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Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller

British-American actress
Sienna Miller
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Intro British-American actress
A.K.A. Sienna Rose Miller
Is Actor Film actor Voice actor Stage actor Television actor Model Fashion designer Socialite
From United States of America United Kingdom
Type Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 28 December 1981, New York City, New York, USA
Age 38 years
Star sign Capricorn
Mother: Josephine Miller
Father: Edwin Miller
Siblings: Savannah Miller
Height: 1.651 m
Heathfield School, Ascot, Berkshire
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Francis Holland School
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Sienna Miller (born 28 December 1981) is a British-American actress, model, and fashion designer.

In 2008, she was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award, while for her role as Tippi Hedren in the 2012 TV film The Girl, she was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Her film roles include the crime thriller Layer Cake (2004), the comedy Alfie (2004), the biopic Factory Girl(2006), the drama The Edge of Love (2008), and the military science fiction action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). In 2014, she starred in two biographical dramas, Foxcatcher (2014), playing Nancy Schultz, and American Sniper (2014), portraying Taya Renae Kyle. 

Her other noteworthy screen credits include Foxcatcher (2014), American Sniper(2014), Mississippi Grind (2015), The Lost City of Z (2016), Live by Night (2016), and American Woman (2018), as well as the miniseries The Loudest Voice (2019).

Early life and education

Sienna Miller was born as Sienna Rose Diana Miller on December 28, 1981, in New York City, United States, to Josephine and Edwin Miller. Her mother is a South African-born English former model who was a personal assistant to David Bowie and one-time manager of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in NYC. Her father, Edwin, is an American dealer in Chinese art, previously a banker. She has a sister, Savannah Miller, a fashion designer, and two half-brothers, Charles and Stephen, as well as a stepbrother, Tanner. 

Miller moved to London with her family when she was just over a year old. She attended Heathfield School, Ascot, a boarding school in Ascot, Berkshire, and later studied acting for a year at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. She carries a British passport.

Acting Career

Early years (2001-2003)

Miller made her film debut in 2001, playing the role of "Sharon" in Carlo Vanzina's romance comedy South Kensington, starring Rupert Everett and Elle Macpherson. The following year, she had an episodic role in the TV series The American Embassy.

In 2002, Miller had supporting roles in High Speed and its follow-up The Ride—both starring Paul Nicholls and Andrew Lee Potts. The same year, she guest-starred in four episodes of the TV series Bedtime. She then landed a recurring role as "Fiona Bickerton," the combative yet caring flatmate of an NYPD detective (played by Mark Valley) in the television drama series Keen Eddie (2003). Although FOX ceased airing the program after only seven episodes, Keen Eddie was her first exposure to American audiences.

Breakthrough roles (2004–2008)

In 2004, Miller had a supporting role in the remake Alfie with Jude Law and in Layer Cake, with Daniel Craig and Tom Hardy. While filming for Alfie in late 2003, Miller and co-star Jude Law began a relationship and became engaged on Christmas Day 2004. On 8 July 2005, Law issued a public apology to Miller for having an affair with his children's nanny. Miller and Law separated in November 2006.

In Matthew Vaughn's crime thriller Layer Cake, Miller played "Tammy," the love interest of a London-based cocaine supplier "XXXX" (played by Daniel Craig). While the film was acclaimed, The New York Times described Miller as "a new It Girl who barely registers on-screen despite wearing little more than lacey filaments that make her look like a gift meant to be unwrapped very quickly".


Miller at the 2007 BAFTA Awards

In 2005, Miller played the female lead opposite Heath Ledger in the period comedy-drama, Casanova, followed by the role of 1960s socialite and Andy Warhol's muse Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl, which opened 29 December 2006. In 2007, Miller had a small role in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation Stardust and played a starlet to Steve Buscemi's reporter in Interview, a remake of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh's 2003 movie of the same name. Later in 2007, she portrayed "Caitlin Thomas," an undead bride opposite James Franco in Camille.

