Mavor in January 2016.
|Education||Mary Erskine School|
|Relatives||James Bridie |
Mavor was born in Glasgow but grew up in Inverleith, Edinburgh. Her father, James Mavor, is an award-winning playwright who leads the MA screenwriting course at Napier University. Her grandfather, Ronald Bingo Mavor, was The Scotsman's theatre critic in the early 1960s before he became the director of the Scottish Arts Council. Her great-grandfather, James Bridie (real name Osborne Mavor), changed the Scottish theatrical landscape by setting up in 1950 a college of drama, the forerunner of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Mavor's mother is Irish and also has some Danish ancestry.
Mavor first became interested in acting after watching The Shining when she was 10 years old. For a period, she lived in La Rochelle, France. She studied at Collège Eugène Fromentin in La Rochelle and at Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh, and has been a member of the National Youth Theatre since 2008. Her first acting experience was in school productions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest as Miranda and in The Merchant of Venice, directed by John C. Allan, prior to a stint in the National Youth Theatre.
In 2011, Mavor made her professional debut as Mini McGuinness in the fifth and sixth series of E4 drama Skins, after originally auditioning for the role of Grace Blood. She described her character as "quite a feisty and witty figure, but she doesn't really think about the consequences of her actions". For her role, she was nominated for Best Actress at the TV Choice Awards 2012.
In 2013, Mavor played Nicola Ball in the romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending. It was first screened at the 2013 EIFF Closing Night. The film is about a writer suffering from writer's block and her publisher’s campaign to get her writing again. In the same year, she appeared as Liz in Sunshine on Leith, an adaptation of the stage musical based on the lyrics of The Proclaimers, first screened at TIFF 2013. In 2015, she starred in Joann Sfar's French-Belgian mystery film La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil alongside Benjamin Biolay and Italian actor Elio Germano. It was the first of a three consecutive French-speaking roles for Mavor, who speaks French fluently, followed in 2016 by supporting roles in both Yvan Attal's satire about antisemitism Ils sont partout and the period drama Cézanne et moi, about the friendship between novelist Émile Zola and painter Paul Cézanne and starring Guillaume Canet and Guillaume Gallienne in the two leading roles.
On television, Mavor portrayed Princess Elizabeth of York in the 2013 period drama The White Queen for BBC One. Later that year, she joined Will Merrick in stage production Boys at the Arcola Theatre in London. Mavor's next television role was in Channel 4 historical miniseries New Worlds, where she played Jamie Dornan's love interest in a 17th-century story set in England. In May 2014, she appeared in the episode "En apesanteur" ("At zero gravity") of the French TV show Casting(s) by Pierre Niney.
In 2017, Mavor had a supporting role in the mystery drama The Sense of an Ending, starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, then took a leading role in the romance film Modern Life Is Rubbish, which portrays the ups and downs throughout the years of a relationship between a man and a woman who share a passion for alternative rock. In 2018, she had a role in the black comedy Dead in a Week: Or Your Money Back, starring Aneurin Barnard and Tom Wilkinson. The same year she starred alongside John Malkovich in the BBC One miniseries The ABC Murders, based on the mystery novel by Agatha Christie; alongside David Kross in the biographical film Trautmann, about the life of German football player Bert Trautmann; and alongside Vincent Cassel and Olga Kurylenko in another French-language production, L'Empereur de Paris, about early 18th-century French criminalist Eugène François Vidocq, the man who's considered the first detective in history.
Mavor has two brothers, Hugo and Alex. She can play the piano, and also speaks French fluently. In 2005, she was a mezzo-soprano at the National Youth Choir of Scotland. She was voted 78th in the UK edition of FHM's 100 World's Sexiest Women 2012. In 2013, Screen International named her as one of the UK Stars of Tomorrow.
|2013||Not Another Happy Ending||Nicola Ball|
|Sunshine on Leith||Liz Henshaw|
|2015||The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun||Dany||French-language film|
|2016||The Jews||Marie||French-language film|
|Cézanne and I||Jeanne||French-language film|
|2017||The Sense of an Ending||Young Veronica|
|Modern Life Is Rubbish||Natalie|
|2018||Dead in a Week: Or Your Money Back||Ellie|
|L'Empereur de Paris||Annette||French-language film|
|Balance, Not Symmetry||Dolly||Post-production|
|2011||Disco||Girl in Queue|||
|2011–2012||Skins||Mini McGuinness||E4 series, 18 episodes|
Nominated — TV Choice Award for Best Actress
|2013||The White Queen||Princess Elizabeth of York||BBC One miniseries, 3 episodes|
|2014||New Worlds||Beth Fanshawe||E4 miniseries, 4 episodes|
|Casting(s)||French-language Canal+ sitcom|
|2015||Virtuoso||Marie||TV movie directed by Alan Ball|
|2018||The ABC Murders||Thora Grey||BBC One miniseries, 3 episodes|
|2019||Il était une seconde fois||Louise||French-language ARTE miniseries, 4 episodes|
|2016||Good Canary||Annie Parker||Rose Theatre|
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