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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I did some captures of the interviews, to see them just click on the thumbnails below.

Ellie Bamber attended BIFA Nominations Photocall at The Everyman Cinema on October 31, 2018 in London, England.

Alongside Arinze Lene, she announced the nominations for BIFA 2018.

See below the video with the announcement of nominees.

Interview during the photocall of the Bifa Nominations 2018.

E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic Nutcracker tale now has the full power of Disney behind it.

The latest, dazzling trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms brings us a world that’s more on par with Alice’s Wonderland and Narnia. It’s full of Sugar Plum Fairies, toy soldiers, ballerinas, a gang of mice, and one cackling baddie played by Helen Mirren.

The film, directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) and Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), stars Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar) as Clara, the young girl who ventures into the realms her mother created in search of a key that will open a precious gift. Her godfather Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman) presents her a golden thread at an annual holiday party that leads her to said key, only it disappears inside a parallel world.

Now Clara must traverse the Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, Land of Sweets, and the Fourth Realm that holds the tyrant Mother Ginger (Mirren), who’s looking to rule all the realms herself.

Along the way, she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley) and a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight). Misty Copeland, the first African-American ballerina to land principal dancer status from the American Ballet Theatre, also appears as The Ballerina. The cast is rounded out by Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Miranda Hart, Sergei Polunin, Omid Djalili, Jack Whitehall, Meera Syal, and Ellie Bamber.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will open in theaters Nov. 2.