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British-American actress


Sienna Miller
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Miller at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival
Born
Sienna Rose Diana Miller

(1981-12-28) 28 December 1981 (age 39)
New York City, U.S.
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present
Partner(s)
  • Jude Law (2003–2006; 2009–2011)
  • Tom Sturridge (2011–2015)
Children1
RelativesSavannah Miller (sister)


Sienna Rose Diana Miller (born 28 December 1981) is a British-American[a] actress. Born in New York City and raised in London, she began her career as a photography model, appearing in the pages of Italian Vogue and posing topless for the 2003 Pirelli calendar. Her acting breakthrough came in the 2004 films Layer Cake and Alfie. She subsequently portrayed socialite Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl (2006) and author Caitlin Macnamara in The Edge of Love (2008), and was nominated for the 2008 BAFTA Rising Star Award. Her role as The Baroness in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) was followed by a brief sabbatical from the screen amid increased tabloid scrutiny.


Miller returned to prominence with her role as actress Tippi Hedren in the television film The Girl (2012), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. Further critical acclaim followed throughout the 2010s, with appearances in the films Foxcatcher (2014), American Sniper (2014), Mississippi Grind (2015), The Lost City of Z (2016), Live by Night (2016), and American Woman (2018), as well as the miniseries The Loudest Voice (2019).





Early life



Born Sienna Rose Diana Miller in New York City, United States, Miller moved to London with her family when she was eighteen months old. Her mother, Josephine, is a South African-born British former model, who was a personal assistant to David Bowie and one-time manager of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in NYC. Her father, Edwin Miller, is an American banker turned dealer of Chinese art. Miller has a sister, Savannah, and two half-brothers, Charles and Stephen. Her parents divorced in 1987, and Miller moved to Parsons Green with her mother, who at the time was being treated for breast cancer. Miller's father remarried three times and moved to the Virgin Islands. Miller attended Heathfield School, a boarding school in Ascot, Berkshire where she also used to act and play Lacrosse. According to Celebrity Biographies – The Amazing Life Of Sienna Miller, she developed a "mischievous and rebellious side" when she became a teenager, often being "chastised" for smoking, drinking and flirting. After graduating at 18, Miller obtained a modelling gig for a German commercial for soda pop, and with the money she earned from it, she relocated in NYC and enrolled in a three-month course at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.



Acting career

Early acting credits, 2001–2003



Miller's screen debut came in the romantic comedy South Kensington (2001), opposite Rupert Everett and Elle Macpherson. In 2002, she had supporting roles in High Speed and its follow-up The Ride, and guest-starred in The American Embassy and Bedtime. She went on to obtain a regular role as the combative yet caring flatmate of an NYPD detective in the television drama series Keen Eddie (2003). Although FOX ceased airing the program after only seven episodes, Keen Eddie was Miller's first exposure to American audiences.

Breakthrough and tabloid notoriety, 2004–2008



With roles in two commercial films and a higher public profile due to her relationship with actor Jude Law, 2004 marked a turning point for Miller's career. The crime thriller Layer Cake, directed by Matthew Vaughn and co-starring Daniel Craig, featured Miller as the love interest of a London-based cocaine supplier. While the film was acclaimed, The New York Times described Miller as "a new It Girl who barely registers on-screen despite wearing little more than lacey filaments that make her look like a gift meant to be unwrapped very quickly". In Alfie, the remake of Bill Naughton's 1966 film, she played the girlfriend of a cockney limo driver and sex addict (Jude Law). On her new It Girl status, she stated at the time: "I'm not very happy about it to be honest. It makes me uncomfortable because I don't think it's as a result of having a film come out, I think it's as a result of being scrutinised because of the relationship I'm in".



Miller at the 2007 London premiere for Factory Girl


Miller portrayed a writer of illegal feminist books and the love interest of Giacomo Casanova (Heath Ledger) in the period dramedy Casanova (2005). The film made a moderate US$37.6 million, and Entertainment Weekly, in a positive review for the film, wrote: "Ms. Miller has a modern, smart-girl look about her; her Francesca is neither too tough to melt nor too glittering from the Emma Thompson school of smarties". In 2005, she also made her West End debut in a revival of As You Like It, at the Wyndhams Theatre. Her performance received lukewarm responses from the critics. Paul Taylor of The Independent bemoaned: "She approaches an emotion with the finesse of someone beating a carpet" and that she "brings to it all the ripe professional stage experience that can be mustered from appearing in three movies".


