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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 May 1982London, England, UK
Birth NameRebecca Maria Hall
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rebecca Hall was born in London, UK, the daughter of Peter Hall, a stage director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Maria Ewing, an opera singer. Her father is English. Her mother, who is American, is of Dutch, Scottish, Sioux, and African American origin. Her parents separated when she was still young, and they divorced in 1990. She has a half-brother, Edward Hall, who is a theatre director, and four other half-siblings, including theatre designer Lucy Hall, veteran TV drama producer Christopher Hall, and Jennifer Caron Hall, a writer and painter.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (13)

She is the daughter of Peter Hall and Maria Ewing.
Attended Roedean School in East Sussex, where she was head girl. Then studied English at Cambridge University, but dropped out after her second year.
Younger half sister of theatre director Edward Hall, theatre set designer Lucy Hall, producer Christopher Hall and Jennifer Caron Hall.
She contributed a doodle for Epilepsy Action's National Doodle Day on Friday 23 February 2007.
Her favorite film is Woody Allen's 1979 movie, Manhattan (1979).
For her professional stage debut in "Mrs Warren's Profession" (dir. Peter Hall), she won the 2002 Sunday Times/ National Theatre 'Ian Charleson' Award which recognises performances in classical roles for actors and actresses under 30 in Britain. She was nominated for the same award in 2004 for her performance in "As You Like It" (dir. Peter Hall).
She is the daughter of English theater director Peter Hall (who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company) and American opera singer Maria Ewing. Peter Hall is a white Englishman. Maria Ewing's paternal grandparents were both of part African ancestry. Maria's father, Norman Isaac Ewing, also had Scottish, and possible Sioux Native American, roots. Maria's mother, Hermina Maria Veraar, who was caucasian, was Dutch.
Attended Cumnor House School in East Sussex from age 9 to 13.
Her agent paid for the fares for their flight to New York to audition for The Town (2010) because she did not have the money.
Stepsister-in-law of Issy Van Randwyck.
Currently in rehearsal for a National Theatre production of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", directed by her father, Peter Hall. [December 2010]
Rebecca holds Dual Citizenship for the United States and the UK.
She grew to be 5'10 at the age of 11.

Personal Quotes (35)

If you act scared, your body produces adrenaline.
I've always had horrible Valentine's Days.
There's always going to be a separate version of you that people will create, and you have no control over it.
One aspect of my mum's personality that has influenced me is her love of Hollywood and the golden era of black-and-white films.
I've never been desperate to please my father.
I don't think that theater is the higher medium, that it's better than film.
I don't like talking about myself, if I'm honest.
I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor. It has just always been an inevitability on some level.
I always look for contradiction in a character.
As a child I loved ghost stories.
I'm very nerdy about my music, and I like interrogating people about what they put on playlists.
I'm not consciously avoiding doing a lot of period drama, but I don't really seek it out either.
I was the kid that grew up watching Bette Davis films.
I was a really pretentious teenager.
I think acting can be very frustrating, and there's no experience that doesn't make you a better actor.
My mum's American. She's from Detroit.
My childhood was very colourful, and I am very good friends with both my parents. We have no secrets.
Lentil dhal is the only thing I can cook.
It sounds trite, but I like telling stories.
I've played an awful lot of repressed people.
I quite enjoy cooking but I'm not consistent. I can't follow the recipe book. If something goes well, I'll never make it again, which is completely stupid. It's a one-shot kind of deal.
You either are a good director or you're not.
When I was 22, I thought I couldn't wear heels because of my height.
'Twin Peaks' is my favorite American TV show.
No family is sane, is it?
If pressed, I would say I feel British. It's where I grew up and where I choose to live, the culture that I love, but I feel perfectly at home in America, I don't feel like a tourist or anything.
I would say that maybe directors who act as well are easier with actors. I'm not saying that all directors have this, but sometimes you'll come across a director who sort of looks at an actor a bit like a kind of untrained horse that's been let out of the stable, like they might buck him.
I used to have the most visceral response to having my photo taken. I felt like instantly bursting into tears and running out of the room. I hated all the attention, which is such a stupid thing for an actor to say.
I think for a long time it seemed like working in an art form and being a feminist meant portraying women in a perfect, angelic light. And there's nothing feminist about that.
I read everything. I've always got a book on the go and I'm really nerdy about it, I get through books and don't remember anything about them afterwards. But I read all sorts, from classic to contemporary.
Whenever I'm in theatre situations I will go out of my way not to talk about my father, but in the film world I can be really proud of my family and say, 'You know what: my dad's a really, really famous theatre director,' because nobody has any idea.
To read a character I'm not sympathizing with is generally quite a good, attractive proposition because I've got somewhere to go, I've got work to do, to try to understand why they behave like they behave, to relate entirely and understand them and to be completely emotionally connected. That is much more fun 99 percent of the time.
There are people all over the world who like to write fan letters in the voice of their pet: 'Hello, my name is Fifi and I'm a labrador and I think you're great. Paw paw!'
One of the great things about the 'Iron Man' franchise is that they employ fascinating actors who don't necessarily do action movies. Before 'Iron Man' you didn't associate Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow with those kinds of films. There's an emphasis on repartee and wit.
[on meeting Benedict Cumberbatch when she was age 8] Benedict was one of those boys that you met and you could already see what he was going to be like when he was middle-aged. He is a one-off, and it is the fate of people who are unique for others not to notice their talent straight off the bat. It's easy for people to say, "Wow, you are the next 'Johnny Depp'." Benedict was never going to be the next anybody. He was always going to be just who he is.

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