Florence Pugh (/pj/ PEW; born 3 January 1996) is an English actress. She made her professional acting debut in the mystery film The Falling (2014) and gained recognition for her leading role as an unhappily married woman in the independent drama Lady Macbeth (2016). Her performance in the latter won her the BIFA Award for Best Actress. She also drew critical praise for her leading role in the miniseries The Little Drummer Girl (2018).

Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh in 2019 (cropped).jpg
Pugh in 2019
Born (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 24)
Oxford, England
OccupationActress
Years active2014–present
RelativesToby Sebastian (brother)
AwardsFull list

Pugh's breakthrough came in 2019, during which she garnered positive reviews for her portrayals of professional wrestler Paige in the biographical sports film Fighting with My Family, an emotionally troubled woman in the horror film Midsommar, and Amy March in the coming-of-age period film Little Women, the lattermost of which has garnered her Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations.

Early lifeEdit

Pugh was born on 3 January 1996 in Oxford.[1][2] Her father, Clinton Pugh, is a restaurateur in Oxford,[3] while her mother, Deborah, is a dancer and dance teacher. Pugh has three siblings: actor and musician Toby Sebastian, actress Arabella Gibbins, and youngest sibling, Rafaela Pugh.[4]

Pugh spent part of her childhood living in Andalusia in southern Spain.[5] Her love of accents and comedy was first displayed at age six at Cokethorpe School in Hardwick, Oxfordshire, when she played Mary in a Christmas nativity play with a Yorkshire accent. She later studied at Wychwood School (2007–2009) and at St. Edward's School, Oxford.[4][6][7][8]

CareerEdit

2014–2018: Career beginningsEdit

 
Pugh at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival

While still in school, Pugh made her professional acting debut in the mystery drama The Falling (2014), in which she played a precocious teenager opposite Maisie Williams.[4][9] Tara Brady of The Irish Times called her "remarkable" and Mike McCahill of The Daily Telegraph said she conveyed her character's "teen-queen bearing with the vulnerability of one still unsure of her own body."[10][11] In the same year, Pugh was nominated for Best British Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival and for Best Young British/Irish performer by the London Film Critics' Circle.[12]

Pugh made her American television debut in the television film Studio City, co-starring Eric McCormack, in 2015.[4][13] The next year, she starred in the independent drama Lady Macbeth and had a recurring role as a webcam model in the first season of the ITV detective series Marcella.[14] In the former, based on the novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov, she played a young girl unhappily married to a much older man. Reviewing the film for Variety, Guy Lodge called Pugh a "a major talent to watch" and praised her portrayal of her character's "complex, under-the-skin transformation".[15] For her performance, she won the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, among others.[16]

In 2018, Pugh appeared in the action film The Commuter and played Cordelia to Anthony Hopkins's Leir of Britain in Richard Eyre's television film King Lear.[17] Later that year, she portrayed Elizabeth de Burgh in the Netflix historical film Outlaw King (2018), which also stars Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce. Charles Bramesco of The Guardian found her "excellent despite her thankless role".[18] She next appeared in a six-part miniseries adaptation of John le Carré's spy novel The Little Drummer Girl, in which she played an actress in the 1970s who becomes embroiled in an espionage plot.[19][20] In a mixed review of the series, Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair wrote, "Pugh is terrific throughout, once again asserting her star-on-the-rise status. She smartly mixes earthiness with sophistication, wisdom with naïveté."[21]

2019–present: BreakthroughEdit

 
Pugh at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con

Pugh was listed on Forbes' annual 30 Under 30 list, which recognises the 30 most influential people in Europe under the age of 30, in 2019.[22] She was also recognised as having a breakthrough in the same year, during which she starred in three major films.[23][24] She first starred as professional wrestler Paige in Fighting with My Family, a comedy-drama about Paige's relationship with her family, co-starring Lena Headey and Dwayne Johnson.[25] The film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim.[26][27] Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent noted how different the role was from Pugh's previous appearances, and wrote that she was "completely convincing as the wrestler" and that she showed "the same defiance, scruffy glamour and self-deprecating humour as the real life [...] Paige."[28] She next played the lead role in Ari Aster's horror film Midsommar, which chronicles a troubled couple who encounter Swedish cultists. David Edelstein of Vulture called her performance "amazingly vivid" and wrote, "Her face is so wide and open that she seems to have nowhere to hide her emotions."[29]

In her final film release of 2019, Pugh played Amy March, a headstrong artist, in Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women.[30] The cast rehearsed the script for two weeks before filming began, but Pugh was not able to participate as she was filming Midsommar at the time. She stated that she believed this helped create distance between her and her co-stars playing her sisters, which proved conducive for her character's personality.[31] Highlighting Pugh's performance, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that she "continues to prove herself a distinctive talent, managing all the tricky contradictions of the role with disarming grace, humor and a willful streak that grows almost imperceptibly into wisdom."[32] Pugh's portrayal of March earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.[33][34]

Pugh will next star alongside Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Widow, about the titular superhero.[35][36]

Personal lifeEdit

Since April 2019, Pugh has been in a relationship with American actor Zach Braff.[37] As of January 2020, she resides in London.[38][39]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Falling Abbie Mortimer
2016 Lady Macbeth Katherine Lester
2018 The Commuter Gwen
2018 Outlaw King Elizabeth de Burgh
2018 Malevolent Angela Sayers
2019 Fighting with My Family Saraya "Paige" Knight
2019 Midsommar Dani Ardor
2019 Little Women Amy March
2020 Black Widow Yelena Belova / Black Widow Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Studio City Cat Television film
2016 Marcella Cara Thomas 3 episodes
2018 King Lear Cordelia Television film
2018 The Little Drummer Girl Charmian "Charlie" Ross Miniseries

Awards and nominationsEdit

Pugh has received nominations for an Academy Award, two British Academy Film Awards, and two Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

Pugh won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Lady Macbeth (2016). For her role in Midsommar (2019), she was nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress. For her performance in Little Women (2019), she received nominations for the BAFTA Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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