Born: May 19, 1982
Date of Birth: May 19, 1982
Born to English director Peter Hall and American opera singer Maria Ewing, Rebecca Hall clearly has the arts in her blood. Although her parents divorced when she was young, Hall and her five half-siblings kept the family tradition alive, pursuing all areas of the arts.
Showing promise at a young age, she became head girl at Roedean School in Sussex, U.K. before attending St. Catharine's College, Cambridge for English Literature. Hall never completed her degree, dropping out just before her final year, but it was at St. Catharine's College that she fully immersed herself into acting and never looked back.
Having a director as a father definitely helped Hall launch her career, as her first role was as young Sophy in her father's TV adaptation of The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley in 1992. Her father also helped her debut her talents on the stage at the Strand Theatre in London in his 2002 production Mrs. Warren's Profession, a role which earned Hall the Ian Charleson Award. Hall spent much of her early career under her father's direction, appearing in a variety of his plays including As You Like It, Man and Superman and Galileo's Daughter.
His teaching methods must have worked because Hall went from the theater to the silver screen in her first role as Rebecca Epstein in Starter for 10 in 2006. Following her big screen debut, Hall kicked it into high gear and never slowed down, appearing in director Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) that same year. Hall went on to play the title role in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Hall has also been in such popular films as Frost/Nixon (2008) with Michael Sheen and Kevin Bacon, The Town (2010) with Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm and the British horror film The Awakening (2012).
She also appeared in the latest Iron Man installment, Iron Man 3 (2013), with Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. She also starred in John Crowley's thriller Closed Circuit (2013) and the 2014 thriller Transcendence. More recently, she starred in Tumbledown (2015), The Gift (2015), the children's classic reboot The BFG (2016) and the biopic Christine (2016).