SALLY HAWKINS (Graham) received an Oscar® nomination earlier this year for her work in Woody Allen’s hit “Blue Jasmine.” Her performance as Ginger, the sister of the title character, played by Cate Blanchett, also brought her Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Empire Award, and Independent Spirit Award nominations.
She first gained international attention for her portrayal of the optimistic Poppy in Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky,” for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical, an Evening Standard Award, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. In addition, she was named Best Actress by the New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, and National Society of Film Critics, among others, and won the Hollywood Breakthrough Award at the 2008 Hollywood Film Festival. She also received British Independent Film Award, Empire Award and European Film Award nominations for her work on the film.
Hawkins had made her feature film in 2002 in Mike Leigh’s “All or Nothing,” and then reunited with the director for “Vera Drake.” Her subsequent film credits include Matthew Vaughan's “Layer Cake,” John Curran’s “The Painted Veil,” Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream,” and Lone Scherfig's “An Education.” She received consecutive British Independent Film Award nominations, in 2010 and 2011, for her roles in Nigel Cole’s “Made in Dagenham” and Richard Ayoade's “Submarine.” Her credits also include Cary Fukunaga's “Jane Eyre,” Mike Newell's “Great Expectations,” and the holiday film “All is Bright,” with Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti. Upcoming, she stars in “Paddington” and “X Plus Y.”
On the small screen, her performance as Anne Elliott in the ITV production of Jane Austen's “Persuasion” brought her Best Actress Awards from the 2007 Monte Carlo TV Festival and the Royal Television Society. Her television work also includes leading roles in “Tipping the Velvet”; David Yates’ “The Young Visiters”; “Byron,” in which she played Mary Shelley; “Fingersmith”; Simon Curtis’s “20,000 Streets Under the Sky”; and Marc Munden’s “Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart.” She also starred in two seasons of the BBC’s comedy series “Little Britain.”
Born in London, Hawkins trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is an accomplished stage actress. In 2012, she received rave reviews for her performance in Nick Payne's two-character play, “Constellations,” at the Royal Court in London’s West End. She was previously seen at the Royal Court in “The Winterling,” directed by Ian Rickson, and “Country Music,” directed by Gordon Anderson Her West End credits also include the Howard Davis production of ”House of Bernarda Alba,” at the National Theatre. She has also been seen in productions of such plays as “The Way Of The World,” “Misconceptions,” “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Perpalas,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “The Dybbuk,” “Accidental Death Of An Anarchist,” “Svejk,” “The Whore Of Babylon,” and “As You Like It.”