez
2003 Chasing Papi Lorena
2004 Larceny Angela
2005 State Property 2 D.A.
2005 Underclassman Karen Lopez
2005 Cayo Young Julia
2005 Edison Maria
2005 Shooting Gallery Jezebel Black Direct-to-video
2006 Yellow Amaryllis Campos Also writer and producer
2007 The Game Plan Monique Vasquez
2007 Rush Hour 3 Isabella Molina Cameo in deleted scene from DVD[14]
2009 The Perfect Sleep Porphyria
2010 Venus & Vegas Kristen
2012 Act of Valor Morales
2016 Mothers and Daughters Jessica In post-production

2016 DEATH OF A VEGAS SHOWGIRL DEBBIE FLORES NARVAEZ

2017 STRANDED MALIA

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 As the World Turns Pilar Domingo Recurring role
1997–1998 Fame L.A. Lili Arguelo Series regular, 21 episodes
1999 Ryan Caulfield: Year One Kim Veras 2 episodes
2000 Nash Bridges Belinda Cruz 2 episodes
2002 Miss Miami Unknown role Pilot
2002 In-Laws Dani Episode: “If You Can’t Stand the Heat”
2002 The Drew Carey Show Maria Episode: “Drew Tries Hot Salsa”
2003–2004 L.A. Dragnet Det. Elana Macias 3 episodes
2005 Kojak ADA Carmen Warrick Series regular, 10 episodes
2005–2009 Without a Trace Elena Delgado Series regular, 89 episodes
2009 Royal Pains Sofia Santos Episode: “Crazy Love”
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Assistant District Attorney Valerie Hudson Episode: “Can I Get a Witness?”
2012 Desperate Housewives Carmen Luna Episode: “Finishing the Hat” (cameo)
2013–16 Devious Maids Carmen Luna Series regular, 49 episodes
2014 Familia En Venta Lili Series regular

2016 TELANOVELA (TV SERIES) WEATHER WOMAN

 

 

Discography

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions[15] Album(s)
U.S. Hot 100 U.S.
Hot
Latin
U.S.
Tropical
/Salsa
U.S.
Tropical
U.S. Latin Pop
2003 “Amor Amor” (feat. Tego Calderón) 38 6 32 Borinqueña
“Noche De Verano” (feat. Víctor Manuelle)

Accolades

Year Association Category Work Result
2006 Black Reel Awards Black Reel Award for Best Actress – Television Kojak Nominated
2007 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Without a Trace Nominated
2007 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress – Television Series Without a Trace Nominated
2009 Year in TV Drama Actress Without a Trace Nominated
2012 ALMA Awards ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress – Drama/Adventure Act of Valor Nominated

Ivana Bozilovic

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Ivana Bozilovic

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Ivana Bozilovic
Born (1977-09-28) September 28, 1977 (age 39)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Other names Ivana Božilović
Ивана Божиловић
Occupation Actress, television personality
Spouse(s) Andrew Firestone (2008–present)
Children 3

Ivana Bozilovic (Serbian Cyrillic: Ивана Божиловић; born September 28, 1977) is an American television personality and actress.

Bozilovic was born in Belgrade, SR Serbia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia) and grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States. Her credits includes small roles in the films 100 Girls, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder and Wedding Crashers. She also co-hosted the reality television show Hotlines in 2003.

On July 5, 2008,[1] Bozilovic wed former The Bachelor star Andrew Firestone at St. Mark’s in the Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, California,[2]

On March 21, 2009, Bozilovic gave birth to a son.[3] She gave birth to a daughter in 2011.[4] On January 27, 2014, she gave birth to the couple’s second son.[5]

FILMOLOGY:

2012 HIDDEN REALITY  FOSTER MOM

2005 WEDDING CRASHERS  IVANA

2003 HOTLINES (TV SERIES) HOST

2002 VAN WILDER: PARTY LIAISON NAOMI

2001 JACK & JILL (TV SERIES) BETTY

2000 CHARLIE’S ANGELS FEMALE ROCK CLIMBER

2000 100 GIRLS RENEE

Hannah New

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Hannah New

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Hannah New
Born Balham, London, England
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2010–present
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)

Hannah New is an English model and actress. She is known for her starring role on the television show Black Sails in which she plays Eleanor Guthrie, the owner of a saloon in Nassau and for her role as Rosalinda Fox in El tiempo entre costuras.

