Eleanor “Ellie” Elizabeth Bamber was born on February 2, 1997. She is the eldest daughter of Zoe and David Bamber and has a younger brother, Lucas. Born in Surrey with an upbringing primarily in Berkshire, Bamber had a “really lovely” childhood, in which she spent the majority of her time “skateboarding down country lanes,” she told the Evening Standard. But how did she discover that acting was her calling? “I used to annoy the hell out of my family trying to sing to them and put on shows. To begin with, I was kind of shy,” she told Elle. “I had this drama teacher who completely drew me out of myself, and I became this maniac who wanted to act on stage the whole time.” She attended Hawley Place School and Wellington College having been awarded Drama Scholarships at both and although a strong academic student, left education before going to university to pursue her career. She acted on stage from an early age – becoming the youngest ever member of The London Player’s Theatre.
She played alongside Sir Trevor Nunn in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
She was chosen as the young performer in the role for opening review week, press night, gala night and the closing weekend performances, with her performance gaining rave reviews.
She also played the role of Gertrude in ‘Seussical’, Mullins in ‘Peter Pan’ and Lucy in ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ at South Hill Park.
But acting is not her only passion, Ellie is a talented singer too, she has collaborated with Charlie Shortland during the Nashville & Memphis trip in July 2014, as well as work with Jack Lidgley.
She was a founding member of ‘Annoy the Boy’ – which was a band of singers / songwriters with Harry Fannon and Lozz Stewart in the south of England. They released their first EP entitled “Rush” in 2015 and appeared on Lowde Fest, Elixir Festival and Tooting Tram Social.
The band does not exist anymore, but you can listen to their songs here.
She then went into TV and film and in quick succession she was offered Lydia Bennett, in ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ (2016) alongside Lily James and Matt Smith. Then Dinah Lord in ‘High Society’, directed by Maria Friedman and was the last production under Kevin Spacey’s tenure as Artistic Director, at the Old Vic, London where she was nominated for an Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award. Then (Helen) India Hastings in Tom Ford’s long awaited second feature film, playing Jake Gyllenhaal’s and Isla Fisher’s daughter, in the dramatic thriller ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (2016).
Following feature films include ‘High Resolution’ (Taipei) (2018) (winning Best Actress at The Orlando Film Festival) and ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ (2018) with Keira Knightley and Morgan Freeman. Then going back to theatre playing Hilde in Ibsen’s, ‘Lady from the Sea’ (2017) at the Donmar, London (winning 3rd prize at The Ian Charlson Awards for her performance).
She can be seen on BBC 1’s television series of ‘Les Misérables’, as Cosette alongside Dominic West and Olivia Coleman
She will next appear in a lead role in the feature film ‘Extracurricular Activities’ (2019) starring alongside Timothy Simons and Colin Ford. In ‘The Seven Sorrows of Mary’ (“a terrifying-sounding thriller about a tourist couple who are kidnapped and tortured by a gang in Rio de Janeiro”) and in the British film, ‘The Show’ (“comedy shot through an LSD lens” – she told to The Stylist)
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,
Ellie was named ambassador of Chanel in 2016. Since then she has been seen wearing various looks of the brand and in various shows and events of the French house.
Between 2017 and 2018, Ellie did some work as a narrator. She narrated the audio book ‘Love from Lexie’ by Cathy Cassidy and the script of the unnamed movie about ‘Mary Queen of Scots‘ by Alex Mackendrick which aired on BBC Radio 4.
In 2017 she started dating actor Richard Madden, they met the summer of that same year. The relationship came to an end in December 2018, after 18 months of dating.