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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 29, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA Profession: actor

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The attractive, strawberry blonde daughter of novelist John Ehle and actress Rosemary Harris, North Carolina-born Jennifer Ehle shuttled between the USA and the UK (following her mother's frequent career moves) before making her acting debut as the tempestuous Calypso in the British TV drama, "The Chamomile Lawn" (1992), directed by Sir Peter Hall. She followed that quickly with an appearance on American TV as the Empress Zita in the "Austria, March 1917" episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC, 1992). Her first movie role came in the small part of Cynthia Powell (John Lennon's first wife) in "Backbeat" (1993). But Ehle attracted major critical and audience attention as well as a BAFTA Award as Best Television Actress for her intelligent rendering of Elizabeth Bennet in "Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'" (BBC, 1995), which aired in the USA on A&E.

The attractive, strawberry blonde daughter of novelist John Ehle and actress Rosemary Harris, North Carolina-born Jennifer Ehle shuttled between the USA and the UK (following her mother's frequent career moves) before making her acting debut as the tempestuous Calypso in the British TV drama, "The Chamomile Lawn" (1992), directed by Sir Peter Hall. She followed that quickly with an appearance on American TV as the Empress Zita in the "Austria, March 1917" episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC, 1992). Her first movie role came in the small part of Cynthia Powell (John Lennon's first wife) in "Backbeat" (1993). But Ehle attracted major critical and audience attention as well as a BAFTA Award as Best Television Actress for her intelligent rendering of Elizabeth Bennet in "Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'" (BBC, 1995), which aired in the USA on A&E.

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 RoboCop (2014)
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 Forger, The (2014)
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 Black and White (2014)
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 Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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 Love, Marilyn (2012)
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 Contagion (2011)
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1973:
Made her stage debut as a toddler in Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire," in which her mother (Rosemary Harris) played Blanche Dubois
1992:
Made acting debut in an adaptation of "The Camomile Lawn"
1992:
Made U.S. TV debut on an episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC)
1993:
Portrayed Cynthia Lennon in feature film debut "Backbeat"
1995:
Cast as Elizabeth Bennet opposite Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy in BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
1997:
Had first substantial supporting film role in "Paradise Road"
1997:
Played title role on British TV drama "Melissa" (Channel 4)
1997:
Co-starred opposite Stephen Fry in "Wilde" as Constance Wilde, the author's wife
1999:
Headlined the London stage revival of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"
1999:
Portrayed a young incarnation of Valerie (her mother Rosemary Harris played the older version) in István Szabó's "Sunshine"
2000:
Reprised role of Annie for the Broadway staging of "The Real Thing"
2001:
Co-starred with Alan Cumming and Dominic West in Broadway revival of Noel Coward's "Design for Living"
2002:
Cast as a 19th-century poet in "Possession"
2003:
Featured in the thriller "Gothika"
2005:
Returned to the stage in "The Philadelphia Story" opposite Kevin Spacey
2006:
Played Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth" as part of the Shakespeare in the Park
2006:
Portrayed three characters in Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia" at the Vivian Beaumont Theater
2008:
Featured in CBS movie "The Russell Girl"
2010:
Played Myrtle Logue, wife of King George VI's (Colin Firth) speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) in Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech"
2011:
Landed bit role in action thriller "The Adjustment Bureau"
2011:
Joined ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"
2011:
Co-starred with Patrick Wilson on CBS drama "A Gifted Man"
2011:
Cast in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote, and produced
2012:
Featured opposite Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden
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Education

Interlochen Arts Academy: Interlochen , Michigan -
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England -
North Carolina School of the Arts: Winston-Salem , North Carolina -

Notes

Her last name is pronounced EEE-lee.

She won the Radio Times Award for Best Newcomer as Calypso in "The Chamomile Lawn".

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companion:
Toby Stephens. Actor. Met during filming of TV drama "The Chamomile Lawn" (1992); no longer together; son of actors Robert Stephens and Maggie Smith.
companion:
Toby Stephens. Had three; all died in German concentration camps.
companion:
Colin Firth. Actor. Met during filming of "Pride and Prejudice" (1995); no longer together.
companion:
Colin Firth. Had two; survived him.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
John Ehle. Screenwriter, novelist.
father:
John Ehle. Survived him.
mother:
Rosemary Harris. Actor.
mother:
Rosemary Harris. Born on June 15, 1974.
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