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Evanna Lynch plays Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies.

Evanna Lynch (born 16 August 1991) is an Irish actress who rose to prominence playing Luna Lovegood, a supporting role in the Harry Potter film series adapted from the book series of the same name. Lynch was cast as Luna at the age of 14, having previously acted only in school plays. From 2007 to 2011, she appeared in four Harry Potter films and their tie-in video games; her work on the series has earned her two award nominations.

Besides acting, Lynch has modeled, made and helped design fashion accessories and recorded an audiobook. She has also been actively involved with a non-profit organization, the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA).


[edit] Early life and education

Lynch was born in the Termonfeckin townland of County Louth, Ireland to Marguerite and Donal Lynch.[1] One of a family of six,[2] she has two sisters, Emily and Mairead, and one brother, Patrick.[3] As a child, Lynch read the Harry Potter series and became a fan,[4][5] sending letters to the author, J. K. Rowling.[6] For two years from the age of 11, Lynch suffered from anorexia. During this time, Rowling sent her letters of encouragement; Lynch has described her as being "like a counsellor".[7]

Lynch attended Cartown National School, a public primary school in Termonfeckin, until June 2004 and then moved to Our Lady's College, a Catholic school for girls, in Drogheda, County Louth,[1][4] where her father was the deputy principal.[8][9] In 2008, Lynch studied speculative fiction and drama at the Centre for the Talented Youth of Ireland, a summer school for gifted teens, in Glasnevin, Dublin.[10][11] While on the Harry Potter set, she was tutored for at least three hours a day.[12] From September 2010, Lynch attended the Institute of Education[13] to repeat her Leaving Certificate.

[edit] Career

In 2006, Lynch auditioned at a casting call in London for the role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film in the series adapted from the books.[14][15] After auditioning against 15,000 other girls,[14] and a subsequent screen test with lead actor Daniel Radcliffe, she was cast at the age of 14.[12] Producers were impressed with her affinity for the character; David Heyman said "The others could play Luna; Evanna Lynch is Luna."[16] Although uninvolved in the casting process, Rowling believed that Lynch was perfect for the role.[17] She had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series, her experience limited to school plays.[18]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was Lynch's debut screen performance in 2007. The film was a box office hit, taking US$938 million worldwide, and garnered generally favorable reviews.[19][20] Critics praised the performances of the supporting cast, often singling out Lynch for particular acclaim; A. O. Scott of The New York Times called her performance "spellbinding",[21] and Jane Watkins of Country Life said she "[brought] an appealing sweetness to her character that's not so developed in the book".[22] She reprised her role as Luna in the film's tie-in video game.[23]

Two years later, Lynch again starred as Luna in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth instalment in the series. The film was critically and financially successful.[24][25] Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe wrote that Lynch as Luna "combats the movie’s occasional sluggishness with a hilarious sluggishness of her own",[26] and Michael Dwyer of The Irish Times called her the best Irish actress of 2009 for her work on the film.[27] Her performance earned her Scream Award and Young Artist Award nominations,[28][29] and she again reprised her role in the film's tie-in video game.[30]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, the first of two films adapted from the seventh and final Harry Potter book, was released in 2010. The film was a success at the box office and drew generally favorable reviews from critics.[31][32] James Verniere of The Boston Herald commented that Luna "is still delightfully lunar,"[33] while Simon Miraudo of Quickflix criticised the film since "the delightful Evanna Lynch is brutally underutilised as the loopy Luna Lovegood".[34] She again reprised her role in the film's tie-in video game.[35]

The following year, Lynch again appeared as Luna in the eighth and final instalment in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. She again reprised her role in the film's tie-in video game.[36]

[edit] Other work

Lynch has made and helped design a number of fashion accessories for the Harry Potter films,[2][9][37][38] and modeled for Katrin Thomas and Ciaran Sweeney.[39][40][41] She has also recorded an abridged audiobook version of Claire Keegan's short story Foster.[42] She has a tattoo of Michael Jackson's eyes on the back of her neck,[2] and a hare and crescent moon on an unidentified part of her body, in reference to her Luna Lovegood role.[43]

Her charity work includes participation with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland, in which she launched their MS Readathon fundraiser in 2010.[44] Lynch has also been actively involved with non-profit organization, the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA). With the HPA, she has supported same-sex marriage in Maine,[45] took part in a webcast fundraiser,[46] written an article about body image,[47] and contributed to a fundraising book.[48]

