Felicity Jones is best Known For Playing Nelly Ternan in the biographical drama film The Invisible Woman (2013), Felicia Hardy in the superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Jane Wilde Hawking in the biographical romantic drama film The Theory of Everything (2014).
Born Name Felicity Rose Hadley Jones
Nick Name Felicity
Years active 1996–present
Born: October 17, 1983, 35 years and 2 months, Bournville, Birmingham, England
Sun Sign Libra
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Green
Height 5 ft 3 in / 160 cm
Measurements 33-27-34 in or 84-68.5-87 cm
Bra Size 32A
Felicity went to Kings Norton Girls School in Birmingham. To complete her A-levels, she then attended King Edward VI Handsworth School in Handsworth, Birmingham.
Then, she took a gap year to appear in BBC series Servants. In 2006, she graduated in upper second in English from Wadham College, Oxford.
Father – Journalist for “Express and Star” newspaper
Mother – Worked in advertising department of “Express and Star” newspaper
Siblings – She has an older brother, who works as a film editor.
Other – Michael Hadley (Uncle)
Since 2006, Jones has appeared in numerous films, including Northanger Abbey (2007), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Chéri (2009), The Tempest (2010), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and True Story (2015). Her performance in the 2011 film Like Crazy was met with critical acclaim, garnering her numerous awards, including a special jury prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2014, her performance as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything also met with critical acclaim, garnering her nominations for the Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2016, Jones starred in the adventure-thriller Inferno, the fantasy drama A Monster Calls and the Star Wars film Rogue One as Jyn Erso. In 2016, she received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
She started her professional acting career as a child, appearing at age 12 in The Treasure Seekers (1996). Jones went on to play Ethel Hallow for one season in the television show The Worst Witch and its sequel Weirdsister College. She took time off from acting to attend university at Wadham College, Oxford where she performed in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors for the Oxford University Dramatic Society, and has worked steadily since graduating in 2006. On radio, she has played the role of Emma Grundy in the BBC’s The Archers. In 2008, she appeared in the Donmar Warehouse production of The Chalk Garden.
Felicity Rose Hadley Jones was born in Birmingham on 17 October 1983. She grew up in Bournville, West Midlands. She has one older brother. Her mother worked in advertising and her father was a journalist. Her uncle is an actor, which prompted Jones’ interest in acting as a child. One of her great-great-grandmothers was an Italian woman from Lucca, Tuscany. Jones studied English at Wadham College, Oxford. She appeared in student plays, including Attis in which she played the title role, and, in 2005, Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors for the Oxford University Dramatic Society summer tour to Japan, starring alongside Harry Lloyd.
Jones began acting at the age of 11 at after-school workshop Central Junior Television, which was funded by Central Television. She appeared in the first series of The Worst Witch. When Weirdsister College began in 2001, Jones returned as Hallow. Her longest running role around this time was on the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers, where she played Emma Carter until 2009 (currently played by Emerald O’Hanrahan).
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In 2012, she appeared in print advertisement for Dolce & Gabbana’s Khol Collection for eyes and nails.
In 2003, she starred as Grace May in the BBC drama Servants. She took the leading role in the 2007 ITV adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, and made her stage debut in Polly Stenham’s That Face at the Royal Court Theatre in April 2007.
In 2008, she appeared in the films Brideshead Revisited and Flashbacks of a Fool, the Doctor Who episode “The Unicorn and the Wasp” and a revival of Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London. In January 2009, the five-part TV serial The Diary of Anne Frank, in which Jones played the role of Margot Frank alongside Tamsin Greig (as Edith Frank-Holländer) and Iain Glen (as Otto Frank), was broadcast on BBC One. Later that year in May, she performed in a rehearsed reading of Anthony Minghella’s Hang Up at the High Tide Festival. Jones played the role of Julie in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s 2010 film Cemetery Junction. She also appeared in Soulboy and in Julie Taymor’s big screen adaptation of The Tempest as Miranda.
On 29 January 2011, Jones won a Special Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival for her performance as Anna in Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy. She had to do her own hair and make-up in the film, while the dialogue was entirely improvised. Her performance earned comparisons to Carey Mulligan’s Academy Award-nominated role in An Education. She also received the Best New Hollywood Award for this film at the 2011 Hollywood Film Awards. She appeared alongside Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick in Chalet Girl, a romantic comedy released in March 2011, for which she had to undergo two months of snowboarding training and work undercover in a chalet at St Anton, scrubbing toilets and partying at the Krazy Kanguruh bar in preparation for the role. Jones said that the role was “something of a relief” after a string of costume roles and she was also keen to take on a comic role. Jones performed in Luise Miller, a new translation of Schiller’s Kabale und Liebe by Mike Poulton at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London, in June and July 2011. Jones lived with a Catholic family and attended Mass to prepare for the role. In 2011, Jones was announced as the new face of Burberry. In November, she was also announced as the new face of Dolce & Gabbana.
In 2013, Jones portrayed Ellen Ternan in The Invisible Woman. Jones, previously unfamiliar with Ternan, learned about her life through research, and reflected that she knew she was “in for a challenge” when choosing to work on the film, citing the experience of director Ralph Fiennes and how “methodically done” his performance was. She also co-starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was released on 2 May 2014. She played Felicia Hardy; an assistant of Harry Osborn. Jones signed on due to its difference from her previous works.
