Romola Garai is a British film, television, and stage actress.
Garai’s first professional acting role was in the 2000 BBC-HBO TV film The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, where she played Judi Dench’s character as a young woman. Garai’s first major film role was Kate Nickleby in Nicholas Nickleby, which was awarded Best Ensemble by the National Board of Review. In 2003’s I Capture the Castle, she played 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. Her performance earned her a nomination for a Most Promising Newcomer award from the British Independent Film Awards.
Additional film roles include Inside I’m Dancing, which earned her a London Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Vanity Fair, As You Like it, Scoop, Renaissance, Amazing Grace, Angel, Atonement, The Other Man, Glorious 39, Words of the Blitz, One Day, Junkhearts, Having You, the Last Days on Mars, Dominion, Suffragette, and The Unicorn.
Garai was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series for her portrayal as “Emma” in the 2009 BBC/PBS miniseries, as well as for Kudos TV drama “The Hour.” Her role as Sugar in BBC miniseries “The Crimson Petal and the White” earned her a BAFTA nomination for Best Leading Actress.
Garai’s recent television credits include the BBC/PBS miniseries “The Miniaturist,” World Productions’ “Born to Kill,” and Daybreak Pictures “Churchhill’s Secret.”
Garai is also a renowned theater actress, with appearances in two Royal Shakespeare Company productions: as Cordelia in “King Lear” and as Nina in “The Seagull.” She received rave reviews for her performances as Isabella in “Measure for Measure” at the Young Vic, and as Flora in “Indian Ink” at the Roundabout. In 2017 she portrayed Sarah Churchill in the London premiere of “Queen Anne.”