Early life[edit]

New was born in Balham, London,[1] and is the younger of three sisters. At the age of four, she attended a ballet school. She later joined the National Youth Theatre. Her interest in other cultures led her to visit over 20 countries including spending 3 months in a children’s home in Bolivia in 2003.[2] After traveling around the world, she studied English and Spanish at the University of Leeds.[3] New moved to Spain, where she further studied the language and the Meisner technique. To financially support her studies, she decided to model and was scouted by View Management in Madrid and Barcelona,[2] where they offered her print and commercial work. She studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama,[3] and obtained a Masters in acting with Honors in 2011.[citation needed] She can speak fluent Spanish.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

New’s career was launched by American talent manager Stacey Castro, who discovered her in Barcelona, Spain in 2009, during a search for UK casting director Susie Figgis to find the role of “Lucrezia Borgia” for the television series The Borgias.[4] In 2010, she was offered a role in television show El tiempo entre costuras, the adaptation of the same-titled María Dueñas novel. She played Rosalinda Fox,[5] a young English woman who is the lover of Juan Luis Beigbeder and friend of Sira Quiroga.[3] In 2011, she landed a lead role in “Shelter”, an unaired television pilot. New was managed by Castro until 2012, the year she joined the cast of the Starz TV show Black Sails. She plays Eleanor Guthrie, the daughter of Richard Guthrie, a saloon owner who runs her father’s illegal businesses in Nassau. The 8-episode first season premièred on 25 January 2014, and in 2014 she was filming the second season in South Africa.[1]

New played Queen Leila, Princess Aurora’s mother, in the Disney film Maleficent, which was released on 30 May 2014.[6]

In 2014, New got a main role in the true-based thriller Under the Bed, in which a young woman tries to get over a recent romantic breakup while a stalker befriends her on social media and takes up residence underneath her bed.[7] The film will be released in 2017.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2011 ReVersion[9] Liv Short film
2011 Super Mario Louise Short film
2011 Fuga de cerebros 2 Nancy
2012 Shelter Kathryn Gilchrist TV film
2014 Maleficent Queen Leila, Aurora’s mother
2016 Under the Bed Callie Monroe
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2010 La Riera[9] Julie 1 episode
2010 El club del chiste Caitlin 1 episode
2012 El barco Úrsula 1 episode
2013−2014 El tiempo entre costuras Rosalinda Fox Main cast
2014−Present Black Sails Eleanor Guthrie Main cast

KELLI BARRETT (UPDATE)

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FILMOLOGY:

2017 THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION CYNTHIA STEGNER

2016 BRAINDEAD (TV SERIES) POLLY SAVIDENT

2011-16  LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT  PHOEBE BURNAP

2014  ZARRA’S LAW VANESSA ANDREOLI

2014 BLUE BLOODS (TV SERIES) MARYANN RUSSELL

2014 HAPPY BABY ZAHAVA

2013 NCIS (TV SERIES) RUBY LEMERE

2013 CHICAGO FIRE (TV SERIES) RENEE WHALEY

2012 MADE IN JERSEY (TV SERIES) HANNAH ATWOOD

2011-12 I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK (TV SERIES) JANE

2012 PERSON OF INTEREST (TV SERIES) LILY THORPTON

2011 A GIFTED MAN (TV SERIES) RACHEL LEWIS

2011 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS  TOMMY’S MOM

2010 THE SWITCH  JESSICA

2010 UGLY BETTY (TV SERIES) TRISTA

2010 THE GOOD WIFE (TV SERIES) BIANCA  PRICE

2010 REMEMBER ME  MIAMI BRUNETTE

2009 RED HOOK ELLEN

2009 CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC  GIRL IN BLACK

2008-09 AS THE WORLD TURNS (SOAP) MADDIE

2008 LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN (TV) PERFORMER

2004 SYN (SHORT) VIVIAN

 

