Tuppence Middleton

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Tuppence Middleton
Tuppence Middleton for Sidewalks.jpg
Middleton in August 2015
Born (1987-02-21) 21 February 1987 (age 33)
Bristol, England
Years active2008–present

Tuppence Middleton (born 21 February 1987) is an English actress. In 2010, she was nominated for the London Evening Standard Film Awards for Most Promising Newcomer.


Middleton has appeared in the films Tormented (2009), Chatroom (2010), Cleanskin (2012), Trance (2013), The Lady Vanishes (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), Jupiter Ascending (2015), and Downton Abbey (2019), as well as the television series Bones (2008), New Tricks (2010), Friday Night Dinner (2011), Sinbad (2012), Spies of Warsaw (2013), Black Mirror (2013), as Miss Havisham in Dickensian (2015–2016), as Russian princess Hélène Kuragina in War & Peace (2016), as Riley Blue in Sense8 (2015–2018), and Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (2017).

Early life

Middleton was born in Bristol on 21 February 1987, the daughter of Tina and Nigel Middleton. [1] She has an older sister named Angel and younger brother named Josh. [1] She was named "Tuppence" after the childhood nickname her grandmother gave to her mother. [2] She was raised in Clevedon, Somerset. [1] She has described her younger self as shy, reclusive, and "geeky" at school, but "quite loud and brash" at home; she found youth theatre an "outlet" in which she could be confident. [2] [3] She attended Bristol Grammar School, where she was involved in school plays such as Guys and Dolls . [4] She also attended Stagecoach, a performing arts school in Portishead. She appeared in local drama productions, including a pantomime with her sister at the Princes Hall in Clevedon. [1] She subsequently studied acting at the Arts Educational School in London, earning an honours degree in acting. [1]


Middleton gained a following for her appearance in the 2009 British horror/comedy Tormented . [5] Her character, head girl Justine Fielding, dates one of the most popular boys in school, only to find that he and his friends were responsible for a classmate's death. She has also appeared in adverts for the chewing gum Extra and Sky TV.

In 2010 she was nominated for the London Evening Standard Film Awards 2010 for Most Promising Newcomer and she starred in Samuel Abrahams's BAFTA-nominated short film "Connect". [6] In 2011, she played the character Tanya Green in the British sitcom Friday Night Dinner , [7] and Sarah in Sirens . In 2012 she appeared in Cleanskin , a terrorist thriller. [8] In March 2013 she made her professional theatre debut in The Living Room . [9] She also played a minor role in the Danny Boyle film Trance . In 2015, she starred in the Netflix Original Series Sense8 as Riley Blue.

She starred in the 2016 BBC drama War & Peace , playing Russian aristocrat Princess Hélène Kuragina. The series received critical acclaim. The Daily Express said: "Rising star Tuppence Middleton takes on the role of the delightfully evil Hélène Kuragina, who is one half of the incestuous duo. Audiences witnessed her brother getting a little too intimate with his sibling in the first episode before she turned her attentions to Pierre and dug her claws into him. She is a vile character who will use and abuse Pierre without giving him a second thought." [10] Andrew Davies, who adapted War and Peace, described Middleton's Hélène as "the naughtiest woman on TV at the moment". [11]

An August 2018 announcement indicated that Middleton would be among the new cast to join the original series' actors in the feature film Downton Abbey , which started principal photography at about the same time. [12]



2009 Tormented Justine Fielding
2010 Skeletons Rebecca [13]
Ever Here I BeValerie [14]
Chatroom Candy
2012 Cleanskin Kate
2013 Trance Young Woman in Red Car
Trap for Cinderella Micky
The Lady Vanishes Iris Henderson
The Love Punch Sophie
2014 A Long Way Down Kathy
The Imitation Game Helen Stewart
2015 Jupiter Ascending Kalique Abrasax
Spooks: The Greater Good (aka MI-5)June Keaton
2017 The Current War Mary Edison
2019 Fisherman's Friends Alwyn
Disappearance at Clifton Hill Abby
Downton Abbey Lucy Smith
2020 Possessor Ava Parse
Mank Sara Mankiewicz


2008 Bones Vera WaterhouseEpisodes: "Yanks in the U.K. (Part 1)", "Yanks in the U.K. (Part 2)"
2010 New Tricks Melanie HiggsEpisode: "Fashion Victim"
First Light GraceTV movie
2011 Friday Night Dinner Tanya GreenEpisodes: "The Date", "The Dress"
Sirens Sarah FraisorEpisodes: "Up, Horny, Down", "I.C.E."
2012 Sinbad Tiger4 episodes
2013 Lewis Vicki WalmsleyEpisodes: "Down Among the Fearful – Part 1", "Down Among the Fearful – Part 2"
Spies of Warsaw GabrielleMiniseries
Black Mirror JemEpisode: "White Bear"
The Lady Vanishes Iris CarrTV movie
2015–2018 Sense8 Riley Blue GunnarsdóttirMain role
2015 Dickensian Amelia HavishamMain role
2016 War & Peace Princess Helene KuraginaMiniseries
2017 Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams LindaEpisode: "The Commuter"
2019ShadowplayTBAMiniseries; filming

Video Games

2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Lady Lucille Waycrest (voice)

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