From London to "Transcendence:" A Biography of Rebecca Hall

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April 24th, 2014

The English-born actress Rebecca Hall has been stunning fans with her acting talents and irresistible charms since she started her acting career in 1992. Best known for her roles in "The Prestige," "Iron Man 3" and the 2014 sci-fi drama "Transcendence," her career has truly blossomed from her humble beginnings in film and television. She has gained a loyal fan following, and audiences are eager to see what is next in store for this Hollywood gem.

Rebecca Maria Hall was born in London on May 19, 1982, to Peter Hall and Maria Ewing. Her father, an English stage director and a founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and her mother, an American opera singer, divorced in 1990. Hall has five half-siblings, many of whom also work in the theater and film industries. Hall landed her first television role in at the age of 10 with the help of her father, who produced a TV rendition of "The Camomile Lawn." After attending the all-female Roedean School on the outskirts of Brighton and achieving the title of head girl, she went on to attend St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, to study English literature. During this time, Hall set up a theater company and starred in a number of productions. She dropped out just before her final year in 2002.

Although she had appeared in numerous plays, Hall did not make her film debut until 2006, when she played the role of Rebecca Epstein in the film "Starter for 10." However, her breakthrough role was that of Sarah Borden in Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige," which became a box office hit. Her next role was in 2007's "Joe's Palace." As she continued to expand her repertoire, Hall became well known in Hollywood. She was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance in the film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," and she starred in "Frost/Nixon" in 2008. The years 2009-2011 proved very productive for the actress as she appeared in "Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974," "Dorian Gray," "The Town" and "The Awakening."

Fans soon noticed that Hall was drawn to darker films, and critics praised her performances. She reached a new audience in 2013 with her portrayal of Maya Hansen in the Marvel film "Iron Man 3," proving her versatile acting skills to both filmmakers and the public. Fans were unsure where Hall was going to pop up next, but the April 2014 release of the science-fiction mystery drama "Transcendence" was a pleasant shift from previous roles. In this film, Hall plays Evelyn, the intelligent scientist and wife of artificial-intelligence researcher Dr. Will Caster. The doctor uploads his consciousness to a supercomputer when he is about to die. Hall's role is one of the most important in the film as Evelyn's love for her husband and unwillingness to give him up is explored with an emotional performance.

Hall's film career has been successful, but she has also enjoyed a great deal of success in stage productions, largely thanks to her father. She delivered an outstanding performance in Peter Hall's production "Mrs. Warren's Profession," earning the Ian Charleson Award in 2003 for her incredible acting. She went on to star in two more of her father's productions in 2003, including "As You Like It" and "Man and Superman." In 2008 and 2009, she appeared in Sam Mendes' "The Winter's Tale" and "The Cherry Orchard." Her strong performances in these and other productions accrued her a sizable reputation, and she took her career to the next level in 2013 with her Broadway debut. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, the intriguing play "Machinal" opened in January of 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre.

Hall has largely kept her personal life under wraps, particularly when it comes to romantic entanglements. While she was acting in her father's theatrical production of "As You Like It," Hall began dating her costar Freddie Stevenson, but their relationship ended in 2004. Later in her career, it was rumored that Hall had been dating director Sam Mendes while he was separated from his wife, actress Kate Winslet. This was confirmed in 2011 by a spokesman for Mendes.

Born to two individuals passionate about theater and performance, Rebecca Hall was seemingly destined for stardom. All the same, she worked hard to achieve her status as an up-and-coming Hollywood actress. Her stage and film careers have both proved promising thus far, and fans are confident that this passionate, talented actress will continue to evolve in her roles and develop her acting style as her career progresses.