Hall at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival
|Born||(1982-05-03) 3 May 1982
|Spouse(s)||Morgan Spector (m. 2015)|
Rebecca Maria Hall (born 3 May 1982) is an English-American actress. In 2003, she won the Ian Charleson Award for her debut stage performance in a production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession. She has appeared in the films The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe), The Town, The Awakening, Frost/Nixon, Iron Man 3, Transcendence, and The Gift. In 2016, Hall portrayed the troubled news anchor Christine Chubbuck in the critically acclaimed drama Christine.
In June 2010, Hall won the Supporting Actress BAFTA for her portrayal of Paula Garland in the 2009 Channel 4 production Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974. She was also nominated for the Leading Actress Television BAFTA in 2013 for her role as socialite Sylvia Tietjens in BBC Two’s Parade’s End, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.
Hall was born on 3 May 1982 in London, the daughter of English stage director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall and American opera singer Maria Ewing. Her mother is of African American, Dutch, Scottish, and Sioux origin. Her parents separated when she was still young, eventually divorcing in 1990. Hall has five half-siblings: stage director Edward Hall, producer Christopher Hall, Jennifer Caron Hall and actress Emma Hall, and set designer Lucy Hall. Christopher and Jennifer are Peter Hall’s children with his first wife, French actress Leslie Caron.
Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl. She studied English Literature at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year. During her time at Cambridge, she was active in the student theatre scene and also set up her own theatre company. She was a member of the Marlowe Society and starred alongside housemate Dan Stevens, who was an English literature student at Emmanuel College, in several critically acclaimed productions.
Film and television
Her feature film debut came in 2006 as Rebecca Epstein in the film adaptation of David Nicholls‘s Starter for Ten. She got her breakthrough with the role of Sarah Borden in Christopher Nolan‘s film The Prestige. She then appeared in Stephen Poliakoff‘s Joe’s Palace in 2007, as well as appearing in several other television films including Wide Sargasso Sea and Rubberheart.
Hall’s Hollywood fame grew when she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona as one of the title characters, Vicky. Critics praised her performance. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. In 2008 she appeared in Frost/Nixon as the girlfriend of Michael Sheen‘s David Frost. Hall was cast with Ben Barnes in the film Dorian Gray in 2009. She appeared in Please Give with Catherine Keener and Amanda Peet and The Town with Ben Affleck and Blake Lively. She is the female lead role in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011.
She played the role of Beth Raymer, in the 2012 film Lay the Favourite, in which one review commented that she “plays Raymer as an endearing force of nature who somehow manages to survive in a dangerous world through sheer force of character.” She played the role of Sylvia Tietjens in the BBC/HBO/VRT production of Parade’s End in 2012 opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. She replaced Jessica Chastain as Maya Hansen in the superhero film Iron Man 3 (2013). She also starred as Claudia Simmons Howe in the thriller Closed Circuit (2013), and co-starred with Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence (2014).
Hall’s professional stage debut came in 2002 when she starred as Vivie in her father’s production of Mrs Warren’s Profession at the Strand Theatre in London. Her performance, described as “admirable” and “accomplished”, earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003.
In 2003, Hall’s father celebrated fifty years as a theatre director by staging a season of five plays at the Theatre Royal in Bath, Somerset. Hall starred in two of these plays; she appeared as Rosalind in her father’s production of As You Like It, which gained her a second Charleson nomination and starred in the title role of Thea Sharrock‘s revival of D. H. Lawrence‘s The Fight for Barbara. In 2004, Hall appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, two of which her father directed, namely Man and Superman in which she played Ann, and Galileo’s Daughter in which she played Sister Maria Celeste. The third, Molière‘s Don Juan, in which she played the part of Elvira, was directed by Sharrock.
In 2005, Hall reprised the role of Rosalind in a touring production of As You Like It, again under the direction of her father. This tour took in the following venues: The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames; The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; The Curran Theatre at San Francisco; The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. This was a second leg of the U.S. tour that began in 2003 with venues at the Shubert Theater  New Haven, Connecticut, Columbus, Ohio, and the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston.
In 2008–09, she appeared in Sam Mendes‘s first instalment of the Bridge Project, as Hermione in The Winter’s Tale and Varya in The Cherry Orchard, which gave performances with the same cast in Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2010–11, she played Viola in a production of Twelfth Night at London’s National Theatre, which her father directed.
Hall made her Broadway debut in Sophie Treadwell‘s expressionist play Machinal in 2013. The Roundabout Theatre production, directed by Lyndsey Turner, began previews on 20 December 2013, with the official opening set for 16 January 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre.
From 2003 to 2004, Hall dated her As You Like It co-star Freddie Stevenson. She dated director Sam Mendes from 2010 to 2015. In September 2015, Hall married her Machinal co-star Morgan Spector.
|1992||The Camomile Lawn||Young Sophie|
|1993||The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends||Lucie|
|1993||Don’t Leave Me This Way||Lizzie Neil|
|2006||Wide Sargasso Sea||Antoinette Cosway|
|2008||Einstein and Eddington||Winifred Eddington|
|2009||Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974||Paula Garland||British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2012||Parade’s End||Sylvia Tietjens||Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
|2015||Codes of Conduct||Rebecca Rotmensen||Pilot|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Rachel|
|2012||“A Case of You”||Herself||James Blake video|