In 2008, Miller appeared in the film version of writer Michael Chabon's novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and filmed The Edge of Love, with friend Keira Knightley, a biopic of Dylan Thomas in which she plays his wife Caitlin Macnamara

Later career (2009-)

She appeared in the 2009 live-action film adaptation of the comic book and cartoon G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, playing The Baroness. She also filmed for the Beeban Kidron's later-abandoned film Hippie Hippie Shake, a working title production that starred Cillian Murphy. She then played the title role in Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie, a version of the August Strindberg play Miss Julie, on Broadway. She starred as Patricia in the London production of Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2011.

Miller in 2009

After her professional slump, Miller experienced what was described as a "career revival" by journalists, as in subsequent years, she went on to play more complex, dramatic parts in a series of critically acclaimed films. "All the directors speak to each other," she said in an interview. "And once you crack that upper echelon of incredible directors, you've got people rooting for you. People who people listen to. I've never had that before".

In 2012, she starred in The Girl, an HBO film about the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren.

In 2014, Miller appeared in Bennett Miller's biographical drama Foxcatcher. She played Nancy Schultz, the wife of murdered 10 time Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Dave Schultz. Also in 2014, she was seen in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper playing Taya Renae Kyle, the wife of United States Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Her 2015 credits included High-Rise and Burnt. She took over the role of Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret after Emma Stone's scheduled departure from the production on 15 February and performed for the remaining six weeks of the show's engagement, until 29 March. She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. She co-starred in Ben Affleck's period crime drama Live by Night, which was released in late 2016.

In 2018, Miller appeared in the war film The Catcher Was a Spy as Estella, the girlfriend of Moe Berg, a catcher for the Boston Red Sox who joined the OSS during World War II, as well as the drama American Woman, in which she portrayed a single mother who is faced with raising her grandson after her daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances. American Woman gave Miller some of the best reviews of her career. The following year, in 2019, Miller starred as a narcotics detective named "Frankie Burns" in Brian Kirk's action film 21 Bridges, alongside Chadwick Boseman. With a worldwide gross of US$50 million, the film emerged as a moderate commercial success. 

Next, Miller landed the recurring role of Beth Ailes, the wife of television executive Roger Ailes (played by Russell Crowe), in the Showtime miniseries The Loudest Voice

Most recently, she was seen in the character of "Adrienne" in Tara Miele's drama Wander Darkly, opposite Diego Luna and Vanessa Bayer.



Before her professional acting career, Miller worked as a photographic model. She signed with Tandy Anderson of Select Model Management London, and modeled for Coca-Cola, Italian Vogue, and posed topless in the 2003 Pirelli Calendar. Miller has also been closely associated with the style of fashion that became known as boho chic, much of which fashion followers noted was strikingly similar to the style of model Kate Moss. Miller signed a two-year contract with Pepe Jeans London; the jeans ad campaign first appeared in magazines in March 2006. In February 2009, Hugo Boss Fragrances announced that Miller would be the new ambassador for their women's BOSS Orange women's perfume.

Fashion design

In 2006, it was reported that Miller, along with her sister Savannah Miller, would design a fashion capsule for Pepe Jeans; the project was later expanded to become a complete fashion label. Called Twenty8Twelve, it gets its name from Miller's date of birth and is financially backed by Pepe Jeans. The collection was launched in September 2007. In 2012, Miller and sister announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the label.

Charitable activities

Miller is the Global Ambassador for International Medical Corps. She traveled with them to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in April 2009 and kept a blog about her experiences. She also visited Haiti with the group after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Miller also worked alongside Global Cool during their 2007 eco -friendly campaign.

Miller is an ambassador for the UK branch of the Starlight Children's Foundation, which works with seriously ill children and their parents. On 1 July 2007, Miller appeared as a speaker at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium, London to celebrate the life of Princess Diana almost 10 years after her death. Proceeds from the concert went to Diana's charities as well as to charities of which her sons Princes William and Harry are patrons.

Personal life

Miller's relationship with Alfie co-star Jude Law was scrutinized by the tabloid press. On Christmas Day 2004, they became engaged. On 8 July 2005, Law issued a public apology to Miller for having an affair with the nanny of his children. After attempting to salvage their relationship, Miller and Law separated in November 2006. 

