Full name: Felicity Rose Hadley Jones
Birthday: 17th October 1983 (38 years old)
Height: 5’3″ (160cm)
Felicity Jones was born in Birmingham, England on 17th October 1983. Her mother worked in advertising and her father was a journalist, however they separated when she was three so Felicity and her elder brother were brought up by her mother alone in the village of Bournville. Felicity began acting at the age of eleven at and after-school workshop; Central Junior Television, which was funded by Central Television. She quickly won her first professional acting role at the age of twelve, starring alongside Kiera Knightly in The Treasure Seekers. She was inspired to pursue acting, in part, by her uncle Michael Hadley who is also an actor.
In her teenage years Felicity attended Kings Norton Girls’ School in Birmingham and then completed her A-levels at King Edward VI Handsworth School. She then took a gap year, during which she appeared in the BBC series Servants. Felicity then read English at Wadham College, Oxford. Whilst living in Oxford Felicity met artist Ed Fornieles, who was studying at the Ruskin School of Art, and they dated from 2003 to 2013. Between her own studies Felicity appeared in student plays, including Attis in which she played the titular role, and, in 2005, Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors for the Oxford University Dramatic Society summer tour to Japan, starring alongside fellow professional Harry Lloyd.
At the age of fourteen, Felicity appeared in the first series of The Worst Witch. When Weirdsister College, the shows sequel, began in 2001, she returned to the screen as Ethel Hallow. Her longest running role throughout her early career was on the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers, in which she played Emma Carter until 2009.
In 2003, Felicity starred as Grace May in the BBC drama Servants. She then took the lead role in the 2007 ITV adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey alongside Carey Mulligan, and starred in Polly Stenham’s That Face at the Royal Court Theatre in April 2007.
In 2008, Felicity appeared in supporting roles in the films Brideshead Revisited and Flashbacks of a Fool, 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 series The Diary of Anne Frank, in which Felicity played the role of Margot 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. She 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, Felicity won a Special Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival for her performance as Anna in Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy. For the film, Felicity did her own hair and make-up and improvised her dialogue. 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.
In March 2011 Felicity appeared alongside Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick in Chalet Girl, a romantic comedy for which she underwent two months of snowboarding training and undercover work in a chalet at St Anton – scrubbing toilets and partying at the Krazy Kanguruh bar in preparation for the role. Felicity said that the role was “something of a relief” after a string of costume roles and a keenness to take on a comic role. She then 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. In preparation for the role Felicity lived with a Catholic family and attended Mass. Later in 2011, she was announced as the new face of fashion brand Burberry and, in November, she was also announced as the new face of Dolce & Gabbana.
In 2013, Felicity starred as Ellen Ternan in The Invisible Woman. She, previously unfamiliar with Ternan, researched her life carefully, and commented 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 played a small role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was released on 2 May 2014. She played Felicia Hardy; an assistant of Harry Osborn and claimed that she signed on due to its difference from her previous works.
In 2014, Felicity appeared as Jane Wilde in the film The Theory of Everything, a biopic charting the life and love between Wilde and the world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne. After being given the script by her agent, Felicity 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 Felicity. She was aided by Jane Hawking herself in preparing for the role after 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 commented it was like watching herself when watching Felicity on screen. For her role as Jane, she received widespread acclaim from a number of organisations, 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, Felicity was cast as Jyn Erso in the Star Wars stand-alone film Rogue One. Her agent recommended the role to her, and she enjoyed the character’s search for an identity, drawing inspiration in her movements from wrestler and martial artist Ronda Rousey. The film was released in December 2016 to positive reviews and grossed over $1 billion at the box office. It was in 2015 that Felicity also began dating director Charles Guard. Their engagement was announced in May 2017, and they married at Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds in June 2018.
In 2016, Felicity starred in Inferno, playing a doctor aiding Robert Langdon in his escape. After agreeing to the role, she visited museums and galleries to understand her character better. She enjoyed the chemistry between her and Tom Hanks’s characters as well as Inferno’s overall diversity.
In late 2018, Felicity starred in yet another iconic role, as United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex, directed by Mimi Leder and co-starring Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux. After marrying Charles Guard earlier in 2018, a it was confirmed the couple were expecting their first child in late 2019. Their son was born in April 2020.