Just two years after Atwell wrapped up her studies at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama, Woody Allen cast her as the central love interest in his brooding black comedy Cassandra's Dream (2007) opposite Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor. The following year, she turned critics' heads in The Duchess and starred in director Julian Jarrold's big-screen remake of Brideshead Revisited.
In 2010, Atwell garnered her first Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of a beautiful noblewoman in the Starz miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth."
In this adaptation of her World War I memoir, smart and ambitious Vera Brittain breaks free of her conservative home life to attend Oxford University, but news of war soon brings her studies and a blossoming romance to a halt.
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- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- The Duchess
- Brideshead Revisited
- Masterpiece Classic: Mansfield Park
- How About You
- The Pillars of the Earth
- The Sweeney
- Cassandra's Dream
- Jimi: All Is by My Side
- The Line of Beauty
- The Prisoner
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