In 2014, Jones portrayed Jane Wilde Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything, a biopic charting the life and love between Wilde Hawking and the world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, with Eddie Redmayne starring as Hawking. After being given the script by her agent, Jones read it in its entirety in one sitting, and said that she enjoyed that it was a “love story and not a straightforward biopic.” She auditioned for the film and its director, James Marsh, offered the part immediately after, surprising Jones who was accustomed to waiting several weeks for a confirmation. Jones was aided by Jane Hawking in preparing for the role, meeting with her. The film has been praised largely due to her and Redmayne’s performances. Jane Hawking was so impressed by the portrayal she wondered if it was herself when watching Jones. For her role as Jane, she received widespread acclaim from a number of organizations, including nominations for an Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
In February 2015, she was cast as Jyn Erso in the Star Wars stand-alone film Rogue One, with Gareth Edwards directing. Jones’s agent recommended the role to her, and she enjoyed the character’s search for an identity, drawing inspiration in her movements from Ronda Rousey. The film was released in December 2016 to positive reviews and grossed over $1 billion at the box office. Also in 2016, Jones starred in Inferno, playing a doctor aiding Robert Langdon in his escape. According to director Ron Howard, Jones’ only reluctance to signing for the film was the ensuring of her having days off to see the birth of her brother’s child. After agreeing to the role, she visited museums and galleries to better understand her character. Jones enjoyed the chemistry between her and Tom Hanks’s characters as well as Inferno’s overall diversity.
In 2013, Jones split from her boyfriend of ten years, sculptor Ed Fornieles, whom she had met at Oxford when he was at the Ruskin School of Art. In 2015, she began dating director Charles Guard. Their engagement was announced in May 2017.
Year Title Role(s) Director
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Young Ruth Baillie Walsh
2008 Brideshead Revisited Cordelia Flyte Julian Jarrold
2009 Chéri Edmée Stephen Frears
2010 Cemetery Junction Julie Kendrick Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant
2010 Soulboy Mandy Hodgson Shimmy Marcus
2010 The Tempest Miranda Julie Taymor
2011 Chalet Girl Kim Matthews Phil Traill
2011 Like Crazy Anna Gardner Drake Doremus
2011 Albatross Beth Fischer Niall MacCormick
2011 Hysteria Emily Dalrymple Tanya Wexler
2012 Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Dolly Thatchem Donald Rice
2013 Breathe In Sophie Drake Doremus
2013 The Invisible Woman Nelly Ternan Ralph Fiennes
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Felicia Hardy Marc Webb
2014 The Theory of Everything Jane Wilde Hawking James Marsh
2015 True Story Jill Barker Rupert Goold
2016 Collide Juliette Eran Creevy
2016 A Monster Calls Lizzie O’Malley J. A. Bayona
2016 Inferno Sienna Brooks Ron Howard
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Jyn Erso Gareth Edwards
2018 On the Basis of Sex Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mimi Leder
Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Treasure Seekers Alice Bastable Television film
1998–1999 The Worst Witch Ethel Hallow Main role (series 1), 11 episodes
2001 Weirdsister College Ethel Hallow Main role, 13 episodes
2003 Servants Grace May Main role, 6 episodes
2007 Northanger Abbey Catherine Morland Television film
2007 Cape Wrath Zoe Brogan Main role, 8 episodes
2008 Doctor Who Robina Redmond Episode: “The Unicorn and the Wasp”
2009 The Diary of Anne Frank Margot Frank Main role, 5 episodes
2011 Page Eight Julianne Worricker Television film
2014 Salting the Battlefield Julianne Worricker Television film
2014 Girls Dottie Episode: “Role-Play”
2017 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: “Felicity Jones / Sturgill Simpson”
2017 Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Jyn Erso Voice role
Year(s) Production Theatre Role
2005–2006 The Snow Queen Newbury Theatre Gerda
2007 That Face Royal Court Theatre Mia
2008 The Chalk Garden Donmar Warehouse Laurel
2011 Luise Miller Donmar Warehouse Luise Miller
Awards Year Films Category
Hollywood Film Awards 2011 New Hollywood Award
Gotham Awards 2011 Like Crazy Breakthrough Actor
National Board of Review 2011 Like Crazy Breakthrough Performance
Sundance Film Festival 2011 Like Crazy Special Jury Prize
Empire Awards 2012 Like Crazy Best Female Newcomer
Women Film Critics Circle 2014 The Theory of Everything The Invisible Woman Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015 The Theory of Everything Cinema Vanguard Award
Empire Awards 2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Best Actress
Best Known For
Playing Nelly Ternan in the biographical drama film The Invisible Woman (2013), Felicia Hardy in the superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Jane Wilde Hawking in the biographical romantic drama film The Theory of Everything (2014).
She appeared in the 1996 TV family film The Treasure Seekers for her role as Alice Bastable.
Her first feature film was in 2008 when she appeared in drama film Flashbacks of a Fool for her role as Young Ruth.
First TV Show
In 1998, Felicity guest appeared in the ITV television series The Worst Witch for her role as Ethel Hallow in the season 1.
She keeps herself slim through constant worrying.
She does not like to eat vegetables but likes to eat pasta.
Felicity also swims occasionally. She also does yoga to relieve her stress, free her mind from worries and improve her concentration.
Felicity Jones Favorite Things
Beauty Products – Black Dolce & Gabbana Khol eyeliner, Dolce & Gabbana Rosebud blusher
Felicity Jones Facts
Felicity’s parents met while working in Wolverhampton’s Express and Star (biggest selling evening newspaper in Britain).
Her parents divorced when she was just three.
Felicity is a huge fan of Virginia Woolf.
She does not Google herself because she feels depressed if she finds some negative points about her.
She is not on any social media. According to Vogue UK, she is a “technological dinosaur.”
Jones is in a habit of leaving her phones and shoes on the train.
She is a scatty human being.
She can juggle. She learned the circus skills when she was in a drama group.
Felicity is close friends with Carey Mulligan.