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Sienna Guillory

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Sienna Guillory
Sienna Guillory at the Moet BIFA 2014.jpg
Sienna Guillory at the British Independent Film Awards 2014
Born Sienna Tiggy Guillory
(1975-03-16) 16 March 1975 (age 42)[1]
Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Nationality English
Citizenship British
Occupation Actress, equestrian, model
Years active 1996–present
Known for Helen of Troy
The Time Machine
Resident Evil series
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Spouse(s) Nick Moran (m. 1997; div. 2000)
Enzo Cilenti (m. 2002)
Children 2

Sienna Tiggy Guillory (/ˈɡɪləri/; born 16 March 1975) is an English actress, and former model. She is known for playing the title role in the TV miniseries, Helen of Troy, as elf princess Arya Dröttningu in fantasy-adventure film, Eragon, and for her portrayal of Jill Valentine in the science fiction action horror film Resident Evil: Apocalypse. She resumed her role as Jill Valentine for a cameo appearance in the 2010 action-horror film Resident Evil: Afterlife, and in Resident Evil: Retribution, released on 14 September 2012.

Early life

Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, Guillory is the daughter of the American folk guitarist Isaac Guillory and his first wife, English model Tina Thompson, whom he married in 1973.[2] Isaac Guillory was the son of American and Turkish Jewish parents[2][3] and born at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba.

Her parents moved to Fulham, London when Guillory was two, then later to Norfolk when she was 11.[4][5] At the age of ten, she went to stay with cousins in Mexico to learn Spanish.[6]

She has a half-brother named Jace, who has the same mother. Her father adopted him.[2] Her parents divorced in 1990 when Sienna was 14.[2] In 1993, her father married Vickie McMillan, and had two children with her, Ellie and Jacob.[2]

Guillory attended Gresham's School in Holt, Norfolk,[1] where she took part in numerous school productions.[7] She started horseback riding at the age of two.[8] At 14, she was given a horse, which she named The Night Porter, or "Porty", after the film The Night Porter; Guillory was a fan of its leading actress Charlotte Rampling.[9]

In December 2000, Guillory's father died of cancer at the age of 53.[2]

Career

Modelling

In 1997, Guillory accompanied a ballerina friend to the London modelling agency Select and was soon signed. She modelled solely to support her acting career.[10] As a model, she worked in campaigns for Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Paul Smith[7] and appeared on the covers of several fashion magazines. In 1999, she became the face of the Hugo Boss fragrance campaign, succeeding model Karen Ferrari and continuing the campaign for three years.[4] After modelling for a few years, Guillory returned her focus to acting in 2000. She is signed to Independent Models in London.

Acting

Guillory explained that she "became an actor because I wanted to know what it was like to be other people. Because possibly I don't like myself", and later said "I hate acting, really hate it. I kind of fell into it sideways ... I started acting because I got offered a job when I was 16, and they wanted to pay me £8,000, and we'd always lived on Family Support..." She went on to say that her frustration with later film roles left her bitter, but after seeing Helen Mirren onstage she was inspired again.[11]

Sienna Guillory in 2007

In 1993, Guillory made her screen debut in a TV adaptation of Jilly Cooper's novel, Riders, for which the casting directors needed a young actress who was able to ride a horse.[10] Her performance landed her in another small role in the miniseries The Buccaneers, opposite Mira Sorvino.

Before becoming a model to support her acting career, Guillory waited tables at a club. In an interview in 2000, she said about the experience "Supporting my acting habit with waitressing was probably the most useful thing I've done."[12] During her time as a model, she studied acting at the New World School of the Arts and the Paris Conservatoire, also taking small television and film roles in The Future Lasts a Long Time (1996), The Rules of Engagement (1999), Star! Star! (1999), Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2000), The 3 Kings (2000), and Two Days, Nine Lives (2000). During this time, Guillory decided to go on with her acting career because "I was so scared of going to university and being with people my own age again, having been with that tiny little sect of girls in Norfolk whose daddies were farmers and politicians, who didn't trust me and didn't know where I was coming from".[11]

She returned to film with a more substantial role in the thriller Sorted (2000). Guillory went on to appear in the BBC production Take a Girl Like You, a television adaptation of Kingsley Amis's novel of the same name. She portrayed Jenny Bunn, the story's virginal heroine, and gained critical attention for her part in the period piece. Guillory was pleased to have played a more innocent character, saying "I've played floozies, psychopaths, assassins, crackheads... It's nice to do something with a lighter touch."[13] The production did not fare well in the ratings.[14]

In 2001, Guillory continued with other roles in predominantly British films, including Oblivious, Late Night Shopping (with husband Enzo Cilenti), The Last Minute, and Superstition (de). 2002 saw Guillory appear in The Time Machine, alongside Guy Pearce and Jeremy Irons. She was pleased to take on a larger scale film, after having worked on low-budget independent films, and compared the experience with "finding an unicorn in your sock drawer".[15] She played Emma, the fiancée of Pearce's character, who was killed early in the film and whose death set off its main events.

