THE SHAPE OF WATER
SALLY HAWKINS (Elisa Esposito) is one of the UK's most respected actresses. Her
impressive body of work has been widely lauded by the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and
Hawkins most recently starred as the lead alongside Ethan Hawke in MAUDIE,
directed by Aisling Walsh.
Last year saw Hawkins star in the second series of the highly acclaimed "The
Hollow Crown" playing the
role of 'Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester' opposite Hugh Bonneville and amongst a
cast which included Benedict
Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Keeley Hawes and Michael Gambon in the mini-series
based on Shakespeare's history
In 2014 Hawkins was seen in the hugely successful adaptation of Michael Bond's
much loved story
PADDINGTON. She portrayed the role of 'Mrs Brown' alongside a cast including Ben
Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville,
Nicole Kidman and Julie Walters. She will also star in the highly anticipated
Hawkins' performance in Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE in 2013 gained huge praise
and garnered her
nominations as 'Best Supporting Actress' from the Academy Awards, BAFTA and
Golden Globes. She went on to
win an Empire Award for her critically acclaimed performance.
In 2014 Hawkins starred in Gareth Edward's GODZILLA where she played Vivienne
Graham alongside a
cast boasting Aaron Taylor Johnson and Bryan Cranston.
That year also saw Hawkins featured in X+Y which premiered at the London Film
Festival to fantastic
reviews. Morgan Matthews' drama contains a stellar cast including Rafe Spall,
Eddie Marsan and Asa Butterfield.
She also filmed the pilot of "How and Why," written and directed by Charlie
Kaufman and produced by FX.
Hawkins gained international success for Mike Leigh's HAPPY GO LUCKY, her
portrayal of the playful 'Poppy'
earned her a Golden Globe, as well as 12 other prestigious wins and nominations.
In 2010, Hawkins' leading role of
'Rita O'Grady' in director Nigel Cole's (CALENDAR GIRLS) MADE IN DAGENHAM also
earned her a
nomination in the category of 'Best Actress' at the British Independent Film
Awards with the film itself garnering
four nominations for BAFTA awards, four nominations at the BIFA awards and a
nomination at the London Critics'
Circle Film Awards.
In 2011, Hawkins was involved in numerous critically acclaimed films; in NEVER
LET ME GO she played
the role of 'Miss Lucy' alongside Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira
Knightley. She was also seen in
Richard Ayoade's debut film SUBMARINE with Yasmin Paige, Craig Roberts and Paddy
Considine as well as
playing 'Marylin' in Sherry Horman's DESERT FLOWER.
Hawkins' repertoire of films additionally features even more impressive titles.
She was featured in Gurinder
Chadha's (Bend it like Beckham) comic-thriller IT'S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE. In
the same year, she starred
in HAPPY EVER AFTERS, a comedy opposite Tom Riley. In 2008 she also had a role
in the BAFTA-winning and
Oscar nominated AN EDUCATION alongside Carey Mulligan and starred in LOVE BIRDS
directed by Paul
Murphy. Her other past film credits include Woody Allen's CASSANDRA'S DREAM,
Matthew Vaughan's LAYER
CAKE, ALL OR NOTHING and the three-time Oscar nominated VERA DRAKE directed by
In the feature adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic GREAT EXPECTATIONS
directed by Mike
Newell, Hawkins starred as 'Mrs Joe' where she was cast opposite Ralph Fiennes,
Helena Bonham Carter and
Holliday Grainger. She also starred in the comedy LUCKY DOG alongside Paul
Giamatti and Paul Rudd.
Hawkins has also worked in many notable TV dramas. In 2006, she appeared as Anne
Elliot in ITV's
adaptation of "Persuasion" which won her the Golden Nymph Award for Best Actress
at the Monte Carlo
Television Festival as well as winning her a Royal Television Society Award.
That same year she starred in BBC 2's
"Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart." She also had a recurring role in
three series' of the BBC's hit comedy
"Little Britain." In 2005 she was the lead in period crime piece "Fingersmith,"
which was nominated for three
BAFTAs. Her other television credits include "Byron" (BBC), "Tipping the Velvet"
(BBC), "20,000 Streets Under
the Sky" (BBC) and "Man to Man" with Dean Learner (BBC).
Hawkins also has an extensive theatrical background. Most recently she was seen
on stage in
Constellations; Nick Payne's Olivier nominated production which transferred to
the West End after premiering at
The Royal Court. She has performed at the Theatre Royal York, in the role of
Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet and has
also performed in both Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream
(playing leading roles; Hero and
Hermia respectively) at the prestigious Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. She was
also cast in The Wintering and
Country Music at the Royal Court Theatre. Hawkins played Adelea in Howard
Davies' production of House of
Barnada Alba at the National Theatre. She completed her Broadway debut run in
the Roundabout Theater's revival
of Mrs. Warren's Profession starring alongside Cherry Jones.
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