[edit] Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Luna Lovegood
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Luna Lovegood Nominated — Scream Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Luna Lovegood
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Luna Lovegood
Video game
Year Game Role
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Luna Lovegood
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Luna Lovegood
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Luna Lovegood
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Luna Lovegood

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Potter girl Evanna speaks only to the Drogheda Independent". Drogheda Independent (Independent News & Media). 8 February 2006. http://www.drogheda-independent.ie/frontpage/potter-girl-evanna-speaks-only-to-the-drogheda-independent-610760.html. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cummins, Steve (12 October 2010). "The Insider: Evanna Lynch". Nylon. http://www.nylonmag.com/?section=article&parid=5287. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. Hogan, Louise (9 July 2007). "Evanna goes Potty as big screen wins over her dad". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). http://www.independent.ie/national-news/evanna-goes-potty-as-big-screen-wins-over-her-dad-995614.html. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Evanna let out of hospital to get Potter book". Drogheda Independent (Independent News & Media). 26 June 2003. http://www.drogheda-independent.ie/premium/news/evanna-let-out-of-hospital-to-get-potter-book-757984.html. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  5. "Luna Lovegood actress talks Potter". BBC News (BBC). 16 July 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6900391.stm. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  6. "Harry Potter Actors: Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)". CBBC Newsround (BBC). 12 July 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_6890000/newsid_6896300/6896311.stm. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  7. Smart, Gordon (22 November 2010). "JK Rowling a life-saver for Luna". The Sun (News International). http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/3239243/Actress-reveals-Harry-Potter-author-saved-her-from-anorexia.html. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  8. Bray, Allison (14 July 2009). "Evanna casts a spell as stars step out for Potter". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/film-cinema/evanna-casts-a-spell-as-stars-step-out-for-potter-1820362.html. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 O'Toole, Sascha (12 June 2010). "Evanna wins art prize to add to Potter magic". Evening Herald (Independent News & Media). http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/around-town/evanna-wins-art-prize-to-add-to-potter-magic-2218384.html. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  10. McDonagh, Patricia (25 July 2007). "Luna Lovegood's a wizard with words". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). http://www.independent.ie/national-news/luna-lovegoods-a-wizard-with-words-1043541.html. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  11. 12.0 12.1 "Evanna Lynch". Presenter: Ryan Tubridy. The Tubridy Show. RTÉ Radio 1. 23 April 2009.
  12. Byrne, Andrea (28 November 2010). "Moving from Hogwarts to the Institute". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/film-cinema/moving-from-hogwarts-to-the-institute-2439279.html. Retrieved 05 March 2011. 
  13. 14.0 14.1 "Luna Lovegood role has been cast". CBBC Newsround (BBC). 2 February 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4670000/newsid_4672700/4672798.stm. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  14. Battersby, Matilda (9 November 2010). "Harry Potter and the class of Hogwarts 2000". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/harry-potter-and-the-class-of-hogwarts-2000-2128472.html. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  15. "Rowling bemoans paper 'shortage'". BBC News (BBC). 6 April 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4882230.stm. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
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  17. Scott, Anthony (10 July 2007). "Hogwarts Under Siege". New York Times (The New York Times Company). http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/07/10/movies/10harr.html. Retrieved 29 July 2007. 
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  22. "More voices confirmed for new game". EA.com (Electronic Arts, Inc.). 26 August 2010. http://harrypotter.ea.com/UK/?p=741. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
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  24. Evanna, Lynch; Temime, Jany. (2009). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Costume Designs with Evanna Lynch. [DVD]. Warner Bros. Pictures. 
  25. Sibley, Brian (2010). Harry Potter Film Wizardry. HarperCollins. p. 127. ISBN 0-061-99781-1. 
  26. Nolan, Lorna (18 May 2009). "Amber breaks down in tears over secret struggle with hair loss". Evening Herald (Independent News & Media). http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/around-town/amber-breaks-down-in-tears-over-secret-struggle-with-hair-loss-1742955.html?start=2. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  27. http://twitter.com/#!/Evy_Lynch/status/93718427520352256
  28. Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland (29 August 2010). "MS READaTHON 2010 launched by Harry Potter character ‘Luna Lovegood’" (DOC). Press release. http://www.msreadathon.ie/uploads/File/PR%20RaT%20launch%20Aug%2029%2010%20FINAL.doc. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  29. Taylor, Richie (24 October 2009). "Evanna works her magic for Harry Potter Alliance". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/evanna-works-her-magic-for-harry-potter-alliance-1923464.html. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 

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