10 Roles That Made Us Really Appreciate Sienna Miller: From 'The Girl' to 'American Woman'
Sienna Miller appears on this week's episode of The Graham Norton Show to discuss her new movie Wander Darkly, a relationship drama with a trippy afterlife spin. When the British-American actress broke out in the mid-noughties, her relationship with Jude Law made her perennial gossip mag fodder, unfairly reducing her obvious acting talent to a footnote. But since then, she's proven herself time and time again with impressive supporting performances in prestige projects and more recently, a couple high-impact lead roles. With this in mind, here's a reminder of some of her career highlights to date.
When it opened in 2004, Miller and Law's relationship rather overshadowed her performance in this flawed but watchable remake of the classic Michael Caine movie. With the benefit of hindsight, though, it's clear that she adds depth and nuance to the role of Nikki, a beautiful young woman ditched by Law's rogue when her mental health issues come to the fore. It's definitely a promising sign of things to come.
This 2006 biopic of Andy Warhol's '60s muse Edie Sedgwick isn't quite as compelling or effervescent as it should be. Still, Miller gives a very convincing performance as a woman who never really recovers from being chewed up and spat out by the brilliant but self-serving artist. Released at a time when she was still perceived more as a "celebrity" than an "actress," it was another indicator that there was more to Miller than meets the eye.
Miller plays The Birds star Tippi Hedren in this 2012 TV movie exploring Alfred Hitchcock's alleged obsession with his leading lady. Some of the director's collaborators criticized The Girl's depiction of him as a ruthless sexual predator, but there's no doubting that Miller captures Hedren's poise and resilience opposite Toby Jones' chillingly domineering Hitchcock. She duly earned BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for her performance.
This bleak 2014 biopic tells the true story of multimillionaire John Eleuthère du Pont (Steve Carell) and his rather creepy – and ultimately tragic – patronage of Olympic wrestlers Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schulz (Mark Ruffalo). Miller's performance as Dave's grounded wife Nancy is a low-key triumph; some viewers didn't even realize it was her until the end credits.
Director Clint Eastwood's 2014 biopic of Chris Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, is dominated by a terrifically intense performance from Bradley Cooper as the emotionally wounded war hero. Miller's relatively small supporting role could have felt rote, but she brings real warmth and humanity to Taya Kyle, the veteran's stoic wife.
Based on a classic novel by J. G. Ballard, this dystopian 2015 film follows the social and cultural conflicts that arise when the residents of a luxury tower block become increasingly isolated from the outside world. The strong ensemble cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons, and Keeley Hawes, but Miller more than holds her own as Charlotte, a charismatic but brittle lone mother who has an affair with Hiddleston's frosty doctor.
Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn star in this rather underrated 2015 road movie about a couple gamblers heading to New Orleans for a lucrative poker match. Miller has a really radiant supporting role as Simone, a sex-worker friend of Reynolds' character Curtis. It's another impressive piece of work that adds to her mid-teens purple patch.
After some accomplished supporting turns, Miller sinks her teeth into a meaty lead movie role. She plays Deb, a working-class woman from Pennsylvania trying to make ends and better herself after her teenage daughter disappears, leaving her to raise her baby grandson alone. It's a committed and sensitive performance that shows Miller's ability to dig deep into the character she's playing.
There's a lot to like about this escapist crime thriller, not least a charismatic performance from the late Chadwick Boseman. He plays a maverick NYPD officer who makes the decision to close off all 21 of Manhattan's bridges so his drug underworld suspects can't escape the island; Miller gamely adopts a Bronx accent as a tough-talking narcotics officer who assists him. What's not to love?
Miller's latest movie is another interesting choice: here, she plays Adrienne, an L.A. gallery owner who wakes up after a horrific car crash convinced that she is dead. Now able to move through time — and walls — she looks back on her relationship with partner Matteo (Diego Luna) and forward at their daughter's life without her. Miller will be discussing the trippy-sounding movie on this week's episode of The Graham Norton Show, which airs Friday at 11pm EST on BBC America.
Which is your favorite Sienna Miller role to date?