Imogen Poots

Imogen Gay Poots[1] (born 3 June 1989[2]) is an English actress and model. She played Tammy in the post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Weeks Later (2007), Linda Keith in the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013), Debbie Raymond in the Paul Raymond biopic The Look of Love (2013), and Julia Maddon in the American action film Need for Speed (2014). Also in 2014, she portrayed Jesse Crichton in A Long Way Down, alongside Pierce Brosnan and Aaron Paul. In 2016, she starred as Kelly Ann in the Showtime series Roadies. In 2020, she played Laura in the Academy Award winning The Father (2020), which starred Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.

Imogen Poots
Imogen Poots Comic-Con 2011.jpg
Poots at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Imogen Gay Poots

(1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 33)
Hammersmith, London, England
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)James Norton (2018-present; engaged)

Early lifeEdit

Poots was born at the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, London, the daughter of Trevor Poots, a current affairs television producer from Belfast, and Fiona Goodall, a journalist and voluntary worker from Bolton.[3][4] She has an older brother, Alex, who is a model.[5][6]

Raised in Chiswick, West London, Poots was privately educated, attending Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in Brook Green, Queen's Gate School in South Kensington, and Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. While intending to become a veterinary surgeon, she began spending Saturdays at an improvisation workshop hosted by the Young Blood Theatre Company at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. She abandoned her original career aspiration after fainting at the sight of veterinary surgery during work experience.[3] Attaining three A grades at A-level, she won a place at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2008, but had it deferred for two years in order to pursue her acting career.[4][7]


Poots first appeared on-screen in an episode of Casualty and had a non-speaking role in V for Vendetta, but she was largely unknown when, at the age of 17, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo cast her in the horror film 28 Weeks Later. Since then, she has appeared in films such as Cracks, Centurion, and as the female lead in the 2011 remake of Fright Night alongside Anton Yelchin.[8][9][10][11] Although Poots has never formally trained as an actress, according to Giles Hattersley, she developed her acting skills through a practical apprenticeship that may have served her well, as she is "compellingly natural" in front of the camera.[7]

In 2011, she was chosen by fashion house Chloé to appear in a campaign for its eponymous fragrance shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.[12] In 2012, she was selected to star in a Sofia Coppola-directed advertising campaign for a collaboration between fashion label Marni and high street retailer H&M.[13][14]

In 2012, Poots played the acrimonious young violinist Alexandra Gelbart opposite Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Late Quartet. In 2013, she appeared in Greetings from Tim Buckley, Filth, and The Look of Love. In 2014, Poots starred in the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment and action film Need for Speed, an adaptation of the video game series, and played Jess in the film A Long Way Down. In 2015, she appeared in She's Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Knight of Cups with Cate Blanchett,[15] and has been cast in the adaptation of Jess Walter's novel Beautiful Ruins.[16] She portrayed Linda Keith in the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, alongside André Benjamin as Hendrix.[17] She reunited with Yelchin for Green Room in 2015.

In 2016, she starred as Kelly Ann in the Showtime series Roadies. In 2017, she played Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which was broadcast via National Theatre Live on 18 May 2017 from the Harold Pinter Theatre in the London West End. Also that year, Poots starred in the Amy Herzog play Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse opposite James Norton.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Poots has been in a relationship with actor James Norton since 2018.[19] They are engaged as of 2022.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 V for Vendetta Young Valerie Page
2007 28 Weeks Later Tammy Harris
2007 Wish Jane Short film
2008 Me and Orson Welles Lorelei Lathrop
2009 Cracks Poppy
2009 Waking Madison Alexis
2009 Solitary Man Allyson Karsch
2010 Centurion Arianne
2010 Chatroom Eva
2011 Jane Eyre Blanche Ingram
2011 Fright Night Amy Peterson
2011 Comes a Bright Day Mary Bright
2012 A Late Quartet Alexandra Gelbart
2013 Greetings from Tim Buckley Allie
2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side Linda Keith
2013 Filth Amanda Drummond
2013 The Look of Love Debbie Raymond
2014 That Awkward Moment Ellie Andrews
2014 A Long Way Down Jess Crichton
2014 Need for Speed Julia Maddon
2014 She's Funny That Way Isabella Patterson
2015 Knight of Cups Della
2015 Green Room Amber
2015 A Country Called Home Ellie
2016 Frank & Lola Lola
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Ashley Wednesday
2016 Killing for Love Elizabeth Haysom Voice role
2017 Have Had Grace Short film
2017 Sweet Virginia Lila
2017 Mobile Homes Ali
2017 I Kill Giants Karen
2018 Age Out Joan
2019 The Art of Self-Defense Anna
2019 Vivarium Gemma
2019 Castle in the Ground Ana
2019 Black Christmas Riley Stone
2020 The Father Laura
2020 French Exit Susan


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Casualty Alice Thornton Episode: "Love Bites"
2008 Miss Austen Regrets Fanny Austen-Knight Television film
2010 Bouquet of Barbed Wire Prue Sorenson Television miniseries
2010 Christopher and His Kind Jean Ross Television film
2016 Roadies Kelly Ann Mason Lead role[21]
2020 I Know This Much Is True Joy Hanks Recurring role (3 episodes)
2022 Outer Range Autumn Lead role


Year Play Role Theatre
2017 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey Harold Pinter Theatre[22]
2017 Bellville Abby Donmar Warehouse[23]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Accolade Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 British Independent Film Award Most Promising Newcomer 28 Weeks Later Nominated [24]
2011 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest (shared with Michael Douglas) Solitary Man Won
2012 Hamptons International Film Festival Award Breakthrough Performer Knight of Cups Won
2013 British Independent Film Award Best Supporting Actress The Look of Love Won
2016 Fright Meter Award Best Supporting Actress Green Room Nominated
2017 WhatsOnStage Awards Best Supporting Actress in a play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated [25]
2018 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated [26]
2019 Sitges Film Festival Best Actress Vivarium Won [27]


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  12. ^ Forrester, Sarah (27 May 2011). "Chloe's New Signings". Vogue. Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  13. ^ Bergin, Olivia (30 January 2012). "Imogen Poots lands Marni for H&M campaign". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  14. ^ Behind the scenes of the Marni at H&M commercial on YouTube
  15. ^ Dang, Simon (12 June 2012). "Imogen Poots Spotted Shooting 'Knight Of Cups' With Christian Bale; Terrence Malick Meeting With Benicio Del Toro?". The Playlist. Indiewire. Archived from the original on 17 September 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (15 November 2013). "Imogen Poots to Star in Todd Field's 'Beautiful Ruins' (Exclusive)". Variety. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  17. ^ "All Is by My Side (2013)". Archived from the original on 8 February 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  18. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (15 December 2017). "Riveting and troubling insights on the frailty of human relationships – Belleville, Donmar Warehouse, review". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018 – via
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  20. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (30 July 2022). "James Norton: 'My greatest fear? Rats. We had one swim up our loo recently. It was horrific'". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  21. ^ Simpson, Dave (24 June 2016). "Real-life roadies review Roadies: 'I felt like a nurse watching an hour of ER'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
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  23. ^ "Belleville review – James Norton and Imogen Poots gleam amid Paris gloom". the Guardian. 15 December 2017. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021.
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  25. ^ "Nominees announced for the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards". 1 December 2017.
  26. ^ "Olivier awards 2018: complete list of nominations". The Guardian. 6 March 2018. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Siteges - 52ed. Festival Internacional de Catalunya 2019 - List of winners". 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2021.

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