1. Early life and acting career
  2. Movies and TV shows
  3. Awards and nominations
  4. Photo gallery and wallpapers


Romola Garai is a 34-year-old beautiful and talented Hong Kong-born British actress and director. Sam Hoare is Romola Garai's husband. They met soon after she starred in the miniseries The Crimson petal and the white. They had a daughter in 2013 and got married the following year. On the internet nobody knows daughter name. She is the third of four siblings born to a wealthy expatriate family in Hong Kong. Her father, Adrian was a banker and he and his wife, Janet, adopted two children, Ralph and Rosie prior to the birth of Romala and her younger sister, Roxannah. Her father's family was of Jewish descent and her great-grandfather's siblings died during the Holocaust. Her family was relatively rich and they enjoyed an enviable style of living. But her father later lost his job when she was 7 and they returned to England, a change which she has described as difficult. Back in England, she attended Stonar School, an independent boarding school near Bath. When she was sixteen, she left her parents to live in London with her elder sister, Rosie, to attend the fee-paying City of London’s School for Girls for sixth-form, where she completed her A-levels with a significant part of her studies based on theatre. She says her parents would never even think to say that she'd grown into an exceptional beauty and because of this she didn't meet boys until she was 19 years old.

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Pursuant to her joining the National Youth Music Theatre in her early teens, she had become a professional actor even before she finished school. She got her primordial professional acting role when she was noticed by a casting director in a school production searching for girls to play the younger version of Judi Dench's character in the HBO series The Last of the Blonde Bombshells in 2000. Subsequently, she continued her studies at the University of London where she majored in English literature with plans to become a journalist like her mother. However, as a result of the immense success that followed, she abandoned her English Literature degree at Queen Mary University of London to star in a British film I Capture the Castle, which based on the 1948 novel of the same title by Dodie Smith in which she played the role of Cassandra Mortmain. This made her a recipient of praises for her work and also fetched her a nomination for the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the British independent Film Awards.

However, she subsequently completed her degree, graduating with first class honors. During an interview, she was once that an educated and successful woman is usually appealing to men but after a couple of years, they don’t want it that much. Various remarks she's made over the years gives one the impression that she harbors a feeling of contempt towards her profession and once unsuccessfully tried writing a novel.

Garai’s Movies and TV Shows include Attachments, a TV series in 2000 and Daniel Deronda, a 2002 BBC TV Drama Series adapted by Andrew Davies from the George Elliot novel of the same name. Her first major film role came in the well-reviewed British-American drama film, Nicholas Nickleby in 2002, in which she played a supporting role as Kate Nickleby. The whole cast was generally recognized for their work and was awarded Best Ensemble by the National Board of Review. Other Romola Garai movies worthy of note include Vanity Fair, a British-American historical drama film and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, in which she made her Hollywood debut. It was an American musical romance film released in 2004 in which she was adjudged as being too fat despite the fact that she was only a size 10. The film was a very distasteful experience for her which perhaps, has contributed in making her who she is today.

She said that the movie producers were preoccupied with having a skinny actress and she wondered why they didn't get someone like Kate Bosworth if they wanted that. Such a person would play their role and look beautiful on Teen Vogue.

She recollected earlier in the year that she didn't really believe that it was about being skinny but that it was more about controlling her then anything else.

Since then she's won the ALFS Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year in 2004, achieved encomiums for her role in Attachments as Briony Tallis in which she was nominated for the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress in 2007. Garai appeared as Anna March in Legacy a BBC drama set in 1974 and based on the Cold War thriller by Alan Judd and in Glorious 39, an overcooked conspiracy thriller. She had a part in a nudity-demanding role in The Crimson Petal and the White, a TV miniseries starring her as prostitute called sugar. She said she did not want the character, Sugar, to look good. She wanted her to have the dry skin condition, her lips cracked and hair on her body. She added that she fights for these tone l things. In 2015 with Carey Mulligan brilliantly played in the autobiographical film «Suffragette».

Most recently, in February 2016, she appeared as Nurse Millie Appleway in the TV film, Churchill's Secret alongside Michael Gambon and Lindsay Duncan.


2000The Last of the Blonde BombshellsYoung Elizabeth
AttachmentsZoe Atkins
2002Daniel DerondaGwendolen Harleth
Nicholas NicklebyKate Nickleby
2003I Capture the CastleCassandra Mortmain
2004Dirty Dancing: Havana NightsKatey Miller
Vanity FairAmelia Sedley
Inside I'm DancingSiobhan
2005Midsummer DreamHelena
The Incredible Journey of Mary BryantMary Bryant
2006RenaissanceIlona Tasuiev
As You Like ItCelia
Amazing GraceBarbara Spooner
2007AngelAngel Deverell
Running for RiverBlair
AtonementBriony Tallis
2008The Other ManAbigail
Great PerformancesCordelia
King LearCordelia
2009Glorious 39Anne Keyes
EmmaEmma Woodhouse
2011The Crimson Petal and the WhiteSugar
One DaySylvie
The HourBel Rowley
What You WillHerself
2013Having YouCamilla
The Last Days on MarsRebecca Lane
LegacyAnna March
2015SuffragetteAlice Haughton
DominionCaitlin Thomas
2016Churchill's SecretMillie Appleyard


2002NBR Award
Best Acting by an Ensemble
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
2003British Independent Film AwardMost Promising Newcomer
I Capture the Castle (2003)
Audience AwardBest European Actress
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
2004ALFS AwardBritish Newcomer of the Year
I Capture the Castle (2003)
British Independent Film AwardBest Supporting Actor/Actress
Inside I'm Dancing (2004)
2005AFI AwardBest Lead Actress in Television
Mary Bryant (2005)
ALFS Award
British Supporting Actress of the Year
Inside I'm Dancing (2004)
2006Silver LogieMost Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Mary Bryant (2005)
2008Evening Standard British Film AwardBest Actress
Atonement (2007)
Gold Derby AwardEnsemble Cast
Atonement (2007)
Lumiere AwardMost Promising New Actress
Angel (2007)
2011Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress
Emma (2009)
2012Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress
The Hour (2011)
BAFTA TV AwardBest Leading Actress
The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)
Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBest Actress
The Crimson Petal and the White (2011) and The Hour (2011)
Edinburgh International Film FestivalBest British Short
Scrubber (2012)
Gold Derby TV AwardTV Movie/Mini Lead Actress
The Hour (2011)
Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Miniseries
The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)
2013Critics Choice TV AwardBest Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
The Hour (2011)
London Short Film Festival
Best Female Character
Scrubber (2012)
Sundance Film FestivalShort Film Grand Jury Prize
Scrubber (2012)
2015WFCC Award
Women's Work/Best Ensemble
Suffragette (2015)

Romola Garai does not lead an active internet-life, and she does not have account in instagram or twitter, but you can follow the news on @GaraiFan and see photos on Pinterest.