Chloe Pirrie is a Scottish actress who earned the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the British Independent Film Awards (2013) for her debut film ‘Shell’ in which she played the titular role. She is well-known for appearing in the film Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters (2016), and web series The Crown (2017), and Troy: Fall of a City (2018).
Chloe Pirrie was born on Tuesday, August 25, 1987 (age 33 years; as of 2020), in Edinburgh, Scotland. She did her schooling at The Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh. During her school days, she got inspired to pursue a career in acting by her drama teacher Dr. Scott who cast her in the school play ‘The Cherry Orchard’ as Anya. She frequently used to visit The Lyceum, a theatre in Edinburg, where she was mesmerized by the performance of the Scottish actor David Tennant in the play Look Back in Anger. In an interview, Chloe revealed that she wanted to move out of Edinburgh as she felt constricted, she said,
I wanted to leave Edinburgh quite strongly at the time, no offense to Edinburgh. It was the place I had grown up and I felt quite constricted. I wanted to be free and away and on my own.”
In 2009, she moved to London in England where she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. After her graduation, she was working in a bar in London when she was offered to play the titular role in the Scottish film “Shell;” her performance in the film went on to become a major breakthrough in her acting career. In an interview, she said,
I kept working in bars, went on holiday – I didn’t believe it was going to happen until I was up in the Highlands and taken to the set to start filming”
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
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Chloe Pirrie made her television debut in 2013 when she played the role of Gwendolyn Harris in the show Black Mirror. In 2014, she came into the limelight with the thriller series The Game (2014) in which she played the role of Wendy Straw.
In 2015, she appeared in the Franco-British crime drama series ‘The Last Panthers’ as Carla. In 2016, she played the role of Julie Karagina in the historical drama serial War & Peace.
In 2019, she appeared in the television series ‘Temple’ in which she played the role of Karen Hall, a police officer.
In 2012, Chloe Pirrie made her debut with the independent Scottish drama film ‘Shell’ in which she played the titular role of Shell, a 17-year-old girl who lives and works at a petrol station in the remote Scottish Highlands. The movie won the Best Film Award at the Torino Film Festival (2012), and Chloe won the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the British Independent Film Awards (2013). In an interview, while talking about her big break, she said,
Independent film, I now know, is like that. Nobody has the money or the time. It makes me think it is a miracle that anything gets made, let alone something successful that wins awards. It was a very lucky break.”
In 2015, she appeared in the films An Inspector Calls, and Burn Burn Burn. In the same year, she appeared in the Oscar-nominated film ‘Youth’ as the Girl Screenwriter. In 2016, she portrayed the role of Emily Brontë, an English novelist, in the film Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters. Chloe’s performance as Emily Brontë earned her reviews such as the ‘standout star of the film’ and she shot to fame.
In 2020, she starred as Isabella Knightley in the period comedy-drama film Emma.
In 2010, she made her short-film debut with Solstice in which she played the role of Lily. In 2016, Chloe appeared in the oscar-winning short film The Stutterer in which she played the role of Ellie, the love interest of a man who has a severe speech impediment. Thereafter, she appeared in various short-films like Reflections (2014), Gibberish (2016), Broken Meats (2018), etc.
In 2017, Chloe Pirrie made her digital debut with Netflix’s The Crown in which she played the role of Eileen Parker, the woman who caused a scandal and made things awkward for the monarchy by daring to divorce her husband.
In 2018, she played the role of the wife of the Trojan prince Hector, Andromache, in Netflix’s Troy: Fall of a City.
- Nominated for Best British Newcomer Award at the BFI London Film Festival Awards (2012)
- Won Most Promising Newcomer Award at the British Independent Film Awards (2013)
- Recognized as a ‘Star of Tomorrow’ by Screen International (2013)
- Television Shows: Gladiators (1992), Blind Date (1999)
- Actors: Jonathan Pryce
- During her school days, while studying for GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and A-levels (Advanced Level qualifications) in Edinburgh, Chloe Pirrie suffered from extreme anxiety; therefore, she felt skeptical about continuing her academics. In an interview, she said,
Academic study wasn’t for me… It got so bad that I thought, I can’t do this for another three years. I don’t think I will survive university… It became a case of needing to find something vocational to do that didn’t involve written exams. Acting felt like a way I could make sense of the world.”
- Since childhood, she was passionate about horse riding.
- Chloe Pirrie grew up as the only child of her divorced parents, and she believes that it shaped her personality. In an interview, while sharing her childhood memories, she said,
You become incredibly self-sufficient and good at entertaining yourself. I was always drawing imaginary worlds – hours and hours spent silently drawing. I would also devour books. I read everything.”
- During her childhood days, Chloe used to mimic various accents and do impersonations. In an interview, she said,
My mum is from Essex and my dad is from Glasgow, though they both live in Edinburgh, so we have a lot of accents within the family and I would absorb them like a sponge. I would go on holiday to Ireland with my dad and would come back speaking in a Cork accent…”
- Chloe Pirrie loves to cook, and she finds it very relaxing.
- In an interview, Chloe Pirrie admitted that she had worked in countless restaurants, bars, and cafes, serving burgers, pulling pints, and baking cakes. She said,
I only stopped waiting tables about three years ago. And I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. I made some great friends and learned so much about humility and hard graft, which has served me well in acting.”