Zoe Boyle is a stunning and talented English actress. She had her training and background in the theatre and this helped her excel effortlessly as a film actress. Over the years, Zoe has featured in a lot of theatre performances, movies, and television series. Her outstanding performance in the TV series Downton Abbey (2011) is what launched her into the limelight as she went on to further land some big and interesting recurring roles after this breakthrough. Here’s what you need to know about Zoe Boyle.
Who is Zoe Boyle and How Old is She?
The beautiful actress was born on the 1st of January 1989. She was raised in the United Kingdom. Zoe fell in love with acting, especially period dramas as a kid after watching Pride and Prejudice on the BBC. She confesses watching the show religiously and longing to be Elizabeth Bennet. Her love for period dramas was her main motivation to go into acting but she has since grown and delved into different roles on television and in theatre.
A striking incidence in Zoe’s childhood was when her drama teacher in her all-girls school cast her as Macbeth while playing Shakespeare’s play when she was eight years old. This further piqued her interest in acting. Zoe Boyle has tried to protect her immediate family from the limelight into which she has been thrust. She speaks about her family and growing up only sparingly in interviews. Notwithstanding, from her comments about growing up, it can be deduced that she grew up in a supportive and loving family. Her mother was a drama school teacher and ballet dancer while her father was a barrister.
Zoe Boyle has revealed that her mother became worried when she noticed that she was bent on making a career out of acting. She warned her that it was an insecure profession and that she should consider being an accountant, a lawyer or something more sensible. Zoe on her part was adamant as she was determined to make a success of her acting career.
Success for Zoe didn’t come without hard work. She went to the University of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2006. After her graduation, she went ahead to study for a Masters in Classical Acting. Her education proved very useful as she soon began landing head-turning roles.
In 2008, Zoe Boyle was offered a job in the Royal Shakespeare Company for a year after their casting director came to see her showcase after her Master’s degree. They were doing a world tour of King Lear and it was very much a year of learning and apprenticeship for her. While she was understudying the role of Cordelia, she played small roles of lady-in-waiting and also got to play Cordelia a couple of times. By the following year, Zoe began to land small roles in some television series like Ghost Whisperer, Grey’s Anatomy, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Inspector Lewis.
Zoe Boyle began to gain attention in 2010 when she featured as Trinity Ashby in Sons of Anarchy, however, her major breakthrough didn’t come until 2011 when she took on the role of Lavinia Swire in Downton Abbey her role was that of Mathew Crawley’s fiancee. Since then, the talented actress has featured in TV series like Breathless (2013), The Astronaut Wives Club (2015), Witless (2016-2018), Frontier (2016- 2019), Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019) and the 2012 movie Freeloaders.
In 2013, Zoe Boyle won the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award by Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in Downton Abbey.
5 Interesting Facts You Need To Know
1. Zoe Boyle seems to have acted in more television series than films. When asked about this fact, she ascertains her love for the cinema and films but reiterates that she loves how a TV series gives more time to tell a story. Her dream role which she hasn’t been privileged to fulfil is playing Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
2. Zoe Boyle was previously in a relationship with Lucifer actor, Tom Ellis, however, their relationship was only short-lived.
3. While much is not known about Zoe’s childhood, she has revealed she has a sister with whom she grew up. Although they have different characters and approaches to life, they share a special love and closeness.
4. Zoe Boyle stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches.
5. The actress is also a fantastic soprano singer.