Born: May 3, 1982
Birthplace: London, England
Rebecca Maria Hall (born 3 May 1982) is a British-born American actress who made her first onscreen appearance at age 10 in the 1992 television adaptation of The Camomile Lawn, directed by her father Peter Hall. Her professional stage debut came in her father's 2002 production of Mrs. Warren's Profession, which earned her enthusiastic reviews and the Ian Charleson Award.
Following her film debut in Starter for 10 (2006), Hall got her breakthrough role that same year in Christopher Nolan's thriller film The Prestige. In 2008, Hall starred as Vicky in Woody Allen's romantic comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She then appeared in a wide array of films, including Ron Howard's historical drama Frost/Nixon (2008), Ben Affleck's crime drama The Town (2010), the horror thriller The Awakening (2011), the superhero movie Iron Man 3 (2013), the science fiction film Transcendence (2014), the psychological thriller The Gift (2015) and the biographical drama Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017). In 2016, Hall was praised by critics for her portrayal of reporter Christine Chubbuck in the biographical drama Christine.
Hall has also made several notable appearances on British television. She won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2009 Channel 4 miniseries Red Riding: 1974. In 2013, she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her performance in BBC Two's Parade's End.Hall was born on 3 May 1982 in London, the daughter of English stage director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall and American opera singer Maria Ewing. Her mother is of Sioux, African-American, Scottish and Dutch origin. Her parents separated when she was still young, eventually divorcing in 1990. Hall has five half-siblings: stage director Edward Hall, producer Christopher Hall, actresses Jennifer Caron Hall and Emma Hall and set designer Lucy Hall.
Hall attended Roedean School, where she became head girl. She studied English Literature at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year. During her time at Cambridge, she was active in the student theatre scene and also set up her own theatre company. She was a member of the Marlowe Society and starred alongside housemate Dan Stevens, who was an English literature student at Emmanuel College, in several productions.
Film and televisionHall at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Hall's first professional role came in 1992, when she appeared as young Sophy in her father's television adaptation of Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn at the age of nine. Her 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 (2006). She then appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace in 2007, as well as appearing in several other television films including Wide Sargasso Sea and Rubberheart.
Hall's Hollywood fame grew when she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) as one of the title characters, Vicky. Her performance was well-received, and she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In 2008, she appeared in Ron Howard's historical drama Frost/Nixon as the girlfriend of Michael Sheen's David Frost. The following year she was cast in the British fantasy-horror film Dorian Gray based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Following a small role in the indie film Please Give, Hall starred in Ben Affleck's crime drama The Town (2010) opposite Affleck and Jon Hamm. In June 2010, she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Paula Garland in the 2009 Channel 4 production Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974. The following year she played the female lead in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011.
In 2012, she took on the role of Beth Raymer in the comedy-drama film Lay the Favourite, based on Raymer's memoir of the same title; one review commented that she "plays Raymer as an endearing force of nature who somehow manages to survive in a dangerous world through sheer force of character." She next starred in the BBC/HBO/VRT production of Parade's End (2012) opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, which earned her a BAFTA Television Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2013, Hall replaced Jessica Chastain as Maya Hansen in the superhero film Iron Man 3. The same year she appeared in the political thriller Closed Circuit (2013). She then starred opposite Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence (2014). In 2015, Hall starred in the romantic comedy Tumbledown and Joel Edgerton's directorial debut The Gift.
In the 2016 biographical drama Christine, Hall played the role of real-life news reporter Christine Chubbuck. Variety called her "discomfitingly electric in the best role she’s yet been offered".
StageHall at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Hall's 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, Hall's father celebrated fifty years as a theatre director by staging a season of five plays at the Theatre Royal in Bath, Somerset. Hall starred in two of these plays; 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, Hall appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, two of which her father directed, namely Man and Superman in which she played Ann, and Galileo's Daughter in which she played Sister Maria Celeste. The third, Molière's Don Juan, in which she played the part of Elvira, was directed by Sharrock.
In 2005, Hall reprised the 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. This was a second leg of the U.S. tour that began in 2003 with venues at the Shubert Theater New Haven, Connecticut, Columbus, Ohio, and the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston.
In 2008-09, she appeared in Sam Mendes's first instalment 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 United Kingdom and the United States. In 2010-11, she played Viola in a production of Twelfth Night at London's National Theatre, which her father directed.
Hall made her Broadway debut in Sophie Treadwell's expressionist play Machinal in 2013. The Roundabout Theatre production, directed by Lyndsey Turner, began previews on 20 December 2013, with the official opening set for 16 January 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Hall had a relationship with director Sam Mendes from 2011 until 2013. She married actor Morgan Spector in New York City in September 2015; the couple met while co-starring in a Broadway production the previous year. In January 2018 they announced they were expecting their first child.
|2006||Starter for 10||Rebecca Epstein|
|2006||The Prestige||Sarah Borden|
|2008||Vicky Cristina Barcelona||Vicky|
|2008||Official Selection||Emily Dickinson||Short film|
|2009||Dorian Gray||Emily Wotton|
|2010||The Town||Claire Keesey|
|2010||Everything Must Go||Samantha|
|2011||A Bag of Hammers||Mel|
|2011||The Awakening||Florence Cathcart|
|2012||Lay the Favourite||Beth Raymer|
|2013||Iron Man 3||Maya Hansen|
|2013||Closed Circuit||Claudia Simmons-Howe|
|2013||A Promise||Charlotte Hoffmeister|
|2015||The Gift||Robyn Callem|
|2017||The Dinner||Katelyn Lohman|
|2017||Professor Marston and the Wonder Women||Elizabeth Holloway Marston|
|2018||Mirai||Mother (voice)||English dub|
|2018||Holmes & Watson||Dr. Grace Hart|
|2019||A Rainy Day in New York||Post-production|
|2020||Godzilla vs Kong||Filming|
|1992||The Camomile Lawn||Young Sophie|
|1993||The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends||Lucie|
|1993||Don't Leave Me This Way||Lizzie Neil|
|2006||Wide Sargasso Sea||Antoinette Cosway|
|2008||Einstein and Eddington||Winifred Eddington|
|2009||Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974||Paula Garland|
|2012||Parade's End||Sylvia Tietjens|
|2015||Codes of Conduct||Rebecca Rotmensen||Pilot|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Rachel||Episode #1.1|
|2012||"A Case of You"||Herself||James Blake video|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Empire Awards||Best Female Newcomer||The Prestige||Nominated|
|London Film Critics Circle Awards||British Newcomer of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Gotham Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Vicky Cristina Barcelona||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress - Motion Picture Comedy or Musica||Nominated|
|Gotham Awards||Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|London Film Critics Circle Awards||British Actress of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Frost/Nixon||Nominated|
|2010||British Academy Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974||Won|
|2010||Independent Spirit Awards||Robert Altman Award||Please Give||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Body of Work||Won|
|Evening Standard British Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Gotham Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
|2010||National Board of Review Awards||Best Acting by an Ensemble||The Town||Won|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|2011||British Independent Film Awards||Best Actress||The Awakening||Nominated|
|2013||British Academy Television Awards||Best Actress||Parade's End||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries||Nominated|
|2016||Chicago International Film Festival||Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress||Christine||Won|
|Women Film Critics Circle Awards||Courage in Acting||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Houston Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|IndieWire Critics Poll||Best Actress||Nominated|
|London Film Critics' Circle Awards||British Actress of the Year||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Toronto Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Women Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Women Film Critics Circle Awards||The Invisible Woman Award||Nominated|