In 2003, after a friend had received a script for The Principles of Lust, Guillory claims she "read it and couldn't put it down, and begged to read for the part". She was impressed by director Penny Woolcock's unconventional style of shooting, without rehearsing the actors, using raw takes and improvisational performances. For the role of Juliette, Guillory performed nude in the film's sex scenes which were filmed during the first week of filming, making her somewhat nervous.[16] She later went on to say that it was one of her favorite acting experiences.[17] Afterwards, Guillory had a small role in the romantic comedy Love Actually before taking the starring role in the television miniseries Helen of Troy. The series was mostly based on Homer's epic poem Iliad and focuses on the mythological life of Helen. Helen of Troy was nominated for best miniseries at the Satellite Awards.[18]

Guillory portrayed Jill Valentine in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, in which her character was based on the game character of the same name. Guillory's costume was taken directly from the game and limited her movement in the martial arts sequences, leading the fight choreographers to give her more punching and gun play.[19]

In May 2004, Guillory starred in a new stage production of The Shape of Things at the New Ambassadors Theatre in London, with husband Cilenti.[3] That year she also played her first big Hollywood role. She was cast as Jill Valentine, one of the lead characters in the video game adaptation sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse. The film makers had searched widely for an actress to portray the video game character and found her in Guillory, who had to "please not only the movie-going audience but also the gamers." She was "a dead ringer for Jill Valentine".[20] Guillory was reported to have studied the original character's movements by watching playthroughs of the video game Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.[citation needed] Before getting the script for the film, she had not been familiar with the video games or seen Resident Evil.

She said about her role:

[20]

Resident Evil: Apocalypse grossed $23,036,273 on its opening weekend (10–12 September 2004) and took a total of $51,201,453 in the United States and $129,394,835 worldwide, but it was not well received by critics,.[21]

After the success of Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Guillory appeared in other film and television roles, including Beauty (2004), Marple: A Murder Is Announced (2005), In the Bathroom (2005), The Virgin Queen (2005), Silence Becomes You (2005), and Rabbit Fever (2006).[citation needed]

In 2006, Guillory was a lead in the ensemble cast of the fantasy Eragon, the film adaptation of the novel by Christopher Paolini; the role reunited her with The Time Machine co-star Jeremy Irons. She portrayed Arya Dröttningu, an elf princess. She had not read the novels before filming, but after accepting the role she became a fan of Paolini's work. Although Arya is a key character in the film, Guillory had little screen time and went on to say jokingly: "I've been trying to explain to friends who've seen the trailer [...] I'm like, "[...] but that's my whole part!""[17] Eragon was not well received by the critics, but was nominated as Best Fantasy Film at the 2006 Saturn Awards.[22] The film grossed approximately $75 million in the US and $173.9 million elsewhere, totaling $249 million worldwide.[23] Guillory was invited to reprise her role as Jill Valentine in Resident Evil: Extinction, the sequel to Resident Evil: Apocalypse, but could not accept due to scheduling conflicts with Eragon.[24]

In 2007, she starred in the Spanish production El Corazón de la tierra, or The Heart of the Earth, and later in the year finished filming the horror/thriller Victims and the fantasy novel adaptation Inkheart. In Inkheart, she plays Resa, the wife of Brendan Fraser's character and the mother of Eliza Bennett's. Guillory acted alongside Helen Mirren, a friend of the Guillory family who was a role model when she first had aspirations towards acting.[12]

Guillory was to be a lead in the television series The Oaks, expected to begin airing in 2008. She joined Bahar Soomekh, Matt Lanter, Romy Rosemont, Jeremy Renner, Michael Rispoli and Shannon Lucio in the series, which follows the intertwining stories of three families—a young couple in 1968 who have lost a child, a family of four in 1998, and a pregnant couple in 2008—who are haunted by the same spirit in their house. The television series began filming on 5 November 2007 on location in Pasadena, California. Guillory will play Jessica, the 2008 couple's neighbour, a woman who has Asperger syndrome who went to school with the husband (and father-to-be) and shares a secret with him.[25][26]

In May 2010, Shock Till You Drop.com confirmed the return of Jill Valentine in the Resident Evil film franchise's fourth installment, Resident Evil: Afterlife, with Guillory reprising the role.[27] On 31 May, Jovovich also confirmed that Guillory would return as Jill.[28] Guillory reappears in the film in a mid-end credit scene. She returned to a starring role in the following film, Resident Evil: Retribution, as the main antagonist of the film.