In 2008, Miller had a highly publicized affair with married actor Balthazar Getty. Miller later sued two British tabloids over the publication of photos showing her and Getty together. 

In December 2009, it was reported that Law and Miller had rekindled their relationship after starring in separate shows on Broadway in late 2009. They spent Christmas 2009 in Barbados, along with three of Law's children. They announced they had split again in February 2011. 

From 2011 to 2015, Miller dated actor Tom Sturridge, with whom she has a daughter, Marlowe Ottoline Layng Sturridge (born 7 July 2012).

Phone hacking scandal

Following a High Court hearing in May 2011, Miller was awarded £100,000 in damages from News of the World after the newspaper admitted hacking into her phone. Later, as a core participant, she gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry in November 2011, including the following:

I would often find myself almost daily, I was 21, at midnight running down a dark street on my own with 10 big men chasing me. The fact that they had cameras in their hands meant that was legal. But if you take away the cameras, what have you got? You've got a pack of men chasing a woman, and obviously that's a very intimidating situation to be in.



Year Title Role Notes 
2001 South Kensington Sharon Credited as Sienna Rose 
2002 High Speed Savannah  
2002 The Ride Sara  
2004 Layer Cake Tammy  
2004 Alfie Nikki  
2005 Casanova Francesca Bruni  
2006 Factory Girl Edie Sedgwick  
2007 Interview Katya  
2007 Stardust Victoria  
2008 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Jane Bellwether  
2008 Camille Camille Foster  
2008 A Fox's Tale Darcey Voice role 
2008 The Edge of Love Caitlin Macnamara  
2009 The September Issue Herself Documentary 
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra The Baroness  
2012 Just Like a Woman Movie star  
2012 Nous York Movie star  
2012 Two Jacks Diana  
2012 Yellow Xanne  
2013 A Case of You Sarah  
2014 Foxcatcher Nancy Schultz  
2014 American Sniper Taya Renae Kyle  
2015 Mississippi Grind Simone  
2015 Unfinished Business Chuck Portnoy  
2015 High-Rise Charlotte Melville  
2015 Black Mass Catherine Greig Deleted scenes 
2015 Burnt Helene  
2016 The Lost City of Z Nina Fawcett  
2016 Live by Night Emma Gould  
2017 The Private Life of a Modern Woman Vera Lockman  
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy Estella Huni  
2018 American Woman Deborah Callahan  
2019 21 Bridges Detective Frankie Burns  
2020 Wander Darkly Adrienne  


Year Title Role Notes 
2002 The American Embassy Babe Episode: "Long Live the King" 
2002 Bedtime Stacey 4 episodes 
2003–2004 Keen Eddie Fiona Bickerton Main role 
2009 Top Gear Herself 2 episodes 
2012 The Girl Tippi Hedren Television film 
2012 Just Like a Woman Marilyn Television film 
2019 The Loudest Voice Beth Ailes Miniseries 


Year Title Role Notes 
2005 As You Like It Celia Wyndhams Theatre, West End 
2009 After Miss Julie Miss Julie American Airlines Theatre, Broadway 
2011 Flare Path Patricia Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End 
2015 Cabaret Sally Bowles Studio 54, Broadway 
2017 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Margaret Apollo Theatre, West End 

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result 
2007 Environmental Media Awards EMA Futures Award N/A Won 
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Interview Nominated 
London Film Critics Circle Awards British Actress of the Year Nominated 
2008 BAFTA Rising Star Award N/A Nominated 
British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Edge of Love Nominated 
2009 ShoWest Awards Best Supporting Actress Won 
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The Girl Nominated 
BAFTA TV Award BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress Nominated 
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress Nominated 
2015 Denver Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress American Sniper Nominated 
British Independent Film Award Best Supporting Actress High-Rise Nominated 
2019 FCAD Deauville, France American Film Festival Awards Film Talent Award American Woman Won 
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Article Title: Sienna Miller: British-American actress - Biography and Life
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Publish Date: 11 Dec 2016
Date Accessed: 22 Oct 2020
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