 
Theatre Credits and Profile

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performance credits

My Fair Lady

Bay Street Theatre
at: Bay Street Theatre
Sag Harbor, NY
August 2 – 28, 2016
Doctor Zhivago

at: Broadway Theatre
New York, NY
March 27 – May 10, 2015
May 27, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Wicked

at: George Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
October 8, 2003 –
Margo Crawford
Bright Star

The Old Globe
at: The New 42nd Street Studios
New York, NY
February 10 – March 7, 2014
On Your Toes

concert staging
City Center Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert
at: New York City Center Mainstage Theater
New York, NY
May 8 – 12, 2013
Baby It’s You!

at: Broadhurst Theatre
New York, NY
March 26 – September 4, 2011
The Last Goodbye

Williamstown Theatre Festival
at: Williamstown Theatre Festival Nikos Stage
Williamstown, MA
August 5 – 20, 2010
On the Rocks

staged reading
Gingold Theatrical Group
at: The Players Theatre Loft
New York, NY
November 16, 2009
The Royal Family

Manhattan Theatre Club
at: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
New York, NY
September 15 – November, 2009
Rock of Ages

at: New World Stages Stage I
New York, NY
October 16, 2008 – January 4, 2009
understudy
Dance Captain
Ace

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
at: Loretto-Hilton Center Browning Mainstage
Webster Groves, MO
September 6 – October 1, 2006

 

 

 

Huang Biren

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Huang Biren

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Huang Biren
Chinese name 黃碧仁 (traditional)
Chinese name 黄碧仁 (simplified)
Pinyin Huáng Bìrén (Mandarin)
Born (1969-03-07) 7 March 1969 (age 47)
Singapore Singapore
Other name(s) Meryl Streep of Mediacorp,
Occupation Actress
Label(s) Mediacorp (1998 – 2008)
(Contract Expired)
Years active 1988 – present
Spouse(s) Adrian Quek
(Married in 1996 )
Children 1 son, 2 daughters
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Huang.

Huang Biren, is a Singaporean actress best known for appearing in many Chinese-language television dramas produced by MediaCorp‘s Channel 8. She left MediaCorp on 30 June 2008.

Often dubbed the Meryl Streep of MediaCorp and the best actress of her generation, Huang returned to the entertainment industry in 2014 and continues to take on television projects on an ad hoc basis. Huang’s performances in her most recent drama serials, Fire Up and Tiger Mum, garnered largely favourable responses and proved to be hugely popular among viewers. Both dramas hold the title of Top Rated Drama for Years 2014[1] and 2015[2] respectively. In Star Awards 2009 , Huang took the All-Time Favourite Artistes Award.

As a freelance actress without an artiste management contract with the TV station, Huang has been disqualified from contesting in the annual Star Awards in recent years. This has drawn much controversy from the public.[3]

Career[edit]

Huang joined the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (now MediaCorp) in 1988 after completing its Professional Drama Performers’ Training course. She was due to study at Hawaii Pacific University in the United States but chose to go into acting when SBC offered her a contract, much to the initial disappointment of her parents.[4]

Having been in the industry for 10 years, Huang won her first Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award in Star Awards 1997. In 1998, Huang went on to star in the hit Chinese drama series Stand By Me, which recorded rocketing viewership ratings (defeating the high-profile series Return of the Condor Heroes), despite very little promotion done prior to the drama’s telecast. She played a patient and caring wife of a paraplegic (played by Xie Shaoguang), which won her the Best Actress Award at the 1998 Star Awards. She was also the first Singaporean actress to receive a Best Actress nomination in the 1998 Asian Television Awards for Stand By Me. Her performance in this drama had touched the hearts of many audience – since then, she has become a household name for numerous Singaporeans.

Other award-winning lead roles other than the one in Stand By Me include Kelian, where she played an old-fashioned and cowardly woman who was always being abused by her mother in Beautiful Connection (2002), and Lucky, where she played a gambling addict in My Lucky Charm (2005).[5] She, Ivy Lee and Chen Liping are the only actresses to be crowned Best Actress three times at the in-house Star Awards.

