Date of Birth: December 28, 1981
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 6"
Best Known For: Alphie, Layer Cake, dating Jude Law
|Sienna Miller Biography
Sienna Rose Miller was born on December 28, 1981, in New York City. Miller's father, Edward Miller, is an American banker; and her mother Jo Miller, is a South African who ran Lee Strasberg's acting academy in London. Her parents parted when she was six years old. Edward later married the English interior designer Kelly Hoppen, but the couple have since parted ways. Miller's sister, Savannah, is a fashion designer; she has two half-brothers, Charles and Steven; and one former step-sister, Natasha Hoppen. After her parents split, Miller moved to England with her mother, who took a job running London's Lee Strasberg drama school.
Miller attended the Heathfield School in Ascot, Berkshire and later studied for a year at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City. While in New York, Sienna balanced her education with acting and she was seen on stages around the Big Apple. Plays she's performed in include The Striker, Independence, and Cigarettes & Chocolate, directed by Anthony Minghella, who's famous for helming the movie The English Patient (1996).
During her stint in New York, Sienna also found herself pursuing other interests. One day, she was spotted by Tandy Anderson, the owner of the Select Model Management agency. Sienna was offered the chance to model professionally and she signed on immediately. She returned to the United Kingdom and began working as a model. Before long, she was shooting European commercials for Coca-Cola and working for Italian Vogue and Prada. She also appeared in the 2003 Pirelli Calendar.
While in England, she was signed on by the PFD talent agency, based in London's theater district. This assisted her in securing a part in the independent feature High Speed (2002), also known as Joy-Rider. In this bike racing melodrama, Sienna played the girlfriend torn between two best friends. Next, she had a guest-starring role on FOX's short-lived series, The American Embassy, in 2002. She also appeared in the 2002 season of the offbeat BBC miniseries Bedtime, which follows three storylines confined to suburban bedrooms.
Miller made the jump to television with her role as Fiona Bickerton on Keen Eddie, where she played a British woman forced to live with an NYPD detective who is on the trail of a drug dealer he let get away back in the States. Even though it was a hit with critics, the show was cancelled after filming only 13 episodes.
Miller was next cast in a remake of the 1966 comedy classic, Alfie (2004). In the update, Miller played one of many women seduced by the roguish Cockney, Alfie (played by Jude Law). Miller's edgy performance was singled out as one of the film's finer elements. Miller and Law began dating after meeting on set and spent most of the shoot avoiding the paparazzi, due to Law being in the midst of divorce proceedings with actress Sadie Frost. As the film's shooting moved from England to America, Sienna and Jude bought a New York City apartment together. The couple became engaged on Christmas day 2004, but in July 2005 the engagement was called off after Miller learned of Law's affair with Daisy Wright, the nanny of his children. The affair did not, however, end the relationship right away, and the couple reunited briefly in mid-2006, before parting ways for good.
Miller's skills as an actress attracted the attention of British producer Matthew Vaughn of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999) and Snatch (2001) fame. Vaughn cast Miller in his first feature as director, Layer Cake (2004), another British gangster comedy involving thugs, drugs and double crosses.
In 2005, Miller appeared in London's West End production of As You Like It and demonstrated her continuing growth as an actress in Casanova opposite Heath Ledger. In 2006, she starred opposite Hayden Christensen in Factory Girl, a film based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick. In 2007, she co-starred with Steve Buscemi in Interview, a film which was written and directed by Buscemi. That same year, she played Victoria, the first love of the film's lead Tristan, in Stardust.In 2008, Miller will appear in The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. While on location in Pennsylvania, working on the film, Miller referred to Pittsburgh as "Shitsburgh" in an interview for Rolling Stone magazine. She later apologized for her comment. Also in 2008, Miller will be seen in Hippie Hippie Shake, The Edge of Love with Keira Knightley, and A Woman of No Importance with Sean Bean.
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