Your early twenties can often be a tumultuous time of finding yourself and figuring out what you want to do with the rest of, well, your life. For Ellie Bamber things are a little different. An innate love of performing as a child set her up for the rest of her life. With plenty of theatre experience in her early teens and a role in the critically-acclaimed thriller Nocturnal Animals at the age of eighteen, the actor has already paved the way for a seriously successful career. But who is Ellie Bamber, and what else is there to know about the actor?
Born in Surrey with an upbringing primarily in Berkshire, Bamber had a "really lovely" childhood, in which she spent the majority of her time "skateboarding down country lanes," she told the Evening Standard. But how did she discover that acting was her calling? "I used to annoy the hell out of my family trying to sing to them and put on shows. To begin with, I was kind of shy," she told Elle. "I had this drama teacher who completely drew me out of myself, and I became this maniac who wanted to act on stage the whole time."
Bamber's passion for acting earned her "two drama scholarships for both secondary school and college," according to Grazia, which pushed her to dive straight into theatre work rather than attend university.
That decision certainly paid off. Her role in the play High Society bagged her a nomination for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer in a Musical in 2015, and her role in The Lady from the Sea saw her win third prize at the Ian Charleston Awards in 2017, according to The Sun.
While you’re probably most familiar with her role as Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams’ daughter in Nocturnal Animals, she is currently owning the small screen on the BBC drama The Trial of Christine Keeler. Here, Bamber plays Christine’s best friend Mandy Rice-Davies. The series follows the real-life scandal of Christine’s affairs with War Minister John Profumo and Soviet naval attache Captain Yevgeny Mikhailovich Ivanov, and the subsequent fallout when everything comes to light.
The Trial Of Christine Keeler is also the first time that the story has been told “from the perspective of women,” as Bamber noted in an interview with The Telegraph. “The girls didn’t really have a voice, because as much as people wanted to hear their side of the story, they also wanted to very quickly judge them and call them sluts,” the actor said. “I think it’s disgusting [how they were treated].”
Will all this under her belt and upcoming roles in Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Jason Lester's Taipei, and The Serpent on BBC One, Bamber is clearly a star on the rise.
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