Rebecca Hall

Active - 2001 - Present  |   Born - May 1, 1982 in London, England  |   Genres - Crime, Drama, Epic, Comedy, Thriller

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Biography by Nathan Southern

The daughter of Royal Shakespeare Company director Peter Hall and opera diva Maria Ewing, raven-haired British actress Rebecca Hall broke into filmed entertainment before her 12th birthday, with roles in a series of made-for-television British productions including the miniseries The Camomile Lawn (1992) and the feature Don't Leave Me This Way (1993). She subsequently took a more than ten-year departure from the screen, then returned in a big way in the late 2000s, with a series of supporting roles in features including Christopher Nolan's period psychological thriller The Prestige (2006) and Tom Vaughan's romantic comedy Starter for 10 (2007). In 2008, Hall starred opposite Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, and Javier Bardem in Woody Allen's romantic comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona. In 2009 she was part of the well-received Red Riding trilogy. In 2010 she was the female lead opposite Ben Affleck in his crime film The Town, and co-starred in the indie comedy Please Give. She appeared in the BBC 5-part serial Parade's End, which earned her a BAFTA TV nomination; the following year, she took a supporting role in Iron Man 3. Hall played opposite Johnny Depp in the 2014 sci-fi Transcendence and opposite Jason Bateman in the psychological thriller The Gift in 2015.

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  • Began acting as a child but decided it wasn't for her after working on just three projects. Her hiatus lasted just over 10 years.
  • Comes from an artistic family; her parents and all her siblings are involved in the creative arts in some fashion, including opera and writing. 
  • Dropped out of Cambridge University after two years to pursue acting.
  • Has appeared in a number of theater productions directed by her father, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Twelfth Night and As You Like It.
  • Is part of Sam Mendes' The Bridge Project, which brings together British and American stage actors for performances.