Annabelle Wallis is an English actress. She is most recognized for her roles as Jane Seymour in Showtime's period drama The Tudors (2009–2010), Grace Burgess in BBC drama Peaky Blinders (2013–2019), Mia Form in Annabelle (2014), Jenny Halsey in The Mummy (2017), and Madison Mitchell in the horror thriller Malignant (2021).
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Early Life and Background
Wallis was born in Oxford on September 25, 1984. Richard Harris, an Irish actor, was her maternal great-uncle. Actors Jared Harris, Jamie Harris, and director Damian Harris are among her English second cousins.  She is a descendant of English vocalist Marie Lloyd on her father's side. Her older brother, Francis, is a director who has worked with Pixie Lott and Birdy and fashion designer Michael Kors.
She was born and raised in Cascais, Portugal, where her family relocated when she was 18 months old. She speaks fluent English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish as a result of attending international schools.
Before moving to London to pursue a career in film, Wallis acted in several short films in Portugal. She did some advertising in London and looked at drama schools before deciding to get an agent.
She got a lead part in the Bollywood film Dil Jo Bhi Kahey in 2005. The picture did not perform well in theaters. She had minor roles in True True Lie (2006), in which she co-starred with Jaime King, and Body of Lies (2008), in which she played Mark Strong's girlfriend.
In television, she made her debut as Queen Jane Seymour in season three of the Showtime drama series The Tudors (2009). She took over for actress Anita Briem. She went on to act alongside Sam Claflin in the television film The Lost Future (2010) and the ABC series Pan Am in the following years (2011). Due to a decline in popularity, the show was canceled after one season.
Madonna directed her in W.E.: Wallis & Edouard in 2011, and she also had a brief role in X-Men: First Class. She had cameo appearances in Jared Leto's documentary Artifact and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012; however, she was not given credit.
From 2013 until 2016, Wallis played Grace Burgess in the BBC program Peaky Blinders. Her position as an Irish spy allowed her to "believably play a powerful, female character." The series was well-received by critics and the general audience.
She entered The Conjuring Universe in 2014 with a prominent part in John R. Leonetti's horror-thriller Annabelle, which James Wan produced. The movie was a box office hit, although it earned mixed reviews. Critics hailed Wallis' performance, and she was nominated for Best Scared-As-S**t Performance at the 2015 MTV Movie & T.V. Awards. In Annabelle: Creation, she reappeared as Mia Form (2017).
In 2014, she co-starred alongside Dominic Cooper in Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond as Muriel Wright, the original Bond girl.
She starred in three films in 2016: The Brothers Grimsby, Come and Find Me, and Mine, a psychological thriller war picture.
In 2017, Wallis was cast as archaeologist Jenny Halsey in The Mummy, a reimagining of the Mummy franchise, as part of Universal Pictures' Dark Universe. Wallis performed almost all of her stunts alone, including a Zero-G scenario where she was nearly murdered. The film was critically panned and a box office flop. She joined Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword the same year.
From August 2015 to August 2017, Wallis had an on-again, off-again romance with British musician Chris Martin. She sang lead vocals on Martin's band Coldplay's song "Up&Up," the penultimate track on their album A Head Full of Dreams. Since April 2018, Wallis has been in a relationship with American actor Chris Pine.
Last Modified: Oct 28, 2021