Lady Maria Grey

Played By Ella Purnell


An attractive, forthright young woman brought up under a reasonably strict regime of nurses and governesses. She is intelligent and interested in the wider world, not just the latest fashion. Her mother has identified John Bellasis as an eligible match for her, but Maria dislikes his selfish, snobbish pride. She immediately recognizes Charles as a natural ally.


As a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2010, Ella was first seen in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal. Ella was then cast as Young Ruth in Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go starring alongside Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield. In 2016, Ella starred in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children alongside Dame Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. Ella was also seen as Young Maleficent in Disney’s 2014 film Maleficent alongside Angelina Jolie, Ella Fanning, and Imelda Staunton. She also starred in the historical thriller Churchill, which follows Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day. Ella was most recently seen in Sweetbitter, the coming of age screen adaptation premiered its second series in summer on Starz. Last April, Ella was seen as Hester Argyll in the popular BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence alongside Bill Nighy, Matthew Goode, and Alice Eve. Further credits include Intruders, Kick Ass 2, The Legend of Tarzan and Access All Areas. Ella will later this year be seen in a leading role opposite Dave Bautista in Netflix’s Army Of The Dead and has recently wrapped shooting Showtime’s Yellowjackets opposite Juliette Lewis.