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Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones December 2016.jpg
Jones in December 2016
Born Felicity Rose Hadley Jones
(1983-10-17) 17 October 1983 (age 35)
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Nationality English
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Home town Bournville, Birmingham
Spouse(s)
Charles Guard (m. 2018)

Felicity Rose Hadley Jones (born 17 October 1983) is an English actress. She started her professional acting career as a child, appearing at age 12 in The Treasure Seekers (1996). Jones went on to play Ethel Hallow for one season in the television series The Worst Witch and its sequel Weirdsister College. On radio, she has played the role of Emma Grundy in the BBC's The Archers. In 2008, she appeared in the Donmar Warehouse production of The Chalk Garden.

Since 2006, Jones has appeared in numerous films, including Northanger Abbey (2007), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Chéri (2009), The Tempest (2010), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and True Story (2015). Her performance in the 2011 film Like Crazy was met with critical acclaim, garnering her numerous awards, including a special jury prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2014, her performance as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything also met with critical acclaim, garnering her nominations for the Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2016, Jones starred in the adventure-thriller Inferno, the fantasy drama A Monster Calls and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Jyn Erso. In 2016, she received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.[1]

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
  • 5 Theatre
  • 6 Awards and nominations
  • 7 Notes
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early life[edit]

Felicity Rose Hadley Jones was born in Birmingham on 17 October 1983.[2] She grew up in Bournville, West Midlands.[3] She has one older brother. Her mother worked in advertising and her father was a journalist.[4] Her uncle is an actor, which prompted Jones' interest in acting as a child.[5] One of her great-great-grandmothers was from Lucca in Tuscany, Italy.[6]

After Kings Norton Girls' School, Jones attended King Edward VI Handsworth School, to complete A-levels and went on to take a gap year (during which she appeared in the BBC series Servants). She then read English at Wadham College, Oxford, graduating with an upper second in 2006.[7] She appeared in student plays, including Attis in which she played the title role,[8] and, in 2005, Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors for the Oxford University Dramatic Society summer tour to Japan, starring alongside Harry Lloyd.[9]

Career[edit]

Jones at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Jones began acting at the age of 11 at after-school workshop Central Junior Television, which was funded by Central Television.[4] She appeared in the first series of The Worst Witch. When Weirdsister College began in 2001, Jones returned as Hallow. Her longest running role around this time was on the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers, where she played Emma Carter until 2009 (currently played by Emerald O'Hanrahan).[10]

In 2003, she starred as Grace May in the BBC drama Servants.[11] She took the leading role in the 2007 ITV adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, and made her stage debut in Polly Stenham's That Face at the Royal Court Theatre in April 2007.[citation needed]

In 2008, she appeared in the films Brideshead Revisited and Flashbacks of a Fool,[12] the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp" and a revival of Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London.[13] In January 2009, the five-part TV serial The Diary of Anne Frank, in which Jones played the role of Margot Frank alongside Tamsin Greig (as Edith Frank-Holländer) and Iain Glen (as Otto Frank), was broadcast on BBC One. Later that year in May, she performed in a rehearsed reading of Anthony Minghella's Hang Up at the High Tide Festival.[14] Jones played the role of Julie in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's 2010 film Cemetery Junction.[15] She also appeared in Soulboy[16] and in Julie Taymor's big screen adaptation of The Tempest as Miranda.

Jones at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

On 29 January 2011, Jones won a Special Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival for her performance as Anna in Drake Doremus's Like Crazy.[10] She had to do her own hair and make-up in the film, while the dialogue was entirely improvised.[10] Her performance earned comparisons to Carey Mulligan's Academy Award-nominated role in An Education.[10] She also received the Best New Hollywood Award for this film at the 2011 Hollywood Film Awards.[17] She appeared alongside Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick in Chalet Girl, a romantic comedy released in March 2011, for which she had to undergo two months of snowboarding training and work undercover in a chalet at St Anton, scrubbing toilets and partying at the Krazy Kanguruh bar in preparation for the role.[10] Jones said that the role was "something of a relief" after a string of costume roles and she was also keen to take on a comic role.[4] Jones performed in Luise Miller, a new translation of Schiller's Kabale und Liebe by Mike Poulton at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London, in June and July 2011.[18] Jones lived with a Catholic family and attended Mass to prepare for the role.[10] In 2011, Jones was announced as the new face of Burberry.[10] In November, she was also announced as the new face of Dolce & Gabbana.[19]

In 2013, Jones portrayed Ellen Ternan in The Invisible Woman. Jones, previously unfamiliar with Ternan, learned about her life through research,[20] and reflected that she knew she was "in for a challenge" when choosing to work on the film, citing the experience of director Ralph Fiennes and how "methodically done" his performance was.[21] She also co-starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was released on 2 May 2014. She played Felicia Hardy; an assistant of Harry Osborn.[22][23] Jones signed on due to its difference from her previous works.[24]

In 2014, Jones portrayed Jane Wilde Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything, a biopic charting the life and love between Wilde Hawking and the world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, with Eddie Redmayne starring as Hawking. After being given the script by her agent, Jones read it in its entirety in one sitting, and said that she enjoyed that it was a "love story and not a straightforward biopic." She auditioned for the film and its director, James Marsh, offered the part immediately after, surprising Jones who was accustomed to waiting several weeks for a confirmation.[25] Jones was aided by Jane Hawking in preparing for the role, meeting with her.[26] The film has been praised largely due to her and Redmayne's performances. Jane Hawking was so impressed by the portrayal she wondered if it was herself when watching Jones.[26] For her role as Jane, she received widespread acclaim from a number of organisations, including nominations for an Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

