Produced in London, England, in 1976, performer Sally Hawkins studied her craft in the famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She graduated in 1998 and moved to stage and movie work. Among her remarkable early roles was in All or Nothing (2002). In 2008, Hawkins starred in Happygolucky. She won a Golden Globe Award with this movie. Hawkins after costarred with Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine (2013).
Both of her parents, Jacqui and Colin, will be the successful writer-illustrator team behind numerous children’s books. She spent her early years in London’s Blackheath area with her older brother.
Hawkins was a timid kid who struggled with dyslexia. As she described to the Independent newspaper, getting into performing helped her both personally and academically. “English was consistently an academic area, there was a hurdle I found so difficult to break. However, when I spoke the words, I understood what they meant.” Hawkins was thus taken with performance that she applied to the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Art. She admitted to the prestigious program.
In 2007, her first job with renowned director Woody Allen, Cassandra’s Dream reach the big screen.
The next year, Hawkins had a career breakthrough using a starring role in Mike Leigh’s Happygolucky. She plays a London schoolteacher named Poppy in the movie. Her character is among the very relentlessly cheerful characters in movie history. Hawkins’ deft management of the character earned her wide acclaim as well as a Golden Globe win for the best performance by an actress in a comedy or musical.
She also starred opposite Miranda Richardson in Made in Dagenham, a movie concerning the 1968 women’s strike with an English Ford auto plant, the exact same year.
She stars as Ginger, the working class sister of wealthy Ny socialite Jasmine (played by Cate Blanchett), in the movie. The film explores genetic pressures involving the pair, which makes for riveting viewing.