(Carla- Mother of Anastasia)
Date of Birth: 29 December 1969, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Birth Name: Jennifer Anne Ehle
Height: 5′ 7″ (1.7 m)
Jennifer Ehle was born on December 29, 1969 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA as Jennifer Anne Ehle. She is an actress, known for Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The King’s Speech (2010) and Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). She has been married to Michael Scott Ryan since November 29, 2001. They have two children.
Daughter of Rosemary Harris and John Ehle.
Won Broadway’s 2000 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.” One of her competitors who did not win was her mother,Rosemary Harris.
Last name is pronounced “EE-lee.”
Her real life mother, actress Rosemary Harris, played the elder versions of her character Valerie in István Szabó’s Sunshine (1999) and Calypso, in The Camomile Lawn (1992).
When casting for his film Sunshine (1999), director István Szabó didn’t know she was Rosemary Harris’ daughter in real life.
Attended The Central School of Speech and Drama in London
Had a relationship with Colin Firth whom she met while filming Pride and Prejudice(1995).
She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 (1999 season) for Best Actress for her performance in “The Real Thing” at the Donmar Warehouse and at the Albery Theatre.
Has a son, George, and a daughter, Talulah, with Michael Scott Ryan.
In 1991, she won the Ian Charleson Award for “Tartuffe”.
In 1992, she won the Radio Times Awards for Best Newcomer for The Camomile Lawn(1992).
In 2000 she won the Variety Cub Showbusiness Awards for Best Stage Actress for The Real Thing.
In 2000 she won the the Theatre World Award Best Actress in for The Real Thing.
In 2000 she won a nomination at the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for The Real Thing.
2007: nominated Best Leading Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle for The Coast of Utopia.
Won 2007 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Coast of Utopia.
Has won two Tony Awards: Best Actress in a Play in 2000 for “The Real Thing” and Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2007 for “The Coast of Utopia”. Both of these plays were written by Tom Stoppard.
She played “Brini Glass”, George Clooney’s lawyer-colleague-girlfriend in Michael Clayton (2007), but her scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. She can be seen in the background (unfocused) for a few seconds near the end of the film.
Auditioned for the title character in Rachel Getting Married (2008), but lost the part to Rosemarie DeWitt. Director Jonathan Demme referred to her for the female lead in A Gifted Man (2011).
Filmed scenes for the pilot of Game of Thrones (2011) as the character ‘Catelyn Stark’, however once the series was picked up she dropped out due to family commitments and was subsequently replaced by Michelle Fairley who re-filmed all her scenes.
Her father was born in Asheville, North Carolina, of German and English ancestry. Her mother was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England. One of Jennifer’s maternal great-grandmothers was Romanian.
Currently starring in “The Philadelphia Story” with Kevin Spacey at London’s Old Vic Theatre. (May 2005)
Just started rehearsals for “The Coast of Utopia”, a play by Tom Stoppard, at theLincoln Theatre in New York. It previews from 8 October. (September 2006)
Currently preparing to play “Lady Macbeth” (opposite Liev Schreiber) in The Public Theater’s production; performing in New York’s Central Park. Most recently starred in “The Philadelphia Story” (June, 2005) with Kevin Spacey at London’s Old Vic Theatre. [May 2006]
Has the unique achievement of being the only actress that has starred in two films directed by women, that went #1 at the US box office; Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).
Decided to star in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) because she wanted to work with director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Decided to join Twitter after her departure from Game of Thrones (2011). She asked the producers of HBO to release her from the contract, so she could spend more time with her family, to which the producers agreed. Ehle was grateful for the tolerance from HBO and remained supportive of the project. Hereby, she joined Twitter, in order to publicly promote the amicable split, the tolerance from HBO and “how amazing the show would be”.
“Half of this award should go to my wigs” 1996 BAFTA Awards talking about her wigs in the BBC’s acclaimed mini-series Pride and Prejudice (1995).
[on being nominated in the same category as her mother, Rosemary Harris, for the 2000 Tony Award] It was a thrill. It just seemed so highly unlikely that it was happening, but it was. And it never occurred to either of us, I don’t believe, that either of us would win.