Felicity Jones, our Winter 2019 cover star, has become a mainstay on the silver screen. Boasting a filmography rich in character depth that spans an array of genres, it’s no surprise that the English actor was chosen to portray icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex, the biopic which hits theatres today. Here, we take a look at 5 momentous roles that laid the foundation for Jones’s illustrious acting career.
Soul Boy (2010)
This coming-of-age tale depicts the British Northern Soul music and dance scene in the 1970s, and was one of Jones’s first major roles in a feature film. Her energetic performance as Mandy Hodgson, as well as the feel-good dance numbers, make it one to see.
Like Crazy (2011)
Starring alongside Anton Yelchin in this heart-wrenching romantic drama, Jones plays a British exchange student who falls in love with an American living in Los Angeles. The film gained immense traction on the festival circuit, bringing Jones to the attention of Hollywood with her electrifying performance.
The Invisible Woman (2013)
This biographical period piece follows the 13-year affair between writer Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and his mistress Nelly Ternan (Jones), based on a book by Claire Tomalin. Jones rises to the occasion starring alongside accomplished actor Fiennes, and powerfully conveys the soul-crushing modesty her character must endure.
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Based on Jane Wilde Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, this biographical film depicts the relationship between theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, played by Jones. Eddie Redmayne’s performance garnered him an Oscar for his performance as Stephen, but Jones’s role was equally as integral to the film’s success.
A Monster Calls (2017)
This visually stunning fantasy film, based on the award-winning children’s novel of the same name, tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who escapes his harsh reality by creating a wold of monsters and fairy tales. Jones’s moving performance as the boy’s terminally ill mother is not one to miss.