Beecham in 2017
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
Emily Beecham (born 12 May 1984) is an English actress. She is best known for her role in the Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!, for the AMC television series Into the Badlands, and for the title role in the 2017 film Daphne. In 2019, she starred in Austrian director Jessica Hausner's film Little Joe, for which she received the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Beecham was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Her father is a British pilot and her mother is American from Arizona. She has dual British-American citizenship. In 2003, at the age of 18, she enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) for three years, graduating with BA Hons in 2006. She collects lego.
In her final year at LAMDA, Beecham started accepting professional acting opportunities, with her first appearances occurring in the thriller Bon Voyage and in the supernatural TV series Afterlife. Her first feature film, Bon Voyage, was premiered that October, receiving positive notices following its showing on ITV. It won the Golden Nymph award at the June 2007 Monte Carlo Television Festival.
In mid-2007, she was chosen by the director Jan Dunn for the leading role in her independent film The Calling, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the London Independent Film Festival. She was a recipient of the Edinburgh International Film Festival Trailblazer Award. The film received mixed reviews, one of which commented that "newcomer Emily Beecham plays a young woman determined to take the veil and holds her own well against such stalwarts as Brenda Blethyn and Susannah York". In highlighting the impression made by Beecham, the film columnist Hannah McGill, who was the Edinburgh Festival's artistic director from 2006 to 2010, decided that she should be one of the recipients of the coveted Skillset Trailblazer Award. That same year, Beecham gave her first professional stage performance in Ian McHugh's first play, How to Curse, at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, London, directed by the theatre's artistic director Josie Rourke. In 2011, she received the Best Actress award at the London Independent Film Festival.
Beecham has appeared in numerous television series, including Agatha Christie's Marple, Tess of The D'Urbervilles and The Street. She was listed in Nylon magazine's "Young Hollywood" issue as one of 55 "Faces of the Future", with the photograph captioned "Young Hollywood London". John Rankin, Esquire magazine's veteran glamour photographer, was quoted as saying that she has "that something special, that thing you just feel about someone... she's one of the most exciting actresses out there".
In 2013, Beecham starred as Caro Allingham in The Village. She starred as The Widow in the AMC martial arts action drama series Into the Badlands. In 2016, she had a supporting role in the Coen Brothers movie Hail, Caesar!. One year later she played the title role in Daphne. This earned her a nomination for the Best Actress award at the British Independent Film Awards
|2006||Bon Voyage||Rachel Aldred||Television film|
|2007||28 Weeks Later||Karen|
|2007||Rise of the Footsoldier||Kelly|
|2007||Agatha Christie's Marple||Elvira Blake||Television film|
|2007||God's Wounds||Poppy||Short film|
|2010||Pulse||Stella Hamilton||Television film|
|2012||Animal Charm||Jezebel||Short film|
|2013||The Thirteenth Tale||Isabelle Angelfield||Television film|
|2014||Happy Birthday to Me||Lucy||Short film|
|2017||Daphne||Daphne||Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film|
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Breakthrough of the Year
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
|2019||Berlin, I Love You||Hannah|
|2019||Little Joe||Alice||Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress|
|2019||Sulphur and White||Vanessa Tait|
|2019||The Octopus Nest||Claire||Short film|
|2007||The Innocence Project||Rachel||1 episode|
|2007||Party Animals||Vienna Lurie||1 episode|
|2007||New Tricks||Laura Small||1 episode|
|2007||The Bill||Angela Myatt||1 episode|
|2008||Lewis||Nell Buckley||1 episode|
|2008||Tess of the d'Urbervilles||Retty Priddle||2 episodes|
|2009||Unforgiven||Lucy Belcome||3 episodes|
|2009||The Street||Gemma||2 episodes|
|2010||Silent Witness||Anna Flannery||2 episodes|
|2011||The Runaway||Caroline Dixon||2 episodes|
|2012||Case Sensitive||Mary Trelease||2 episodes|
|2012||Damages||Rutger's Daughter||1 episode|
|2012||The Fear||Janey Beckett||3 episodes|
|2013||Blandings||Miss Younghusband||1 episode|
|2013||The Village||Caro Allingham||6 episodes|
|2014||The Musketeers||Adele Besset||1 episode|
|2015–2019||Into the Badlands||The Widow||16 episodes|
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- "Guerilla Films - The Calling directed by Jan Dunn starring Brenda Blethyn, Emily Beecham, Susannah York, Rita Tushingham, Pauline McLynn, Joanna Scanlan, Susannah Harker, Harriet Thorpe, Amanda Donohoe and Corin Redgrave". www.guerilla-films.com. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
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