Sally Cecilia Hawkins (born 27 April 1976) is an English actress. She made her film debut in Mike Leigh's All or Nothing in 2002. She continued working with Leigh, appearing in a supporting role in Vera Drake (2004) and taking the lead in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), for which she won several awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.
Hawkins at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in 2017
|Born||Sally Cecilia Hawkins
27 April 1976
Dulwich, London, England
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
She also starred in Made in Dagenham (2010) and Paddington (2014). She appeared in two Woody Allen films, Cassandra's Dream (2007) and Blue Jasmine (2013), for which she received Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award ceremonies. In 2016, she starred as Maud Lewis in Maudie. In 2017, she reprised her role as Mary Brown in Paddington 2, and played the lead role of Elisa Esposito in the fantasy film The Shape of Water, to universal acclaim, receiving nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actress.
Hawkins started her career as a stage actress, appearing in productions, such as Romeo and Juliet, playing Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She appeared in stage productions with the Royal Court Theatre in London, and in 2010 she made her Broadway debut in Mrs. Warren's Profession. In 2012, she starred in Constellations at the Royal Court Theatre which later transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End.
On television, she starred in the BBC adaptations of Tipping The Velvet (2002) as Zena Blake, and Fingersmith (2005) as Sue Trinder. She also appeared as Anne Elliot in Persuasion (2007), ITV's adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
Hawkins was born in Dulwich and brought up in Blackheath, the daughter of Jacqui Hawkins (née Jacqueline Sinfield) and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. Her parents both have Irish Catholic ancestry. She has a brother, Finbar Hawkins, a producer. Hawkins first developed an interest in acting at the age of three when she went to a circus show. She intended to go into comedy but ended up doing theatre plays. Hawkins attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich, and later graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1998. She has dyslexia.
Hawkins started her career primarily as a stage actress in such productions as Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Romeo and Juliet, The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Misconceptions. She also had small appearances on television series such as Casualty and Doctors. In 1998 while still a student, Hawkins was cast as an extra in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Hawkins made her first notable screen performance in the 2002 Mike Leigh film All or Nothing as Samantha. This was the first of three films that Hawkins and Leigh worked on together, the second of which was the 2004 film Vera Drake. She appeared as Slasher in the 2004 action film Layer Cake. Her first major television role came in 2005, when she played Susan Trinder in the BAFTA-nominated BBC drama Fingersmith, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel of the same name, in which she co-starred with Imelda Staunton. She then starred in another BBC adaptation, Patrick Hamilton's Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky. Between 2003 and 2005 Hawkins appeared in four episodes of the BBC comedy series Little Britain. Hawkins acted in David Hare's adaptation of Federico García Lorca's play The House of Bernarda Alba in 2005, at Royal National Theatre.
She has also lent her voice to numerous radio series such as Concrete Cow, on which she also was a writer, Ed Reardon's Week, Think the Unthinkable, Cash Cows, War with the Newts and The Party Line. In 2006, Hawkins returned to the stage, appearing at the Royal Court Theatre in Jez Butterworth's The Winterling. During 2006 she also made uncredited appearances in Richard Ayoade's Man to Man with Dean Learner where she played various uncredited roles in various deleted scenes included on the series DVD. Hawkins would later be directed by Ayoade on two of his films.
In 2007, she played Anne Elliot in the television film of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Her performance was well received by critics and was awarded a Golden Nymph. She also had a supporting role in the Woody Allen film Cassandra's Dream, starring Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor. Hawkins reunited with Leigh for a third time in the 2008 comedy-drama film Happy-Go-Lucky, portraying Poppy Cross, a kind-hearted primary school teacher. Hawkins' performance received critical acclaim and received many accolades, including winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the Silver Bear for Best Actress.
Three films starring Hawkins, Made in Dagenham, Submarine and Never Let Me Go, all premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. All three received positive reviews and Hawkins' performances were met with critical acclaim. In October 2010, she appeared on Broadway as Vivie in Mrs. Warren's Profession at the American Airlines Theatre. In 2011, Hawkins had a supporting role in the film adaptation of Jane Eyre and was the female lead in the romantic comedy film Love Birds. In 2012, she and Rafe Spall co-starred in the play Constellations at the Royal Court Theatre and later Duke of York's Theatre. The play was met with positive reviews and won the best play category at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. She also had a small role as Mrs Joe in the 2012 adaption of Great Expectations.
In 2013, Hawkins starred opposite Cate Blanchett and was directed by Woody Allen for the second time in the critically acclaimed film Blue Jasmine, a role for which she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as nods for the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and received various other accolades. The same year she starred in All Is Bright, alongside Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd and had a small appearance as a receptionist in the Richard Ayoade film The Double. In 2014, Hawkins appeared in Godzilla, as Dr Vivienne Graham, a scientist assisting Dr Ishiro Serizawa played by Ken Watanabe. She also co-starred with John Hawkes and Michael Cera in the Charlie Kaufman television pilot, How and Why. The pilot was not given a series order.
