Ellie Kendrick is an English actress best known for playing Anne Frank in the BBC’s 2009 miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank, Ivy Morris in the first series of the 2010 revived Upstairs Downstairs, and Meera Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Kendrick was born in London. She attended Benenden School in Kent and spent time with the National Youth Theatre. In October 2009, she took up a place to study English at the University of Cambridge.
Kendrick has played roles in Waking the Dead (2004), Doctors (2004), In 2 Minds (2004), Prime Suspect: The Final Act (2006), Lewis (2007), and the film An Education, scripted by Nick Hornby and which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
When Kendrick played Anne Frank in the 2009 miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank, she said that her approach to playing Frank was to “peel back the layers of idolization and to think of the characters just as normal people”. Her performance was praised for “bringing fresh realism to an iconic role.”
In 2009, she made her stage debut as Juliet in a Shakespeare’s Globe production of Romeo and Juliet. In December 2010, she played maid Ivy Morris in BBC One’s revival of Upstairs Downstairs. She did not return for the second series, broadcast in 2012.
In 2011, Kendrick appeared in the BBC Four production of Life and Fate. She also played the character Allison in Being Human in the episode “Puppy Love” in 2012. She returned to the role in the ultimate episode of the series “The Last Broadcast” in 2013
In 2012, Kendrick was cast in the part of Meera Reed for the third season of Game of Thrones. In 2013, she returned to the stage in In the Republic of Happiness and The Low Road at the Royal Court Theatre. She also plays the character Constance on Sky1’s Chickens. Kendrick is currently playing the part of Helen in Misfits.