Pretty, blonde-haired British actress Eliza Bennett broke into entertainment at the age of nine, with an 18-month turn on the London stage in the Sherman-Sams musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, then quickly moved into features -- achieving a steady output of film roles by mid-adolescence. During her early years, she specialized largely, though not exclusively, in science fiction and fantasy, a somewhat ironic fact given her reportedly limited off-camera interest in those genres. Her cinematic work commenced with a supporting turn as Princess Arabella in Martha Coolidge's lighthearted romantic comedy The Prince & Me. After that, Bennett appeared in such projects as the big-screen fantasy comedy Nanny McPhee (2005), the disaster-themed sci-fi telemovie Supernova (2005), the family-oriented time travel fantasy From Time to Time (2009), and the Iain Softley-directed literary fantasy Inkheart (2009), for which she took on a lead role.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- At age 9, landed her first professional acting job as Jemima in the stage musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium in 2002.
- Recorded the song "My Declaration" at Abbey Road studios for the Inkheart soundtrack.
- Returned to musical theater in 2012 when she was cast as Holly Manson in the West End musical Loserville, for which she was nominated by Broadway Music World Awards UK for Best Leading Actress.
- Was a complete novice to martial arts and fighting upon landing the role of a college student who moonlights as a wannabe vigilante in the MTV dramedy Sweet/Vicious.