Miller took on the role of 1960s socialite and Andy Warhol's muse Edie Sedgwick in the biographical drama Factory Girl (2006). Johnny Vaughan from Sun Online concluded that "[i]t's Sienna Miller's star that shines brightest in this heartbreaking cautionary tale", but Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus states: "Despite a dedicated performance by Sienna Miller, Factory Girl delves only superficially into her character, and ultimately fails to tell a coherent story." In 2007, Miller had a role as the love interest of a young man from a fictional Great Britain town, in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation Stardust, and played a starlet in Steve Buscemi's Interview, a remake of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh's 2003 movie of the same name. Budgeted at US$65 million, Stardust grossed a modest US$137 million worldwide, while critics felt that Buscemi and Miller's "[c]aptivating performances" in Interview made "a seemingly simple premise gripping and entertaining".


In The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008), a film adaptation of writer Michael Chabon's novel, Miller played a woman romantically involved with a rebellious bisexual man. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received a limited release. She created a minor stir in Pittsburgh when, in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone, she referred to the city as "Shitsburgh", saying, "Can you believe this is my life? Will you pity me when you're back in your funky New York apartment and I'm still in Pittsburgh? I need to get more glamorous films and stop with my indie year." Miller was parodied in Pittsburgh media (including one article that was headlined "Semi-famous actress dumps on the 'Burgh") and criticised for making what was seen as an unnecessarily disparaging remark, given the special treatment the film's cast and crew had been given by the visitor's bureau and other city offices. Miller soon apologised and said her remarks were taken out of context.


In The Edge of Love, (2008), a British biographical romantic drama, Miller starred alongside friend Keira Knightley, portraying Caitlin Macnamara, the wife of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Despite a mixed critical reception, The Hollywood Reporter critic Ray Bennett commented that The Edge of Love is a "wonderfully atmospheric tale of love and war." Of Knightley and Miller, he stated: "the film belongs to the women, with Knightley going from strength to strength (and showing she can sing!) and Miller again proving that she has everything it takes to be a major movie star." Miller earned a BIFA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. In 2008, she also voiced a circus fox in the animated film A Fox's Tale and played an undead newlywed in the romantic comedy Camille.

Screen hiatus, 2009–2011

Miller in 2009


Miller was cast as The Baroness in the live-action film adaptation of the G.I. Joe franchise G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), her first –and to date, only– mainstream Hollywood blockbuster. She auditioned for the part because it did not involve "having a breakdown or [being] addicted to heroin or dying at the end, something that was just maybe really great fun and that people went to see and actually just had a great time seeing." She sprained her wrist after slipping on a rubber bullet while filming a fight scene with Rachel Nichols. G.I. Joe was not well received by most critics, but made US$302.5 million worldwide.


By this point, Miller's skyrocketing career had been driven off course by her tabloid notoriety. The Independent observed that her professional trajectory reached "its lowest ebb" with G.I. Joe, an experience that "convinced her she had well and truly lost her way", while in an interview with UK's Esquire magazine, she stated that roles dried up – because "people don’t want to see films with people they don’t approve of in them". She opted to take a hiatus from film projects for the next two years and work on theater instead. She later expressed: "I was sick of myself, to be honest, or sick of that perception of me. It all felt so fucking dirt".


Miller played the title role in Patrick Marber's 2009 production of After Miss Julie on Broadway. She told The New York Times: "This is what I have always wanted, to be on Broadway. I'm living my dream, and that's all you can ask for. At a certain point, you have to ignore all the rest". On her performance, The Guardian stated: "Miller masters it intermittently: an accomplishment, however incomplete". She starred as a former starlet caught up in a love-triangle in Trevor Nunn's 2011 production of Flare Path, at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket. The play drew favourable reviews, with Henry Hitchings of Evening Standard, remarking that she "brings to her role just the right mixture of glacial poise and agonised tension". For The Independent, Paul Taylor asserted: "Her performance as the conflicted actress-heroine is genuinely heart-tugging in the subtle way it communicates this young woman's struggle between patriotic duty and extra-marital desire".

Resurgence, 2012–2017



After her professional slump, Miller experienced what was described as a "career revival" by journalists, as in subsequent years, she went on to play more complex, dramatic parts in a series of critically acclaimed films. "All the directors speak to each other," she said in an interview. "And once you crack that upper echelon of incredible directors, you've got people rooting for you. People who people listen to. I've never had that before".


