Rebecca Maria Hallborn 19 May 1982 is an English actress.
In 2003, Hall won the Ian Charleson Award for her debut stage performance in a production of Mrs. Warren's Profession. She has appeared in three high-profile films: The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category), and The Town.
On 6 June 2010, she 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.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
o 2.1 Film and television
o 2.2 Stage
* 3 Filmography
o 3.1 Television
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Hall was born in London, the daughter of English director Peter Hall and American-born opera singer Maria Ewing, who divorced when she was five. Her mother is of Dutch, Scottish, African American, and Sioux ancestry. She has a half-brother, Edward Hall, who is a theatre director, and four other half-siblings.
Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl. She read English Literature at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, for two years before dropping out in 2002, prior to her final year. During her time there, she appeared in a number of plays and set up a theatre company. She also appeared in student stage productions alongside Dan Stevens, later her As You Like It co-star.
Between 2003 and 2004, she was in a relationship with her As You Like It co-star Freddie Stevenson.
Film and television
Hall's first role came in 1992, when she appeared as Young Sophy in her father's television adaptation of Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn.
Hall's 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 TV movies including Wide Sargasso Sea and Rubberheart.
Her Hollywood fame grew when she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, playing one of the title characters, Vicky. Critics praised her performance as well as Penélope Cruz's, who won an Academy Award. Hall was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. She also appeared in Frost/Nixon in 2008.
She was cast alongside Ben Barnes in the 2009 film Dorian Gray, which was released nationwide September 9, 2009.
Hall appeared in Please Give with Catherine Keener and Amanda Peet and The Town with Ben Affleck and Blake Lively. She will star in the female lead role in the British ghost film The Awakening.
Her 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" and "accomplished", earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003.
In 2003, her father celebrated fifty years as a theatre director by staging a season of five plays at the Theatre Royal, Bath. Hall starred in two of these five plays performed by the Peter Hall Company. She appeared as Rosalind in her father's production of As You Like It, which gained her a second Charleson nomination and starred in the title role of Thea Sharrock's revival of D. H. Lawrence's The Fight For Barbara.
In 2004, she appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, two of them under the direction of her father, namely Man and Superman in which she played Ann, and Galileo's Daughter in which she played Sister Maria Celeste and the third, Molière's Don Juan, in which she played the part of Elvira, was directed by Sharrock.
In 2005, she reprised her 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; The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and venues in New Haven, Connecticut, Columbus, Ohio, and the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston.
In 2008-9, she appeared in Sam Mendes's first installment of the Bridge Project, as Hermione in The Winter's Tale and Varya in The Cherry Orchard, which gave performances with the same cast in Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, the UK and the US.In 2010-11 she played Viola in a production of Twelfth Night at London's National Theatre, in a production directed by her father.
Year Film Role Notes
2006 Starter for 10 Rebecca Epstein
The Prestige Sarah Borden
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Vicky Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Frost/Nixon Caroline Cushing
2009 Dorian Gray Emily Wooton
2010 Please Give Rebecca
The Town Claire
A Bag of Hammers Mel Post-Production
Year Film Role Notes
1992 The Camomile Lawn Young Sophie
1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends Lucie
2007 Rubberheart Maggie
Joe's Palace Tina
2008 Einstein and Eddington Winifred Eddington
2009 Red Riding Paula Garland