Oscar Nominations: 10 Things To Know About Sally Hawkins

1.  Guillermo del Toro wrote the lead role of The Shape of Water with Hawkins in mind.

Del Toro was a huge fan of Hawkins before the casting of “The Shape of Water”. In a recent interview, he recalls meeting Hawkins for the first time, and told her: “I’m writing a movie for you where you fall in love with a fish-man!”

2. She beat Meryl.

At the 2009 Golden Globes, Hawkins won the award for Best Actress by playing the role of Poppy Cross in a Comedy/Musical in Mike Leigh’s “Happy Go Lucky”. She was also given the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

3. Hawkins once made a marriage pact with James Corden.

Hawkins has co-starred with James Corden in the 2002 film “All or Nothing”, which marked her acting debut. The pair made a pact that if they weren’t married by the age of 35, they’d marry each other.

4. She is from a creative family.

Sally Hawkins was born on April 27, 1976, in Dulwich, London. Her parents, Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, are well-known authors and illustrators of children’s books. Sally’s brother, Finbar, works in the television and film industry as a producer.

5. Hawkins’s career began on the stage.

Hawkins studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). When she graduated in 1998, she began her career by getting roles in plays. Her most recent theater role was in 2015 as a reader for ‘Letters Live’.

6. She made her film debut in Mike Leigh’s 2002 film All Or Nothing.

Hawkins made her film debut in Mike Leigh’s 2002 film “All or Nothing”. She has also appeared in “Layer Cake”, and Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream”.

7. She has appeared in “Little Britain”.

Hawkins has appeared in three episodes of “Little Britain”. She played the role as Kenny Craig’s girlfriend in 2003 and 2004. And another role as Judy Pike’s daughter in 2005.

8. She’s not that into fashion.

Although she looks so gorgeous and vintage at various film festivals, Hawkins admits that she prefers to keep things casual.

9. She’s sick of celebrity culture in 2006.

Hawkins has told a journalist that she’s sick of celebrity culture in 2006. “It's insane! So irritating! Celebrity stuff on TV is completely overshadowing drama. It's partly to do with money. I hate the obsession with money. I understand that boxes have to be ticked, but I hate that you have to fight to get an interesting or controversial piece on. Interesting stuff is pushed on to obscure late-night slots on TV.”

10. Three of Her Movies Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2010, three of Hawkins’ movies were premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and each received fantastic reviews. Those movies were ‘Never Let Me Go’, ‘Submarine’, and ‘Made in Dagenham’.