In February 2015, she was cast as Jyn Erso in the Star Wars stand-alone film Rogue One, with Gareth Edwards directing.[27] Jones's agent recommended the role to her,[28] and she enjoyed the character's search for an identity, drawing inspiration in her movements from Ronda Rousey.[29] The film was released in December 2016 to positive reviews and grossed over $1 billion at the box office. Also in 2016, Jones starred in Inferno, playing a doctor aiding Robert Langdon in his escape. According to director Ron Howard, Jones' only reluctance to signing for the film was the ensuring of her having days off to see the birth of her brother's child. After agreeing to the role, she visited museums and galleries to understand her character better.[30] Jones enjoyed the chemistry between her and Tom Hanks's characters as well as Inferno's overall diversity.[31]

In late 2018, Jones will star in On the Basis of Sex, a biography of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, directed by Mimi Leder and co-starring Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux. [32]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Jones split from her boyfriend of ten years, sculptor Ed Fornieles,[10][33] whom she had met at Oxford when he was at the Ruskin School of Art.[10][34] In 2015, she began dating director Charles Guard. Their engagement was announced in May 2017.[35] The two married in June 2018.[36]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Ref(s)
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Young Ruth Baillie Walsh [37]
2008 Brideshead Revisited Cordelia Flyte Julian Jarrold [38]
2009 Chéri Edmée Stephen Frears [39]
2010 Cemetery Junction Julie Kendrick Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant [40]
2010 Soulboy Mandy Hodgson Shimmy Marcus [41]
2010 The Tempest Miranda Julie Taymor [42]
2011 Chalet Girl Kim Matthews Phil Traill [43]
2011 Like Crazy Anna Gardner Drake Doremus [44]
2011 Albatross Beth Fischer Niall MacCormick [45]
2011 Hysteria Emily Dalrymple Tanya Wexler [46]
2012 Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Dolly Thatchem Donald Rice [47]
2013 Breathe In Sophie Drake Doremus [48]
2013 The Invisible Woman Nelly Ternan Ralph Fiennes [49]
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Felicia Hardy Marc Webb [50]
2014 The Theory of Everything Jane Wilde Hawking James Marsh [51]
2015 True Story Jill Barker Rupert Goold [52]
2016 Collide Juliette Eran Creevy [53][54]
2016 A Monster Calls Mum J. A. Bayona [55]
2016 Inferno Sienna Brooks Ron Howard [56]
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Jyn Erso Gareth Edwards [57]
2018 On the Basis of Sex Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mimi Leder [58]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1996 The Treasure Seekers Alice Bastable Television film [59]
1998–1999 The Worst Witch Ethel Hallow Main role (series 1), 11 episodes [60]
2001 Weirdsister College Ethel Hallow Main role, 13 episodes [61]
2003 Servants Grace May Main role, 6 episodes [62]
2007 Northanger Abbey Catherine Morland Television film [63]
2007 Cape Wrath Zoe Brogan Main role, 8 episodes [64]
2008 Doctor Who Robina Redmond Episode: "The Unicorn and the Wasp" [65]
2009 The Diary of Anne Frank Margot Frank Main role, 5 episodes [66]
2011 Page Eight Julianne Worricker Television film [67]
2014 Salting the Battlefield Julianne Worricker Television film [68]
2014 Girls Dottie Episode: "Role-Play" [69]
2017 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Felicity Jones/Sturgill Simpson" [70]
2017–2018 Star Wars Forces of Destiny Jyn Erso Voice role, 3 episodes [71]

Theatre[edit]

Year(s) Production Theatre Role Ref(s)
2005–2006 The Snow Queen Newbury Theatre Gerda [72]
2007 That Face Royal Court Theatre Mia [73]
2008 The Chalk Garden Donmar Warehouse Laurel [74]
2011 Luise Miller Donmar Warehouse Luise Miller [75]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year[a] Film(s) Category Result Ref.
AACTA Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress – International Nominated [76]
Academy Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [77]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2014 The Invisible Woman Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest[b] Nominated [78]
British Academy Film Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [79]
British Independent Film Awards 2011 Albatross Best Supporting Actress Nominated [80]
2013 The Invisible Woman Best Actress Nominated [81]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [82]
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association 2014 The Theory of Everything Best Actress 4th place [83]
Detroit Film Critics Society 2011 Like Crazy Best Actress Nominated [84]
Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Empire Awards 2012 Like Crazy Best Female Newcomer Won [85]
2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [86]
2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Best Actress Won
Golden Globe Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress – Drama Nominated [87]
Gotham Awards 2011 Like Crazy Breakthrough Actor Won [88]
Hollywood Film Awards 2011 New Hollywood Award Won [89]
Houston Film Critics Society 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [90]
Kids' Choice Awards 2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Favorite Movie Actress Nominated [91]
Favorite Butt-Kicker Nominated
#Squad (shared with cast) Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle 2015 The Theory of Everything British Actress of the Year Nominated [92]
MTV Movie & TV Awards 2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Best Hero Nominated [93]
National Board of Review 2011 Like Crazy Breakthrough Performance Tied[c] [94]
San Diego Film Critics Society 2014 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [95]
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015 The Theory of Everything Cinema Vanguard Award[d] Won [96]
Satellite Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [97]
Saturn Awards 2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Best Actress in a Film Nominated [98]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [99]
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association 2014 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [100]
Sundance Film Festival 2011 Like Crazy Special Jury Prize Won [101]
Teen Choice Awards 2015 The Theory of Everything
True Story
Choice Movie Actress: Drama Nominated [102]
2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress Nominated [103]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 2014 The Theory of Everything Best Actress Nominated [104]
Women Film Critics Circle 2014 The Theory of Everything The Invisible Woman Award Won [105]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Year in which awards ceremony was held
  2. ^ Shared with Ralph Fiennes
  3. ^ Tied with Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  4. ^ Shared with Eddie Redmayne