Isobel Dorothy "Bel" Powley (born 7 March 1992) is an English actress.

Early life

Powley was born in the Hammersmith district of London, England,[1] to British actor Mark Powley and casting director Janis Jaffa.[2] Her mother is Jewish.[3] Powley attended Holland Park School.[4]


From 2007 until 2008, Powley was one of the lead characters in M.I.High, starring in 23 episodes alongside Rachel Petladwala and Moustafa Chousein-Oglou. In addition to M.I.High, Powley has also appeared in several other productions such as Murderland (three episodes, 2009), Little Dorrit (2008), The Bill (2008) and The Whistleblowers (2007). In 2013, it was announced that Powley was joining the cast of the ITV series Benidorm for series six.[5]

In 2015, Powley portrayed Princess Margaret in the biographical comedy-drama A Royal Night Out, alongside Emily Watson and Rupert Everett. Powley played the lead role of Minnie Goetze in the comedy-drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl, alongside Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård. The Diary of a Teenage Girl premiered in New York and Los Angeles on 7 August 2015. Shortly afterward, Powley starred as the titular character in the 2016 indie film Carrie Pilby, taking over the role from Hailee Steinfeld.[6] On 5 October 2015, it was announced that Powley would star opposite Liv Tyler in the Fritz Böhm-directed horror film Wildling.[7]


Powley appeared as Maggie in Tusk Tusk at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in March 2009.[8] On Broadway, she was Thomasina in the 2011 revival of Arcadia at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.[9] In October 2011, she once again appeared at the Royal Court as Tilly in Jumpy,[10] a role which she returned to in its West End transfer of Jumpy at the Duke of York's Theatre in August 2012.[11]

Personal life

In an interview in 2011, Powley said she had a spot reserved to study history at the University of Manchester.[4] Powley joined the protests against university fee rises in 2010. She began dating actor Douglas Booth in 2016. They met on the set of Mary Shelley, a film they both starred in together. [12]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Side by Side Lauren Buckle
2015 The Diary of a Teenage Girl Minnie Goetze
2015 A Royal Night Out Princess Margaret
2015 Equals Rachel
2016 Detour Cherry
2016 Carrie Pilby Carrie Pilby "Main role"
2017 Mary Shelley Claire Clairmont
2017 Ashes in the Snow Lina Vilkas Post-production
2018 Wildling Anna
2018 White Boy Rick Dawn Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007–08 M.I. High Daisy Millar Series 1 & 2
2008 The Bill Becky Cooper
2008 Little Dorrit Flower Girl
2009 Murderland Carrie Walsh
2009 Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas Cranchesterford teenager Special
2011 The Cabin Sydney Television film
2014 Benidorm Bianca Dyke
2016 Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes Cindy

Awards and nominations

Year Work Association Award Result
2015 A Royal Night Out Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Won
British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer Nominated
The Diary of a Teenage Girl Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Actress Won
Niagara Integrated Film Festival NIFF Rising Star Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Pauline Kael Breakout Award Nominated
Women's Image Network Awards Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Best Young Actress Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Lead Actress Nominated
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Best Actress Nominated
2016 Cannes Film Festival Trophée Chopard - Female Revelation Won
British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated
Film Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Nominated
Empire Best Female Newcomer Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Chlotrudis Awards Best Actress Nominated
FEST International Film Festival Best Actress Won


  1. ^ "Isobel Dorothy Powley - England and Wales Birth Registration Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Synnot, Siobhan (2 August 2015). "Actress Bel Powley comes of age as 1970s adolescent". The Scotsman. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  3. ^ https://www.twitter.com/bdpowley/status/440852184889327616
  4. ^ a b Arcadia - Broadway (2011-03-17). "Arcadia's Bel Powley on Coming to Broadway as a Brainy Teen Broadway Buzz". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  5. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (2013-04-12). "Benidorm series 6 confirmed". Radio Times. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  6. ^ Ford, Rebecca (5 August 2015). "'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Actress Bel Powley to Star in 'Carrie Pilby' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2015-10-05). "Rising Star Bel Powley To Topline 'Wildling'; Liv Tyler and Trudie Styler's Maven To Produce". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  8. ^ Spencer, Charles (2 April 2009). "Tusk Tusk at the Royal Court". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Brantley, Ben (18 March 2011). "Arcadia:The 180-Year stitch, Metaphysically Speaking". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Spencer, Charles (19 October 2011). "Jumpy, Royal Court". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Observations' One To Watch: Bel Powley, Actress, 20 - Features - Films". The Independent. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  12. ^ Susannah Butter (2012-11-02). "Generation next... meet London's bright young things - London Life - Life & Style - London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 

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