Sally Cecilia Hawkins (born 27 April 1976) is a British actress. Her performance as Poppy in the 2008 film Happy-Go-Lucky won her several international awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Other significant roles include Susan in Vera Drake (2004), Sue Trinder in the BBC serial Fingersmith (2005), and Anne in Persuasion (2007).
The daughter of Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children’s books, Hawkins was raised in Blackheath in southeast London, and she attended James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich. She then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 1998.
Hawkins made her first notable screen performance as Samantha in the 2002 Mike Leigh film_ All or Nothing_. She also appeared as Slasher in the 2004 film Layer Cake. Her first major television role came in 2005 when she played Susan Trinder in the BAFTA-nominated BBC… read more