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Romola Garai
Romola Garai

Briony Tallis - Age 18

Romola Garai has previously starred for Focus Features in Woody Allen's Scoop; Mira Nair's Vanity Fair; and, opposite James McAvoy of Atonement, Damian O'Donnell's Rory O'Shea Was Here (a.k.a. Inside I'm Dancing).

The latter performance earned her a London Film Critics Circle award as well as well as a British Independent Film Award nomination. In 2003, she was cited as one of Daily Variety's "10 Actors to Watch."

In addition to Atonement and Vanity Fair, Ms. Garai has starred in several other notable screen adaptations of novels. These have included Tim Fywell's I Capture the Castle (from the Dodie Smith book), for which she received her first British Independent Film Award nomination; was a member of the ensemble cast of Douglas McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby (from the Charles Dickens book); starred in Tom Hooper's miniseries Daniel Deronda (from the George Eliot book); and played the title role in François Ozon's Angel (from the Elizabeth Taylor book), which world-premiered at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.

Her other film credits include Michael Apted's Amazing Grace; Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It; and Gillies Mackinnon's telefilm The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, in which she played the younger incarnation of Dame Judi Dench's character, also for Working Title.

Ms. Garai's other U.K. television credits include the series Attachments and John Strickland's miniseries Perfect.

She notably starred on the London stage as James Joyce's daughter Lucia in Calico, which was written by Michael Hastings and directed by Edward Hall; and, most recently, alternating in the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of King Lear and Chekhov's The Seagull, both staged by Trevor Nunn.