Ella Purnell

Ella Summer Purnell (born 17 September 1996) is an English actress.

She began her career as a child actress in West End theatre and films such as Never Let Me Go (2010), Intruders (2011), and Maleficent (2014). Her other films include Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016), Churchill (2017), and Army of the Dead (2021).

Ella Purnell
Ella Purnell
Purnell in June 2017
Born (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 27)
London, England
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present

On television, Purnell has starred in the mystery series Ordeal by Innocence (2018), the historical miniseries Belgravia (2020), the thriller Yellowjackets (2021–2023), and the post-apocalyptic drama series Fallout (2024–present). She also voices Jinx in Arcane (2021–present) and Gwyndala in Star Trek: Prodigy (2021–present).

Early life

Ella Summer Purnell was born in the Whitechapel area of London on 17 September 1996 to Simon Reid and Suzy Purnell. She grew up in Bethnal Green. She attended Bethnal Green Montessori, Forest School, the City of London School for Girls, and the Young Actors Theatre Islington. She also attended weekly classes at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, studying acting, singing, and dance, and was represented by their in-house talent agency.

Career

Film

In 2008, Purnell beat hundreds of other girls for a role in Oliver! at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Towards the end of her time in Oliver!, she won the role of Young Ruth (played by Keira Knightley as an adult) in Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go – a feature film based on the book by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was released in 2010 to positive reviews. She was then cast as Kayleigh in Gustavo Ron's Ways to Live Forever, adapted from the book by Sally Nicholls, and as Mia in the Juan Carlos Fresnadillo film Intruders. Purnell was named by Screen International as one of 10 UK Stars of Tomorrow. She also appeared in the BBC HD film short Candy in June 2011.

In 2013, Purnell appeared in the feature film Kick-Ass 2 as the character Dolce. The following year, she starred in the independent film Wildlike, which earned her a number of accolades at film festivals and played the teenage version of Angelina Jolie's titular character in Disney's Maleficent. In 2016, Purnell starred in Tim Burton's adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based on the novel of the same name, by Ransom Riggs. In 2017, she played Mia in Access All Areas. Later that year, Purnell appeared in the historical drama film Churchill, playing Winston Churchill's secretary Helen Garrett.

Television

In 2018, Purnell appeared as Hester Argyll in the BBC mini-series Ordeal by Innocence, based on the Agatha Christie book of the same name. Later that year, Purnell starred in the leading role of the Starz show Sweetbitter, based on Stephanie Danler's novel of the same name. She played Tess, a naive 22-year-old who moves to New York City to pursue a new life, and gets caught up in the world of fine dining. It was announced in December 2019 that Starz had cancelled the series after two seasons. In 2020, Purnell played Lady Maria Grey in Julian Fellowes's period drama Belgravia, co-produced by ITV and Epix. In 2021, she began starring as Jackie in the Showtime drama series Yellowjackets. Later that year she voiced Gwyn in the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy and Jinx in the Netflix animated series Arcane. In 2024, she starred as Lucy MacLean in the Amazon Prime Video drama series Fallout.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Never Let Me Go Young Ruth
Ways to Live Forever Kayleigh
2011 Nice Candy Short film
Intruders Mia
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Dolce
2014 Wildlike MacKenzie
Maleficent Teen Maleficent
2016 The Journey is the Destination Amy
The Legend of Tarzan Young Jane Porter Uncredited
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Emma Bloom
2017 Churchill Helen Garrett
Access All Areas Mia
2018 UFO Natalie
2021 Army of the Dead Kate Ward
TBA The Scurry Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Cyberbully Megan Television film
2018 Ordeal by Innocence Hester Argyll Miniseries, 3 episodes
2018–2019 Sweetbitter Tess Main role, 14 episodes
2020 Belgravia Lady Maria Grey Miniseries, 6 episodes
2021–2023 Yellowjackets Jackie Taylor Main role (season 1), Recurring role (season 2) (12 episodes)
2021–present Star Trek: Prodigy Gwyn Voice role
Main role, 20 episodes
Arcane Jinx Voice role
Main role, 6 episodes
2024 Invincible Jane Voice role, Episode: "I Thought You Were Stronger"
2024–present Fallout Lucy MacLean Main role
TBA Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas Kate Ward Voice role, upcoming series
TBA Sweetpea Rhiannon Lewis Main role, upcoming series; also executive producer

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Natives A Southwark Playhouse

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova Gwyn Voice role

Awards and nominations

Year Work Organizations Category Result
2015 WildLike Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Best Actress Won
Hill Country Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
Gasparilla International Film Festival Best Female Performance Won
Naperville Independent Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
Twister Alley International Film Festival Best Actress – Feature Film Won
Myrtle Beach International Film Festival Best Actress Won
Richmond International Film Festival Best Actress Won
2021 Arcane Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Won
2023 Yellowjackets Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

References

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