Bel Powley

Last updated on the 4 April 2024 by Evandrus

Bel Powley

Mini Biography

Born: 7 March 1992, Hammersmith, London, England. 

In terms of her early life, Bel Powley grew up in a creative household. Her mother, Janis Jaffa, is a casting director, while her father, Mark Powley, is an actor. This nurturing environment undoubtedly played a crucial role in shaping her career path. Powley attended Holland Park School in London, where she further developed her acting skills.

Powley’s career highlights began to emerge in her teenage years. At 17, she made her professional stage debut in the play “Tusk Tusk” at the Royal Court Theatre. Her performance was critically acclaimed, earning her a nomination for the prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

However, it was Bel Powley’s breakthrough in the film industry that truly propelled her into the spotlight. In 2015, she starred in the independent film “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” based on the novel by Phoebe Gloeckner. Powley’s portrayal of Minnie Goetze, a teenage girl navigating her way through love, sex, and self-discovery, garnered widespread praise. Her raw and honest performance showcased her exceptional talent and earned her numerous award nominations, including a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

Since then, Bel Powley has continued to impress audiences with her versatility and range. She has appeared in both independent films and major productions, showcasing her ability to tackle a diverse range of roles. Notable film credits include “A Royal Night Out,” “Mary Shelley,” and “White Boy Rick.”

In Disney’s “A Small Light” (2023) she played Miep Gies, a Dutch woman who played a crucial role in hiding Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis.


Suggested viewing


A Small Light (2023)

A Small Light poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.4

In her twenties, Miep Gies immediately agreed when her employer Otto Frank approached her to shelter his family from the Nazis in World War II. Over the next two years, Miep, along with her husband Jan and other helpers, protected the eight individuals hiding in the Secret Annex. Miep played a crucial role by discovering and safeguarding Anne’s Diary, enabling Otto, the sole survivor among the eight, to eventually share it with the world as a profound testament to the Holocaust.

Top cast: Bel Powley, Joe Cole, Amira Casar, Billie Boullet, Ashley Brooke, Liev Schreiber, Nicholas Burns, Andy Nyman, Caroline Catz, Eleanor Tomlinson.

Alternative version

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank poster

Benidorm (2007)


Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

Benidorm” is a sitcom that unfolds in a sun-soaked Spanish resort town. It follows a diverse group of holidaymakers, from eccentric families to quirky hotel staff, as they navigate comical mishaps, outrageous situations, and unexpected romances. Laughter ensues as this bonkers cast brings the joy and absurdity of Benidorm to life.

Top cast: Tim Healy, Johnny Vegas, Jake Canuso, Janine Duvitski, Siobhan Finneran, Steve Pemberton, Tony Maudsley, Bel Powley (S6.E2-E7).

Mary Shelley  (2017)

Mary Shelley

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.4

“Mary Shelley” is a biographical drama film that chronicles the life of the renowned English writer Mary Shelley. Set in the 19th century, it explores her tumultuous relationship with poet Percy Shelley, her creation of the iconic novel “Frankenstein”, and the challenges she faced as a female writer in a male-dominated society.

Top cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Stephen Dillane, Bel Powley, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Sturridge, Ben Hardy, Maisie Williams, Hugh O’Connor.

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