In 2003, Biren was nominated for the Best Drama Performance by an Actress award in the Asian Television Awards for her role in A Child’s Hope. In the same year, Huang was listed in People at The Peak – The Who’s Who of Singapore. Her name was once again listed in the second edition of the book, which was published in 2006. The books were sold globally.

Since 2005, Biren has filmed an average of only one serial per year, compared to three drama series per year between 2002 and 2004. Rumours circulated that she feigned illness so that she need not take up roles that did not cast her in good light. Biren came out strongly against these rumours and attributed the drop in drama serials filmed to an asthma attack she suffered after filming The Undisclosed, granting her medical leave for a period of a year.[6][7] Another reason cited by the local media was the media merger which took place in December 2004, which led to less dramas produced as competition from SPH MediaWorks ceased to exist.

Biren did not film any serials in Year 2006. The suspense thriller The Undisclosed, which was telecast in 2006, was filmed in 2005. Instead, she ventured into hosting or appeared as a guest in various variety shows. Though her drama serials reduced significantly, Biren was still able to maintain her popularity levels, as attested by her popularity award wins at the Star Awards ceremonies.

In June 2007, Biren was chosen as one of the 10 TV mentors for the Star Search 2007 Reality Talent Show contestants.[8] In the same year, she was again nominated for the Best Actress award in the Asian Television Awards (ATA) and Star Awards 2007 for her role as a fat, naggy and fierce housewife in Mars VS Venus. Though she did not manage to clinch both of the awards, she was tipped the hot favourite to win by many media, audience and industry watchers. After she lost the ATA Best Actress award to Filipino actress Gina Pareno, Biren spoke to reporters from Channel News Asia:

A nomination out of so many countries – you’re talking about the whole of Asia – is already something to be proud of. So, I think it’s already something that I feel is a great achievement.

In the Star Awards 25th Anniversary Show, Biren won the coveted My Favourite Actress Award, defeating hot favourites Zoe Tay and Fann Wong. She was the first female artiste to win this prestigious award, which was given out in commemoration of 25 Years of drama productions.[9]

An interview conducted by 8 Days magazine in November 2007 stated that Huang had been the lead actress in seven of the eleven dramas with the annual highest viewership since 1997. (8 Days reference: Nov 07)

Departure from MediaCorp[edit]

On 4 August 2008, MediaCorp released news that Huang has left the TV station since 30 June 2008. The main reasons for her leaving were disagreements with MediaCorp over the new contract terms offered to her; and she also wanted to spend more time with her family, especially her 5 month old infant girl. She was last seen on television as a MediaCorp artiste on 11 July 2008, when she co-hosted an episode of Glamour Mum and the Dude alongside Bryan Wong. Huang was quoted as saying this to reporters,

I thought about it (whether to renew her contract) even when I was (about to sleep) in bed… But when the time came to make the decision, I had to be firm. (Reference: The New Paper)

Her decision to leave this industry was seen as a huge loss to MediaCorp Channel 8 by both the audience and the TV station, as her drama serials have consistently achieved high viewership ratings and her acting skills were recognised by many. After the news was released, forums were abuzz with numerous discussions about this issue, and many questioned if Biren would still be able to receive the coveted All Time Favourite Award (an award given out in accumulation for winning the Top 10 award 10 times).[10][11][12][13][14][15] Paul Chan, MediaCorp’s Vice-President for Branding and Promotions, answered the query by saying that the company has not decided if Biren will be awarded as meetings with the Star Awards 2009 Committee have not been held yet. MediaCorp does not rule out future collaborations with her on a project basis.

Biren was initially offered a role in the 2008 MediaCorp mega-blockbuster drama series, The Little Nyonya. As she decided not to renew her contract, the role was offered to Xiang Yun instead.

On 31 October 2008, MediaCorp confirmed Biren would be receiving the coveted All Time Favourite Artiste Award at the Star Awards 2009.