In The Girl (2012), an HBO and BBC film, Miller portrayed actress Tippi Hedren, the muse of director Alfred Hitchcock. As part of her research, Miller (who was in the early stages of pregnancy) spoke to Hedren several times during filming, and the two became friends. Live birds were used to recreate the filming of the attic scene in The Birds. Miller told the Radio Times, "I did go through a bird attack for two hours. It pales in comparison to what [Hedren] was subjected to, but it was pretty horrible. There were men off-camera with boxes of birds, throwing seagulls and pigeons in my face". The film received mixed reviews, but the Daily Mirror's Jane Simon stated: "[G]liding gracefully through it all (and with an impeccable American accent) Sienna Miller brings untouchable beauty and icy glamour, but also captures the extraordinary resilience Hedren must have had to withstand everything Hitchcock threw at her." Writing for The Telegraph, Clive James said "[a] better choice [to play Hedren] could not have been made than Sienna Miller, who is even lovelier than Hedren was". She garnered nominations for the BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. In 2012, she also played a socialite in the dramedy Two Jacks, the hysterical sister of an elementary teacher in the drama Yellow, and a housewive looking to participate in a belly dance competition in the made-for-television film Just like a Woman.


In 2014, Miller portrayed Nancy Schultz, the wife of murdered 10 time Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Dave Schultz, in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher as well as Taya Renae Kyle, the wife of United States Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. While both films were highly acclaimed, American Sniper emerged as the highest-grossing war film of all time. In 2015, she took on the roles of a prostitute in the road drama Mississippi Grind, the former boss of a hard-working small business owner in the comedy Unfinished Business, a single mother in the dystopian film High-Rise, and that of a sous-chef in the drama Burnt, which reunited her with Bradley Cooper. For High-Rise, she received a BIFA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Miller also took over the role of Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret after Emma Stone's scheduled departure from the production and performed for the last six weeks of the show's engagement, between February and March 2015. New York Daily News praised her "cocky and steely" performance and felt that her approach to the role "works well in the Kander and Ebb songs "Don't Tell Momma" and "Perfectly Marvelous"." She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.


Miller appeared in Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment's adaptation of The Lost City of Z (2016), directed by James Gray, portraying Nina Fawcett, the wife of British geographer Percy Fawcett. The New York Times found her to be "wonderful" in her role, while Time described her as "luminous and astute". In Ben Affleck's period crime drama Live by Night (also 2016), Miller played the mistress of a notorious gangster and the love interest of a World War I veteran. In 2017, Miller starred in the drama The Private Life of a Modern Woman, which was screened out of competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, and in a West End production of the Tennessee Williams classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, at the Apollo Theatre.

Continued acclaim, 2018–present



In 2018, Miller appeared in the war film The Catcher Was a Spy as Estella, the girlfriend of Moe Berg, a catcher for the Boston Red Sox who joined the OSS during World War II, as well as the drama American Woman, in which she portrayed a single mother who is faced with raising her grandson after her daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances. American Woman, which gave Miller some of the best reviews of her career, was her first role as the main character not bolstered by any other actors, and marked the first time she was able to delve into a woman character's life in "nuanced ways". Miller remarked: "These opportunities have been few and far between, and that's intrinsic to being a woman in film. I think it's quite rare; not necessarily specific to me, but at 37 years old, I'm thrilled I’ve had this opportunity. I've done good supporting work in fantastic films and had to work very hard to show something in smaller moments. I loved being able to have the space and time to really do everything I want to with a character".


Miller starred as a narcotics detective in the action film 21 Bridges (2019), alongside Chadwick Boseman. The Guardian felt that the actress was "vocally channelling Edie Falco from The Sopranos", and with a worldwide gross of US$50 million, the film emerged as a moderate commercial success. She next took on the role of Beth Ailes, the wife of television executive Roger Ailes (played by Russell Crowe), in the miniseries The Loudest Voice (also 2019), which aired on Showtime. Miller struggled to find materials on which to base her performance, aside from the script and Gabriel Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice in the Room. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said: "There's very little footage of her that I had access to. But there were these two speeches which she gave, which were on YouTube, and another little interview, so I really kind of based my research around that, and relied on the script because there's just not a lot of information on her out there. But the interview and the speeches I found really revealing".



