Rebecca Hall

BATD ON Jan 26, 2009 AT 3:27 pm

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall has literally exploded onto our screens in the past year. With a family steeped in theatrical accomplishment, this 26-year-old can suddenly say that she’s been directed by Woody Allen, starred with Scarlett Johansson and kissed James McAvoy (on screen only. He is married after all.)

Hall comes from theatrical prestige: her father, Sir Peter Hall recently celebrated his 50th year as a director. He is best known for founding The Royal Shakespeare Company. Her mother, Maria Ewing, is a successful opera singer and her brother Ed Hall has already started a successful career following in the footsteps of his father. Unsurprisingly, Rebecca has been an avid actress from a young age, setting up her own company while at Cambridge University before dropping out at the end of her second year. 

Her first appearance on screen was at the age of ten, in The Chamomile Lawn, directed by her father. After this she stuck to the stage, and in 2002 starred in her father’s production of Mrs Warren’s Profession, earning her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003. This particular accolade is given to actors for the best classical stage performances when under the age of 30. She was nominated again the next year, this time for her performance as Rosalind in As You Like It (Directed by dad again, lucky eh?)

Rebecca with James McAvoy

Rebecca with James McAvoy

The switch to the big screen came in 2006 in the form of Starter For Ten and The Prestige. The former, a road to wisdom comedy centred round the difficulties of university, and the television show University Challenge. Playing opposite James McAvoy, this Brit-com came out at the same time as The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) and starring Hugh Jackman (X-Men, Australia), Michael Caine (Children of Men, Sleuth) and Christian Bale (American Psycho, The Dark Night). Appearing with all of these accomplished actors doesn’t appear to have gone to her head, but instead to have spurred her further on.

The year 2008 seems to have been the break-through for Hall, starring in Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona and having a supporting role in Frost/Nixon. Both films were nominated for Best Picture at The Golden Globes, with Rebecca receiving a nod for Best Actress, and both films are also nominated at next month’s BAFTAs.

The real prize however, is Rebecca’s nomination for the Orange Rising Star Award. Past winners Shia LeBoeuf, Eva Green and James McAvoy have had their careers propelled by this recognition, and if she wins, she could have a very busy few years ahead. As the only girl in the category, we hope she beats all that testosterone and shows the film world what’s what.

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