Annabelle Wallis

Annabelle Frances Wallis (born 5 September 1984) is a British actress. She is known for her roles as Jane Seymour in Showtime's period drama The Tudors (2009–2010), Grace Burgess in the BBC drama Peaky Blinders (2013–2019), Mia Form in the supernatural horror film Annabelle (2014), and Jenny Halsey in the supernatural adventure film The Mummy (2017).

Annabelle Wallis
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Wallis in 2017
Born
Annabelle Frances Wallis

(1984-09-05) 5 September 1984 (age 36)
Other namesAnnabelle Wallace
OccupationFilm Actress
Years active2005–present
Known forThe Tudors
Peaky Blinders
Annabelle
The Mummy
The Loudest Voice
Partner(s)Chris Pine (2018–present)
RelativesRichard Harris (great uncle)
Jared Harris (cousin)

Early lifeEdit

Wallis was born in Oxford, England. She was raised in Cascais, Portugal, where her family emigrated when she was eighteen months old.[1]

Her maternal great-uncle is actor Richard Harris.[2] Her cousins are actors Jared Harris, Jamie Harris and director Damian Harris.[3] On her father's side, she is a descendant of English singer Marie Lloyd.[1] Her older brother, Francis Wallis, is a director and worked for fashion designer Michael Kors and singers Pixie Lott and Birdy.[4]

As a result of attending international schools, Wallis speaks fluent English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.[5][6]

CareerEdit

2005–2012: Career beginningsEdit

In Portugal, Wallis appeared in several short films before she moved to London to pursue a career in film. In London, she did some advertisements and looked into drama schools before ultimately deciding to find an agent.[1]

In 2005 she landed a lead role in the Bollywood film Dil Jo Bhi Kahey.... The film did not fare well at the box office. In the following years, she landed small parts in True True Lie (2006) alongside Jaime King and Body of Lies (2008) in which she played Mark Strong’s girlfriend. She starred in the B-movie Steel Trap (2008).

In television, her breakthrough was in season three of the Showtime drama series The Tudors (2009) as queen Jane Seymour. She replaced actress Anita Briem. In the following years, she starred in the television film The Lost Future (2010) alongside Sam Claflin and in the ABC series Pan Am (2011). The show was cancelled after one season due to a drop in viewership.[7][8]

In 2011, she was directed by Madonna in W.E.: Wallis & Edouard and had a small part in X-Men: First Class. In 2012, she appeared in Jared Leto's documentary, Artifact, and in Snow White and the Huntsman, but was not credited.

2013–2017: Peaky Blinders and blockbustersEdit

 
Wallis and Sofia Boutella at The Mummy premiere in Sydney.

Wallis starred as Grace Burgess in the BBC drama Peaky Blinders, from 2013 to 2016.[9]

In 2014, she joined The Conjuring Universe with the main part of the horror film Annabelle directed by John R. Leonetti and produced by James Wan. The film was a box-office success and became the fourteenth highest-grossing horror/supernatural film.[10] Wallis' performance stood out and she was nominated at the 2015's MTV Movie & TV Awards for Best Scared-As-S**t Performance.[11][12] She returned as Mia Form in Annabelle: Creation (2017). In 2014, she portrayed Muriel Wright, the original Bond Girl, on the mini-series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond alongside actor Dominic Cooper.

In 2016 she starred in the action comedy film The Brothers Grimsby, the drama Come and Find Me and the psychological thriller war film Mine.

In 2017, Wallis joined the Dark Universe created by Universal Pictures and starred as archaeologist Jenny Halsey in The Mummy, a reboot of The Mummy franchise. Wallis did almost all of her stunts herself including a Zero-G scene that almost killed her.[13] The film received negative reviews and was a box office bomb.[14] It was nominated in eight categories at the Golden Raspberry Awards and in two categories at the Alliance of Women Film Journalists which included Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis in the category Most Egregious Age Difference between the Lead and the love Interest Award. The same year she joined Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.[15]

2018–present: Diversification and leading partsEdit

In 2018, she landed a lead in the American comedy Tag as Rebecca Crosby.[16] Later that year, Wallis reunited with film director Alex Kurtzman for an episode of Star Trek: Short Treks. She lends her voice to an artificial intelligence called Zora.[17]

In April 2018, she was announced to be Cartier's ambassador for jewellery and the new face of the Panthère de Cartier watch.[18]

In 2019, Wallis joined Showtime's mini-series The Loudest Voice. She portrays Laurie Luhn, Head of Booking at Fox News Channel and Roger Ailes' long-time "mistress". Luhn is one of Ailes' first victims to talk and denounce him, alongside Gretchen Carlson.[19][20][21] The series received generally favourable reviews and was nominated at the Golden Globe Awards for Best Limited Series or Television Film. Wallis' performance was praised and seen as an "heartbreakingly powerful work" according to the Chicago Sun Times.[22]

