Imogen Poots –

Poots in A Long Way Down.

About Imogen Poots (1989 – ____)

Imogen 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, Northern Ireland, and Fiona Goodall, a journalist and voluntary worker from Bolton. She has an older brother, Alex, who is a model.

Raised in Chiswick, Poots was privately educated in west London, 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 veterinarian, 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. 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.

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 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. 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.

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. 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.

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. In 2015, she appeared in She's Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Knight of Cups with Cate Blanchett, and has been cast in the adaptation of Jess Walter's novel Beautiful Ruins. She portrayed Linda Keith in the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, alongside André Benjamin as Hendrix. She reunited with Yelchin for Green Room in 2015.

Imogen Poots's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2006V for VendettaYoung Valerie Page
200728 Weeks LaterTammy Harris
2008Me and Orson WellesLorelei Lathrop
2009Waking MadisonAlexis
2009Solitary ManAllyson Karsch
2011Jane EyreBlanche Ingram
2011Fright NightAmy Peterson
2011Comes a Bright DayMary Bright
2012A Late QuartetAlexandra Gelbart
2013Greetings from Tim BuckleyAllie
2013Jimi: All Is by My SideLinda Keith
2013FilthAmanda Drummond
2013The Look of LoveDebbie Raymond
2014That Awkward MomentEllie Andrews
2014A Long Way DownJess Crichton
2014Need for SpeedJulia Maddon
2014She's Funny That WayIsabella Patterson
2015Knight of CupsDella
2015Green RoomAmber
2015A Country Called HomeEllie
2016Frank & LolaLola
2016Popstar: Never Stop Never StoppingAshley Wednesday
2016The PromiseElizabeth Haysom
2017Friday's ChildJoan
2017Mobile HomesAli
2017Sweet VirginiaLila
2017I Kill GiantsKaren

Imogen Poots's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2004CasualtyAlice Thornton
2008Miss Austen RegretsFanny Austen-Knight
2016Bouquet of Barbed WirePrue Sorenson
2010Christopher and His KindJean Ross
2016RoadiesKelly Ann Mason

Memorable Quotes by Imogen Poots

“ I never personalize anything because I think that can be dangerous. For me the best way is — this may sound pretentious — but it's to breathe the character and get into the psychology of it. ”

“ I was about 14 when I started with a theater group, it was like a stage group on the weekends alongside school. And it was run by a group of guys who'd been to drama school themselves in London. So they introduced us to techniques that they'd learn about and they kind of informed us about improvisation and screenwriting and all of that stuff. So it was really there that I started to really love it and enjoy it. ”

[on her Bouquet of Barbed Wire (2010) character] “ The role as a whole was very intriguing, especially as a part for a young girl. There was a lot to do and a lot that happened to Prue. And I think teenage years are a really incredible time to focus on because you're really changing as a person. ”

“ It is a difficult one, as you get scripts where women are just objects. If a role has been too one-dimensional I have turned it down. I still try to be a feminist in some tiny way. There is more for women in terms of character roles now. Judi Dench and Maggie Smith have constantly changed over the years and challenged themselves with different roles. That's impressive. ”

“ You collect people to take with you. Some people change, other people don't... it's wonderful because I've met some incredible friends. ”

“ With 'That Awkward Moment', you could argue I'm just playing the girlfriend of Zac Efron, but the director was such a creative force and let me make her my own. I loved being part of something that felt so relevant and fresh. ”

Things You May Not Know About Imogen Poots

She was a member of the YoungBlood theater company.

She trained at YoungBlood Theatre Company.

She has an older brother named Alex Poots.

She is good friends with Matthew Beard and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Her father is Northern Irish, originally from Belfast. Her mother has English and Scottish ancestry (one of Imogen's maternal great-grandfathers was Scottish).

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Imogen Poots in 28 Weeks Later (2007)... top and bottom pictures with
Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, and Mackintosh Muggleton... second picture with Byrne.
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Poots in A Country Called Home (2015).
Poots in A Late Quartet (2012).
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As Jess Crichton in A Long Way Down (2014)... with Pierce Brosnan, Toni
Collette, and Aaron Paul in top three pictures... with Aaron Paul in bottom two pictures.
In Centurion (2010).
With Matthew Beard, Daniel Kaluuya, and Hannah Murray in Chatroom (2010).
In Filth (2013)... bottom picture with John Sessions.
With Michael Shannon in Frank & Lola (2016).
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In Fright Night (2011)... third and bottom pictures with
Anton Yelchin... fourth picture with Yelchin and Toni Collette.
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In Green Room (2016)... top picture with Anton Yelchin... bottom
picture with Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner.
In Greetings From Tim Buckley (2012)... bottom picture with Penn Badgley.
As Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre (2011)... top picture with Michael Fassbender.
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In Jimi: All Is By My Side (2013)... middle picture with André Benjamin.
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In Knight of Cups (2015)... top two pictures with Christian Bale.
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Poots in Miss Austen Regrets (2008)... third picture with
Tom Hiddleston... bottom picture with Greta Scacchi and Olivia Williams.
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In Need For Speed (2014)... top picture with Aaron Paul.
With Andy Samberg in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016).
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Poots in Roadies (2016)... top picture with Carla Gugino and Luke Wilson...
second picture with Machine Gun Kelly and Keisha Castle-Hughes... third
picture with Ron White... fifth picture with Rafe Spall... sixth picture with
Carla Gugino... bottom picture with Keisha Castle-Hughes and Rafe Spall.
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In She's Funny That Way (2014)... top picture with Owen Wilson, Rhys Ifans,
and Kathryn Hahn... second picture with Ifans and Hahn... third and fourth
pictures with Owen Wilson... fifth picture with Kathryn Hahn...
bottom picture with George Morfogen.
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In Solitary Man (2009)... bottom picture with Michael Douglas and Jessie Eisenberg.
With Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment (2014).
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Imogen Poots in The Look of Love (2013)... bottom two pictures with Steve Coogan.