On 1 November 2008, Biren answered her supporters’ queries if she would make a comeback, through telling reporters she has rejected some invitations from the TV Station to film dramas on a project basis. Biren was quoted as telling Shin Min Daily,

If I were to come back, the most important conditions are (quality of) the script, role, how much time is needed for filming, and my husband’s support. Money isn’t a problem.

Biren was featured in the Straits Times Life! Monday Interview published on 3 November 2008. In the interview, she talked about life in her younger days, career, family and chances of making a comeback.[16] In the interview, she mentioned that she is “already fielding offers from production houses as well as theatre companies, though she has not accepted any yet”, as she has to take care of her two children.

On 20 January 2009, Biren made a public appearance where she attended the gala premiere of local movie Love Matters.

Biren was awarded the All Time Favourite Artiste Award at the Star Awards 2009 ceremony held on 26 April 2009. The award was presented to her by Singapore’s President, Sellapan Ramanathan.[17] (Click on the reference link to see her receiving the coveted award at the ceremony)

After leaving the industry, Biren continued to take up numerous endorsement engagements. These include being a spokesperson for OCBC Bank‘s SmartSenior Programme. She filmed a TV advertisement for the bank, which also featured her mother.[18]

In January 2010, she filmed a one-minute TV advertisement for L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Face Cream.[19] In the same year, she also endorsed Ginvera Grorich Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. A television commercial was filmed and advertisements were also published in numerous print media. Biren was then appointed ambassador of slimming company BeauteHub in February 2011.

Biren made a public appearance at the annual Star Awards 2011 ceremony (Show 1) as guest presenter on 17 April 2011.[20]

In June 2011, Biren was interviewed by LiveWell magazine. She said it was her dream to film a movie and she has plans to do so in the future if there is a chance.[21]

Biren announced plans to return to television when she attended the Star Awards 2012 award ceremony as award presenter alongside Member of Parliament Baey Yam Keng. She revealed that discussions with MediaCorp are underway and she might star in a drama in 2013.[22]

Return to Entertainment Industry[edit]

In an interview with local magazine i-Weekly in March 2013, Biren revealed that MediaCorp will continue to represent her in terms of artiste management and sourcing for ad hoc jobs which are of a more flexible nature.

After a six-year hiatus, she was slated to star in the TV station’s 2013 mega-blockbuster year end series The Journey: A Voyage alongside Li Nanxing, Jeanette Aw and Elvin Ng. Her return to drama was much anticipated by the audience, but she had to turn down the lead role just weeks before filming commenced because a painful 10 cm cyst had grown in her kidney. She underwent surgery in April 2013 and required time to recuperate. She described her decision to pull out of the series as “regrettable” but she felt her state of health was most important, and filming in Malaysia and Tangshan, China might affect her scheduled medical follow-ups.[23][24] Carole Lin has since took on the role.

On 23 March 2014, Biren mentioned she has since made a full recovery from the surgery and will be making a television comeback in the second-half of the year. However, she declined to provide details as discussions with the TV station were still ongoing.[25] On 31 March 2014, MediaCorp TV Channel 8 announced on its official Facebook page that Biren will be making a comeback with two dramas in the works. Huang will star as a supportive wife of a down-and-out man opposite Thomas Ong in the serial Three Wishes which is slated to air in October 2014.[26][27] She will then play the titular character in 2015 drama Tiger Mum, a disciplinarian figure who gels the family together.[28]

Audience response to Biren’s comeback has been largely favourable, with the viewership of her comeback drama Three Wishes breaking the 1 million mark on its debut episode, a phenomenon rarely seen for local dramas.[29] The captivating storyline, coupled with audience strong anticipation towards Huang’s return, were cited as contributory factors towards the drama’s strong showing. The finale episode attracted more than 1.1 million viewers, with ratings peaking at a record-breaking high of 1,134,000 viewers – propelling the drama to clinch Top Rated Drama for Year 2014.[30]

On 30 December 2014, it was revealed that she will star alongside Zoe Tay, Rui En, Jeanette Aw, Li Nanxing and Qi Yuwu in MediaCorp Channel 8’s 2015 year-end mega blockbuster series, The Dream Makers II.[31] The serial would be her first collaboration with Tay in 27 years.