Later that year, Wallis reprised her role as Grace Shelby in the fifth season of Peaky Blinders.[23] She joined the science fiction action film Boss Level directed by Joe Carnahan, starring Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson and was announced as a lead in Agata Alexander's science fiction thriller Warning.[24][25]

In February 2019, she landed the role of Sheriff Alice Gustafson in Robin Pront's thriller The Silencing.[26] The film was supposed to premiere at the South by Southwest festival in March 2020 but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film will premiere on DirecTV on 16 July and will be available on digital and on demand on 14 August.[27][28]

In 2020, Wallis starred as Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride for Quibi to raise money for World Central Kitchen.[29]

Upcoming projectsEdit

Wallis stars in James Wan's horror film Malignant. Scheduled by Warner Bros to premiere in August 2020, the released was postponed to an unknown date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[30] In February 2020, right before the lockdown ordered by the United Kingdom due to the pandemic, she finalised the filming of the Christmas comedy Silent Night.[31]

PhilanthropyEdit

 
Wallis in January 2019.

Wallis is a feminist. In February 2018, she attended the Letters Live event curated by Net-à-Porter in Los Angeles where she read a letter from suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. The money raised was donated to Women for Women International.[32][33]

She spoke up against Brexit and in June 2018, she participated to the #DontFuckMyFuture campaign to conscientise young people and encourage them to vote against the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.[34]

Wallis supports Save The Children and participated to the Christmas Jumper’s campaign in November 2018.[35] She is committed to the NGO Help Refugees and their project Choose Love which provides humanitarian aid to refugees around the world and advocates for them. She attended the launch of the Choose Love's store in Los Angeles in December 2019.[36] In September 2019 she joined the U.n.I (You & I) project for UNICEF.[37][38]

In April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wallis teamed up with her friend, fashion designer Georgia Hardinge, to raise funds for the charity Age UK.[39] Along with other celebrities, Wallis joined the movement #SaveWithStories in partnership with Save The Children and No Kid Hungry. The movement aims at providing fun and education to kids and parents stuck at home during the pandemic. The donations made to #SaveWithStories will help children and families most affected by the COVID-19 crisis around the world by providing them with food, access to early learning resources and household goods.[40][41]

Personal lifeEdit

Wallis was in an on-off relationship with singer Chris Martin from August 2015 to August 2017.[42] She did vocals on the song "Up&Up" which closes Coldplay's album A Head Full of Dreams.[43]

Wallis has been in a relationship with American actor Chris Pine since April 2018.[44]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... Sophie Besson Bollywood film
2006 True True Lie Paige
2007 Steel Trap Melanie
2008 Body of Lies Hani's Girlfriend in Bar
2009 Right Hand Drive Ruth
2011 W.E. Arabella Green
X-Men: First Class Amy
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Sara Not credited
2013 Hello Carter Kelly
2014 Annabelle Mia Form
2015 Sword of Vengeance Annabelle
2016 Grimsby Lina Smit
Come and Find Me Claire
Mine Jenny
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Maid Maggie
The Mummy Jenny Halsey
Annabelle: Creation Mia Form Archival footage
2018 Tag Rebecca Crosby
2020 Boss Level Alice
The Silencing Sheriff Alice Gustafson
2021 Malignant TBA
Silent Night TBA

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Jericho Lizzie Way Episode: "The Killing of Johnny Swan"
2007 Diana: Last Days of a Princess Kelly Fisher Television film
2009 Ghost Town Serena Television film
2009–2010 The Tudors Jane Seymour 5 episodes
2010 The Lost Future Dorel Television film
2011 Strike Back: Project Dawn Dana Van Rijn 2 episodes
Pan Am Bridget Pierce 4 episodes
2013–2019 Peaky Blinders Grace Burgess 19 episodes
2014 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Muriel Wright 2 episodes
The Musketeers Ninon de Larroque Episode: "A Rebellious Woman"
2018 Star Trek: Short Treks Zora Voice; Episode: "Calypso"
2019 The Loudest Voice Laurie Luhn 6 episodes
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Princess Buttercup Mini-series

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Notes
2014 "Divine Love" Victoria+Jean Directed by Anita Fontaine
2016 "Hymn for the Weekend" Coldplay Directed by Ben Mor
2019 "U.n.I (You&I)" Multiple Charity song for UNICEF

DiscographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2015 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Annabelle Nominated
2017 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Most Egregious Age Difference between the Lead and the Love Interest Award The Mummy Nominated [1a]
Notes
1. 1a – with Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright

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