Imogen Poots

Imogen Poots

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Imogen Poots
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Poots in 2014
Born (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 28)
Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress,model
Years active 2004–present

Imogen Poots[1] (born 3 June 1989)[2] is an English actress. She played Tammy in the post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film 28 Weeks Later (2007), Linda Keith in the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013), Debbie Raymond in the Paul Raymond biopic The Look of Love (2013) and Julia Maddon in the American action movie Need For Speed (2014). In 2016 she starred as Kelly Ann in the Showtime series Roadies.

Early life[edit]

Poots was born at the Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, London, the daughter of Trevor Poots, a current affairs television producer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Fiona Goodall, a journalist and voluntary worker from Bolton.[3][4] She has an older brother, Alex, who is a model.[5][6]

Raised in Chiswick, Poots was privately educated in west London, attending Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in Brook Green, Queen’s Gate School in South Kensington, and Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. While intending to become a veterinarian, she began spending Saturdays at an improvisation workshop hosted by the Young Blood Theatre Company at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. She abandoned her original career aspiration after fainting at the sight of veterinary surgery during work experience.[3] Attaining three A grades at A-level, she won a place at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2008, but had it deferred for two years in order to pursue her acting career.[4][7]

Career[edit]

Poots first appeared on-screen in an episode of Casualty and had a non-speaking role in V for Vendetta, but she was largely unknown when, at the age of 17, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo cast her in 28 Weeks Later. Since then, she has appeared in films such as Cracks, Centurion, and as the female lead in the 2011 remake of Fright Night alongside Anton Yelchin.[8][9][10][11] Although Poots has never formally trained as an actress, according to Giles Hattersley, she developed her acting skills through a practical apprenticeship that may have served her well, as she is “compellingly natural” in front of the camera.[7]

In 2011, she was chosen by fashion house Chloé to appear in a campaign for its eponymous fragrance shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.[12] In 2012, she was selected to star in a Sofia Coppola-directed advertising campaign for a collaboration between fashion label Marni and high street retailer H&M.[13][14]

In 2012, Poots played the acrimonious young violinist Alexandra Gelbart opposite Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Late Quartet. In 2013, she appeared in Greetings from Tim Buckley, Filth, and The Look of Love. In 2014, Poots starred in the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment and action film Need for Speed, an adaptation of the video game series. In 2015, she appeared in She’s Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Knight of Cups with Cate Blanchett,[15] and has been cast in the adaptation of Jess Walter‘s novel Beautiful Ruins.[16] She portrayed Linda Keith in the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, alongside André Benjamin as Hendrix.[17] She reunited with Yelchin for Green Room in 2015.

In 2017 she played Honey in Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that was broadcast in National Theatre Live on 18 May 2017 from the Harold Pinter Theatre in the London West End.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 V for Vendetta Young Valerie Page
2007 28 Weeks Later Tammy Harris
2007 Wish Jane Short film
2008 Me and Orson Welles Lorelei Lathrop
2009 Cracks Poppy
2009 Waking Madison Alexis
2009 Solitary Man Allyson Karsch
2010 Centurion Arianne
2010 Chatroom Eva
2011 Jane Eyre Blanche Ingram
2011 Fright Night Amy Peterson
2011 Comes a Bright Day Mary Bright
2012 A Late Quartet Alexandra Gelbart
2013 Greetings from Tim Buckley Allie
2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side Linda Keith
2013 Filth Amanda Drummond
2013 The Look of Love Debbie Raymond
2014 That Awkward Moment Ellie Andrews
2014 A Long Way Down Jess Crichton
2014 Need for Speed Julia Maddon
2014 She’s Funny That Way Isabella Patterson
2015 Knight of Cups Della
2015 Green Room Amber
2015 A Country Called Home Ellie
2016 Frank & Lola Lola
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Ashley Wednesday
2016 The Promise Elizabeth Haysom Voice
2017 Have Had Grace Short film
2017 Friday’s Child Joan
2017 Mobile Homes Ali
2017 Sweet Virginia Lila
2017 I Kill Giants Karen Filming
TBA Serial Dater[18] Jane Announced

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Casualty Alice Thornton Episode: “Love Bites”
2008 Miss Austen Regrets Fanny Austen-Knight Television film
2016 Bouquet of Barbed Wire Prue Sorenson 3 episodes
2010 Christopher and His Kind Jean Ross Television film
2016 Roadies Kelly Ann Mason 10 episodes[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Poots was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer award for 28 Weeks Later at the British Independent Film Awards in 2007 and won Best Supporting Actress for The Look of Love in 2013.[20][21]

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