Sally Cecilia Hawkins (born 27 April 1976) is a British Golden Globe Award-winning actress, known mainly for her performance as Poppy in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), a role for which she has won several international awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
Other significant roles include Susan in Vera Drake (2004), Sue Trinder in the BBC's Fingersmith (2005), and Anne in Persuasion (2007).
The daughter of well known authors and illustrators of children's books, Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, she was raised in Dulwich, south-east London where she attended James Allen's Girls' School (JAGS), leaving in 1994. Hawkins then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), graduating in 1998.
Her theatre appearances include Much Ado About Nothing (2000), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2000), Misconceptions (2001), Country Music (2004) and as Adela in David Hare's version of Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba in 2005.
Hawkins made her first notable big screen performance as Samantha in another Mike Leigh film, All or Nothing in 2002. She also appeared as Slasher in the 2004 production of Layer Cake. Her first major television role came in 2005 when she played Susan Trinder in the BAFTA-nominated BBC drama Fingersmith, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel of the same name; she co-starred with Imelda Staunton, as she had in Vera Drake. Since then she has gone on to star in another BBC adaptation, Patrick Hamilton's Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky.
Professing a love for comedy, Hawkins has appeared in three episodes of the hit BBC comedy series Little Britain, plus Ed Reardon's Week on BBC Radio 4. She has also contributed her writing skills and voice to the BBC Radio 4 series Concrete Cow.
In 2006, Hawkins returned to the theatre, appearing at the Royal Court Theatre in Jez Butterworth's play The Winterling. In 2007, she played the lead in a new film of Jane Austen's Persuasion. And in 2008, she gave a Golden Globe-winning performance as the star of the film Happy-Go-Lucky.
Hawkins' 2009 films include Desert Flower and Happy Ever Afters. Her next project, playing Bernadette Devlin in The Roaring Girl, has been announced.
In 2006, Hawkins mentioned to The Independent that she had been diagnosed with a "chronic condition" (which she did not disclose) that required treatment and which seemed to be responding to treatment.
At the 2007 Monte-Carlo TV Festival, she won the 'Golden Nymph' award in the 'Best Performance by an Actress' category for her role as Anne Elliot in Persuasion.
For the 2008/09 Award Season, she received many awards for her portrayal as Poppy in the film Happy-Go-Lucky including:
Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical - 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Best Actress - National Society of Film Critics
Best Actress - L.A. Film Critics
Best Actress - N.Y. Film Critics
Best Actress - Boston Film Critics
Best Actress Comedy/Musical - Golden Satellite Awards
Best Actress - N.Y. Critics Online
Best Actress - Women Film Critics
Best Actress - San Francisco Film Critics
Best Actress - Oklahoma Film Critics
Best Actress Comedy/Musical - Golden Globe
Silver Bear for Best Actress - Berlin Film Festival
Hollywood Best Breakthrough Actress
Breakthrough Performance - Chicago Film Critics
Breakthrough Award - Womens Film Critics
Peter Sellers Award For Comedy - Evening Standard British Film Awards
1998 - Accidental Death of an Anarchist
1998 - Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Royal, York) - Juliet
1999 - The Dybbuk - (Battersea Arts Centre) - Leah'le
1999 - The Cherry Orchard - Anya
1999 - ?vejk - a kidnapped dog (Gate Theatre, London)
2000 - Much Ado About Nothing - Hero
2000 - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Hermia
2001 - Misconceptions - Zoe
2004 - Country Music - Lynsey Sargeant
2005 - The House of Bernarda Alba - Adela (Lyttelton, National Theatre, London), (March)
2006 - The Winterling - Lue (Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London), (March)
2002 - All Or Nothing - Samantha
2003 - Byron - Mary Shelley
2003 - Promoted to Glory - Lisa
2003 - The Young Visiters - Rosalind
2004 - Bunk Bed Boys - Helen
2004 - Vera Drake - Susan
2004 - Layer Cake - Slasher
2005 - Fingersmith - Sue Trinder
2005 - Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky - Ella
2006 - Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart - Nathalie
2006 - H G Wells: War with the World - Rebecca West
2006 - The Painted Veil - Mary
2007 - Persuasion - Anne Elliot
2007 - WΔZ - Elly
2007 - Cassandra's Dream - Kate
2008 - Happy-Go-Lucky - Poppy
2009 - An Education - Sarah
2009 - Happy Ever Afters - Maura
2009 - Desert Flower - Marylin
2002 - Tipping the Velvet - Zena Blake
2002 - Concrete Cow
2004 - The Cenci Family - Beatrice Cenci
2004 - Ed Reardon's Week - Ping (not series two and five)
2004 - Think the Unthinkable
2005 - Afternoon Romancers - Liz
2005 - Cash Cows - Kerry, BBC Radio 4, Broadcast date Monday, September 19
2005 - War with the Newts - Olga
2005 - The Party Line
2005 - Sweet - Pip
2006 - Hollow China - Terri