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Pugh in 2022
Florence Rose Pugh

(1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 28)
Oxford, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present
Relatives Toby Sebastian (brother)
Awards Full list

Florence Rose Pugh (/pj/ pew; born 3 January 1996) is an English actress. She made her acting debut in 2014 in the drama film The Falling. Pugh gained recognition in 2016 for her leading role as a young bride in the independent drama Lady Macbeth, winning a British Independent Film Award, and drew praise for starring in the miniseries The Little Drummer Girl (2018).

Pugh's international breakthrough came in 2019 with her portrayals of professional wrestler Paige in the biographical sports film Fighting with My Family, a despondent American woman in the horror film Midsommar, and Amy March in the period drama Little Women. For the last of these, she received nominations for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award. Pugh was awarded the Trophée Chopard at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

She has played Yelena Belova in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Black Widow (2021). The next year, she starred in the thriller Don't Worry Darling and drama The Wonder, and voiced Goldilocks in the animated film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Pugh also portrayed Jean Tatlock in Christopher Nolan's biographical film Oppenheimer (2023), her highest-grossing release.

Early life

Florence Pugh was born on 3 January 1996 in Oxford to dancer Deborah and restaurateur Clinton Pugh. She has three siblings: actor and musician Toby Sebastian, actress Arabella Gibbins, and Rafaela "Raffie" Pugh. She suffered from tracheomalacia as a child, which led to frequent hospitalisations. The family relocated to Sotogrande in Spain when Pugh was three years old, hoping the warmer weather would improve her health. They lived there until she was six, when they moved back to Oxford. Also at six years old, Pugh played Mary in a school nativity play, for which she spoke in a Yorkshire accent. She was privately educated at Wychwood School and St Edward's School, Oxford, but disliked how the schools did not support her acting ambitions.


Early roles (2014–2018)

Florence Pugh at the 58th BFI London Film Festival Awards (cropped)
Pugh at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival

While still studying in sixth form, Pugh made her professional acting debut in the 2014 drama The Falling, playing a precocious teenager opposite Maisie Williams. Tara Brady of The Irish Times deemed Pugh "remarkable", while IndieWire's Oliver Lyttelton called her "striking". In the same year, the actress was nominated for Best British Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival as well as for Young British / Irish Performer of the Year by the London Film Critics' Circle. She was cast to portray a singer-songwriter in the dramedy pilot Studio City, co-starring Eric McCormack as the character's father, the following year. The pilot was not picked up to series. Pugh would later characterize the experience of Studio City very negatively, in light of pressures to change her appearance. She remarked that "all the things that they were trying to change about me – whether it was my weight, my look, the shape of my face, the shape of my eyebrows – that was so not what I wanted to do, or the industry I wanted to work in. I'd thought the film business would be like The Falling, but actually, this was what the top of the game looked like, and I felt I'd made a massive mistake."

In 2016, Pugh starred in the independent drama Lady Macbeth, a film based on the novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov, and appeared in the first series of the ITV detective series Marcella. In the former, she played Katherine, an unhappily married bride who grows violent. Pugh attributed her attraction to the part to her partiality for characters with "confusing or at least interesting" motivations. The role earned the actress acclaim. She also credited the production with reviving her interest in cinema after being dispirited by Studio City. Reviewing the film for Variety, Guy Lodge commended her portrayal of the character's "complex, under-the-skin transformation". She won the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film for the role.

In 2018, Pugh garnered a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the 71st British Academy Film Awards. She then played Cordelia to Anthony Hopkins' titular King Lear in Richard Eyre's television film King Lear and appeared in the short film Leading Lady Parts in support of the Time's Up initiative. Later that year, Pugh portrayed Elizabeth de Burgh in the Netflix historical film Outlaw King, co-starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce. Charles Bramesco of The Guardian found her to be "excellent despite her thankless role". She next starred in a six-part miniseries adaptation of John le Carré's spy novel The Little Drummer Girl, in which she played an actress who becomes embroiled in an espionage plot in the 1970s. Her performance was met with praise. While divided on the series overall, Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair credited Pugh for being "terrific throughout" and added that she "smartly mixes earthiness with sophistication, wisdom with naïveté."

Breakthrough and critical recognition (2019–present)

Pugh starred in three major films in 2019, during which she was recognised as having experienced an international breakthrough. She first played professional wrestler Paige in Fighting with My Family, a comedy-drama about Paige's career. The film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews. Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent called Pugh "completely convincing as the wrestler", adding that she showed "the same defiance, scruffy glamour and self-deprecating humour as the real life ... Paige". Pugh next headlined Ari Aster's horror film Midsommar, which chronicles an American couple, played by her and Jack Reynor, who travel to Sweden and encounter a cult. Critics complimented Pugh's portrayal of the desolate Dani Ardor, with David Edelstein of Vulture calling it "amazingly vivid".

