Jennifer Ehle

Jennifer Ehle


12/29/1969, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

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Jennifer Ehle


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Jennifer Ehle is the only child of the American writer John Ehle and the English actress Rosemary Harris. She went to eighteen different schools, including the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She married the American writer Michael…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • David Rooney: The doomed anti-hero has a glam ice queen in Jennifer Ehle's Lady Macbeth, and the sexual chemistry between her and Schreiber adds spark to their scenes. Looking like she's stepped out of the pages of a vintage movie magazine, Ehle works hard to override her natural softness; she plays the role about a decade later than Kaufman's time frame, coming across like a steely '40s film noir manipulatrix. (Review in 'Variety', June 2006')

    • Her height is 5' 7", or 1.70 metres.

    • Jennifer's Ehle grandparents were both born in the Appalachian Mountains, where her grandmother's family had lived for four generations.

    • Jennifer's parents, John Ehle and Rosemary Harris, live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and New York City.

    • Thomas Burke: Jennifer Ehle's emotionally anguished, verbally supple, and almost overpowering performance as the catalyst Gilda is a revelation. (Theatre review of 'Design For Living' on Broadway, March 2002)

    • Gina Carbone: Jennifer Ehle has a Mona Lisa smile that hints to a secret joke. (review of 'Possession' in Portsmouth Herald, 2002)

    • Luisa F. Ribeiro: Jennifer Ehle beguiles modern scholars. (review of 'Possession').

    • Don Harlow: Casting Jennifer Ehle as Eliza was inspired - she's 'plain' enough to have attracted Mr Darcy's indifference at their first meeting, but when she smiles, if she were in the right place she could cause a thousand ships to slip their moorings and slide down the ways into the water. (review, 1995)

    • James Berardinelli: Jennifer Ehle, a stage thespian with minimal film experience, is enchanting as Lizzie. With a countenance resembling that of a young Meryl Streep, and talent to match, she acts as much with her eyes and features as with the rest of her person. (from movie review of 'Pride and Prejudice', 1995)

    • Her debut on Broadway was as Gilda in Noel Coward's Design for Living (Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre, March 16 to May 13, 2001).

    • She has acted in several Royal Shakespeare Company stage productions, including the parts of Lady Anne in King Richard III, Amanda in The Relapse, and Serafina in The Painter of Dishonour.

    • Jennifer's first role in a movie was as Cynthia Powell (the first wife of John Lennon) in Backbeat (1993).

    • She is the daughter of the American novelist John Ehle, whose books include The Journey of August King and Winter People.

    • She trained for her acting career at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

    • Jennifer went to eighteen different schools, including the North Carolina School of the Arts and several in England.

    • In the mini-series The Camomile Lawn (1992), Jennifer and her mother Rosemary Harris played the lead character, Calypso, at different ages.

    • Jennifer is married to the American writer Michael Ryan. They have one son, called George, and live in upstate New York.

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