Felicity Jones

  • Actor

Oct 17, 1983  in England

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Having started her acting career as a child artist, Felicity Jones is an English television and film actor. At the age of 12, Jones made her acting debut with the 1996 TV movie The Treasure Seekers. Following her debut, she was a part of other television series such as The Worst Witch, and Cape Wrath. After a successful stint on television, she made her movie debut with the 2008 British film Flashbacks of a Fool starring Daniel Craig. For her performance as Jane Hawking in the 2014 biographical romantic drama The Theory of Everything, she garnered immense praise and also won her various nominations, including the Golden Globes, BAFTA, SAG, and Academy Award for Best Actress.

Early Life
Jones, born as Felicity Rose Hadley Jones on the 17th of October, 1983, was brought up in Bournville, Birmingham along with her brother. Her father Michael Hadley was a journalist while her mother was into advertising. She studied at the Kings Norton Girls’ School, after which she went on to complete her A-levels at the King Edward VI Handsworth School. While studying her A-levels, she dropped out for a year, which is when she was seen in the BBC series Servants. She then graduated in 2006 from Wadham College, Oxford.

Personal Life
Jones first met Ed Fornieles while she was studying at Oxford, where he was at the Ruskin School of Art. Ed Fornieles, an artist and sculptor by profession, and Jones were in a 10-year-long relationship before they called it quits in 2013.

Television Career
Jones made her television debut at the age of 12 by appearing in the 1996 TV movie The Treasure Seekers. Two years after her first appearance, she was seen in the children’s magic and fantasy television series The Worst Witch. Playing the role of Ethel Hallow, the show went on to air for an entire year. Following its first season, the show released its 2001 sequel Weirdsister College, where Jones reprised her role of Ethel Hallow. In 2003, when Jones dropped out of school for a year, she appeared in the BBC drama series Servants. She went on to appear in other series such as Cape Wrath, and the Diary of Anne Frank, where she played the role of Anne Frank’s sister Margot Frank. She also was seen in TV movies such as Northanger Abbey, Page Eight, and Salting the Battlefield. She also featured in an episode of the science fiction television series Doctor Who, and the comedy-drama Girls.

Movie Career
After having appeared in a series of television shows and TV movies, Jones made her movie debut in the year 2008 with the British drama Flashbacks of a Fool, which co-stars the James Bond star, Daniel Craig. The same year, she appeared alongside Emma Thompson and Matthew Goode in Brideshead Revisited, based on the Evelyn Waugh’s novel of the same name. She next appeared in another movie adaptation of a novel in Chéri, co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend. Jones played the role of Edmée, a young woman whose husband Chéri is in love with a courtesan Léa, who faces constant abuse, mental and physical, from her husband. After playing the role of an abused wife, Jones played the role of Julie in the coming-of-age drama Cemetery Junction, which opened to mixed, mainly positive, reviews. Jones appeared in other movies such as SoulBoy (2010), The Tempest (2011), and Chalet Girls (2011).

Most of her movies opened to mainly negative reviews, however, her 2011 romantic drama Like Crazy opened to positive reviews. She went on to win various awards for her performance such as the Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer, and Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Actor. She then appeared in the 2011 coming-of-age movie Albatross, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Her portrayal of Beth won her the British Independent Film Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The actor then went on to star in the romantic comedy Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, where she played the role of a girl, whose wedding is around but she is unsure of marrying her to-be husband.

The 2013 romantic drama Breathe In saw Jones playing the role of Sophie, an exchange student who falls in love with the man whose family she is living with. The movie co-starring Guy Pearce, and Amy Ryan opened to mixed yet mainly positive reviews and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The same year, Jones was cast in the biographical drama The Invisible Woman, where she plays the role of Nelly, a young theater actress who falls in love with writer Charles Dickens, and her performance won her a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actress. She then played the role of Felicia Hardy in the superhero movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2, co-starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Her role might become the Marvel Comics’ fictional character Black Cat, daughter of the world-renowned cat burglar, in The Amazing Spider-Man series.

Jones is, however, best remembered for her performance in the 2014 biographical romance drama The Theory of Everything, which is based on the life of the theoretical physicist, author, and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. Jones played the character of his wife Jane Hawking, and her performance in the movie won her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2016, the actor appeared in the third installment of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon book series titled Inferno. Sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Jones plays the role of Dr. Sienna Brooks in the mystery thriller alongside Tom Hanks, who reprises his role of Robert Langdon, and Irrfan Khan. Her other projects include A Monster Calls (2016), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), and Collide (2017).