With a mother who ran London's famed Lee Strasberg drama school -- and being the sort of knockout blonde beauty adored by the cameras -- it was not surprising that Sienna Miller eventually gravitated to an acting career. Born in New York to an American banker father and a mother who was always associated with the arts, young Miller received her primary education at the Heathfield School in Ascot, Surrey, before pursuing acting at New York's Lee Strasberg Institute. Her feature debut in the 2002 drama Joy Rider found the emerging actress caught in the middle of a heated love triangle, and after essaying a role in a BBC television drama Bedtime in 2001, Miller crossed the pond to appear on the stateside series Keen Eddie. Trading zingers with the series' lead Mark Valley, Miller played her character with just the sort of chemistry needed to make an action comedy series work.
If subsequent roles in the films Layer Cake and Alfie weren't enough to get people talking about Miller, her sometime relationship with the latter film's star, Jude Law, certainly helped keep gossip columnists in business. In the years to come, Miller would remain a well known name primarily for her acting, appearing in several projects per year such as Factor Girl, The Edge of Love, and many more.