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Romola Garai

Highest Rated:   83% Atonement (2007)
Lowest Rated:   15% The Other Man (2008)
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Birthplace:   Southwark, London, England, UK
Despite a visage and presence that seemed to almost predestine her for movie stardom, fair-haired Romola Garai stumbled into acting almost inadvertently. A performer of Hungarian extraction on both her maternal and paternal sides, she grew up with a banker father and a journalist mother and three brothers and sisters, and lived in Singapore and Hong Kong until the age of eight. Though never consciously nurturing any disciplined aspirations to become a film actress, Garai began to move toward the seventh art in her mid-teens, first by appearing in high school plays, then by joining England's National Youth Theatre. Academically, she enrolled in the City of London School for Girls and (later) London University, as an English major, but a year into her tenure there, a casting director working for producer Su Armstrong and director Gillies MacKinnon noticed her and tapped her for a small role in the bittersweet musical seriocomedy The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, opposite Olympia Dukakis, Judi Dench, and Ian Holm, and Garai's career was secure. She almost immediately snagged an agent, and numerous additional offers began rolling in. Garai's breakthrough arrived in 2003, with a star turn in Tim Fywell's Dodie Smith adaptation I Capture the Castle, for which she did an overwhelming amount of preliminary research and -- uncoincidentally -- earned high praise from critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Work came quickly and furiously at that point; assignments included hotfooting her way through the Dirty Dancing follow-up Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004), starring as Amelia Sedley opposite Reese Witherspoon in Mira Nair's Vanity Fair (2004), and -- on a particularly memorable note -- playing the troubled 18-year-old Briony Tallis in the 2007 Best Picture nominee Atonement, opposite bombshell Keira Knightley -- a performer to whom many favorably compared Garai. Over the next several years, Garai would appear in a number of acclaimed mini-series like Emma, The Crimson Petal and the White, and The Hour.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
73% Suffragette
  • Alice
$7.2M 2015
20% The Last Days On Mars
  • Rebecca Lane
2013
No Score Yet Legacy
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Having You
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet What You Will
  • Actor
2012
64% Junkhearts
  • Christine
2011
36% One Day
  • Sylvie
$13.8M 2011
45% Glorious 39
  • Anne Keyes
2009
15% The Other Man
  • Abigail
2008
No Score Yet King Lear
  • Actor
2008
83% Atonement
  • 18-Year-Old Briony
$50.9M 2007
50% Angel
  • Angel Deverell
2007
70% Amazing Grace
  • Barbara Spooner
$21.2M 2007
49% Renaissance
  • Ilona Tasuiev
2006
36% As You Like It
  • Celia
2006
40% Scoop
  • Vivian
$10.5M 2006
No Score Yet El Sueño de Una Noche de San Juan (Midsummer Dream)
  • Actor
2005
49% Rory O'Shea Was Here
  • Siobhán
2005
No Score Yet Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant
  • Mary
2005
51% Vanity Fair
  • Amelia Sedley
$16.1M 2004
22% Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
  • Katey Miller
$14.2M 2004
80% I Capture the Castle
  • Cassandra Mortmain
$1M 2003
77% Nicholas Nickleby
  • Kate
$1.4M 2002
No Score Yet Daniel Deronda
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Last of the Blonde Bombshells
  • Actor
2000

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% The Hour
2011-2012
  • Bel Rowley
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Gwendolen Harleth Emma Woodhouse Gwendolen Grandcourt
  • 2010
  • 2003
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Cordelia
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Crimson Petal and the White
2011
  • Sugar

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