Emily Beecham

Emily Beecham (born 12 May 1984) is an English actress. She is best known for her role in the Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!, for the AMC television series Into the Badlands, and for the title role in the 2017 film Daphne. In 2019, she starred in Austrian director Jessica Hausner's film Little Joe, for which she received the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Emily Beecham
Beecham in 2017
Born (1984-05-12) 12 May 1984
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active2006–present

Early life

Beecham was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Her father is a British pilot and her mother is American from Arizona. She has dual British-American citizenship.[2] In 2003, at the age of 18, she enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) for three years, graduating with BA Hons in 2006. She collects lego.


In her final year at LAMDA, Beecham started accepting professional acting opportunities, with her first appearances occurring in the thriller Bon Voyage and in the supernatural TV series Afterlife. Her first feature film, Bon Voyage, was premiered that October, receiving positive notices following its showing on ITV. It won the Golden Nymph award at the June 2007 Monte Carlo Television Festival.

In mid-2007, she was chosen by the director Jan Dunn for the leading role in her independent film The Calling, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the London Independent Film Festival. She was a recipient of the Edinburgh International Film Festival Trailblazer Award. The film received mixed reviews, one of which commented that "newcomer Emily Beecham plays a young woman determined to take the veil and holds her own well against such stalwarts as Brenda Blethyn and Susannah York".[3] In highlighting the impression made by Beecham, the film columnist Hannah McGill, who was the Edinburgh Festival's artistic director from 2006 to 2010, decided that she should be one of the recipients of the coveted Skillset Trailblazer Award. That same year, Beecham gave her first professional stage performance in Ian McHugh's first play, How to Curse, at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, London, directed by the theatre's artistic director Josie Rourke. In 2011, she received the Best Actress award at the London Independent Film Festival.[4]

Beecham has appeared in numerous television series, including Agatha Christie's Marple, Tess of The D'Urbervilles and The Street. She was listed in Nylon magazine's "Young Hollywood" issue as one of 55 "Faces of the Future", with the photograph captioned "Young Hollywood London".[5] John Rankin, Esquire magazine's veteran glamour photographer, was quoted as saying that she has "that something special, that thing you just feel about someone... she's one of the most exciting actresses out there".

In 2013, Beecham starred as Caro Allingham in The Village. She starred as The Widow in the AMC martial arts action drama series Into the Badlands. In 2016, she had a supporting role in the Coen Brothers movie Hail, Caesar!. One year later she played the title role in Daphne. This earned her a nomination for the Best Actress award at the British Independent Film Awards[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Bon Voyage Rachel Aldred Television film
2007 28 Weeks Later Karen
2007 Rise of the Footsoldier Kelly
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Elvira Blake Television film
2007 God's Wounds Poppy Short film
2009 The Calling Joanna
2010 Basement Pru
2010 Pulse Stella Hamilton Television film
2012 Animal Charm Jezebel Short film
2013 Art Is... Lulu
2013 The Thirteenth Tale Isabelle Angelfield Television film
2014 Happy Birthday to Me Lucy Short film
2016 Hail, Caesar! Diedre
2017 Daphne Daphne Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Breakthrough of the Year[7]
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
2019 Berlin, I Love You Hannah
2019 Little Joe Alice Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2019 Sulphur and White Vanessa Tait
2019 The Octopus Nest Claire Short film
2021 Cruella Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Afterlife Sash 1 episode
2007 The Innocence Project Rachel 1 episode
2007 Party Animals Vienna Lurie 1 episode
2007 New Tricks Laura Small 1 episode
2007 The Bill Angela Myatt 1 episode
2008 Lewis Nell Buckley 1 episode
2008 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Retty Priddle 2 episodes
2009 Unforgiven Lucy Belcome 3 episodes
2009 The Street Gemma 2 episodes
2009 Merlin Emmyria 1 episode
2010 Silent Witness Anna Flannery 2 episodes
2011 The Runaway Caroline Dixon 2 episodes
2012 Case Sensitive Mary Trelease 2 episodes
2012 Damages Rutger's Daughter 1 episode
2012 The Fear Janey Beckett 3 episodes
2013 Blandings Miss Younghusband 1 episode
2013 The Village Caro Allingham 6 episodes
2014 The Musketeers Adele Besset 1 episode
20152019 Into the Badlands The Widow 16 episodes


  1. "Korean director Bong Joon-ho wins Cannes' top prize". Daily Sabah Cinema. Daily Sabah. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  2. Famurewa, Jimi. "Emily Beecham interview: 'I never went to school wanting to play cute characters'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. "Guerilla Films - The Calling directed by Jan Dunn starring Brenda Blethyn, Emily Beecham, Susannah York, Rita Tushingham, Pauline McLynn, Joanna Scanlan, Susannah Harker, Harriet Thorpe, Amanda Donohoe and Corin Redgrave". www.guerilla-films.com. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  4. "The Film Festival Guild". The Film Festival Guild. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  5. "Emily Beecham in Nylon magazine". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  6. "Nominations 2017". BIFA - British Independent Film Awards.
  7. "Evening Standard Nominations 2018".
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