Ella Purnell claims there is a running joke in her family that she is going to make a career out of playing the younger version of others. This may be so as the highlights of this young Brits career so far include playing the younger version of Kiera Knightley in Never Let Me Go (2010) and more recently, the younger version of Angelia Jolie in this years’ Maleficent.
Purnell first appeared on stage in 2008 when she beat hundreds of other girls for a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. This led to her first role in Never Let Me Go and Ways to Live Forever (2010) co-starring Emilia Fox. In 2011 she was cast as Clive Owen’s daughter in Intruders and was also named as one of Screen International’s 10 UK Stars of Tomorrow.
2013 saw Purnell co-star alongside Chloe Grace Mortez in Kick Ass 2 and in Wildlike. Her future projects include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2015) directed by Tim Burton and co-starring Eva Green, and Cyber Bully (2015) alongside Maisie Williams. She is will be again playing the younger version of another when she plays young Jane in the eagerly-anticipated Tarzan (2016) co-starring Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz.