Ella Purnell Best Known For Working in films like Never Let Me Go (2010) and Maleficent (2014).
Born Name Ella Purnell
Nick Name Ella
Born September 17, 1996, 24, London, England, United Kingdom
Sun Sign Virgo
Height 5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Measurements 33-24-34 in or 84-61-86 cm
Bra size 32A
Ella went to City of London School for Girls and then to Forest School in Epping Forest, Walthamstow.
Ella also used to visit Sylvia Young Theatre School weekly to learn about singing, dancing and acting. Ella also went to Young Actors’ Theatre Islington.
Siblings – She has three younger half-brothers.
Ella Summer Purnell is an English actress best known for the films Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) and Churchill (2017). She starred in the lead role of the American television series Sweetbitter, based on the novel of the same name.
Life and career
Purnell was born and raised in London. She attended Forest School, the City of London School for Girls and Young Actors Theatre Islington.
She also attended weekly classes at Sylvia Young Theatre School, studying acting, singing and dance, and was represented by their in-house talent agency Sylvia Young Agency. She is currently represented by The Rights House. In August 2018 she moved to Brooklyn, New York.
In 2008 she beat hundreds of other girls for a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. She was one of only a few girls chosen to appear in the children’s ensemble and remained in the show for a year.
Towards the end of her time in Oliver!, she won the role of Young Ruth 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.
After filming this, Ella was cast as Kayleigh in Gustavo Ron’s Ways to Live Forever, adapted from the book by Sally Nicholls.
She was also cast as Mia in Juan Carlos Fresnadillos Intruders, in which she plays the daughter of Clive Owen and is the central character.
She was named by Screen International as one of 10 UK Stars of Tomorrow.
Purnell also appeared in the BBC HD Film Short Candy in June 2011.
She appeared in the feature film Kick-Ass 2 (2013), as the character ‘Dolce’. She also appeared as a main character in the independent film, WildLike, and as a teenage version of the character Maleficent in Disney’s 2014 film Maleficent.
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. It was released in 2016. In 2015 she filmed Access All Areas, in which she stars as Mia alongside actress Georgie Henley.The film was released in 2017.
In 2017, Purnell appeared in the historical drama film Churchill, playing Winston Churchill’s secretary Helen Garrett.
In 2018, Purnell appeared in the BBC mini-series Ordeal By Innocence, based on the Agatha Christie book of the same name. Purnell played Hester Argyll, the youngest adopted child of the mysterious Argyll family.
Purnell starred in the lead role of the Starz show Sweetbitter, based on Stephanie Danler’s internationally best-selling novel of the same name. Purnell plays 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.
After its first season aired in early 2018, Sweetbitter was renewed for a second season. It was announced in December 2019 that Starz had cancelled the series.
In 2020, she features as Lady Maria Grey in Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia on ITV in the UK and Epix in the US.
Ella is represented by Curtis Brown Group Ltd.
Ella debuted with 2010 romantic drama movie Never Let Me Go for her role as Young Ruth.
First TV Show
She has not appeared in a TV series yet. But, got to appear in Channel 4’s TV movie Cyberbully in 2015.
Ella Purnell Favorite Things
Emoji – Praying hands, girl with the hand gesture, nails
Ella Purnell Facts
In 2013 film Kick-Ass 2, she got to work with Chloë Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Ella got to appear in the musical Oliver! in 2008 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
If she wasn’t an actress, she would have been an astronaut.
She started her professional acting career at the age of 12 (in 2008) when she got to appear in the musical Oliver!
She looks up to actress Jennifer Lawrence for motivation.
Ella can play piano. In her free time, she plays piano, reads and writes short films and plays.