Rebecca Hall –

Hall in Red Riding in the Year of our Lord 1974.

About Rebecca Hall (1982 – ____)

Rebecca Maria Hall was born on 3 May 1982 in London, the daughter of English stage director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall and American opera singer Maria Ewing. Her mother is of African American, Dutch, Scottish, and Sioux origin. Her parents separated when she was still young, eventually divorcing in 1990. Hall has five half-siblings: stage director Edward Hall, producer Christopher Hall, actresses Jennifer Caron Hall and Emma Hall, and set designer Lucy Hall. Christopher and Jennifer are Peter Hall's children with his first wife, French actress Leslie Caron.

Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl. She studied English Literature at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year. During her time at Cambridge, she was active in the student theatre scene and also set up her own theatre company. She was a member of the Marlowe Society and starred alongside housemate Dan Stevens, who was an English literature student at Emmanuel College, in several critically acclaimed productions.

Hall's first professional role came in 1992, when she appeared as young Sophy in her father's television adaptation of Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn at the age of 10.

Her feature film debut came in 2006 as Rebecca Epstein in the film adaptation of David Nicholls's Starter for Ten. She got her breakthrough with the role of Sarah Borden in Christopher Nolan's film The Prestige. She then appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace in 2007, as well as appearing in several other television films, including Wide Sargasso Sea and Rubberheart.

Hall's Hollywood fame grew when she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona as one of the title characters, Vicky. Critics praised her performance. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy. In 2008 she appeared in Frost/Nixon as the girlfriend of Michael Sheen's David Frost. Hall was cast with Ben Barnes in the film Dorian Gray in 2009. She appeared in Please Give with Catherine Keener and Amanda Peet and The Town with Ben Affleck and Blake Lively. She is the female lead role in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011.

She played the role of Beth Raymer, in the 2012 film Lay the Favorite, in which one review commented that she "plays Raymer as an endearing force of nature who somehow manages to survive in a dangerous world through sheer force of character." She played the role of Sylvia Tietjens in the BBC/HBO/VRT production of Parade's End in 2012 opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. She replaced Jessica Chastain as Maya Hansen in the superhero film Iron Man 3 (2013). She also starred as Claudia Simmons Howe in the thriller Closed Circuit (2013), and co-starred with Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence (2014).

In October 2013, she was engaged in promoting her latest film, the espionage thriller Closed Circuit, in which one commentator described her as "good... better than Eric Bana".

In 2015, Hall starred in the romantic comedy Tumbledown, opposite Jason Sudeikis, and the Joel Edgerton-directed thriller The Gift, opposite Jason Bateman and Edgerton.

From 2003 to 2004, Hall dated her As You Like It co-star Freddie Stevenson. She dated director Sam Mendes from 2010 to 2015. In September 2015, Hall married her Machinal co-star Morgan Spector.

Rebecca Hall's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2006Starter for 10Rebecca Epstein
2006The PrestigeSarah Borden
2008Vicky Cristina BarcelonaVicky
2008Frost/NixonCaroline Cushing
2008Official SelectionEmily Dickinson
2009Dorian GrayEmily Wotton
2010Please GiveRebecca
2010The TownClaire Keesey
2010A Bag of HammersMel
2010Everything Must GoSamantha
2011The AwakeningFlorence Cathcart
2012Lay the FavoriteBeth Raymer
2013Iron Man 3Maya Hansen
2013Closed CircuitClaudia Simmons-Howe
2013A PromiseCharlotte Hoffmeister
2014TranscendenceEvelyn Caster
2015The GiftRobyn
2016ChristineChristine Chubbuck
2016The BFGMary
2017The DinnerBarbara Lohman
2017Professor Marston & The Wonder WomenElizabeth Holloway Marston
2018Holmes and WatsonDr. Grace Hart

Rebecca Hall's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1992The Camomile LawnYoung Sophie
1993The World of Peter Rabbit and FriendsLucie
1993Don't Leave Me This WayLizzie Neil
2006Wide Sargasso SeaAntoinette Cosway
2007Joe's PalaceTina
2008Einstein and EddingtonWinifred Eddington
2009Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974Paula Garland
2012Parade's EndSylvia Tietjens
2015Codes of ConductRebecca Rotmensen
2016Horace and PeteRachel

Memorable Quotes by Rebecca Hall

“ There's always going to be a separate version of you that people will create, and you have no control over it.”

“ I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor. It has just always been an inevitability on some level. ”

“ I was a really pretentious teenager. ”

“ If pressed, I would say I feel British. It's where I grew up and where I choose to live, the culture that I love, but I feel perfectly at home in America, I don't feel like a tourist or anything. ”

“ I would say that maybe directors who act as well are easier with actors. I'm not saying that all directors have this, but sometimes you'll come across a director who sort of looks at an actor a bit like a kind of untrained horse that's been let out of the stable, like they might buck him. ”

“ I used to have the most visceral response to having my photo taken. I felt like instantly bursting into tears and running out of the room. I hated all the attention, which is such a stupid thing for an actor to say. ”

Things You May Not Know About Rebecca Hall

She contributed a doodle for Epilepsy Action's National Doodle Day on Friday, February 23, 2007.

Her favorite film is Woody Allen's 1979 movie, Manhattan.

Her agent paid for the fares for their flight to New York to audition for The Town because she did not have the money.

She grew to be 5'10 at the age of 11.

Rebecca Hall has appeared with many actors from the Marvel Universe in non Marvel films. She worked with Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)) and Hugh Jackman (the X-Men and Wolverine series) in The Prestige (2006). Hall worked with Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)), Kevin Bacon (X-Men: First Class (2011)) and Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class (2011)) in Frost/Nixon (2008). She also worked with Jeremy Renner (The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Thor (2011)) in The Town (2010).

For her professional stage debut in "Mrs Warren's Profession" (dir. Peter Hall), she won the 2002 Sunday Times/ National Theatre 'Ian Charleson' Award which recognizes performances in classical roles for actors and actresses under 30 in Britain. She was nominated for the same award in 2004 for her performance in "As You Like It" (directed by Peter Hall).

Rebecca Hall in Christine (2016).
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Rebecca Hall in Closed Circuit (2013).
With Ben Barnes in Dorian Gray (2009).
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Hall in Frost/Nixon (2008)... bottom picture with Michael Sheen.
In Iron Man 3 (2013).
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In Lay the Favorite (2012)... top picture with Catherine Zeta Jones...
third picture with Joshua Jackson... fourth picture with Bruce Willis.
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As Sylvia Tietjens in Parade's End (2012)... top picture with Benedict
Cumberbatch... bottom picture with Cumberbatch and Adelaide Clemens.
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In Please Give (2010)... top picture with Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet,
and Ann Morgan... bottom picture with Thomas Ian Nicholas.
With Andrew Garfield in Red Riding in the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009).
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With James McAvoy in Starter for 10 (2006).
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In The Awakening (2011)... top picture with Dominic West.
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Hall in the psychological thriller The Gift (2015)... top picture with
Jason Bateman... bottom two pictures with Bateman and Joel Edgerton.
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In The Prestige (2006)... bottom two pictures with Christian Bale.
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In The Town (2010)... second and third pictures
with Ben Affleck... fourth picture with Jon Hamm.
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Hall in Transcendence (2014)... Third picture with Paul Bettany...
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picture with Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy.
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With Jason Sudeikis in Tumbledown (2015).
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Rebecca Hall and Javier Bardem in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).