Florence Pugh (born 3 January 1996 in Oxford) is an English actor.
She made her professional acting debut in the mystery film The Falling and had her breakthrough with a leading role in the independent drama Lady Macbeth. Her performance as an unhappily married woman in the latter won her the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress.
She's also known for works such as The Little Drummer Girl and Outlaw King. Pugh had a big year in 2019, playing lead roles in the Professional Wrestling Biopic Fighting with My Family, the horror film Midsommar, and Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women. In 2021 she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Black Widow, playing Yelena Belova.
Her siblings, Arabella Gibbins, Toby Sebastian, and Rafaela Pugh, are also actors.
- Lady Macbeth (2016) as Katherine Lester
- Malevolent (2018) as Angela Sayers
- Outlaw King (2018) as Elizabeth de Burgh
- The Commuter (2018) as Gwen
- Fighting with My Family (2019) as Saraya-Jade Bevis / Britani Knight / Paige
- Midsommar (2019) as Dani
- Little Women (2019) as Amy March
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2021 present) as Yelena Belova:
- Black Widow (2021)
- Hawkeye (2021)
- Don't Worry Darling (TBD) as Alice
- Marcella (2016) as Cara Thomas
- King Lear (2018) as Cordelia
- The Little Drummer Girl (2018) as Charmian "Charlie" Ross
- Awesome, Dear Boy: She was ecstatic to appear nude in Lady Macbeth because it allowed her to let go of her body image insecurities."I loved the fact she was naked all the time. At that point in my life, I had been made to feel shit about what I looked like and that film was perfect. There was no room for me to feel insecure."
- Celebrity Resemblance: With Chloë Grace Moretz.
- Doing It for the Art: Although she had Tessa Blanchard as a Talent Double in Fighting with My Family, she did learn how to wrestle in preparation for the role.
- Dyeing for Your Art: She's naturally blonde but had to dye her hair brown in both Lady Macbeth and Outlaw King, and jet black in Fighting with My Family. Not to mention going pink for her small part in The Commuter.
- Enforced Method Acting: She had less time to rehearse for Little Women than her co-stars because she was still busy with Midsommar. She has said that this helped with how Amy is supposed to be the odd sister out.
- Fake American: In Midsommar and Little Women.
- Period Piece: Has a habit of appearing in such films, namely: Lady Macbeth (Victorian London), Outlaw King (The High Middle Ages), The Little Drummer Girl (The '70s) and Little Women (The American Civil War).
- Playing Against Type:
- Star-Making Role: In her home country, Lady Macbeth is her breakout role. In the US, it was a streak of releases that followed with Outlaw King, Fighting with My Family, Midsommar and Little Women that got her noticed.
- Throw It In!: Amy's infamous monologue about how marriage is an economic process in Little Women was only thought up on set that day. Meryl Streep felt that audiences needed to understand a woman's powerlessness in that era.