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SALLY HAWKINS (Elisa Esposito) is one of the UK's most respected actresses. Her extensive and impressive body of work has been widely lauded by the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Golden Globes. 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 plays.

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 sequel.

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 Mike Leigh.

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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