Sally Hawkins

BATD ON Jan 12, 2009 AT 10:50 am

Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins, Britain’s fastest rising star, has made her name this year as ‘Poppy’ in Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky. The role has landed her two wins and six nominations for Best Actress – and on Sunday one of the nominations paid off in the form of a Golden Globe! Congratulations!

Claiming that she ‘fell into’ acting, Hawkins started writing and performing sketches for friends and family at a young age – whether they wanted to watch or not.  As a child she was obsessed with 1940′s black and white films, especially ones that starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, though she didn’t actually start to speak until the age of three. Luckily this proves to have had absolutely no effect on her career. In fact, her slightly later start to reading is what launched her parent’s careers. Colin and Jaqui Hawkins began writing and illustrating children’s books because Sally was still struggling a little to read at the age of five.

After graduating from RADA in the late ’90s, Sally’s television and film life was kick-started by her role in the controversial Tipping the Velvet, a BBC adaptation about lesbian love affairs in the Victorian period. Since then, she’s appeared as Slasher in Layer Cake, Mary in The Painted Veil and Kate, the girlfriend of Colin Farrel in Woody Allen’s latest film, Cassandra’s Dream. Playing the lead role of Anne Elliot in Persuasion, Sally was the envy of all women by being able to kiss her on-screen love, Rupert Penry-Jones who played Captain Wentworth

Rupert Penry-Jones & Sally Hawkins

Rupert Penry-Jones & Sally Hawkins

Acclaimed director Mike Leigh snapped up Hawkins’ talents and used her in his films All or Nothing and Vera Drake. The roles she played in these films, the unpleasant Samantha, and Susan, a pregnant girl in desperate need of an abortion, couldn’t be more different to the bouncing, smiley Poppy of Happy Go Lucky. Hawkins says that Leigh taught her to separate herself from each of her characters, and makes all his actors refer to their characters in the third person – an excellent way of leaving work at work, and going home to normal life.

Sally likes to keep her private life exactly that, private, so there’s no news on any possible on screen romances, or is there? James Corden from Gavin and Stacey has said that he and Hawkins have promised to marry if they’re both still single at the age of 35. Not long now guys…

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