Both of Biren’s 2015 drama serials, Tiger Mum and The Dream Makers ll clinched the Top Rated Drama and Best Drama Serial awards respectively at the Star Awards 2016 ceremony held on 24 April 2016.

Personal[edit]

Family[edit]

Often nicknamed Ling by relatives, Huang has one older sister and one younger brother. She was educated at Mayflower Primary School and Mayflower Secondary School, where she developed a keen interest in oratorical and storytelling contests. She then completed her GCE Advanced Level examinations at Ang Mo Kio Secondary School (Pre-U Centre).

She married Adrian Quek, a police superintendent in 1997, after dating him for two years. The couple have a son named Justin, born on 10 March 2000. On 30 July 2007, Huang announced that she was two months pregnant with her second child, a girl due in March 2008.[32][33][34][35] On 6 March 2008 10:08 am, Huang gave birth to her second child, one day before her own birthday at Thomson Medical Centre. The birth of her newborn, Janessa, was described by Huang as extremely smooth.[36]

On 9 February 2009, which was also the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, Huang’s father died at the age of 67. Her father’s departure was described by Huang as extremely sudden as he had been healthy all along. His cause of death was cited as a viral infection.

On 29 September 2009, Huang was interviewed by reporters at the wedding ceremony of MediaCorp artistes Fann Wong and Christopher Lee where she was one of the invited guests at Shangri-La Hotel. She admitted she was two-and-a-half months pregnant with her third child. The pregnancy was unplanned and the newborn would be a girl. The baby is expected to be born in April 2010.

In February 2010, Huang commented that her third pregnancy was a tough one when she was interviewed by The New Paper. She had an extreme case of severe morning sickness where she had to take medication to prevent herself from throwing up in the first trimester. Huang also feels more tired compared to her second pregnancy mainly because taking care of Janessa (her second child) takes up a lot of her energy.[37] She gave birth to her baby girl, Janelle, on 29 April 2010.

Huang is the aunt of Singapore fencing prodigy, Jet Ng who is the 5th-ranked Cadet fencer in the world.

Colleagues[edit]

Huang lists Chen Hanwei, Zoe Tay, Pan Lingling and ex-actress Magdeline Chu as her closest friends in the industry. She also revealed she feels most at ease while working with ex-actor Xie Shaoguang because they have very good chemistry on screen, though they seldom keep in contact in private.[38]

Addressed affectionately as ‘‘Biren-jie’’ (碧仁姐) by numerous artistes of the younger generation, Huang is also widely seen as a role model to artistes such as Jeanette Aw, Felicia Chin, Zhang Yao Dong, Zhou Ying and Ya Hui, among many others. Aw described Huang as her favourite local actress and admires her professionalism;[39] Chin respects Huang for her vast experience and acting skills;[40] Zhang [41] and Zhou[42] both regard her as a mentor while Ya Hui lists Huang as one of her inspirations.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Star Awards Notes
1989 Patrol
铁警雄风
May
My Sweet Rival
摩登俏冤家
Return Of The Prince
丝路迷城
Zi Yi
紫依
1990 Friends Next Door
我爱芳邻
The Village Hero
大吉传奇
Wishing Well
幻海奇遇
1991 Home Sweet Home
宜家宜乐
Long-running drama
110 episodes
The Other Woman
醋劲100
1992 The Breaking Point
暴风边缘
Ding Chu Bing
丁楚冰
Mystery II
迷离夜II
Li Ya Lun
李雅伦
1993 Angel of Vengeance
暴雨狂花
The Invincible Warriors
皇朝铁将金粉情
Xi Shan He
席山河
Happy Reunion
年年有鱼
Zhu Bao Bao
朱宝宝
1994 Silk And Romance
情丝万缕
Zhong Qi
钟琪
China-Singapore Co-production
新中合资电视剧
1995 Strange Encounters II
奇缘III之门神
Qian Nian Lü Yu Jing
千年鲤鱼精
Strange Encounters III
奇缘III之救姻缘
Morning Express
阳光列车
Teacher Han
韩老师
The Ranger
铁血雄心
Telemovie
电视电影
Project ‘B’
B计划
Qin Lei
秦雷
1996 Legend of the White Hair Brides
塞外奇侠
Lian Nichang
练霓裳/白发魔女
China-Singapore Co-production
新中合资电视剧
Money, Dollars and Sense
5C老公
Song Xue Qin
宋學琴
1997 Living By Night
都是夜归人
Gu Xian Fang
顾显芳
Courting Trouble
婚姻法庭
Wan Qing
宛清
Best Supporting Actress nomination (Top 5)
My Wife, Your Wife, Their Wives
101老婆之老婆的玻璃鞋
Kitty
柯慧欣
  • Appears in only two episodes
  • Pairs up with Henry Thia
Tales Of The City
都市奇情
Lin Hui Ling
林慧玲
Not The Facts
迷离剧场
1998 Man at the Crossroads
四个好涩的男人
Li Mei Yi
李美儀
Stand By Me
家人有约
Lin Wen Yu
林文玉
Best Actress Award
Best Actress nomination, Asian TV Awards 1998
Top Viewership Drama 1998
Best Drama Serial
1999 From The Courtroom
法庭故事
Yang Zhan Yi
楊展儀
Best Actress nomination (Top 5)
Are you my Brother?
错体双宝
Fang Ting
方婷
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Tay Ping Hui
爱情乱码 Taiwan-Singapore Co-production
新台合资电视剧

