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Actress Sally Hawkins has appeared in several critically acclaimed films, including Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Blue Jasmine (2013).
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Born in London, England, in 1976, actress Sally Hawkins studied her craft at the famed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She graduated in 1998 and moved on to stage and film work. One of her notable early roles was in All or Nothing (2002). In 2008,
"I love things that keep challenging you and keep you on your toes. I'm not driven by anything else. I love all genres of film, but character is what I'm drawn to."
Born on April 27, 1976, in London, England, actress Sally Hawkins grew up in a creative household. Both of her parents, Jacqui and Colin, are the successful writer-illustrator team behind numerous children's books. She spent her early years in London's Blackheath neighborhood with her older brother.
Hawkins was a shy child who struggled with dyslexia. As she explained to the Independent newspaper, getting into acting helped her both personally and academically. "English was always an academic subject, there was a barrier I found so hard to break. But as soon as I spoke the words, I understood what they meant." Hawkins was so taken with performing that she applied to the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Art. She accepted into the prestigious program.
After graduating from RADA in 1998, Hawkins went on such notable films as Mike Leigh's 2002 film All or Nothing. She also appeared in the crime thriller Layer Cake (2004) with Daniel Craig and reteamed with Leigh for his 1950s drama Vera Drake starring Imelda Staunton. In 2007, her first project with famed director Woody Allen, Cassandra's Dream hit the big screen.
The following year, Hawkins had a career breakthrough with a starring role in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky. She plays a London schoolteacher named Poppy in the film. Her character is one of the most relentlessly cheerful personas in film history. Hawkins' deft handling of the role earned her wide acclaim and a Golden Globe win for best performance by an actress in a comedy or musical.
A London theater scene veteran, Hawkins made her Broadway debut in 2010 in a revival of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession. She also starred opposite Miranda Richardson in Made in Dagenham, a film about the 1968 women's strike at an English Ford car plant, that same year.
In 2013, Hawkins once again garnered accolades for her supporting role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. She stars as Ginger, the working-class sister of wealthy New York socialite Jasmine (played by Cate Blanchett), in the film. Jasmine experiences a tremendous change in fortune and ends up in fleeing to San Francisco to lean on Ginger. The movie explores familial tensions between the pair, which makes for riveting viewing. Both Hawkins and Blanchett received Academy Award nominations (Hawkins for best supporting actress and Blanchett for best actress) and Golden Globe nominations for their work in the film.
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