by admin on January 1,2019

At only 21, actress Ellie Bamber has already walked in a Chanel show, starred in a film by Tom Ford, and soared to the top of practically every best-dressed list, so it’s pretty clear she doesn’t need any help in the style department. But still, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms star isn’t above taking some outfit pointers from one of her fashion icons.   

For InStyle’s February issue, we connected Bamber with her current style crush, Jessica Biel who has been charming us for the last two decades with her chic choices (ahh, the 7thHeaven days). During the chat, Biel reminisced about some of her most memorable looks and also got candid about what she wishes she would’ve known back when she was a red carpet newbie. Her biggest regret? All those years of dressing sexy.

“I wish I would’ve explored some different shapes, and not gone so sexy all the time,” she told Bamber. “I think if you look at some of my earlier choices, maybe it didn’t need to always be about the body. I know it’s a vibe that you feel when you’re young, but still that’s what I would’ve done a little differently.”  

Biel also opened up about being a bit of late bloomer when it came to the whole fashion thing altogether. It wasn’t until her 20s, she said, that she finally started moving past her tomboy days. “It took me a minute to get into those types of womanly things, like bags and shoes, but in my early 20s a light bulb went off and I was like, ‘Oh, I get it now.’” The actress’s first major designer splurge? A black leather Marc Jacobs bag, which she recalls being “super-high end at the time.”

Ellie Bamber: Jessica, first I have to tell you I loved The Sinner so much. I’m just getting into the second season right now. 

Jessica Biel: Yay! Season two is just as crazy and weird.  

EB: I’m very excited. And I also love your style. Your day-to-day look is so cool and effortless and then the gowns you choose for the red carpet have such simplicity and grace.    

JB: Thank you, gosh! For me, fashion is fun because you can be one thing one moment, and something completely different another moment. I just try to find a balance. Some things that are super fashion don’t make a lot of sense on the red carpet. My off-duty look is usually just jean on jean with a pair of high-tops. 

EB: Same. When I go to the pub, it’s almost always Air Force 1s with jeans. Do you have a piece that you’re living in right now?

JB: Yeah, I have an oversized embroidered jean jacket that’s on 100 percent repeat. It’s by Russian designer Katya Dobryakova and pretty affordable too. And when it comes to jeans, I’m loving my Re/Done Levi’s. Mother and AMO denim are great too.

EB: I have loads of jeans, but then I only wear like four pairs, which always include my AMOS. That white strapless dress that you wore to the Emmys last year was so gorgeous [above]. Was it a favorite of yours?

JB: Definitely, but it’s tough to play favorites. I feel like I need to Google myself and look at all the previous stuff. The other one that pops into my head was the sheer red Giambattista Valli gown I wore to The A-Teampremière [below]. I remember feeling incredible on that day in that dress. How about you?

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by admin on January 1,2019

Ellie Bamber attends the Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks game at The O2 Arena on January 17, 2019 in London, England.

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by admin on January 1,2019

Ellie Bamber has a confession to make: she judges books by their covers. “Sometimes – and I know people say this is awful – I do just go into a bookshop and think, ‘Oh, that cover looks nice’,” the actor laughs.

But that doesn’t mean the content of the book need be equally palatable. Her current read, My Year Of Rest And Relaxation, which she brings to breakfast with Stylist, has a quaint, period cover. But Ottessa Moshfegh’s second novel “is about this woman who gets loads of sleeping pills and decides to hibernate for a year because she thinks it might help her,” explains 21-year-old Bamber in a Bloomsbury cafe near her central London flat. “It’s intriguing. The author has a dark voice.”

Another less-than-light read is the reason we’re meeting. Bamber recently devoured Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables in anticipation of her role as Cosette in a new dramatisation of the French historical novel. The six-part BBC drama dispenses with songs to stay closer to Hugo’s doorstop of a book. The period piece also draws parallels with contemporary global unrest.

It’s lavish, but it is gruelling. Fans of the novel, the blockbuster musical or this new adaptation on BBC One will know that Bamber’s turn as Cosette comes after several episodes of untold misery. She gets all the nice costumes but she doesn’t escape scot-free. “You see that Cosette is given away by her mother to this extremely abusive family and, as Victor Hugo says, she’s treated like the household drudge by the parents and children.


Marius & Cosette in Les Misérables

We meet the week before Christmas and Bamber is working right up to the break. This is what it’s like when you’re an actor of the moment. She’s just back from shooting a film, The Seven Sorrows Of Mary, in Rio. Currently, she’s juggling work on another British film, The Show (“a comedy shot through an LSD lens”, she laughs) and a second BBC drama. It doesn’t leave much time for rest and relaxation. 

“I was filming two different things all last week,” she says. “So I had a fairly chilled out weekend just hanging out and reading this book.”

Bamber has been in demand ever since she started acting at school, where she won drama scholarships. Brought up in Berkshire and with the support of her parents – her mum is her manager – she was on the West End stage with a part in a prestigious Sir Trevor Nunn play, Aspects Of Love, by the age of 13.

Television, theatre and film work followed but it was playing the daughter of Jake Gyllenhaal and Isla Fisher’s characters in Nocturnal Animals that gave her a Hollywood break. Chanel appointed her as an ambassador in 2016. But while Bamber is major red carpet material, she’s much more than outward appearances.

She’s drawn to all sorts of stories, but she excels in dramas that blend her obvious glamour with substantial amounts of grit. It started with Nocturnal Animals. The work of a celebrated designer, Tom Ford’s film looked suitably stylish. But its substance dealt in the knottier, often violent aspects of the human condition. Bamber’s character, in particular, had a grim time of it.

Bamber (second right) on the front row at the Chanel Haute Couture a/w 2018 show in Paris

Her new work, discussed over scrambled eggs and Americanos, also sits on the grittier end of the spectrum. The Seven Sorrows Of Mary is a terrifying-sounding thriller about a tourist couple who are kidnapped and tortured by a gang in Rio de Janeiro. The other BBC drama in the works is The Trial of Christine Keeler, a take on the political sex scandal that rocked the British establishment in the Sixties, written and directed by women.

Bamber plays Christine Keeler’s friend and fellow showgirl Mandy Rice-Davies, who challenged the characterisation of herself as a fallen woman. It’s a meaty role that should seal 2019 as Bamber’s year. She shows Stylist a snap on her phone of herself in character, complete with Sixties’ bob and red lipstick.

But while the actor enjoyed the glitzier side to Rice-Davies, she was drawn to the substance of her story. She read her memoir (Bamber really does her homework) in which the former showgirl proves herself to be more than what the headlines of the time portrayed.

“Mandy was so fun and vivacious, she didn’t hold back,” says Bamber, a woman who clearly likes to look beyond appearances. “But the way these girls got labelled by men at the time… it was a lot.”

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by admin on December 12,2018

2019 is set to be a golden year for TV and the show’s respective leads. From Jodie Comer’s return as Villanelle in Killing Eve season two, to Ellie Bamber’s new role as Cosette in Les Misérables, these are the fourteen faces set to dominate your screen next year. All you have to do is cancel all social plans in favour of a boxset binge.

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