We have added a new photo of Ella which appears in the London Heroine Magazine. If anyone has scans, please send it in!
AGE: 19. HOMETOWN: East London, “Near Canary Wharf, a neighborhood called Isle of Dogs.” UP NEXT: Tim Burton’s adaptation of Ransom Riggs’s novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; Access All Areas; The Journey Is the Destination.
JOHN ORTVED: How did you get discovered?
ELLA PURNELL: I did a bit of baby modeling. I loved it. At 9, I started taking classes at Sylvia Young Theatre School. One day they asked if I wanted to join their agency. You get in if you’re cute, I guess. When I was 11, I did Oliver! in the West End. I’m desperate to get back into theater; that’s my true passion. Cheesy musicals.
ORTVED: What’s it like working with Tim Burton?
PURNELL: We had a discussion before my audition. He asked questions: “What do you see Emma doing and saying and feeling?” It felt like a collaboration. In all the big scenes, he’d ask, “What do you think?” The kids love him. He’s like the Pied Piper.
ORTVED: Do you see yourself moving toward theater and musicals?
PURNELL: I hope. What I’m trying to do now is learn and improve and grow as a person. What I use when I’m acting comes from what I learn about myself. I didn’t go to drama school. I need to become a better actor before I go onstage. It’s harder to fake it onstage than onscreen.
ORTVED: What’s your peculiarity?
PURNELL: I can’t fly. I’m not full of beans. I can make an awesome duck noise. I do great animal impressions. [imitates a duck quack]
ORTVED: What are you reading?
PURNELL: The Girl Who Played With Fire. I think it’s really hard for filmmakers to adapt books. For Miss Peregrine, my character is different; she even has a different peculiarity than in the book. When people realized, I put out a statement: “Just trust me on this one.”
ORTVED: You grew up with siblings?
PURNELL: I have three younger brothers. Try doing puberty when you have three little brothers telling you how spotty and gross and disgusting you are.
Youth For Change celebrity ambassador, the wonderful Ella Purnell, explains why she supports our #TrainToProtect campaign to make schools a safer place to report FGM and child marriage.
Sorry for the delay, I feel like I blinked and Ella has appeared at 4 new events – great! We have added x53 new photos to the gallery…
x26 Launch of Dior Cruise Collection 2017 May 31st 2016
x05 Christian Dior Cruise After Party at No 5 Hertford Street Loulous in London May 31st 2016
x09 Gucci Cruise 2017 Fashion Show at Cloisters of Westminster Abbey June 2nd 2016
x13 Gucci Party at 106 Piccadilly in London June 2nd 2016
Gucci stacked its front row in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey with talent from a variety of industries, including film, fashion, and music. Mary Katrantzou, Christopher and Tammy Kane were among the designers in attendance, while Will.i.am, A$AP Rocky, and the young British singer-songwriter Flo Morissey were among the musicians.
Everyone sat on tasseled green velvet cushions that had been embroidered with flower and animal motifs that appeared all over Alessandro Michele’s latest collection.
There were actresses galore at Thursday’s show, all decked in the brand’s designs. Among them were Elle Fanning, Bel Powley, Ella Purnell and Valeria Golino. Fanning was doing double time in London where she was also promoting her latest film “The Neon Demon.” She sat next to the film’s director Nicolas Winding Refn, at the show.
First look at Brian Cox as the wartime leader as Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, James Purefoy and Ella Purnell join cast.
Salon Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun in Scotland on its new feature film, Churchill.
Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy) plays the Second World War leader in the 48-hours preceding D-Day in May 1944, when Churchill had to prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army.
The cast is rounded out with Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Testament of Youth) as wife Clemmie Churchill, with John Slattery (Mad Men) as General Eisenhower, James Purefoy (Rome) as King George VI, and rising-star Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tarzan) joining the cast as Churchill’s secretary.
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), the film is written by British historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann in her feature debut.
Churchill was developed with the assistance of the BFI. Producers are Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of Salon Pictures with Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s Tempo Productions, alongside Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel.
Embankment Films’ Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar are handling international sales. Silver Reel finance with Lipsync and Creative Scotland.
Further casting includes Julian Wadham (War Horse), Danny Webb (Valkyrie), George Anton (Marcella) Steve Cree (Brave) and Richard Durden (Wolf Hall).
Whether or not you’re already a fan of Ransom Riggs‘ best selling trilogy, you’re likely to find some magic in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the latest feature film from director Tim Burton. Eva Green, who previously worked with Tim Burton on Dark Shadows, plays the title role as the headmistress of a school for “peculiars”: those born with extraordinary abilities. Whether the children are invisible, lighter than air, or even filled with bees, the class at Miss Peregrine’s are kept protected from the rest of the world through a special “loop” in time. It is when the loop becomes broken, however, than one young boy, Jake (Asa Butterfield), must find a way to protect the Peculiar children and, in doing so, perhaps discover his own peculiarity.
ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to sit down with Tim Burton and stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell to get an early look at the fantastic world of Miss Peregrine’s. In the player below, you can check out our video interviews wherein Tim Burton talks about some of the thematic ties between Miss Peregrine’s and his previous films and working closely with Ransom Riggs to bring the author’s peculiar world to life.
We have added x03 photos of Ella during the TedxTeen 2016 event at the IndigO2 in South London on January 16th 2016 …
We are so excited to share the first trailer for Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The movie is based on the bestselling novel by Ransom Riggsand. Along with Ella stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson and will arrive in UK cinemas AUTUMN 2016. We have added x79 HD screencaps to the gallery, here.
Tim Burton is a filmmaker who always seemed drawn towards the peculiar. So his latest movie, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, strikes us as an ideal fit. Based on the book by Ransom Riggs, it’s a typically Burtonesque tale of fantasy and intrigue, detailing a magical orphanage populated with mysterious children and shape-shifting protectors. Empire has an exclusive first look at the film.
Eva Green, reteaming with Burton following their last collaboration on Dark Shadows, playing the title role of Miss Peregrine. Speaking exclusively to Empire, Burton describes Miss Peregrine as a “weird Mary Poppins like character—a strong and mysterious person who looks like she could turn into a bird. That’s Eva.”
This is a film dominated by fierce, powerful women – including Dame Judi Dench as Miss Avocet. “In the peculiar world, women are the protectors,” Burton explains. “Miss Avocet is the head of another peculiar school. But, much like the bird in her name, she’s a bit more of a nervous, flighty energy than Miss Peregrine.”
Here’s the full lineup of peculiar children, each endowed with unusual skills or powers. “I was a little worried about working with so many kids again,” Burton told us, “but they were all such professionals on set. You would never believe that it was some of these kids’ first big film.”
In a typically starry cast, Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell lead up the child actors, while Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, and Samuel L. Jackson join Green and Dench. Burton is directing from a script by Jane Goldman, adapted from Riggs’ novel.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children flies into US cinemas on September 30, ahead of a UK release on October 7. Be sure to pick up a copy of next month’s Empire (on sale March 31) for more exclusive tidbits.