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Pugh at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con

In her final film release of the year, Pugh starred in Little Women, a period drama film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel of the same name directed by Greta Gerwig. She portrayed Amy March, a fickle artist, from age 12 into adulthood, and has said that the character is in a "sweet spot of not knowing how to deal with her emotions". The film received critical acclaim and grossed $209 million. In his review, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter praised the "disarming grace, humor and a willful streak that grows almost imperceptibly into wisdom" with which Pugh managed the part's "tricky contradictions". Pugh earned nominations for the BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

Pugh portrayed Yelena Belova, a spy, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Widow. She said the film was about "girls who are stolen from around the world". Released in 2021, it garnered positive reviews from critics, who highlighted Pugh's performance. Caryn James of BBC Culture credited Pugh for making Belova "the most vibrant person in the film, more lived-in than most action-movie characters". She reprised the role in the Disney+ series Hawkeye later in the year.

In 2022, Pugh starred in the thriller Don't Worry Darling, directed by Olivia Wilde, and the drama The Wonder, an adaptation of Emma Donoghue's namesake novel. While filming the former, she allegedly clashed with Wilde, causing her to limit the amount of promotion she did for the film. Don't Worry Darling premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, where critics deemed Pugh's performance superior to the film. In The Wonder, she played a nurse in 1862 who is sent to investigate an alleged supernatural miracle. Kevin Maher of The Times found Pugh's "impossibly vivid and convincing" performance to be the film's prime asset. In her final release of the year, she voiced Goldilocks in the DreamWorks animated film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which earned over $480 million worldwide.

Zach Braff's drama film A Good Person (2023), in which Pugh stars as a car crash survivor, marked her first producing venture. Instead of opting for a wig, Pugh cut off her own hair for the part. She also wrote and sang two songs, "The Best Part" and "I Hate Myself", for the film's soundtrack. In Christopher Nolan's biographical film Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy in the title role, Pugh played Communist Party USA member Jean Tatlock. Empire's Dan Jolin wrote that she "elegantly dominate[s] her few scenes". With a worldwide gross of over $948 million, Oppenheimer is Pugh's highest-grossing release.

Pugh will next play Princess Irulan in Dune: Part Two, a sequel to the 2021 science fiction film. She will also star opposite Andrew Garfield in John Crowley's romance We Live in Time. She shaved her head for her role in the film.

Personal life and other work

From 2019 to 2022, Pugh was in a relationship with American actor and filmmaker Zach Braff. They met while working together on the short film In the Time It Takes to Get There, which Braff directed, and lived together in Los Angeles.

From 2013 to 2016, Pugh performed cover songs under the name Flossie Rose on YouTube. She was featured on her brother's song "Midnight", released on 15 May 2021. In 2020, she participated in the series Acting for a Cause for a live reading of Kenneth Lonergan's play This Is Our Youth to help raise funds for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a nonprofit organisation, during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 The Falling Abbie Mortimer
2015 Paradise Lost? Eve Short film
2016 Lady Macbeth Katherine Lester
2018 The Commuter Gwen
Outlaw King Elizabeth de Burgh
Malevolent Angela Sayers
Leading Lady Parts Herself Short film
2019 Fighting with My Family Saraya "Paige" Knight
In the Time It Takes to Get There Lucille Short film
Midsommar Dani Ardor
Little Women Amy March
2020 Father of the Bride Part 3(ish) Megan Banks Short film
2021 Black Widow Yelena Belova
2022 Don't Worry Darling Alice Chambers
The Wonder Lib Wright
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Goldilocks Voice
2023 A Good Person Allison Also producer
Oppenheimer Jean Tatlock
The Boy and the Heron Kiriko Voice; English dub
2024 Dune: Part Two Not yet released Princess Irulan Post-production
TBA We Live in Time Not yet released Almut Filming
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Studio City Cat Unaired pilot
2016 Marcella Cara Thomas 3 episodes
2018 King Lear Cordelia Television film
The Little Drummer Girl Charmian "Charlie" Ross Miniseries
2020 Acting for a Cause Jessica Goldman 1 episode
2021 Hawkeye Yelena Belova Miniseries; 3 episodes
2022 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Herself Episode: "Florence Pugh"
2023 Human Resources Sarah Crumbhorn Voice; 4 episodes



List of singles, with year released and album name shown
Title Year Album
(Toby Sebastian featuring Florence Pugh)
2021 Non-album single


Year Song Film Ref.
2023 "The Best Part" A Good Person
"I Hate Myself"


Pugh has been nominated for an Academy Award and two British Academy Film Awards. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, both for her work in Little Women, as well as a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination. Her performances in Lady Macbeth and The Wonder respectively earned her a British Independent Film Award win and another nomination. At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Pugh was awarded the Trophée Chopard.

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