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Oscar Nominee: Felicity Jones

February 18, 2015

Felicity Jones
Oscar Nominee: The Theory of Everything
Best Actress in a Leading Role

Felicity Rose Hadley Jones is an English actress. Her father was a journalist while her mother was in advertising. They divorced when she was three, and she was brought up with her brother by her mother alone. Despite this, she has said that her family is "extremely close." Her uncle is actor Michael Hadley. (IMDb)  Felicity landed her first major role as school bully Ethel Hallow in the 1998 children's TV adaptation of The Worst Witch. She has taken many and varied roles since - among them, a long stint playing Emma Carter in BBC Four's radio drama The Archers - but it was for her performance as Anna in Drake Doremus's 2011 film Like Crazy that she really came to prominence, winning the Special Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival. Later that year, she was announced as one of Burberry's campaign girls and, as such, became hotly tipped as a British talent to watch. (http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/felicity-jones)

She began acting at 11 years at an after-school workshop funded by Central Television.[2] Jones appeared in the first series of The Worst Witch, after which she was replaced by Katie Allen.  She left the series because she missed home. [1] When Weirdsister College began in 2001, Jones returned as Hallow. During the shooting of Weirdsister College she was just seventeen, lived in a flat in Richmond and had a private tutor to get her through her A levels. [3]

Felicity’s current highlight is her 2014 performance as Jane Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything, a biopic charting the life and love between Jane Wilde Hawking and the world renowned Physicist, Stephen Hawking with Eddie Redmayne starring as Hawking. The film has received critical acclaim mostly due to Felicity and Redmayne's brilliant performances. For her role as Jane, she received widespread acclaim and nominations from numbers of organizations, including an Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, a Critics' Choice Movie nomination for Best Actress and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

1.    Grant, Olly (31 July 2011). "Felicity Jones: rising star". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 3 August 2011.
2.    Cadwalladr, Carole (20 February 2011). "Felicity Jones: 'There's a sensation when you're performing of release'". The Observer (London). Retrieved 3 August 2011.
3.    (White, Lesley (28 September 2008). "Felicity Jones: Ambridge goes to Brideshead". The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 15 April 2010.)