Jones, 32, already has an Academy Award nomination for her 2014 role as Stephen Hawking’s wife, Jane Wilde Hawking, in The Theory of Everything. But her name recognition is sure to take a galactic leap after a lead role in a Star Warsfilm.
How did Jones get here? We’ve picked five of her most notable past performances to help you get more familiar with her work before Rogue One hits theaters in December.
Northanger Abbey (2007) as Catherine Morland
Jones’s resume, especially in her early years, is peppered with the sort of roles one expects of a young British actor: a Brideshead Revisited character here,guest spots on Doctor Who there, and this, a lead role in a Jane Austen adaptation that originally aired on the U.K.’s ITV and was later broadcast in the U.S. on PBS’s Masterpiece. Her performance in Northanger Abbey, in which she co-starred alongside fellow up-and-comer Carey Mulligan, established her as an actor worth watching.
Cemetery Junction (2010) as Julie Kendrick
This coming-of-age story written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant ambles a bit too much for its own good. But even in a supporting role, Jones exudes a natural, luminous quality that can’t be ignored…”