Hannah Murray was born on July 1, 1989 in Bristol, England. She is an actress best known for her role in the popular British teen dramedy Skins. At the age of 16 years old she heard about an audition for young actors in Bristol, and decided to audition just for experience. The auditions were for the British series Skins, and she impressed the producers of the series and was cast as Cassie Ainsworth, one of the main characters of the first generation. She also did a commercial for Nokia, for which her voice can be heard on the 5300 advertisement. In 2007, she presented the NME Award for best solo artist to her Skins co-star Mike Bailey. She made her stage acting debut in May 2008, when she was cast in the West End production That Face, which premiered at the Duke of York’s Theater. She attended the North Bristol post 16 centre, where she studied German for two years and is now taking a year out from her studies.
Murray caught her first break in 2007 when she was cast as the anorexic Cassie Ainsworth on Skins. She holds the role in high regard. “Obviously she was already written,” she said. “She was very clear and well-drawn. As soon as I read the script for the character she was just kind of there.” Skins turned out to be a BAFTA Award-winning British television series which follows the lives of a group of teenagers living in Bristol, as they depict the everyday lives of ordinary adolescents. Following a self-contained theme, each episode focuses on each different character, featuring their current life in Bristol as well as their background, which mostly centers on their family.
According to Murray, she feels weird whenever she sees herself in advertising campaigns. “I dunno, it doesn’t quite feel real yet, none of it quite feels real. I’ve only seen one or two posters where I live and I haven’t really seen many adverts on TV… I can’t really believe it because I never thought I could be on a billboard poster so it just seems a bit like a dream at the moment.”
Lately she starred in God Help The Girl, alongside Emily Browning and Olly Alexander.The movie premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.