2000 Angel’s Dream
真相
Ye Ning
叶宁
Best Supporting Actress nomination (Top 5)
2001 The Hotel
大酒店
Huang Yi Ren
黄伊仁
Three Women and A Half
三个半女人
Cheng Pei Yi Monica
程佩仪
Best Actress nomination (Top 5)
Top Viewership Drama 2001
Best Drama Serial
2002 Viva Le Famille
好儿好女
Sun Yu Min
孙欲敏
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Chen Hanwei
The Vagrant
豹子胆
Gan Shushu
甘椒椒
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Li Nanxing
Beautiful Connection
九层糕
Fan Kelian
范可怜
Best Actress Award
Top Viewership Drama 2002
Best Drama Serial
2003 Viva Le Famille II
好儿好女II
Sun Yu Min
孙欲敏
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Chen Hanwei
Holland V
荷兰村
Huang Biren Cameo appearance
Home In Toa Payoh
家在大巴窑
Zheng Hui Ming
郑惠明
A Child’s Hope
孩有明天
Ding Sao
丁嫂
Best Actress nomination, Asian TV Awards 2003
Popiah and Me Su-Lin English Drama
英语电视剧
2004 Timeless Gift
遗情未了
Guo Yue Li
郭月丽
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Rayson Tan
Beautiful Trio
大女人小女人
Christina
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Li Wenhai
Double Happiness II
喜临门II
Huang Biren Cameo appearance
An Ode To Life
三十风雨路
Wang Su Zhi
汪素枝
Best Actress nomination (Top 5)
Top Viewership Drama 2004
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Terence Cao
Chronicles of Life
我爱我家之真情实录《谁可相依》
Liu Bao Yu
柳保妤
2005 My Lucky Charm
情来运转
Lucky Zhang Qiu Yue
张秋月
Best Actress Award
2006 The Undisclosed
迷云二十天
Yan Ke Xin
严可欣
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Teams up with Li Nanxing
2007 Mars VS Venus
幸福双人床
Xie Wen Jing
谢文静
Best Actress nomination (Top 5)
Best Actress nomination, Asian TV Awards 2007
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Tay Ping Hui
2014 Three Wishes
三个愿望
Zeng Shan Mei
曾善美
Top Rated Drama 2014
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Thomas Ong
2015 Tiger Mum
虎妈来了
He Xue Mei
贺雪美 (虎妈)
Top Rated Drama 2015
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Yao Wenlong
The Dream Makers II
志在四方II
Guan Xie En
官谢恩
Best Drama Serial 2015
Favourite Female Character nomination
  • 1/4 of the Female Lead 四大女主角之一
  • 2015 Year-End Mega Blockbuster
2016 Fire Up
美味下半场
Zheng Meimei
郑美美
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Pairs up with Thomas Ong
Hero
大英雄
He Xuemei
贺雪美
  • Cameo appearance 客串
2017 Three Little Wishes
三个小愿望
Zeng Shan Mei
曾善美

