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Sally Hawkins
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Sally Cecilia Hawkins

(1976-04-27) 27 April 1976 (age 42)
Dulwich, London, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1980–present
Parent(s)Jacqui Hawkins
Colin Hawkins

Sally Cecilia Hawkins (born 27 April 1976) is an English actress. Her first major role was in Mike Leigh's All or Nothing in 2002. She continued working with Leigh, appearing in a supporting role in Vera Drake (2004) and taking the lead in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), for which she won several awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and the Silver Bear for Best Actress.

Hawkins appeared in two Woody Allen films, Cassandra's Dream (2007) and Blue Jasmine (2013); for the latter, she received Best Supporting Actress nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award. She played the lead role in Made in Dagenham (2010), Paddington (2014), Maudie (2016), and Paddington 2 (2017). For starring as a mute cleaning woman in the fantasy film The Shape of Water (2017), Hawkins earned acclaim and received nominations for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress.

Hawkins started her career as a stage actress, appearing in productions, such as Romeo and Juliet, playing Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She appeared in stage productions with the Royal Court Theatre in London, and in 2010, she made her Broadway debut in Mrs. Warren's Profession. In 2012, she starred in Constellations at the Royal Court Theatre, which later transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End. On television, she appeared in the BBC adaptations of Tipping The Velvet (2002) as Zena Blake, and Fingersmith (2005) as Sue Trinder. She also appeared as Anne Elliot in Persuasion (2007), ITV's adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.

Early life

Hawkins was born in Dulwich and brought up in Blackheath, the daughter of Jacqui Hawkins (née Jacqueline Sinfield) and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. Her parents both have  Irish ancestry.[1] She has an older brother, Finbar Hawkins, a producer. Hawkins first developed an interest in acting at the age of three when she went to a circus show. She intended to go into comedy but ended up doing theatre plays.[2] Hawkins attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich, and later graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1998. She has dyslexia.[3]


Hawkins started her career primarily as a stage actress in such productions as Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Romeo and Juliet, The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Misconceptions. She also had small appearances on television series such as Casualty and Doctors. In 1998 while still a student, Hawkins was cast as an extra in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.[4]

In 2002, Hawkins played Samantha in Mike Leigh's film All or Nothing. This was the first of three films that Hawkins and Leigh worked on together, the second of which was the 2004 film Vera Drake. She appeared as Slasher in the 2004 action film Layer Cake. Her first major television role came in 2005, when she played Susan Trinder in the BAFTA-nominated BBC drama Fingersmith, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel of the same name, in which she co-starred with Imelda Staunton. She then starred in another BBC adaptation, Patrick Hamilton's Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky. Between 2003 and 2005 Hawkins appeared in four episodes of the BBC comedy series Little Britain. Hawkins acted in David Hare's adaptation of Federico García Lorca's play The House of Bernarda Alba in 2005, at Royal National Theatre.

Hawkins in Bath during location shooting for Persuasion in 2006
Hawkins in Bath during location shooting for Persuasion in 2006

She has also lent her voice to numerous radio series such as Concrete Cow, on which she also was a writer, Ed Reardon's Week, Think the Unthinkable, Cash Cows, War with the Newts and The Party Line. In 2006, Hawkins returned to the stage, appearing at the Royal Court Theatre in Jez Butterworth's The Winterling. During 2006 she also made uncredited appearances in Richard Ayoade's Man to Man with Dean Learner where she played various uncredited roles in various deleted scenes included on the series DVD. Hawkins would later be directed by Ayoade on two of his films.

