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Bonnie Francesca Wright[1][2] (born 17 February 1991)[3] is an English actress and model, known for playing Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter fantasy film series adapted from the popular book series by J. K. Rowling, one of a number of actors and actresses to have starred in every film in the franchise.

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[edit] Early life and education

Wright was born in London, England, the daughter of Sheila Teague and Gary Wright, jewelry designers who together run their own company, Wright & Teague. She has an older brother named Lewis. Wright attended Prior Western Primary School and later the King Alfred School in North London for her secondary education. During the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Wright began attending London's University of the Arts: London College of Communication, to study Film and Television Production Manager. She plans to continue acting and to work behind-the-scenes after filming Harry Potter.[4][5]

[edit] Career

[edit] Harry Potter

Wright auditioned for the role of Ginny Weasley because her brother said she reminded him of the character.[4] Wright appears in the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, only in a small scene set at London King's Cross railway station. Her role became more prominent with the second movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in which her character begins studies at Hogwarts while dealing with a very powerful secret diary that begins to seize her soul and consciousness. However, Wright's role in the next film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was significantly smaller, but in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire she had a slightly larger role and in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix she had a role as one of the six characters fighting in the climactic battle. Wright reprises her role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where her character plays a central role as Harry Potter's love interest.

With a bigger part she received mostly positive reviews. Variety wrote, "Bonnie Wright’s Ginny intrigues as the sort of initial plain Jane who keeps growing on you."[6] "If someone told me eight years ago that Bonnie Wright, introduced as Ginny Weasley in the first movie, would turn into such a strong dramatic actress who could carry scenes as well as the three leads, I wouldn't have believed it,"[7] "We know who likes who and it’s the subtleties in the performances by Radcliffe, Watson and Wright that have our hearts go out to the ones that are breaking,"[8] and "Ginny (Bonnie Wright) in particular shines through, building on the power she gained in the last film to become an independent young woman that proves more complex with every scene."[9] Wright reprised her role as Ginny Weasley in the final two-part film adaption of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Wright has also provided the voice of Ginny Weasley in the video game versions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

[edit] Film and television

Wright appeared in two made-for-television movies: 2002's Stranded as the younger version of Sarah Robinson and 2004's Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures, where she played the younger version of Agatha Christie.[10] She had a guest role on The Disney Channel's The Replacements voicing Vanessa in the season two premiere London Calling.

Wright signed to appear in Sweat, a short film. Sweat is part of a project of five films called Geography of the Hapless Heart. She portrays Mia.[11] The movie has a set release of 2011.[citation needed]

Wright confirmed to be starring in The Philosophers an American production to start filming July 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The film will also star Rhys Wakefield and James D'Arcy which will be directed by John Huddles.[12][13] The Philosophers is a psychological thriller about "a brilliant philosophy teacher at an international school in Jakarta manipulates his class of graduating seniors toward academic excellence through the use of mind games, emotional blackmail, and psychological assaults, stretching their brains right up to the breaking point."[14] Wright will be playing Georgina, one of the students.[15]

une of 2012 Bonnie will join the film Shakespeare’s Daughter starring Chevy Chase, Eric Roberts, Tom Sizemore, James Rebhorn, Cynthia Gibb, Sasha Spielberg, and Campbell Scott. [16][17][18]

Later in 2012, Wright will start shooting a British 19th century period film In Want of a Wife playing a character called Lydia, opposite Emily Watson.[19][20][21]

[edit] Modeling

Wright was named the winner of the Most Edgy Look Award at the 2011 Rodial Beautiful Awards.[22]

Wright has her own profile page at Next Models Agency.[23] Wright participated as a catwalk model for fashion designer Katie Eary, Autumn/Winter 2011 show during London Fashion Week.[citation needed] Wright has been featured in various photoshoots and interviews: including in the Evening Standard,[24] Grazia Magazine,[25] Entertainment Weekly,[26] No. Magazine,[27] The Times Luxx Magazine,[28] Drama Magazine,[29] The Daily Mail You Magazine,[30] InStyle Magazine,[31] Nylon Magazine,[32] Vanity Fair,[33] ASOS Magazine,[34] and Dirty Glam Magazine.[35]

[edit] Personal life

Wright officially became engaged to her Harry Potter co-star Jamie Campbell Bower in April 2011. He played the younger version of Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.[36] The pair split, calling off their engagement on 30 June 2012. Bower told the Daily Mail that he was heartbroken, although it was revealed by a close source that the split was amicable.[37]

[edit] Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Ginny Weasley Supporting role
2002 Stranded Young Sarah Robinson TV movie
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Ginny Weasley Supporting role
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ginny Weasley Supporting role
2004 Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures Young Agatha Christie TV movie
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ginny Weasley Supporting role
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ginny Weasley Supporting role. Provided voice in the video game adaptation
2007 Replacements, TheThe Replacements Vanessa Voice only; TV; 1 episode
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ginny Weasley Supporting role. Provided voice in the video-game adaptation
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Ginny Weasley Supporting role
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Ginny Weasley Supporting Role
2012 Geography of the Hapless Heart Mia Post-production
2012 The Philosophers Georgina Post-Production
2013 Shakespeare's Daughter Phoebe Filming
2013 In Want Of A Wife Lydia Pre-Production
Video game
Year Game Role Notes
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ginny Weasley Voice only
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ginny Weasley Voice only

[edit] References

  1. Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. Merrill, Brian (2006). On This Date: A Day-by-Day Look at Historical Events. Lulu.com. p. 36. ISBN 1430305010. 
  3. 4.0 4.1
  4. Riggs, Thomas (2007). Contemporary Theatre, Film & Television: A Biographical Guide. Gale Group. p. 341. ISBN 0787690503. 
  5. [dead link]
  6. "Harry Potter Star to Shoot Hollywood Movie in Jakarta" June 14, 2011, Jakarta Globe
  7. Singh, Anita (21 May 2012). "Cannes 2012: Harry Potter's Ginny Weasley directs budget film". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/cannes-film-festival/9279861/Cannes-2012-Harry-Potters-Ginny-Weasley-directs-budget-film.html. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  8. Cox, Rebecca (17 September 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Bonnie Wright: Life After Ginny". Glamour UK. http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/celebrity/celebrity-news/2011/09/17/bonnie-wright-interview-about-harry-potter-at-london-fashion-week. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  9. Bonnie Wright's talks directing and prostitution
  10. Bonnie Wright's official Next Models Agency profile page
  11. "Young Potter stars split as the magic wears off (well they did get engaged after just six months)". Daily Mail. 1 July 2012. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2167145/Bonnie-Wright-Jamie-Campbell-Bower-Young-Potter-stars-split-magic-wears-off.html. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 

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