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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The Topshop site interviewed Ellie about her new movie ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms‘ which will debut this week in theaters around the world.

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is set to be the Christmas movie of the year, transporting us to the magical world of The Sugarplum Fairy and The Mouse King with a new spin on the classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale. We spoke to up-and-coming British actress Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) – who plays Clara’s older sister Louise in the movie – to find out what we can expect…

How did you get cast in this movie?
I auditioned and met with the director Lasse Hallström. Then I actually didn’t hear anything for a couple of months, so I kind of forgot all about it. I was so excited when I eventually got offered the role and I was really keen to work with Lasse.

Can you tell us a bit about your role as Louise?
I play Louise, she’s Clara’s older sister. In the first scenes of the film you get to know the Stahlbaum children, the family’s situation and how Louise has to step up to look after the family and take care of Clara.

What was your initial reaction when you read the script?
It takes you straight into this magical fantasy. I was instantly thinking about what the sets might look like that would create all of these different worlds. And I was instantly excited to see what the ballet would look like on screen.

How would you describe the film in three words?
Epic, magical and dreamy.
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Ellie Bamber attends the BIFA Nominations Photocall at the The Everyman Cinema on October 31, 2018 in London, England.

She read the nominations for the forthcoming 21st British Independent Film Awards.

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Ellie Bamber attends the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards at The Ballroom of Claridges on October 30, 2018 in London, England.

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Ellie Bamber attends the press night of ‘I and You‘ at Hampstead Theatre at Hampstead Heath on October 25, 2018 in London, England.

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