In 2007, she played Anne Elliot in the television film of Jane Austen's Persuasion.[5] Her performance was well received by critics and was awarded a Golden Nymph.[6] She also had a supporting role in the Woody Allen film Cassandra's Dream, starring Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor. Hawkins reunited with Leigh for a third time in the 2008 comedy-drama film Happy-Go-Lucky, portraying Poppy Cross, a kind-hearted primary school teacher. Hawkins' performance received critical acclaim and received many accolades, including winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and Silver Bear for Best Actress.[7][8]

Hawkins in 2014
Hawkins in 2014

Three films starring Hawkins, Made in Dagenham, Submarine and Never Let Me Go, all premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.[9] All three received positive reviews and Hawkins' performances were met with critical acclaim. In October 2010, she appeared on Broadway as Vivie in Mrs. Warren's Profession at the American Airlines Theatre.[10] In 2011, Hawkins had a supporting role in the film adaptation of Jane Eyre and was the female lead in the romantic comedy film Love Birds. In 2012, she and Rafe Spall co-starred in the play Constellations at the Royal Court Theatre and later Duke of York's Theatre. The play was met with positive reviews and won the best play category at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.[11] She also had a small role as Mrs Joe in the 2012 adaption of Great Expectations.

In 2013, Hawkins starred opposite Cate Blanchett and was directed by Woody Allen for the second time in the critically acclaimed film Blue Jasmine, a role for which she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as nods for the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and received various other accolades.[12][13] The same year she starred in All Is Bright, alongside Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd and had a small appearance as a receptionist in the Richard Ayoade film The Double. In 2014, Hawkins appeared in Godzilla, as Dr Vivienne Graham, a scientist assisting Dr Ishiro Serizawa played by Ken Watanabe.[14] She also co-starred with John Hawkes and Michael Cera in the Charlie Kaufman television pilot, How and Why. The pilot was not given a series order.[15]

Hawkins portrayed the mother of Asa Butterfield's character in the drama film X+Y, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[16] In November 2014, she portrayed Mrs Brown in the critically acclaimed Paddington.[17] The film is based on the children's books by Michael Bond where Paddington, an anthropomorphic bear who migrates from the jungles of darkest Peru to the streets of London, is adopted by the Brown family. Hawkins reprised her role as Mrs Brown for the sequel, Paddington 2 (2017), which has also received acclaim.[18][19] Also in 2017, she appeared in the Guillermo del Toro film The Shape of Water, for which she received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Personal life

Hawkins revealed in a January 2018 interview that she suffers from lupus.[20]



Year Title Role Director Notes
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Villager George Lucas Uncredited extra
2002 All or Nothing Samantha Mike Leigh
2004 Vera Drake Susan Wells
Layer Cake Slasher Matthew Vaughn
2007 Cassandra's Dream Kate Woody Allen
WΔZ Elly Carpenter Tom Shankland
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Poppy Cross Mike Leigh
2009 An Education Sarah Goldman Lone Scherfig
Desert Flower Marylin Sherry Hormann
Happy Ever Afters Maura Stephen Burke
2010 It's a Wonderful Afterlife Linda / Gitali Gurinder Chadha
Never Let Me Go Miss Lucy Mark Romanek
Made in Dagenham Rita O'Grady Nigel Cole
Submarine Jill Tate Richard Ayoade
2011 Love Birds Holly Paul Murphy
Jane Eyre Mrs Reed Cary Joji Fukunaga
2012 Great Expectations Mrs Joe Mike Newell
2013 All Is Bright Olga Phil Morrison
Blue Jasmine Ginger Woody Allen
The Double Receptionist at Ball Richard Ayoade Cameo
2014 Godzilla Dr. Vivienne Graham Gareth Edwards
X+Y Julie Ellis Morgan Matthews
Paddington Mary Brown Paul King
2016 Maudie Maud Lewis Aisling Walsh
2017 The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito Guillermo del Toro
Paddington 2 Mary Brown Paul King
2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Dr. Vivienne Graham Michael Dougherty Post-production
TBA Eternal Beauty June Craig Roberts Post-production
A Boy Called Christmas Gil Kenan Filming
Kensuke's Kingdom Neil Boyle
Kirk Hendry
In production


