One To Watch: Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall may be a talented actress, heir to British theatre royalty and knock-out beauty but she’s always managed to stay in the background. Her CV is undeniably impressive and a glimpse at it reveals a clear talent to watch (Bafta thought so too nominating her for an Orange Rising Star Award in 2009).

Hopefully, with her confident leading performance in the upcoming horror flick The Awakening she’ll become a household name.

Daughter of Sir Peter Hall, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in the ‘60s and directed the National Theatre for 15 years, Rebecca’s first role came in his 1992 television adaptation of Mary Wesley’s The Camomile Lawn. Since then she has come into her own as an actor and been featured in some roles you should remember.

1. Starter for 10 (2006)

Rebecca’s first feature film role found her playing Rebecca Epstein in the adaptation of David Nicholls’ novel of the same name. She starred alongside fellow up-and-comers James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Dominic Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch with McAvoy playing a Bristol University student who joins a quiz challenge team. He falls in love with a teammate played by Eve, but as we all know Rebecca is truly the girl he’s meant for.

2. The Prestige (2008)

In her breakout role, Rebecca played Sarah Borden in Christopher Nolan’s mystery thriller. Although it wasn’t a huge part, she was working alongside heavyweights like Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. She was reportedly “starstruck just to be involved”.

3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

In her most critically acclaimed performance to date, Rebecca played Vicky (the woman that’s not Scarlett Johansson or Penelope Cruz), an American who finds herself falling for Javier Bardem despite her best efforts. Her performance in the Woody Allen film showed that she could really hold her own alongside Hollywood’s finest and she received a Golden Globe nomination for the effort.

4. Frost/Nixon (2008)

Hall’s next big part came in Ron Howard’s historical drama based on the infamous Frost/Nixon interviews of 1977. She played Caroline Cushing, the main love interest of Michael Sheen’s David Frost.

5. The Town (2010)

In what was her largest role, Rebecca appeared in Ben Affleck’s crime drama as a bank manager who is held hostage by Affleck and his gang of masked thieves. Later, Affleck befriends her in order to get information about the robbery’s investigation and she falls in love with him not realizing that a few days ago he had a gun to her head.

6. Everything Must Go (2010)

In this comedy-drama Will Ferrell stars as an alcoholic whose relapse costs him his job and marriage. He holds a yard sale to get rid of all his worldly possessions and start over and with some help from his neighbor Samantha (Hall) he might just turn his life around. Though the movie wasn’t a huge success, Hall’s performance as the neighbor who has her own problems to work out is impressive.

7. The Awakening (2011)

In The Awakening Hall plays Florence Cathchart, a myth buster who visits a boarding school to investigate sightings of a child’s ghost. Set in 1920s England, this role marks Rebecca’s first lead in a feature film. If her performance is any indication of things to come, she won’t be under the radar for much longer.