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IMOGEN POOTS (Ellie) is an actress on the rise who challenges herself in each new role, continuing to evolve her body of work with every project she takes on. Since her breakthrough performance in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's critically acclaimed horror film 28 Weeks Later, Poots has continued to impress critics and audiences alike. She was recently seen in Yaron Zilberman's well-reviewed drama A Late Quartet, alongside Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Poots will next be seen in Need for Speed, directed by Scott Waugh and co-starring Dominic Cooper and Aaron Paul. Poots plays a savvy car dealer who conspires with the wealthy to connect them with their supercharged dream cars. A big-screen adaptation of the video game of the same name, the film is scheduled for release on March 14, 2014.

Poots recently wrapped production on Peter Bogdanovich's comedy Squirrels to the Nuts, produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Starring opposite Owen Wilson's anxious director character, Poots plays the prostitute-turned-theater-star with whom he falls in love. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte and Lucy Punch.

Upcoming projects include Terrence Malick's romantic drama Knight of Cups, with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett; John Ridley's Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side, co-starring Andre Benjamin and Hayley Atwell; and Pascal Chaumeil's dramedy A Long Way Down, with Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette.

Poots will soon begin production on Todd Field's Beautiful Ruins. Based on the Jess Walter bestseller, the story follows an American ingenue who travels to Italy in 1962 during the production of a major Hollywood film. Next she heads to the set of Strange But True, a noir thriller to be directed by Alex and David Pastor, scripted by Eric Garcia. Based on the bestselling novel by John Searles, the film will co-star Bill Paxton, Melissa Leo and Evan Peters.

Previous film credits include author Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting follow-up Filth, co-starring James McAvoy; Craig Gillespie's Fright Night, opposite Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin; Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre, alongside Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender; Hideo Nakata's Chatroom, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Neil Marshall's Centurion, alongside Michael Fassbender; Katherine Brooks' Waking Madison, opposite Elisabeth Shue and Sarah Roemer; Solitary Man, with Michael Douglas and Susan Sarandon; Cracks, with Juno Temple; Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles, with Zac Efron; Simon Aboud's Comes a Bright Day, alongside Craig Roberts and Kevin McKidd; Daniel Algrant's Greetings from Tim Buckley, opposite Penn Badgley; and Michael Winterbottom's The Look of Love, alongside Steve Coogan and Tamsin Egerton.

Television credits include the BBC's "Fanny Knight" and "Christopher and His Kind" as well as ITV's "Bouquet of Barbed Wire."

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