Hannah John-Kamen has had an outstanding career as an actress. She has been part of blockbusters, and some of the most famous TV shows ever, including Game of Thrones and Star Wars. Many describe her journey to stardom as that of old London busses, whereby you wait for a long time for one to arrive, and suddenly, you see three coming your way at once. But even before her big break, her acting career was on an upward trajectory.
Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen is an English actress born on 7 September 1989 in Anlaby, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. People know her as Hannah John-Kamen from Game of Thrones where she played the role of Ornela.
She also took on roles as Ava Starr / Ghost in the 2018 superhero movie Ant-Man and the Wasp and The Stranger in the 2020 mystery thriller series by the same name. While she has gained popularity over the years, many people often ask on her Instagram page for clarifications about her life, ethnic background, parents, siblings, and partner.
Hannah John-Kamen bio summary
- Full name: Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen
- Citizenship: British
- Age: 31 years
- Date of birth: 7 September 1989
- Birthplace: Anlaby, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
- Parents: Johnny John-Kamen (father), Astri Hansen (mother)
- Height: 1.68 m (5 feet 6 inches)
- Profession: Actress
- Marital status: Unmarried
- Ethnicity: Multiracial
- Eye colour: Green
- Education: Hull Collegiate School, National Youth Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama
Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen was born in Anlaby, East Riding of Yorkshire and grew up in Beverley, Yorkshire, England together with her older brother and sister. Hannah John-Kamen parents are from different races and worked in distinct professions.
Her father was born in Nigeria and worked as a forensic psychologist. His name is Johnny John-Kamen. Her mother, Astri (Hansen), was born in Norway and worked as a fashion model. That makes Hannah John-Kamen race multiracial.
Given the mixed ethnicities of her parents, what is Hannah’s ethnicity? Well, one can deduce that Hannah John Kamen ethnicity comes from Nigerian and Norwegian ancestry.
While growing up, the actress attended a primary school in Kirk Ella, a village on the western outskirts of Kingston upon Hull situated in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
She later went to a secondary school in Anlaby called Hull Collegiate School. After her secondary education, Hannah left Hull at the age of 18 and went to study in London.
She first trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain located in London, England. In 2012, she graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama and lived in West Hampstead. It is in college and drama school where she grew up and perfected her acting career.
But even before drama school, she knew what she wanted in life while young. As a kid, she would put on shows, write plays, and charge her parents some money for a ticket. She made crazy and amazing stories and performed all the time when growing up.
Family, husband, and children
Hannah John-Kamen comes from a family of three children. She is the youngest daughter in the family and has an older brother and sister. However, the names of her siblings and their profession remain unknown for now.
When it comes to her personal life, little information is available about her dating or married life. But is Hannah Kamen married and does she have children?
While there are several mentions of a ‘Hannah John-Kamen husband’ especially on social media, the actress isn’t married as of 2020 and she doesn't have a child. Although she has dated before, she kept her relationship status away from the public. However, some publications show she has dated Julian Stevens.
Hannah John-Kamen's professional career did not begin as an actress. In 2011, she started as a voice artist for the video game, Dark Souls. But it was also in the same year that she made an appearance as Carly in the 2011 science fiction comedy-drama television show, Misfits.
In 2012, she became a regular on several television shows in Britain. She appeared in four TV series, including Whitechapel as Roxy, The Syndicate as Young Shop Assistant, The Midnight Beast as Pizza Girls, and The Hour as Rosa Maria Ramirez.
The actress also took a lead role in a Spice Girls-themed West End musical known as Viva Forever. Her performances were outstanding and opened up more opportunities for her in subsequent roles on TV.
The first time Hannah John-Kamen appeared on film was in 2015. She took on the role of First Order Officer #1 in the epic space opera film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The same year, she participated in other four television shows and landed her first main role on TV in the space adventure drama series, Killjoys.
In 2016, she took on the guest-star role on the fantasy drama television series, Game of Thrones. Also, 2016 was the year people got to know Hannah John-Kamen from Black Mirror. Although she only played Sonja in one episode of the show, her performance was superb, and because of the popularity of the series, she became a fan favourite.
In 2018, she landed three roles on some of the most critically-acclaimed movies in Hollywood. She played Sophie in the action-adventure film, Tomb Raider. The actress also starred as F'Nale Zandor in the science fiction action-adventure film, Ready Player One and as Ava Starr / Ghost in the superhero film, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Although she has played different characters both on TV and film, she has not had many leading roles on television shows. Apart from Killjoys where she appeared in 50 episodes, other shows where she had more than five appearances include:
- The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) as Rosa Persaud – Five episodes.
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) as Naia (voice) – Five episodes.
- The Stranger (2020) as The Stranger – Eight episodes.
In 2020, she landed another main role as Wilhelmina "Helm" Watson in the science fiction drama series, Brave New World. Also, the actress will play Dr Sophie Hart in the upcoming action thriller film, SAS: Red Notice. The movie is in post-production. Currently, she is filming Resident Evil – Reboot and will take the role of Jill Valentine in the horror film that will hit the screens in 2021.
Awards and nominations
Throughout her career, Hannah John-Kamen has only appeared in four movies and 18 television shows. Unlike her peers, she has not received any awards or nominations for her work as an actress.
However, she received two BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award nominations in 2015 for Best Female Vocal Performance in a Video Game in a Supporting Role and Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game. In 2018, she won the IMDB Awards for the Top 10 Breakout Stars Award.
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