Hawkins portrayed the mother of Asa Butterfield's character in the drama film X+Y, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. In November 2014, she portrayed Mrs Brown in the critically acclaimed Paddington. The film is based on the children's books by Michael Bond where Paddington, an anthropomorphic bear who migrates from the jungles of darkest Peru to the streets of London, is adopted by the Brown family. Hawkins reprised her role as Mrs Brown for the sequel, Paddington 2 (2017), which has also received acclaim. Also in 2017, she appeared in the Guillermo del Toro film The Shape of Water, for which she received critical acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination.
|1999||Casualty||Emma Lister||Episode: "To Have and to Hold"|
|2000||Doctors||Sarah Carne||Episode: "Pretty Baby"|
|2002||Tipping the Velvet||Zena Blake||2 episodes|
|2003–2005||Little Britain||Cathy||3 episodes|
|2003||Promoted to Glory||Lisa||Television film|
|2003||The Young Visiters||Rosalind||Television film|
|2003||Byron||Mary Shelley||Television film|
|2004||Bunk Bed Boys||Helen||Television film|
|2005||Fingersmith||Susan Trinder||2 episodes|
|2005||Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky||Ella||3 episodes|
|2006||Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in My Heart||Nathalie||Television film|
|2006||H G Wells: War with the World||Rebecca West||Television film|
|2006||Man to Man with Dean Learner||Various characters||3 episodes|
|2007||Persuasion||Anne Elliot||Television film
Golden Nymph Award for Best Performance by an Actress – Television Film
Royal Television Award for Best Actress
|2007||The Everglades||Television short, also writer|
|2011||Little Crackers||Mummy||Episode: "Barbara Windsor's Little Cracker: My First Brassiere"|
|2012||Room on the Broom||Bird (voice)||Television short|
|2014||How and Why||Yvonne Hesselman||Pilot|
|2015||Stick Man||Stick Lady (voice)||Television short|
|2016||The Hollow Crown||Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester||Episode: "Henry VI, Part I"|
|1998||Accidental Death of an Anarchist||Battersea Arts Centre|
|1998||Romeo and Juliet||Juliet Capulet||York Theatre Royal|
|1999||The Dybbuk||Leah||Battersea Arts Centre|
|1999||The Cherry Orchard||Anya Ranevskaya||York Theatre Royal|
|1999||Svejk||Kidnapped Dog||Gate Theatre|
|2000||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Hermia||Open Air Theatre|
|2000||Much Ado About Nothing||Hero||Open Air Theatre|
|2004||Country Music||Lynsey Sargeant||Royal Court Theatre|
|2005||The House of Bernarda Alba||Adela Alba||Royal National Theatre|
|2006||The Winterling||Lue||Royal Court Theatre|
|2010||Mrs. Warren's Profession||Vivie Warren||American Airlines Theatre|
|2012||Constellations||Marianne||Royal Court Theatre
Duke of York's Theatre
|2015||Letters Live||Reader||Freemasons' Hall|
|2002||Concrete Cow||Various roles||BBC Radio 4
|2004||Think the Unthinkable||BBC Radio 4|
|2004||The Cenci Family||Beatrice Cenci||BBC Radio 4|
|2004–2005, 2007||Ed Reardon's Week||Ping||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||Cash Cows||Kerry||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||War with the Newts||Olga||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||The Party Line||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||Afternoon Romancers||Liz||BBC Radio 4|
|2006||Salome||Joanna||BBC Radio 3|
|2007||Cut to the Heart||Alice||BBC Radio 4|
|2007||Demonstrating Grace||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2010||Greed All About It||Alice||BBC Radio 4|
|2011||Revolution||Therese||BBC Radio 4|
|2015||Book at Bedtime: The Girl on the Train||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
- "Children's Books – Articles – Authorgraph No.116: Colin and Jacqui Hawkins | BfK No. 116". Booksforkeeps.co.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- Galloway, Stephen; Guider, Elizabeth (8 December 2008). "Oscar Roundtable: The Actresses". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
- Hoggard, Liz (10 November 2012). "Sally Hawkins: 'You only do good work when you're taking risks'". The Independent. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Ramin Setoodeh (16 December 2013). "Sally Hawkins on her secret 'Star Wars' role and "Blue Jasmine"". Variety. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "The Week UK | The best of British & international news, opinion, sport, people & business". Thefirstpost.co.uk. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "Brit actress Sally Hawkins to visit Mill Valley film fest". Marinscope Community Newspapers. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- Silverman, Stephen (11 December 2008). "Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Score Golden Globe Nods". People. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
- "Nominations & Winners". Golden Globes. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
- Brad Frenette (27 July 2010). "Toronto International Film Fest announces 2010 lineup". National Post. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
- "Theater Review: A Friendly Clash of Charms in Mrs. Warren's Profession". Vulture. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- Matilda Battersby (2 January 2013). "Lift off for the writer with stars in his eyes | Culture". The Independent. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "Oscars 2014 Winners: The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- "Golden Globes Nominations: The Full List". Variety. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
- "Sally Hawkins Joins 'Godzilla' Cast". Deadline.com. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "FX's Charlie Kaufman Pilot Not Going Forward". Deadline.com. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "X+Y". TIFF.net. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- Bradshaw, Peter (27 November 2014). "Paddington review – charming and cheeky". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Lodge, Guy (26 October 2017). "Film Review: 'Paddington 2'". Variety. Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "Hugh Grant at world premiere of 'Paddington 2' (VIDEO)". Malay Mail. 7 November 2017. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- "2009 ICS AWARD WINNERS". International Cinephile Society.
- Elsworth, Catherine (12 January 2009). "Golden Globes 2009: Sally Hawkins wins best actress in musical or comedy – Telegraph". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- "Afternoon Romancers by Nick McCarty". Promenadeproductions.com. 2 June 2005. Retrieved 4 April 2016.