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Florence Pugh
Born (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 22)
Oxford, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present
Relatives Toby Sebastian (brother)

Florence Pugh (born 3 January 1996) is an English actress. She made her acting debut in the mystery film The Falling (2014) and had her breakthrough with a leading role in the independent drama Lady Macbeth (2016). Her performance as an unhappily married woman in the latter won her the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress. Pugh went on to portray Elizabeth de Burgh in the Netflix historical film Outlaw King (2018).

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Filmography
    • 3.1 Film
    • 3.2 Television
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life[edit]

Pugh was born and raised in Oxfordshire.[1][2] She lived in Andalusia, Spain for part of her childhood. Her father, Clinton Pugh, is a restaurateur,[3] and her mother, Deborah, is a dancer. Pugh has three siblings, including actor and musician Toby Sebastian. Her first school was in Sotogrande in Spain. Her love of accents and comedy was first displayed aged 6 at Cokethorpe Juniors; cast as Mary in a Christmas nativity she decided to play her as having a broad Yorkshire accent. More lead parts followed at Wychwood School (2007–2009), and at St. Edward's School, Oxford.[4][5][6]

Career[edit]

Pugh made her acting debut in the mystery drama The Falling (2014), in which she played a precocious teenager opposite Maisie Williams.[7] Tara Brady of The Irish Times labelled her "remarkable" and Mike McCahill of The Daily Telegraph took note of how well she conveyed her character's "teen-queen bearing with the vulnerability of one still unsure of her own body".[8][9] Pugh was nominated for Best British Newcomer at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival and for Best Young British/Irish performer by the London Film Critics' Circle.[10]

In 2015, Pugh played her first lead role in the television film Studio City, co-starring Eric McCormack.[11] The following year, she starred in the independent drama Lady Macbeth and had a recurring role in the first season of the ITV detective series Marcella.[12] In the former, based on the short story Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov, she starred as a young girl unhappily married to a much older man. Reviewing the film for Variety, Guy Lodge termed Pugh a "a major talent to watch" and praised her portrayal of her character's "complex, under-the-skin transformation".[13] For her performance, she won the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, among others.[14]

In 2018, Pugh featured in the action film The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson, and played Cordelia to Anthony Hopkins' Leir of Britain in Richard Eyre's television film King Lear.[15] Later that year, she portrayed Elizabeth de Burgh in the Netflix historical film Outlaw King (2018), starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce. Charles Bramesco of The Guardian found her to be "excellent despite her thankless role".[16]

Pugh will next portray the professional wrestler Paige in Fighting with My Family, a comedy about Paige's relationship with her family.[17] Pugh will also star in Ari Aster's horror film Midsommar, in Greta Gerwig's Little Women, an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel, and in a six-part miniseries adaptation of John le Carré's spy novel The Little Drummer Girl.[18][19][20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2014 The Falling Abbie Mortimer
2016 Lady Macbeth Katherine Lester Evening Standard British Film Award for Breakthrough of the Year
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress
British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated–European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated–BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated–Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
2018 The Commuter Gwen
2018 Outlaw King Elizabeth de Burgh
2018 Malevolent Angela
2019 Fighting with My Family Saraya "Paige" Bevis Completed
2019 Midsommar Dani Post-production
2019 Little Women Amy March Filming

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Studio City Cat Television film
2016 Marcella Cara Thomas 3 episodes
2018 King Lear Cordelia Television film
2018 The Little Drummer Girl Charlie Miniseries; post-production