Variety shows[edit]

Year Name of Variety Show Role
1991 Variety Tonight 开心五重奏 Host
1992 Variety Tonight 开心五重奏 Host
Sunday in Singapore 美丽星期天 Host
1993 Lunar New Year Special ’93 迎新年1993 Host
Star Speak 星星问 Host
Variety Tonight 开心五重奏 Host
Countdown ’93 1993年到数活动! Host
1994 Afternoon Leisure Hour 午后闲情 Host
2001 President Star Charity 2001 总统星光慈善2001 Team Leader cum participant
2002 President Star Charity 2002 总统星光慈善2002 Team Leader cum participant
NKF Charity Show 2002 Participant
Truehearts Charity Show 公益大联盟慈善活动 Charity Leader
2003 NKF Charity Show 2003 Participant
2006 Nightwalk 步夜城 Host
Glamour Licious 2 请你吃好料2 Co-host
Never Say Die Talent Contest 永不言败 Judge
Hey Baby! Hey Baby!幸福密码 Judge
President Star Charity 2006 总统星光慈善2006 Dancing Segment (Participant)
Chinese New Year Celebrations 2006 MediaCorp Artiste participant
2007 才华横溢出新秀 Star Search Singapore Mentor
Mission 4 创业无敌手IV
Episode 1 and 2 第一、二集
Co-host
Bioskin Dreams Come True Beauty Contest Judge
2008 Glamour Mum and The Dude (Episode 5)
辣妈好时尚:第五集
Co-host
2011 Star Awards 2011 Show 1
红星大奖2011 第一场
Award Presenter
2012 Star Awards 2012 Show 1
红星大奖2012 第一场
Award Presenter
S.N.A.P. 熠熠星光总动员
Last Episode 最后一集
Judge
2013 The Joy Truck 快乐速递 Artiste Ambassador

Accolades[edit]

Year Organisation Award Nominated Work Title Result
1997 Star Awards Best Supporting Actress Courting Trouble Nominated
1997 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
1998 Star Awards Best Actress Stand By Me Won
1998 Asian Television Awards Best Drama Performance by an Actress Stand By Me Nominated
1999 Star Awards Best Actress From the Courtroom Nominated
1999 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2000 Star Awards Best Supporting Actress Angel’s Dream Nominated
2000 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2000 Star Awards Most Popular Actress in Malaysia N/A Nominated
2001 Star Awards Best Actress Three Women And A Half Nominated
2001 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2001 Star Awards Most Popular Actress in Malaysia N/A Nominated
2002 Star Awards Best Actress Beautiful Connection Won
2002 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2002 Lianhe Zaobao 风云人物 N/A Won
2003 Asian Television Awards Best Drama Performance by an Actress A Child’s Hope Nominated
[Highly Commended]
2003 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2003 Star Awards Most Popular Actress in Malaysia N/A Nominated
2003 Star Awards Best Onscreen Partners
(with Xie Shaoguang)
N/A Nominated
2004 Star Awards Best Actress An Ode To Life Nominated
2004 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2005 Star Awards Best Actress My Lucky Charm Won
2005 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2006 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2007 Asian Television Awards Best Drama Performance by an Actress Mars vs Venus Nominated
2007 Star Awards 25th Anniversary Show Favourite Actress N/A Won
2007 Star Awards 25th Anniversary Show Favourite Onscreen Partners
(with Xie Shaoguang)
Stand By Me Won
2007 Star Awards Best Actress Mars vs Venus Nominated
2007 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2009 Star Awards All Time Favourite Artiste Award N/A Won
2016 Star Awards Favourite Female Character The Dream Makers II Nominated