Rebecca Hall

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Rebecca Hall

Born (1982-05-03) 3 May 1982
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Morgan Spector (m. 2015)

Rebecca Maria Hall (born 3 May 1982) is an English-American actress.[1] In 2003, she won the Ian Charleson Award for her debut stage performance in a production of Mrs. Warren's Profession.[2] She has appeared in the films The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe), The Town, The Awakening, Frost/Nixon, Iron Man 3, Transcendence, and The Gift. In 2016, Hall portrayed the troubled news anchor Christine Chubbuck in the critically acclaimed drama Christine.

In June 2010, Hall won the Supporting Actress BAFTA for her portrayal of Paula Garland in the 2009 Channel 4 production Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974.[3] She was also nominated for the Leading Actress Television BAFTA in 2013 for her role as socialite Sylvia Tietjens in BBC Two's Parade's End, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.

Early life

Hall was born on 3 May 1982[4] 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.[5][6][7][8] Her parents separated when she was still young, eventually divorcing in 1990.[5] 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.[5][9]

Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl.[5] She studied English Literature at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year.[5][10][11] During her time at Cambridge, she was active in the student theatre scene and also set up her own theatre company.[12] 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.[13][14]


Film and television

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.[15]

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,[16] 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.[17] Critics praised her performance.[17] 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.[17] She is the female lead role in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011.[18][19]

She played the role of Beth Raymer, in the 2012 film Lay the Favourite, 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."[20] 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).[21]

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 [co-star] Eric Bana".[15]

In 2015, Hall starred in the romantic comedy Tumbledown, opposite Jason Sudeikis,[22] and the Joel Edgerton-directed thriller The Gift,[23] opposite Jason Bateman and Edgerton.[24]


Hall at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival

Hall's professional stage debut came in 2002 when she starred as Vivie in her father's production of Mrs Warren's Profession at the Strand Theatre in London. Her performance, described as "admirable"[25] and "accomplished",[26] earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003.[27]

In 2003, Hall's father celebrated fifty years as a theatre director by staging a season of five plays at the Theatre Royal in Bath, Somerset. Hall starred in two of these plays; she appeared as Rosalind in her father's production of As You Like It,[28] which gained her a second Charleson nomination[29] and starred in the title role of Thea Sharrock's revival of D. H. Lawrence's The Fight for Barbara.[30] In 2004, Hall appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, two of which her father directed, namely Man and Superman in which she played Ann, and Galileo's Daughter in which she played Sister Maria Celeste. The third, Molière's Don Juan, in which she played the part of Elvira, was directed by Sharrock.[31]

In 2005, Hall reprised the role of Rosalind in a touring production of As You Like It, again under the direction of her father. This tour took in the following venues: The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames; The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; The Curran Theatre at San Francisco;[32] The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.[33] This was a second leg of the U.S. tour that began in 2003 with venues at the Shubert Theater [34] New Haven, Connecticut,[35] Columbus, Ohio, and the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston.[36]

In 2008–09, she appeared in Sam Mendes's first instalment of the Bridge Project, as Hermione in The Winter's Tale and Varya in The Cherry Orchard,[37] which gave performances with the same cast in Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.[38] In 2010–11, she played Viola in a production of Twelfth Night at London's National Theatre, which her father directed.[39]

Hall made her Broadway debut in Sophie Treadwell's expressionist play Machinal in 2013. The Roundabout Theatre production, directed by Lyndsey Turner, began previews on 20 December 2013, with the official opening set for 16 January 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre.[40]

Personal life

From 2003 to 2004, Hall dated her As You Like It co-star Freddie Stevenson.[31] She dated director Sam Mendes from 2010 to 2015. In September 2015, Hall married her Machinal co-star Morgan Spector.[41][42]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Starter for 10 Rebecca Epstein
2006 The Prestige Sarah Borden Nominated Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
Nominated London Film Critics Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Vicky Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Nominated Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
2008 Frost/Nixon Caroline Cushing Nominated Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 Official Selection Emily Dickinson Short film
2009 Dorian Gray Emily Wotton
2010 Please Give Rebecca Robert Altman Award
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Body of Work
Nominated Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2010 The Town Claire Keesey National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
Nominated Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2010 A Bag of Hammers Mel
2010 Everything Must Go Samantha
2011 The Awakening Florence Cathcart Nominated British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2012 Lay the Favorite Beth Raymer
2013 Iron Man 3 Maya Hansen
2013 Closed Circuit Claudia Simmons-Howe
2013 A Promise Charlotte Hoffmeister
2014 Transcendence Evelyn Caster
2015 Tumbledown Hannah
2015 The Gift Robyn
2016 Christine Christine Chubbuck
2016 The BFG Mary
2017 The Dinner Barbara Lohman Filming
2017 Professor Marston & The Wonder Women Elizabeth Holloway Marston Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Camomile Lawn Young Sophie
1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends Lucie
1993 Don't Leave Me This Way Lizzie Neil
2006 Wide Sargasso Sea Antoinette Cosway
2007 Rubberheart Maggie
2007 Joe's Palace Tina
2008 Einstein and Eddington Winifred Eddington
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 Paula Garland British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress
2012 Parade's End Sylvia Tietjens Nominated Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
2015 Codes of Conduct Rebecca Rotmensen Pilot
2016 Horace and Pete Rachel
Music videos
Year Title Role Notes
2012 "A Case of You" Herself James Blake video


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