Jennifer Anne Ehle was born on December 29, 1969 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to English actress Rosemary Harris and American author John Ehle.
Ehle appeared as a toddler in a 1973 Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which her mother played Blanche DuBois. She spent her childhood in both the UK and the US, attending several different schools, including Interlochen Arts Academy. She was raised largely in Asheville, North Carolina. Her drama training was split between the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
She won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1995 BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice. For her work on Broadway, she won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Real Thing, and the 2007 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Coast of Utopia.
Ehle made her West End debut in Peter Hall's 1991 production of Tartuffe, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1995. Other television credits include The Camomile Lawn 1992 and A Gifted Man 2011–12. She has also appeared in supporting roles in such films as Wilde 1997, Sunshine 1999, The King's Speech 2010, Contagion 2011, Zero Dark Thirty 2012, RoboCop 2014
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