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Sally Hawkins came to the attention of the world film community with her starring role as the playful Poppy in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. The performance earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress [Comedy or Musical]; she was voted Best Actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Online, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival. She also received British Independent Film Award and European Film Award nominations; and was honored with the Evening Standard British Film Awards’ Peter Sellers Award for Comedy.
Ms. Hawkins had previously made two other films with Mr. Leigh, Vera Drake and All or Nothing. Her other features include Lone Scherfig’s award-winning An Education; Sherry Horman’s soon-to-be-released Desert Flower; Gurinder Chadha’s It’s a Wonderful Afterlife; Stephen Burke’s Happily Ever Afters; Matthew Vaughan’s Layer Cake; and Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream.
At the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, she was seen in three movies spotlighted there; Nigel Cole’s Made in Dagenham, opposite Miranda Richardson and Bob Hoskins, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, and Richard Ayoade’s Submarine. She will next be seen on-screen in Paul Murphy’s Love Birds.
Ms. Hawkins starred as Jane Austen’s heroine Anne Elliot in Adrian Shergold’s telefilm Persuasion. Her portrayal brought her a Royal Television Society Award, as well as the Golden Nymph Award for Best Actress at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. Her other notable television credits include Marc Munden’s telefilm Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in My Heart;recurring appearances on the BBC’s hit comedy series Little Britain; Aisling Walsh’s miniseries Fingersmith; Geoff Sax’ miniseries Tipping the Velvet; an episode of Man to Man with Dean Learner,which marked her first collaboration with Richard Ayoade; and Julian Farino’s telefilm Byron, in which she played Mary Shelley.
Her U.K. stage work has included The Winterling and Country Music, at the Royal Court Theatre; The House of Bernada Alba, at the National Theatre,directed by Howard Davies; and playing Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Ms. Hawkins recently made her Broadway debut in Doug Hughes’ staging of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession, starring alongside Cherry Jones.