Since time immemorial British actresses have made their mark in Hollywood. We’ve had legends like Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, and Helen Mirren. We have also witnessed the rise of Contemporary stars like Kate Winslet, Sienna Miller, and Naomi Harris. Another person who is trying to emulate these illustrious footsteps is Poppy Drayton. This delicately shaped English rose began her career on the stage for the first time in 2012. Since then, she has appeared in several films and television series and has gained fans in the UK, USA, and around the world.
What was Poppy Drayton’s Childhood Like?
Poppy Gabriella Drayton was born on 7 June 1991 in Surrey, England. Her nationality is therefore British, while her ethnicity is Caucasian. There are few details of Drayton’s family background. There is also not much information about how her formative years were. However, you can rest assured that we will keep you informed as further details become available.
Before entering the film industry, Drayton completed her acting studies at ArtsEd, an independent drama school in Chiswick, London. During her time there she appeared in several school productions including The Glass Menagerie, where she played the role of Laura Wingfield, and As You Like It, where she played Rosalind.
Her Career Beginnings and Rise to Stardom
After completing her schooling, Poppy Drayton first became involved with the theatre circus and in 2012 she appeared in a production of Romeo and Juliet. She then made her screen debut in 2012 in a short film entitled Emily. Unlike most of her peers, Drayton did not have to wait long for her breakthrough, which came in the film “When Calls The Heart”, shot on the Hallmark Channel in 2013. When Calls The Heart was about Elizabeth Thatcher, a young British teacher who works in a small coal-fired power station town in Canada.
The high-class lady initially struggles to adapt to her local environment, but eventually falls in love with a mountain police officer named Edward Montclair. In “When Calls The Heart”, Daniel Sherman played the lead role, while Drayton played the lead role of Elizabeth. Her outstanding performance as a leading actress brought her enthusiastic reviews and made her popular with the American audience. She also received a guest role in the popular British contemporary drama Downton Abbey in 2013.
In the two-hour Christmas special (Downton Abbey) Drayton plays the role of Madeline, the daughter of the scheming Lord Aysgarth. Aysgarth is short of money, so he encourages his daughter to spend time with a rich middle-aged playboy named Harold Levinson. The film features an ensemble, and Drayton has revealed that it was ridiculously insane to work with them.
Her Role in Little Mermaid Remains Her Biggest Ever
Since her breakthrough in 2013 Poppy Drayton has acquired an impressive filmography. On the big screen, she has appeared in films such as Unhallowed Ground, Writers Retreat and The Rising Hawk, etc. However, her biggest film role remains the fantasy adventure film of 2018, Little Mermaid. In this film, Drayton played the leading role of Elizabeth, an enslaved mermaid who later makes it back to the sea with the help of her human friends.
On the small screens, Drayton has starred in television series such as Charmed, Midsomer murders, plebs, and The Shannara Chronicles. The Shannara Chronicles is an MTV fantasy series that debuted in 2016. In the series, Drayton played the lead role of Amberle, an elf princess who was the first woman to be selected for the elite security service “The Chosen”. Amberle is dedicated to protecting the world from demons and eventually puts her life on the line to do so.
Poppy Drayton has received several awards during her career so far. One of them is the John Gielgud Award, presented by the American Shakespearean Guild in recognition of outstanding achievements in the dramatic arts. The Little Mermaid Star has also received the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. This was created by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, and is awarded to young people who complete a series of self-improvement exercises.
Other Captivating Facts about Poppy Drayton
She is a professionally trained dancer with an expertise in ballet, jazz, and tap dancing.
Her star sign is Gemini, and she has an average height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68m)
The actress does not have a public Instagram account, but you can find her on Twitter @PoppyDrayton.
Drayton has twice portrayed characters bearing the name Elizabeth. This was in Little Mermaid and When Calls the Heart.