Hannah John-Kamen

Hannah John-Kamen
Hannah John-Kamen Ant-Man & The Wasp premiere.jpg
John-Kamen in 2018
Born (1989-09-07) 7 September 1989 (age 31)
OccupationActress
Years active2011–present

Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen (born 7 September 1989) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Yalena "Dutch" Yardeen in the Syfy television series Killjoys, Ornela in the HBO series Game of Thrones, F'Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, Ava Starr / Ghost in the MCU film Ant-Man and the Wasp, and the title character in Netflix’s mystery series The Stranger.

Early life

Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen[1] was born on 7 September 1989 in Anlaby, East Riding of Yorkshire, the daughter of a Norwegian mother and Nigerian father.[2] Her mother is a former fashion model, while her father is a forensic psychologist. She has an older brother and an older sister. She attended primary school in nearby Kirk Ella, received her secondary education at Hull Collegiate School,[3] and trained at the National Youth Theatre in London.[4] In 2012, she graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama.[5]

Career

John-Kamen began her career in 2011, providing voice work for the video game Dark Souls. She went on to make appearances in episodes of television series Misfits (2011), Black Mirror (2016), Whitechapel (2012), The Syndicate (2012), The Midnight Beast (2012), and The Hour (2012).

From 11 December 2012 to 29 June 2013, she took the lead role of Viva in the Spice Girls-themed West End musical Viva Forever![6] The musical premiered at the Piccadilly Theatre to largely negative reviews.[7] The Daily Mirror, however, praised John-Kamen's performance and called it a "shame" that she and the rest of the cast were "let down by a clichéd plot and leaden dialogue".[8]

In 2015, John-Kamen had a starring role in the SyFy series Killjoys.[9][10] In 2016, she had a guest-star role on the HBO series Game of Thrones.[11] That year, she appeared in the Black Mirror episode "Playtest"[12] and an episode of The Tunnel. Addressing John-Kamen's role in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One (2018), Kristen Tauer wrote, "While much of Ready Player One takes place in a virtual reality world, Hannah John-Kamen's character is unique in that she is rooted in the reality throughout the film."[13] That same year, John-Kamen played Ava Starr / Ghost in the superhero film Ant-Man and the Wasp.[14]

Personal life

John-Kamen moved to London at the age of 18 and has lived there since.[5] She enjoys playing the piano and is trained in various dances such as ballet, cabaret, jazz, salsa, and tap.[4]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2015Star Wars: The Force AwakensFirst Order Officer #1
2018Tomb RaiderSophie
2018Ready Player OneF'Nale Zandor
2018Ant-Man and the WaspAva Starr / Ghost
2020SAS: Red NoticeDr. Sophie HartPost-production
2021Resident EvilJill ValentineFilming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011MisfitsCarlyEpisode #3.6
2011Black MirrorSelmaEpisode: "Fifteen Million Merits"
2012WhitechapelRoxy2 episodes
2012The SyndicateYoung Shop AssistantEpisode: "Denise"
2012The Midnight BeastPizza GirlsEpisode: "Someone Called Sam"
2012The HourRosa Maria Ramírez4 episodes
2014Death in ParadiseYasmin BlakeEpisode: "The Early Bird"
2014Happy ValleyJustine4 episodes
2015CucumberViolet2 episodes
2015The ArkNahlabTelevision film
2015BananaViolet2 episodes
2015–2019KilljoysYalena "Dutch" Yardeen
Aneela Kin Rit
Main role, 50 episodes
2016The Tunnel: SabotageRosa Persaud5 episodes
2016Black MirrorSonjaEpisode: "Playtest"
2016Game of ThronesOrnela2 episodes
2019The Dark Crystal: Age of ResistanceNaia (voice)5 episodes
2020The StrangerThe Stranger8 episodes
2020Brave New WorldWilhelmina "Helm" WatsonMain role, 9 episodes[15]

Stage

YearTitleRoleNotes
2012–2013Viva Forever!VivaPiccadilly Theatre[7]

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Dark SoulsLord's Blade CiaranVoice
2014Dark Souls IISweet ShalquoirVoice

Music videos

YearArtistTitle
2015The Chemical Brothers"Sometimes I Feel So Deserted"
2019Sun Silva"Just the Romantic"

References

  1. ^ "Search Results for Civil Births in Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records". findmypast.co.uk. England & Wales Births 1837–2006. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  2. ^ Brown, Emma (20 January 2017). "DISCOVERY: HANNAH JOHN-KAMEN". Interview Magazine.
  3. ^ "Hannah John-Kamen to star in Spice Girls musical". This Is Hull and East Riding. 3 October 2012. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Hannah John-Kamen". The Casting Website.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Meet the star of The Stranger: Hannah John-Kamen". London Evening Standard. 26 February 202. Retrieved 28 April 2020. At 18 she moved to London and went to what was then the Central School of Speech and Drama
  6. ^ Shenton, Mark (13 July 2012). "Initial Casting Revealed for West End's Viva Forever!, Featuring Music of The Spice Girls". Playbill. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b Shenton, Mark (26 June 2012). "Viva Forever, Musical Featuring Spice Girls Songs, Confirms West End Opening at Piccadilly Theatre". Playbill. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  8. ^ Palmer, Alun (12 December 2012). "Lost in Spice: Viva Forever! the Spice Girls musical is just a Wannabe". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  9. ^ "'Killjoys' actress unleashes her 'bossy' side". .bendbulletin.com. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  10. ^ "An Interview with Killjoys' Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, and Luke Macfarlane – Discussing Season Two". talknerdywithus.com. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  11. ^ "'Killjoys' John-Kamen generating heat". Welland Tribune. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  12. ^ "'Black Mirror' Season 3 Trailer: "No One Is This Happy'". Deadline. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  13. ^ Tauer, Kristen (30 March 2018). "Hannah John-Kamen, a Villain on the Rise". WWD. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (7 June 2017). "'Black Mirror's' Hannah John-Kamen Lands Key Role in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'". Variety.
  15. ^ White, Peter (19 June 2019). "'Brave New World': Kylie Bunbury, Hannah John-Kamen, Sen Mitsuji, Joseph Morgan & Nina Sosanya Added To USA Network Drama". Deadline Hollywood.

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