Rachel Clare Hurd-Wood (born 17 August 1990) is an English actress and model. She is best known for her role as Wendy Darling in the 2003 movie Peter Pan. Rachel Hurd-Wood’s career in acting started in 2002 when, despite having very little acting experience, she was picked for the role of Wendy Darling from thousands of hopefuls, after her grandparents spotted a television clip that said P. J. Hogan was searching for a “young English rose” for the feature film Peter Pan. She traveled to Gold Coast, Australia for eight months for filming. Her performance received good reviews and was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, and a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress. Rachel Hurd-Wood had a role in the TV movie Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, as a 13-year-old victim of a serial killer. She had a major role in the thriller An American Haunting, as a girl who is haunted and tormented by an unrelenting demon. Her performance came in for some praise, one critic remarking, “The actors are the saving grace… Hurd-Wood a mix of radiant approaching womanhood and animal terror. Their impassioned performances make you really care what happens to these people…” , another reviewer comments, “Rachel Hurd-Wood… delivers a fantastic and nuanced performance as Betsy Bell, the very central role that essentially carries the entire movie.” Hurd-Wood was nominated for the 2006 Teen Choice Awards in the category Movie – Choice Scream for her role. In 2005 she appeared in an adaptation of the bestselling novel by German writer Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Set in 18th century France, Hurd-Wood portrayed Laura Richis, the red-headed virgin daughter of a politically connected merchant played by Alan Rickman. She had her brunette hair dyed red. She was nominated for the “Best Supporting Actress” award at the 33rd Saturn Awards by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for her role. In 2007 Rachel Hurd-Wood starred as a waitress in the music video for the song “A Little Bit” by Madeleine Peyroux. She appeared alongside the musicians in the music video for “Fatherhood/Motherhood” by Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man. In the 2008 film Solomon Kane, she played Meredith Crowthorn, a Puritan captured by a band of marauders who killed her family and whom Kane sought to rescue. Her younger brother Patrick appears in the film as her brother Samuel. During filming, Hurd-Wood studied for her GCSE A-levels at Godalming College in Surrey, England. Later in the year she acted in the film Dorian Gray based on the Oscar Wilde novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. She was in the small but key role of the young budding actress Sibyl Vane, with whom Gray falls in love. She was studying in the first year of the Linguistics course at UCL while working in this film. In her first contemporary role, Rachel Hurd-Wood was cast as Corrie Mackenzie, one of the principle characters in the 2009 Australian action/adventure film Tomorrow, When the War Began based on the novel by John Marsden. (The novel was one of the books she read while being tutored for the filming of Peter Pan.) At this point she discontinued studying for a Linguistics degree to concentrate full-time on acting. She learned an Australian accent for the role. The film became the highest grossing movie for that year in Australia.
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