Rebecca Maria Hall (born 19 May 1982)[1] is an English actress. In 2003, she won the Ian Charleson Award for her debut stage performance in a production of Mrs. Warren's Profession.[2]She has appeared in the films The PrestigeVicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe), The TownFrost/Nixon, and Iron Man 3.

In June 2010, Hall won the Supporting Actress BAFTA for her portrayal of Paula Garland in the 2009 Channel 4 production Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974.[3] She was also nominated for the Leading Actress BAFTA in 2013 for her role as Sylvia Tietjens in BBC Two's Parade's End.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Hall was born in London, UK, the daughter of Peter Hall, a stage director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Maria Ewing, an opera singer. Her father is English. Her mother, who is American, is of Dutch, ScottishSioux, and African American origin.[4][5][6][7] Her parents separated when she was still young, and they divorced in 1990.[4] She has a half-brother, Edward Hall, who is a theatre director, and four other half-siblings,[4] including theatre designer Lucy Hall, veteran TV drama producer Christopher Hall, and Jennifer Caron Hall, a writer and painter.[citation needed]

Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl.[4] She studied English Literature at St Catharine's CollegeCambridge, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year.[4][8][9] During her time at Cambridge, she appeared in a number of plays and set up a theatre company.[10] She was a member of the Marlowe Society and starred alongside Dan Stevens in several critically acclaimed productions.[11][12]


Film and television[edit]Edit

Although she appeared in a play (called The Breast of a Woman) while studying English at Cambridge University,[13] her first professional role came in 1992, when she appeared as young Sophy in her father's television adaptation ofMary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn at the age of 10.[14]

[1][2]Hall at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival

Hall's feature film debut came in 2006 as Rebecca Epstein in the film adaptation of David Nicholls's Starter for Ten. She got her breakthrough with the role of Sarah Borden in Christopher Nolan's film The Prestige. She then appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace in 2007,[15] as well as appearing in several other television films including Wide Sargasso Sea andRubberheart.

Her Hollywood fame grew when she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, playing one of the title characters, Vicky.[16] Critics praised her performance.[16] Hall was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. She also appeared in Frost/Nixon in 2008 as the girlfriend of Michael Sheen's David Frost. Hall was cast with Ben Barnes in the film Dorian Gray in 2009. Hall appeared in Please Give with Catherine Keener and Amanda Peet and The Town with Ben Affleck and Blake Lively.[16] She is the female lead role in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011.[17][18]

[3][4]Hall at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

She has the role of Beth Raymer, in the 2012 film Lay the Favourite, in which one review commented that she "plays Raymer as an endearing force of nature who somehow manages to survive in a dangerous world through sheer force of character."[19] She played the role of Sylvia Tietjens in the BBC/HBO/VRT production of Parade's End in 2012 opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. She replaced Jessica Chastain as Maya Hansen in the superhero film Iron Man 3 (2013). She also starred as Claudia Simmons Howe in the thriller Closed Circuit (2013). In 2013, it was announced that she has signed on to Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence, costarring Johnny Depp.[20]

In October 2013, she was engaged in promoting her latest film, the espionage thriller Closed Circuit, in which one commentator described her as 'good...better than [co-star] Eric Bana.'.[21]


Hall's professional stage debut came in 2002 when she starred as Vivie in her father's production of Mrs Warren's Profession at the Strand Theatre in London. Her performance, described as "admirable"[22] and "accomplished",[23] earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003.[24]

In 2003, Hall's father celebrated fifty years as a theatre director by staging a season of five plays at the Theatre Royal in Bath, Somerset. Hall starred in two of these plays; she appeared as Rosalind in her father's production of As You Like It,[25] which gained her a second Charleson nomination[26] and starred in the title role of Thea Sharrock's revival of D. H. Lawrence's The Fight for Barbara.[27] In 2004, Hall appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, two of which her father directed, namely Man and Superman in which she played Ann, and Galileo's Daughter in which she played Sister Maria Celeste. The third, Molière's Don Juan, in which she played the part of Elvira, was directed by Sharrock.[28] In 2005, Hall reprised the role of Rosalind in a touring production of As You Like It, again under the direction of her father. This tour took in the following venues: The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames; The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; The Curran Theatre at San Francisco;[29] The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles[30] and venues in New Haven, ConnecticutColumbus, Ohio, and the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston.[citation needed]

In 2008–09, she appeared in Sam Mendes's first instalment of the Bridge Project, as Hermione in The Winter's Tale and Varya in The Cherry Orchard,[31] which gave performances with the same cast in Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.[32] In 2010–11, she played Viola in a production of Twelfth Night at London's National Theatre, which her father directed.[33]

In May 2013, it was announced that Hall is set to make her Broadway debut in Sophie Treadwell's expressionist play Machinal. Roundabout's production, directed by Lyndsey Turner, will begin previews on December 20, 2013, with the official opening set for January 16, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York.[34]

Personal life[edit]Edit

During 2003–04, Hall was in a relationship with her As You Like It co-star Freddie Stevenson.[28]

In November 2011, it was confirmed that Hall has been in a relationship with director Sam Mendes "for some time".[35]

Hall holds dual citizenship for the UK and the US.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Starter for 10 Rebecca Epstein
The Prestige Sarah Borden Nominated – Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer

Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year

2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Vicky Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast

Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated – Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year

Frost/Nixon Caroline Cushing Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Official Selection Emily Dickinson Short film
2009 Dorian Gray Emily Wotton
2010 Please Give Rebecca Robert Altman Award

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Body of Work Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast

The Town Claire Keesey National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble

Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble

A Bag of Hammers Mel
Everything Must Go Samantha
2011 The Awakening Florence Cathcart Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2012 Lay the Favorite Beth Raymer
2013 Iron Man 3 Maya Hansen
Closed Circuit Claudia
A Promise
2014 Transcendence Evelyn Caster Filming


Year Title Role
1992 The Camomile Lawn Young Sophie
1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends Lucie
Don't Leave Me This Way Lizzie Neil
2006 Wide Sargasso Sea Antoinette Cosway
2007 Rubberheart Maggie
Joe's Palace Tina
2008 Einstein and Eddington Winifred Eddington
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 Paula Garland
2012 Parade's End Sylvia Tietjens
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