When I ask Ellie Bamber for the names of some of the actresses she admired growing up, her answer unintentionally provokes a giggle. “Definitely Nicole Kidman,” she starts. “Moulin Rouge was one of those films that I watched as a kid and was like ‘Oh my god, that’s what I want to do.’ And I love Emma Stone, I think she’s a really amazing actress.” I pause, waiting for the moment of recognition, then laughing, point out the common theme of red hair, shared also by Ellie. All at once, she’s surprised and apologetic, almost as if it didn’t occur to her. “That’s so weird, sorry!” She nervously laughs. “When I was a kid, I was blonde. I’m naturally blonde. It’s weird how as a kid I was already gravitating towards that – that’s funny actually.”

Real or not, Ellie Bamber is a redhead rising through the ranks, her signature strawberry-blonde hair a striking point of difference from many of her peers. It’s this hair that would have played at least a small part in snagging her career-making role in Tom Ford’s haunting 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals, where she joined a flame-haired acting trifecta completed by Amy Adams and Isla Fisher. After a disturbing, but powerful performance as a daughter on a doomed family road trip, it sparked excited murmurs surrounding the Berkshire-born newcomer. But hair is just one thing. Talent is another.

And talent is something that Ellie has in buckets. She’s been lauded as somewhat of an industry chameleon, seamlessly embodying all manner of roles. Pre-Nocturnal Animals, there was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a comic, feminist, gore-filled riff on the Jane Austen classic which saw her train for two months in martial arts. Last year, she made her much-celebrated Donmar Theatre debut for a modern adaptation of the famous Henrik Ibsen play, The Lady from the Sea. In 2017, after the visuals for Shawn Mendes’ hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” were released, fans went into a frenzy investigating the identity of his music video love interest – played convincingly by Bamber, a free-spirit in the early raptures of love.

A stint as Tom Ford’s muse means that her style – which she describes as “a combination of classic, pretty things, and street style” – has also snagged her opportunities such as being appointed as a Chanel ambassador. Casual. She’s also the lead in upcoming project, Taipei (High Resolution), a love-in-the-age-of-social-media tale, about “a couple who takes loads of drugs together, film themselves and put it out on the internet.” Currently, she’s speaking to me over the phone from Brazil, where she’s shooting a harrowing abduction true story, The Seven Sorrows of Mary, which she calls a “tough” but also “really important piece of work.”
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CHANEL has brought out its latest episode of Chanel Beauty Talks. Creative Makeup and Colour Designer for Chanel, Lucia Pica talks with English actress Ellie Bamber, in the city of love, Paris.

Revealing the secrets and ways to use a new complexion product that Chanel have brought forward, named The Little Black Palette. This product being a three-in-one highlighting wonder with multiple uses and workable textures to correct, highlight and reveal true radiance.

Ellie Bamber, 20, Actor

Whether in historical comedy horror Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals, chances are you’ve seen Ellie Bamber on the silver screen. The British actress, who started off in theater acting before transitioning to film, is currently working on a new and decidedly less gory project called Taipei, which is based off of the romantic novel of the same name by Tao Lin. “It’s about a modern relationship and how the digital world and substances contribute to its growth,” explains Ellie, who traveled to Brooklyn and Taipei to shoot the film. “I hope it reminds viewers of a time before social media when there wasn’t always a third person in a relationship,” she continues. “I hope it reminds them of traditional romances where a connection is made through spending time together without the need of electronics and other substances. And that it stresses to women that you don’t need to be tied down by a man and can pursue a career on your own terms.”

Photoshoots and Portraits: 2017: Teen Vogue by Julia Noni

I got some new/old Ellie portraits photographed by Julien Mignot for Grazia France Magazine during the Cannes Film Festival last year. See the beautiful photos by clicking on the thumbnails below:

Photoshoots and Portraits: 2016: Grazia France by Julien Mignot

Ellie was photographed during a photoshoot for Chanel on Friday, June 16, 2017 in Paris, France. See the photos by clicking on the thumbnails below: