Camilla Luddington is an English actress best known for her role as Jo Karev in the popular TV series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. Luddington was born in Berkshire, England, and moved to Texas, US, when she was a teenager. She decided to pursue a career in the show business and studied acting at the New York Film Academy. Even though she hails from England, she has mostly worked in US. She made her big screen debut with a small role as a receptionist in the film ‘A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser’. Later, she made her TV debut playing a guest role in the crime drama series ‘The Forgotten’. She was also seen in a guest role in the crime drama series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’. She played a lead role for the first time in the TV film ‘William & Kate: The Movie’, where she portrayed Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. This role gained her much popularity and helped her bag a main role in the medical drama TV series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. Besides her film and TV roles, she is also known for her voice role of Lara Croft in the ‘Tomb Raider’ video game series. Over the course of her career so far, she has been nominated for multiple awards such as the Spike Video Game Award.
Childhood & Early Life
Camilla Luddington was born on 15th December 1983 in Ascot, Berkshire, England, to Mary and Martin Luddington. She has two siblings, a sister named Amy and a brother named Daniel.
She went to the American School in Thorpe, Surrey as a young girl. As a teenager, she moved to Austin, Texas, where she studied at Westwood High School for a year. She then returned to England and completed her education from her former school.
At the age of nineteen, she started attending the Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. However, she was not happy there and left soon to join the New York Film Academy to study acting. She eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
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Camilla Luddington’s acting career began in 2007, with the small role of a receptionist in the film ‘A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser’. Two years later, she appeared in the film ‘Behaving Badly’ as a flight attendant.
She made her TV debut in 2010, with a guest role in an episode of the crime drama series ‘The Forgotten’. The same year, she was seen in three other TV shows in guest roles: ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’, ‘Big Time Rush ‘, and ‘Days of Our Lives.’
She first came to popularity in 2011, for her lead role in the TV movie ‘William & Kate: The Movie’. Directed by Mark Rosman, the film was aired in several countries. She portrayed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, who is second in the line of succession to the British throne. The film was met with negative reviews from critics.
In 2012, she started playing an important role in ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ a medical drama series focused on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians in a famous hospital. The series is a much popular one among the audiences and has been well received by the critics as well.
She appeared in the comedy drama TV series ‘Californication’ in 2012. The show was about a New York novelist named Hank Moody who is suffering from writer’s block. The series was a huge success, winning two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe. The same year, she was also seen in the horror TV series ‘True Blood’.
In 2014, she had a role in the horror film ‘The Pact 2’. In the ensuing years, she was seen in two more films: ‘The Healer’ (2016) and ‘Justice League Dark’ (2017).
In the 2013 video game, ‘Tomb Raider’, Luddington voiced the character of Lara Croft. For her performance, she was nominated for the NAVGTR Award and the Spike Video Game Award. She reprised her character in the sequels ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ (2015) and ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ (2018). She also voiced Supergirl in the 2015 game ‘Infinite Crisis’.
'Grey’s Anatomy’, a medical drama TV series, can be considered the most significant work so far in Camilla Luddington’s television career. She started appearing in the show in 2012, and since then, has appeared in every season. The show also stars actors, such as Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers and TR Knight. The series is an extremely popular one and has won several awards.
Another important work in her career is the 2017 animated superhero film, ‘Justice League Dark’, which was directed Jay Oliva. The movie is about a supernatural force which is causing violent crimes across America, prompting Batman to consult an occult detective to form a team of paranormal metahumans. The film was met with positive reviews.
Family & Personal Life
Camilla Luddington is in a long-term relationship with American actor Matthew Alan. The couple has a baby girl, who was born on 9th March 2017. She was named Hayden. Alan proposed to Camilla on 31st December 2017 and the pair announced their engagement in January 2018.