Romola Sadie Garai (pronounced /ˈrɒmələ ˈseɪdi ˈɡæri/; born 6 August 1982) is an award-winning English actress.
Garai was born in Hong Kong, the daughter of Janet, a journalist, and Hungarian Adrian Garai, a high-ranked bank manager. She relocated to Singapore at five before her family returned to Wiltshire in the United Kingdom when she was eight. Garai's father is of Jewish Hungarian descent; her great-grandfather was Bert Garai, the founder of the Keystone Press.
She attended an independent boarding school, at Stonar and later moved at sixteen to London to attend the City of London School for Girls where she ended up finishing off her A-levels. She was fond of drama and appeared in school plays, and also with the National Youth Theatre up until the age of 18, where she was spotted by an agent who whisked her away to play the younger version of Judi Dench's character in a television production called The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.
After A-levels, she studied English Literature at Queen Mary, University of London; she originally intended to only study but decided to do acting on the side during the summer holidays. She is a former model.
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