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Casualty Emma Lister Episode: "To Have and to Hold"
2000 Doctors Sarah Carne Episode: "Pretty Baby"
2002 Tipping the Velvet Zena Blake 2 episodes
2003–2005 Little Britain Cathy 3 episodes
2003 Promoted to Glory Lisa Television film
2003 The Young Visiters Rosalind Television film
2003 Byron Mary Shelley Television film
2004 Bunk Bed Boys Helen Television film
2005 Fingersmith Susan Trinder 2 episodes
2005 Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky Ella 3 episodes
2006 Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in My Heart Nathalie Television film
2006 H. G. Wells: War with the World Rebecca West Television film
2006 Man to Man with Dean Learner Various characters 3 episodes
2007 Persuasion Anne Elliot Television film
2007 The Everglades Television short, also writer
2011 Little Crackers Mummy Episode: "Barbara Windsor's Little Cracker: My First Brassiere"
2012 Room on the Broom Bird (voice) Television short
2014 How and Why Yvonne Hesselman Pilot
2015 Stick Man Stick Lady (voice) Television short
2016 The Hollow Crown Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester Episode: "Henry VI, Part I"


Year Title Role Venue
1998 Accidental Death of an Anarchist Battersea Arts Centre
1998 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Capulet York Theatre Royal
1999 The Dybbuk Leah Battersea Arts Centre
1999 The Cherry Orchard Anya Ranevskaya York Theatre Royal
1999 Svejk Kidnapped Dog Gate Theatre
2000 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia Open Air Theatre
2000 Much Ado About Nothing Hero Open Air Theatre
2001 Misconceptions Zoe Octagon Theatre
2004 Country Music Lynsey Sargeant Royal Court Theatre
2005 The House of Bernarda Alba Adela Alba Royal National Theatre
2006 The Winterling Lue Royal Court Theatre
2010 Mrs. Warren's Profession Vivie Warren American Airlines Theatre
2012 Constellations Marianne Royal Court Theatre
Duke of York's Theatre
2015 Letters Live Reader Freemasons' Hall


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Concrete Cow Various roles BBC Radio 4
Also writer
2004 Think the Unthinkable BBC Radio 4
2004 The Cenci Family Beatrice Cenci BBC Radio 4
2004–2005, 2007 Ed Reardon's Week Ping BBC Radio 4
2005 Cash Cows Kerry BBC Radio 4
2005 War with the Newts Olga BBC Radio 4
2005 The Party Line BBC Radio 4
2005 Afternoon Romancers[21] Liz BBC Radio 4
2006 Salome Joanna BBC Radio 3
2007 Cut to the Heart Alice BBC Radio 4
2007 Demonstrating Grace Narrator BBC Radio 4
2010 Greed All About It Alice BBC Radio 4
2011 Revolution Therese BBC Radio 4
2015 Book at Bedtime: The Girl on the Train Narrator BBC Radio 4

Short film

Year Title Role Director Notes
1996 Mirror, Mirror Jenny Wendy Griffin
2006 Hollow China Terri Matt Platts-Mills
2013 The Phone Call Heather Mat Kirkby

Awards and nominations

Year Title Award Result
2007 Persuasion Golden Nymph Award for Best Performance by an Actress – Television Film Won
Royal Television Award for Best Actress Won
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actress Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress Won
International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress[22] Won
Evening Standard British Film Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Won
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[23] Won
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Actress of the Year Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress Won
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Actress Won
New York Film Critics Online Award for Breakthrough Performer Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress Won
Satellite Award for Best Actress — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Won
Silver Bear for Best Actress Won
Village Voice Film Poll – Best Actress Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
British Independent Film Award for Best Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
European Film Award for Best Actress Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress Nominated
2010 Made in Dagenham British Independent Film Award for Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress Nominated
Submarine British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2013 Blue Jasmine Empire Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Runner-up
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Nominated
International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
2014 X+Y British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 Maudie Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress Won
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year Won
Irish Film & Television Award for Best International Actor Nominated
2017 The Shape of Water Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Won
Dorian Award for Film Performance of the Year - Actress Won
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Won
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress Won
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Runner-up
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Won
(tied with Diane Kruger)
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Runner-up
Academy Award for Best Actress Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
AACTA International Award for Best Actress Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Paddington 2 London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year Won


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