Other endeavours

Modelling



Before her professional acting career, Miller worked as a photography model. She signed with Tandy Anderson of Select Model Management London, and modelled for Coca-Cola, Italian Vogue, and posed topless in the 2003 Pirelli Calendar. She went on to grace the covers of Vogue's American, British, Australian and Portuguese editions, as well as other international fashion magazines such as Nylon, Marie Claire, and Porter Edit.


Miller signed a two-year contract with Madrid-based denim label Pepe Jeans London. The first ad campaign appeared on magazines in March 2006 and was shot by photographer Mikael Jansson and stylist Karl Templer. In February 2009, Hugo Boss Fragrances announced that she would be the new ambassador for their BOSS Orange women's perfume. In March 2016, she announced as the new face of Swedish fashion chain Lindex, starring in the 1970s-inspired Sienna Hearts Lindex spring campaign. Miller appeared as a guest at a Rome retro-styled dinner party in Gucci's Cruise 2020 campaign, which was directed and photographed by American film director Harmony Korine.

Fashion design



In 2007, Miller, along with her sister Savannah, a professional fashion designer, launched a complete fashion label. Called Twenty8Twelve, it gets its name from Miller's date of birth and is financially backed by Pepe Jeans. The sisters remained at the helm of the label until 2012 when they announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors.

Charity



Miller is the Global Ambassador for the International Medical Corps. She travelled with them to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in April 2009 and kept a blog about her experiences. She also visited Haiti with the group after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Miller also worked alongside Global Cool during their 2007 eco-friendly campaign.


Miller is an ambassador for the UK branch of the Starlight Children's Foundation, which works with seriously ill children and their parents. On 1 July 2007, Miller appeared as a speaker at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium, London to celebrate the life of Princess Diana almost 10 years after her death. Proceeds from the concert went to Diana's charities as well as to charities of which her sons Princes William and Harry are patrons.



Public image



Her relationship with – and, for a time, engagement to – actor Jude Law, after they had starred together in the 2004 film, Alfie, brought both her and her style of dress to the media headlines in the mid 2000s. In December 2004, Vogue featured Miller on its front cover and described her as "the girl of the year".


Dubbed by some publications as "the new Kate Moss", Miller has been closely associated with the style of fashion that became known as boho chic, and is sometimes credited for bringing it into the mainstream. In advertisements for Chloé in early 2005, for instance, she was shown as if casually shopping, while she told Vogue that she had a laid-back approach to grooming, including cutting her own hair. Miller herself has adopted other styles of dress and her shorter, bobbed hairstyle – ironically a feature of bohemian fashion in the quarter century before World War II – helped to define a new trend in 2007.



Miller at the 2007 BAFTA Awards


Throughout the 2000s, Miller gradually became much better known for her tabloid persona and her fashion sense than her professional work. As noted by The Independent, "she was one of the most famous young actresses of her generation, but still boasted precious little credibility in the industry". She was frequently photographed by paparazzi topless, and occasionally fully nude, at public pools and beaches. Her 2008 affair with married actor Balthazar Getty caused a hit in Miller's popularity. While the North American media labelled Miller a "home-wrecker", in the UK, her apparent enthusiasm for hopping from one relationship to the next earned her the nickname "Serial Miller". Aware of the damage the negative publicity imposed on her career, she said to GQ Magazine, "I probably seem like not a particularly nice person, not a girl's girl," but she defended her behaviour as part of the normal experience of growing up. "I think if you put a camera in anyone's life and document it daily for six years, from the age of 21 to 27, there are going to be things that aren't always pretty".


Her 2010s career resurgence marked a turnabout in Miller's public image as audiences started to take her seriously as an actress. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, she stated: "I definitely feel like I'm in a place now where people are more focused on my career than on my private life and clothes, which is refreshing. There's not the same drama around me that there was".


Throughout her career, Miller has appeared in several magazines' lists of the world's most beautiful women. She ranked 48th, 46th, 11th, 27th, and 51st in Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 respectively. She ranked 86th and 2nd in Askmen's top 99 "most desirable" women lists of 2005 and 2006. She was also 63rd in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" 2006 supplement. From 2004 to 2010, Miller was chosen as one of the "most beautiful famous faces" by The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World.



