Working with many of the film industry's most honored talents and treading the boards in some of the world's most respected theatres, REBECCA HALL (Claudia Simmons-Howe) challenges herself with each new role.
Ms. Hall received an Ian Charleson Award for her West End stage portrayal of Vivie in Mrs. Warren's Profession, under the direction of her father Sir Peter Hall. Reuniting with the director, she was again honored with an Ian Charleson Award for her portrayal of Rosalind in As You Like It, which opened at the Theatre Royal Bath and later toured in both the U.K. and the U.S. Among the other roles that she has played for the director are the title role in Timberlake Wertenbaker's Galileo's Daughter and as Ann Whitfield in George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, both at the Theatre Royal Bath, as well as Viola in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Under the direction of Thea Sharrock, Ms. Hall has appeared in Don Juan and D.H. Lawrence's The Fight for Barbara. Her other stage starring roles include Varya in The Cherry Orchard and Hermione in A Winter's Tale, for which she received an Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination and an Ian Charleson Award. Both of the latter plays were part of The Bridge Project, a transatlantic company of actors performing on tour in seven cities around the world.
Movie audiences worldwide have seen her in a wide variety of performances. She memorably starred in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona alongside Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson. For her performance, Ms. Hall received Golden Globe, BAFTA [Orange Rising Star], London Critics Circle Film, and Gotham Independent Film Award nominations. With her fellow actors, she shared the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
She was again nominated for the latter as part of the cast of Nicole Holofcener's Please Give, in which she starred with Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt. The cast of Please Give was also honored with the Spirit Awards' Robert Altman Award. Ms. Hall shared the National Board of Review's Best Acting by an Ensemble honor with her colleagues from Ben Affleck's The Town, in which she starred opposite Mr. Affleck; and shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with her fellow actors from Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon.
In 2010, the San Diego Film Critics Society voted her its Body of Work Award, recognizing her performances in Please Give, The Town, and Julian Jarrold's "1974" feature in the Red Riding trilogy. Her work in the latter also earned Ms. Hall a BAFTA Award.
Among her other films are Nick Murphy's The Awakening, for which she received a British Independent Film Award nomination; Stephen Frears' Lay the Favorite, starring as Beth Raymer in the adaptation of the latter's book; Dan Rush's Everything Must Go, opposite Will Ferrell; Oliver Parker's Dorian Gray, with Ben Barnes and Colin Firth; Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, for which she received Empire Award and London Critics Circle Film Award nominations; Tom Vaughan's Starter for 10, with James McAvoy; and, most recently, Shane Black's Iron Man 3, with Robert Downey Jr. Ms. Hall recently completed filming Patrice Leconte's romantic drama A Promise, set in 1910 Germany and adapted from Stefan Zweig's novel Journey into the Past, and is currently at work on Wally Pfister's highly anticipated sci-fi drama Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp.
Her telefilm credits include Philip Martin's Einstein and Eddington, Brendan Maher's Wide Sargasso Sea, and Sir Peter Hall's miniseries The Camomile Lawn. Ms. Hall recently starred opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the acclaimed WWI-set miniseries Parade's End, based on four novels by author Ford Madox Ford, and adapted by Tom Stoppard and directed by Susanna White. She received a BAFTA Award nomination for her portrayal.
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