In 2015 she joined the main cast as scientist Natalie Yelburton in the new thriller series Fortitude, commissioned by Sky Atlantic and set in the fictional Arctic Norwegian oil settlement of the same name.[29] She will return to the role for the show's second series in 2016.[30]

In January 2016 she also joined the cast of Sky One's new series, Stan Lee's Lucky Man, playing the character Eve.[31]

Media

In 2001, readers of Esquire UK voted Guillory "Britain's Most Eligible Woman" and featured her in a pictorial in the magazine.[32] Guillory was photographed for the cover and shoot by photographer Jonathan Glynn Smith.[33] In 2002, she was number 89 on Maxim's list of "The 100 Sexiest Women",[34] and in 2007 Guillory was voted number 54 at Askmen.com's Top 99 Countdown.[35]

Guillory has also been quoted as disliking the Hollywood culture, saying she does not wish to be part of it:[15]

Personal life

In 2000, Guillory began dating English actor Enzo Cilenti,[12] and they married in 2002.[36][37][38] The couple appeared in the 2001 film Late Night Shopping, and have continued to appear together in various works. In August 2004, Guillory and Cilenti cycled five stages of the Tour de France to raise money for charity.[3]

In February 2011, Guillory gave birth to their twin daughters, Valentina and Lucia, named after Guillory's grandmother and great aunt, who were also twin sisters.[39]

Filmography

Films
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1996 The Future Lasts a Long Time Blue Short film [40]
2000 The Rules of Engagement Denise Short film [40]
2000 Sorted Sunny [40]
2000 The 3 Kings Roxana [40]
2000 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Kat [40]
2001 Oblivious Jessica [41][42]
2001 Late Night Shopping Susie [43]
2001 Superstition Julie [44]
2002 The Time Machine Emma
2003 The Principles of Lust Juliette [45][46]
2003 Love Actually Jamie's girlfriend
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Jill Valentine
2005 In the Bathroom The Woman [47]
2005 Silence Becomes You Grace [48]
2006 Rabbit Fever Newscaster [49]
2006 Eragon Arya Dröttningu Also voice of Arya in game adaption.
2007 El Corazón De La Tierra Katherine English title:
The Heart of the Earth
[50]
2008 Inkheart Resa Folchart [51]
2010 Perfect Life Anne aka Perfect Victims – USA DVD title [52]
2010 Gunless Jane [53][54]
2010 I'm Here Francesca
2010 Resident Evil: Afterlife Jill Valentine Cameo appearance
2011 The Big Bang Julie Kestral
2011 The Last Belle Rosie (voice only) Short film
2012 Resident Evil: Retribution Jill Valentine
2012 The Montana Kid Jane Taylor
2013 The Wicked Within Bethany Also serves as co-producer
2013 The List Alison Corwin
2014 The Goob Janet
2014 Abduct Sapphire
2014 Dream On Lesley Richardson
2014 High-Rise Ann Sheridan
2016 Don't Hang Up Mrs. Kolbein
2016 The Whole Banana Denise Post-production
2016 The Warriors Gate Annie Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1993 Riders Fenella Maxwell TV series
1995 Buccaneers, TheThe Buccaneers Lady Felicia TV miniseries
1999 Out of Sight Ingrid 2 episodes
1999 Dzvirpaso M 4 episodes
2000 Take a Girl Like You Jenny Bunn TV miniseries
2003 Helen of Troy Helen TV miniseries
2004 Beauty Cathy Wardle TV film
2005 Marple: A Murder Is Announced Julia Simmons 1 episode
2005 Virgin Queen, TheThe Virgin Queen Lettice Knollys TV miniseries
2008 Oaks, TheThe Oaks Jessica FOX TV Pilot
2008 Criminal Minds SSA Kate Joyner 2 episodes
2009 Virtuality Rika Goddard FOX TV pilot
2010 Covert Affairs guest star 1 episode
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kacey Monahan 1 episode
2013 Jo Jacques Benoit's girlfriend 1 episode
2013 Luther Mary Day Main cast; Season 3
2013 Believe Moore Pilot only
2015 – present Fortitude Natalie Yelburton Main cast; 20 episodes
2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Eve Main cast; 10 episodes
Video games
Year Title Voice Ref.
2006 Eragon Arya Dröttningu
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Slipstream

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