7 Roles That Made Florence Pugh a Fast-Rising Star

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Florence Pugh is having a real moment ahead of the release of her intriguing (and pretty mysterious) new movie Don't Worry Darling. To whet your appetite even more, we're taking a look back at seven key roles that have taken her career supernova.
1. The breakthrough role: The Falling (2014)
Pugh was still at school in Oxford, England when she made her professional acting debut in this beguiling British indie film. She plays Abigail, a 1960s schoolgirl who makes such an impression on her best friend Lydia (Maisie Williams) that she sparks a strange fainting epidemic among their peer group. It's a haunting performance at the heart of a fascinating film. 

2. The pitch-black role: Lady Macbeth (2017)
Pugh's second-ever movie definitely isn't a cozy costume drama. In a performance that won her the Best Actress prize at the British Independent Film Awards, she plays Katherine Lester, a Victorian woman trapped in a loveless marriage who takes matters into her own hands – drastically. We feel sorry for Pugh's character to begin with, but become appalled by her behavior as the story develops. It's a bold role that really paid off for her.

3. The comedy role: Fighting with My Family (2018)
Pugh threw us a curveball with this quirky wrestling biopic directed by Stephen Merchant. She stars as Saraya-Jade Bevis (a.k.a. Paige), an English pro wrestler whose career takes off when she's invited to train with the WWE in Florida. Sadly, her brother Zak (Jack Lowden) doesn't enjoy such a meteoric rise, which leads to tension between Paige and her parents (Nick Frost and Lena Headey). As the movie's central character, Pugh exudes toughness and a playful sense of fun. 

4. The prestige TV role: The Little Drummer Girl (2018)
Pugh's most substantial TV role to date came in AMC's acclaimed adaptation of a classic John le Carré spy novel. Starring opposite Michael Shannon and Alexander Skarsgård, she plays Charlie Ross, an aspiring actress with radical beliefs who's recruited by Israel's national intelligence agency. It's a role that requires Pugh to convey both chutzpah and vulnerability, both of which she delivers in spades. 

5. The horror role: Midsommar (2018)
Pugh took on another unexpected role in this super-trippy movie from director Ari Aster. She plays Dani Ardor, an American psychology student with a tragic past who takes a trip with her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) to a remote Swedish community that is celebrating its midsummer festival. To say things get progressively stranger is an understatement, but Pugh's grounded performance makes the freaky twists and turns feel even more chilling.

6. The iconic literary role: Little Women (2019)
Louisa May Alcott'
s novel is a much-loved classic, but this adaptation from director Greta Gerwig really does it justice. Pugh plays the youngest March sister, Amy, who is sometimes depicted as petulant, but here has an agency and shrewdness that puts her at odds with her smart older sister Jo (Saoirse Ronan). Pugh's spirited performance earned her an Oscar nomination, taking her career to a whole new level.

7. The superhero role: Black Widow (2021)
Pugh stars opposite Scarlett Johansson in this entertaining MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) origin story. She's on fierce form as Yelena Belova, the younger sister of Johansson's title character, who both looks up to her older sibling and enjoys poking fun at her. Yelena's ultimate destiny is to become a "Black Widow" too, and Pugh duly reprised her role in 2021's Hawkeye miniseries. She'll also portray Yelena Belova in the upcoming MCU movie Thunderbolts, due in 2024. 

Do you have a favorite Florence Pugh role to date?