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Florence Pugh: The New MCU Star

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Florence Pugh is a British actress who became globally popular after her role as Yelena Belova in the Black Widow movie. However, Florence Pugh has had a solid career outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. 

Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh grew up in Spain 

Florence was born in Oxford in early 1996 but spent her childhood in Andalusia, an autonomous region in southwestern Spain. The artist’s parents – restaurateur Clinton and dance teacher Deborah – gave birth to three more children: Toby’s son Sebastian and daughters Arabella and Rafaella. Now one of Florence’s sisters is a theater actress, and her brother is known as a guitarist and performer in the role of Tristayne Martell in Game of Thrones.

Florence Pugh started acting at 6

A young Florence Pugh

When the girl was 6 years old, the Pugh family returned to the UK. At the same time, the young actress received her first role: she played the Virgin Mary at a Christmas party at school. As a teenager, Florence attended St. Edward’s Oxford Boarding School, whose alumni include actors Laurence Olivier and Emilia Clarke.

Florence Pugh made her film debut in 2014

Florence Pugh first appeared on screen in 2014 in the mystical film “The Fall,” which was described by critics as a bold and fascinating study of girlish friendship. Maisie Williams played Florence’s friend Lydia.

In 2016, Florence played the main role in the film “Lady Macbeth” – a film adaptation of the story by Nikolai Leskov. The action was moved from Mtsensk district to England. The characters had been slightly renamed: Pugh’s character, who kills her husband, father-in-law, and boy-heir for the sake of love, was turned from Katerina Izmailova into Katherine, and her lover, played by the handsome Cosmo Jarvis, was called Sebastian, not Sergei.

Florence Pugh appeared with Anthony Hopkins

Florence Pugh and Anthony Hopkins in a still from King Lear

After the release of the film, critics reproached Florence for the abundance of scenes in which the girl appeared in the costume of Eva. However, in an interview, the actress called this approach hypocritical. With a height of 163 cm, the girl weighs 56 kg, and her good build and excellent figure parameters allow her not to need a double when filming explicit scenes.

In 2018, Florence had the opportunity to play a role diametrically opposite to the villainess Catherine – Cordelia, the kind youngest daughter of King Lear in the television adaptation of the tragedy of William Shakespeare of the same name. The image of Pugh’s heroine’s father was portrayed by the legendary Anthony Hopkins.

Florence Pugh has appeared in a lot of historical dramas

The same year, the drama “The Outlaw King,” dedicated to the biography of the Scottish monarch Robert I the Bruce, was released. The role of the rebel king who declared war on England in the early 14th century was played by Chris Pine.

In the British miniseries The Little Drummer Girl, based on the John Le Carré detective of the same name, Florence played the main role of the English actress Charmian Ross, recruited by the Mossad to infiltrate a group of Palestinian terrorists. The actress impressed the British writer, the author of the original work, so much with her performance that he gave the heroine of his next novel the name Florence.

Florence Pugh played the role of WWE star Paige

Florence Pugh in a still from Fighting With My Family

In 2019, with Florence in the leading role, the sports biopic in the dramedy genre “Fighting With My Family” was released, based on the story of the female wrestler Sarai-Jade Bevis, who performed in the WWE promotion under the nickname Paige. Despite the intensive physical training for the film, stunt double Tessa Blanchard performed the stunts in the ring for the actress.

Florence Pugh won an award for her role in a horror film

The actress also appeared in Ari Aster’s mystical thriller “Solstice.” Her work in a horror film about sinister Swedish rituals brought Florence a Virtuoso award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

In the film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical novel Little Women, the actress’s partners on the set were such stars as Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, and Timothée Chalamet. For her brilliant portrayal on the screen, Emmy March Florence was nominated for an Oscar and a Bafta. Interestingly, all the female characters in the film wore outfits with a predominance of a certain color, and Pugh got blue.

Florence Pugh is a very private person

The celebrity often shares photos from everyday and creative life, pictures from special events, and in a swimsuit on her Instagram page, but she prefers not to advertise information about her personal life on social networks.

Florence Pugh was rumoured to be dating Alexander Skarsgard

In 2018, Florence Pugh was credited with having an affair with Alexander Skarsgard, the eldest son of Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard. However, the actress claims that she communicated with a representative of the famous dynasty at work: Alexander is a partner in “The Little Drummer Girl.”

Florence Pugh dated Zach Braff

A year later, it became known that the artist was in a relationship with British actor and director Zach Braff. The novel was furthered by collaboration on Braff’s short film “The Time It Takes to Get There.” Pyu is 21 years younger than his companion. In the summer of 2022, the actress spoke about breaking up with Zach after three years of relationship.

Florence Pugh is an atheist

Florence is an atheist and women’s rights activist. In his free time from filming, the young star plays the guitar and piano and also composes songs. The actress loves her dog, an American bulldog named Albert.

Now the actress’s career is at its peak, which undoubtedly affects the material that directors offer her.

Florence Pugh played Black Widow’s sister

In the summer of 2021, the premiere of the film “Black Widow” took place – the second film in the Marvel universe, where the focus was on a female superhero. The feminist message was one of the key factors that attracted the actress to this project.

Even though in the stunt scenes, Florence, who played the role of Elena Belova, was replaced by an understudy, Pugh also had to make every effort to work. Director Cate Shortland described the actress as absolutely fearless as if cast from steel. The main character Natasha Romanoff was played by Scarlett Johansson in the film.

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