Personal life

Relationships



On Christmas Day 2004, Miller became engaged to her Alfie co-star Jude Law. On 8 July 2005, Law issued a public apology to Miller for having an affair with the nanny of his children. After attempting to salvage their relationship, Miller and Law separated in November 2006. In December 2009, it was reported that Law and Miller had rekindled their relationship after starring in separate shows on Broadway in late 2009. They spent Christmas 2009 in Barbados, along with three of Law's children. They announced they had split again in February 2011.


In 2008, Miller had a highly publicised affair with married actor Balthazar Getty. Miller later sued two British tabloids over the publication of photos showing her and Getty together.


From 2011 to 2015, Miller dated actor Tom Sturridge, with whom she has a daughter, Marlowe Ottoline Layng Sturridge who was born on July 7, 2012.

Phone hacking scandal



Following a High Court hearing in May 2011, Sienna Miller was awarded £100,000 in damages from News of the World after the newspaper admitted hacking into her phone. Later, as a core participant, she gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry in November 2011, including the following:



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Filmography

Film





Year

Title

Role

Notes

2001

South Kensington

Sharon

Credited as Sienna Rose

2002

High Speed

Savannah

2002

The Ride

Sara

2004

Layer Cake

Tammy

2004

Alfie

Nikki

2005

Casanova

Francesca Bruni

2006

Factory Girl

Edie Sedgwick

2007

Interview

Katya

2007

Stardust

Victoria

2008

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Jane Bellwether

2008

Camille

Camille Foster

2008

A Fox's Tale

Darcey

Voice role

2008

The Edge of Love

Caitlin Macnamara

2009

The September Issue

Herself

Documentary

2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

The Baroness

2012

Just Like a Woman

Movie star

2012

Nous York

Movie star

2012

Two Jacks

Diana

2012

Yellow

Xanne

2013

A Case of You

Sarah

2014

Foxcatcher

Nancy Schultz

2014

American Sniper

Taya Renae Kyle

2015

Mississippi Grind

Simone

2015

Unfinished Business

Chuck Portnoy

2015

High-Rise

Charlotte Melville

2015

Black Mass

Catherine Greig

Deleted scenes

2015

Burnt

Helene

2016

The Lost City of Z

Nina Fawcett

2016

Live by Night

Emma Gould

2017

The Private Life of a Modern Woman

Vera Lockman

2018

The Catcher Was a Spy

Estella Huni

2018

American Woman

Deborah Callahan

2019

21 Bridges

Detective Frankie Burns

2020

Wander Darkly

Adrienne

2021

An Imperfect Murder

Vera Lockman

Television





Year

Title

Role

Notes

2002

The American Embassy

Babe

Episode: "Long Live the King"

2002

Bedtime

Stacey

4 episodes

2003–2004

Keen Eddie

Fiona Bickerton

Main role

2009

Top Gear

Herself

2 episodes

2012

The Girl

Tippi Hedren

Television film

2012

Just Like a Woman

Marilyn

Television film

2019

The Loudest Voice

Beth Ailes

Miniseries

Theatre





Year

Title

Role

Notes

2005

As You Like It

Celia

Wyndhams Theatre, West End

2009

After Miss Julie

Miss Julie

American Airlines Theatre, Broadway

2011

Flare Path

Patricia

Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End

2015

Cabaret

Sally Bowles

Studio 54, Broadway

2017

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Margaret

Apollo Theatre, West End

Awards and nominations





Year

Award

Category

Film

Result

2007

Environmental Media Awards

EMA Futures Award

N/A

Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Best Female Lead

Interview

Nominated

London Film Critics Circle Awards

British Actress of the Year

Nominated

2008

BAFTA

Rising Star Award

N/A

Nominated

British Independent Film Awards

Best Supporting Actress

The Edge of Love

Nominated

2009

ShoWest Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Won

2012

Golden Globe Award

Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film

The Girl

Nominated

BAFTA TV Award

BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress

Nominated

2013

Critics' Choice Television Awards

Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress

Nominated

2015

Denver Film Critics Society Award

Best Supporting Actress

American Sniper

Nominated

British Independent Film Award

Best Supporting Actress

High-Rise

Nominated

2019

FCAD Deauville, France American Film Festival Awards

Film Talent Award

American Woman

Won

2019

SCAD Savannah, Georgia Film Festival Awards

Film Talent Award

American Woman

Won

Notes

  1. ^ Miller is an American citizen because she was born in the United States and has an American father. However, she has noted that she carries a British passport, and is also a citizen of the United Kingdom, and has been described by both herself and various publications as English and British.



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