British born actress Annabelle Wallis made her acting debut in a 'Bollywood' movie called Dil Jo Bhi Kahey, but soon she became a known face in both the big and small screen. Her credits include films like Steel Trap, Body of Lies and Right Hand Drive and television…more
Annabelle, together with several other The Tudors co-stars attended the official launch party for the show third season at the Conde Nast Building on March 30, 2009 in New York City.
Annabelle was signed for the role of Jane Seymour in the Showtime drama series The Tudors after Anita Briem decided to quit at the end of series two.
Annabelle got the role in Romesh Sharma's Dil Jo Bhi Kahey after two auditions.
During her drama school time in London, Annabelle did some advertisements and was saw an acting coach to improve her acting skills.
Before moving to London to follow her dream of becoming an actress, Annabelle had already taken part in several short movies in Portugal.
Despite being born in England, Annabelle was brought up in Portugal, where she attended an international school.
Annabelle is the niece of Irish actor Richard Harris.
Annabelle speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish and Armenian.
Annabelle has blond hair and blue eyes. She is 5'7" (170cm).
Jericho as Lizzie Way (2005)
Diana: Last Days of a Princess as Kelly Fisher (2007)
The Tudors as Jane Seymour (2009)
Ghost Town as Ashley (2009)
Dil Jo Bhi Kahey as Sophie Besson (2005)
True True Lie as Paige (2006)
Steel Trap as Melanie (2007)
Body of Lies as Han's girlfriend (2008)
Right Hand Drive as Ruth (2008)
Annabelle Wallis: (About working in Ireland shooting The Tudors) It was wonderful. The cast is wonderful, and we all got on really well. It was a very close-knit group of people. Working in Ireland, all of the behind-the-scenes crew and technicians were Irish, and they're really lively people. Dublin's an amazing city. It's vibrant and filled with young people, and it's close enough to London so if you had work, you could just fly back over. It was kind of a perfect job.
Annabelle Wallis: (About dancing in The Tudors) It's hard because it takes two to tango. You are as bad as your partner is really. We wouldn't admit that we were bad, but we were pretty bad. Jonathan [Rhys Meyers] and I are good dancers on our own, but together maybe we weren't the best match. You're allowed only one leader in a dance, and I think we both were practicing leadership.
Annabelle Wallis: (About performing in period costumes) What the people don't know is that the show [The Tudors] is so true to form, and is so historically accurate. When you see us in our dresses, we're wearing four layers underneath and petticoats and corsets. It's an incredible weight on an actor. While doing any kind of scene, you become so aware of your costume… it helps and it hinders. It helps with your posture and the elegance, and the constraints make you feel how your character would feel at the time.
Annabelle Wallis: (About her decision to become an actress) My father is an actor himself while my uncle Richard Harris was a big actor in Hollywood too. In my mind I always wanted to act, though I was very private about this decision of mine. It was in the year 2002 when I started working full time as an actor. I got myself a private coach from a drama school who taught me a lot about acting. Then I started doing some independent films.
Annabelle Wallis: (About Amitabh Bachchan, co-star in Dil Jo Bhi Kahey) I knew he is something big, but what is big struck me when I arrived in India. He was just all over. Name it and you have Mr. Bachchan plastered all over. And this is where reality struck! On hindsight I feel it worked for my benefit that I didn't know entirely about his true status otherwise it may have been difficult for me to act in a movie with such a great star!
Annabelle Wallis: (About Karan Sharma, co-star in Dil Jo Bhi Kahey) He is very funny and I am lucky to have worked with him. Both of us being in the same age group also helped.
Annabelle Wallis: (About Romesh Sharma, who directed her in Dil Jo Bhi Kahey) He is quite good, kind, understanding and moreover made me feel very comfortable. If you have a question about the script and want to talk to him, he would be easily approachable and would spend time with you. This enables you to get on with your work without any burden.
Annabelle Wallis: (About her Bollywood adventure) it went pretty well! I was lucky to be a part of a unit that acted like a family. We had some real good fun on the sets. Also to make me feel comfortable, everyone spoke in English. Though now I feel bad about it as I lost an opportunity to learn some Hindi. There are three things that you need to know in order to survive. Food, water and love! I learnt how to speak them all [says animatedly] - 'khaana', 'paani' and 'main aapse pyaar karti hoon'. This did the trick on the sets. As such I also know how to say 'shukriya' and 'namaste'!
Annabelle Wallis: (About taking part in a Bollywood movie) You need to have a open mind and an adjusting nature for embracing anything new. You need to be open to a new culture and a lot of traveling. And it wasn't that I wasn't aware of Bollywood. I pretty much knew the kind of films made in Bollywood. See, I am a very adaptable person and not at all difficult to work with.