Stunningly beautiful, Sienna Guillory was a relatively unknown actress before her pretty face was launched in 1000 advertisements to promote the USA networks mini-series Helen Of Troy. Taking a part that could have easily been two dimensional and adding such life to it allowed Sienna, alongside Matthew Marsden's Paris, to stand out in the epic drama. Sienna earned wider recognition for her scene role in 2004's " Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse" , opposite Milla Jovovich, and established herself as a film actress with formidable presence. Though it's a typical trend for models to attempt acting careers in Hollywood, a close look at the career of British model-turned-actress Sienna Guillory reveals that she is anything but the "typical" case. Despite the fact that it was likely her role as a Hugo Boss girl that first got the talented and attractive blonde beauty noticed on U.S. shores, she had actually been acting long before embarking on a career as a model, and in fact, simply stumbled onto a career on the catwalks quite by accident. More content to be labeled an "actor" than a "star," the down-to-earth starlet no doubt possesses the kind of selflessness displayed by Charlize Theron in Monster that would allow her talent to take precedence over her physical appearance when the role demands it.
The daughter of Cuban-born guitarist Isaac Guillory, Sienna was born in London in May of 1975; her childhood was marked by the kind of bohemian upbringing that encouraged creativity and artistic experimentation. It wasn't long before the ambitious youngster was considering a career as an actress, and in 1993, at the age of 16, Guillory landed her first role with a bit part in the cheeky, equestrian-themed U.K. miniseries Riders. Those who caught a brief glimpse of the up-and-coming talent no doubt agreed that the camera took a special shine to her, and a bit part in the U.K. period drama The Buccaneers following in short order. Guillory's appearance in The Buccaneers prompted her to study her craft more closely, but her course was somewhat altered when, at the age of 21, she accompanied a friend to the Select modeling agency and was immediately signed by the powerhouse. Though a stint as the Hugo Boss girl (not to mention campaigns for Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, to name only a few) did offer Guillory notable exposure, it did little to sway her dedication to acting, and she was soon honing her skills at the New World School of Dramatic Arts and later the Paris Conservatoire. By the time Guillory returned to the screen with a substantial role in the 2000 thriller Sorted, she had began to develop a unique style that would continue to impress in such features as Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) and Late Night Shopping. A winning-turn as the virginal heroine of Kingsley Amis' novel A Girl Like You got Guillory positive critical notice when the television adaptation was aired in the U.K. in 2001, and it wasn't long before she had set her sights on Hollywood.
If Guillory's turn as the romantic interest of lead Guy Pearce's character in the 2002 sci-fi adventure The Time Machine did little to further her career when the film generally failed to live up to expectations at the box office, she could at least take comfort in the fact that she would soon be portraying one of the most legendary beauties of all in the made-for-television adventure Helen of Troy. That film, too, was met with a somewhat lukewarm response, and though she would remain decidedly loyal to British television with roles in such efforts as 2004's Beauty, it was obvious by parts in such movies as Love Actually and Resident Evil: Apocalypse that she was eager to expand her horizons beyond typical costume drama fare and into mainstream Hollywood territory. In 2004, Guillory began preparation for roles in the fraternity-themed horror film Victims and director Keoni Waxman's Poolhall Prophets.
More fun stuff about Sienna Guillory
Born in London, England on May 31, 1975.
She is 5' 7'' Tall. 110lbs. Blonde.
Vitals - 34B - 24 - 34. Dress Size - 4 (USA)
Sienna Guillory is the daughter of the Cuban-born noted guitarist Isaac Guillory.
She studied at the New World School of the Dramatic Arts, as well as at the Paris Conservatoire.
In 2000, she garnered critical acclaim for her role in BBC's 'Take a Girl Like You'.
Sienna got her first acting job when she was 16, a bit-part in a British TV adaptation.
She walked into a Modeling agency when she was 20 and was signed to a contract on the spot.
She is apprehensive about a career in Hollywood. She knows how fickle producers and directors can be in Tinsel Town, an experience she learned when visiting Tinseltown... "That experience of Hollywood taught me a lot", says Sienna "but I still feel like I'm a Hollywood virgin."
As a model for Select Models, Guillory worked on such respected campaigns as Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, Burberry, and Paul Smith.
She was also the face of Hugo Boss's fragrance campaign for three years.
Esquire magazine voted Sienna Guillory "Britain's Most Eligible Woman," before she married actor/director Enzo Cilenti. Guillory and her husband currently reside in London.
She was married once before to a British actor named Nick Moran.
She landed the coveted lead role in the TV mini-series 'Helen of Troy'. I can't think of a bigger compliment than to be cast as the woman whose beauty has become legendary. Her performance in this role was magnificent... if it were a theatrical release, she would be getting Oscar consideration. This girl can really act!!!
The role of Helen required some partial nudity. Sienna didn't mind too much but she is quoted in Playboy magazine as saying that she 'didn't like her nipples showing because they look like targets.' I might add that, in the mini-series, she shows off one of the most sublime posteriors I've ever seen!!!
PBS said of her, "Sienna Guillory is fast establishing herself as one of Britain's hottest actresses, with a growing portfolio of film roles, magazine covers, and newspaper stories to her credit."
Salary - 1,000,000+ per film.
The Principles Of Sienna Guillory
To be blessed with both talent and looks is one thing, but Sienna Guillory's refreshingly down-to-earth nature marks her out as a pleasing change from the uninterested film stars doing the rounds to promote their latest films. Maybe it's due to her relative cinematic inexperience - up until now she has been a more familiar small screen face - but her effusive nature and infectious personality makes her an interviewer's dream.
Although she has had supporting roles in the likes of The Time Machine and Love, Actually, 2004 looks like being a breakthrough year for the 27-year-old former model, best known to date for playing the title role in the tv miniseries Helen of Troy. She is far removed from the model-turned-actress stereotype however, as she brings a real conviction to her latest work, the challenging and often difficult Principles of Lust.
The film is a gritty Northern-set affair, highly charged with sex and violence. Although made in 2001, Guillory remembers the excitement she felt when she got the part. "It was actually sent to a friend of mine" she confesses. "I read it and couldn't put it down, and begged to read for the part." Part of the reason was director Penny Woolcock, whose unconventional and loose sense of shooting also appealed to Guillory. Woolcock works without rehearsing the actors, attempting to find magic in raw takes and allowing the kind of improvisational performances usually associated with Ken Loach or Alan Clarke. "Because of the way Penny works it was incredibly liberating. We didn't have to worry so much about making mistake on script or if the lighting wasn't quite right."
The films sees Guillory strip herself emotionally and sexually, as she begins a passionate relationship with a young writer (Alec Newman). She confesses that she had few qualms about the nudity, trusting Woolcock completely. "We shot all of the sex scenes in the first week. There was one occasion early on when Penny left the two of us in bed naked together and when she walked back into the room we said 'you must never never do that again!'
Guillory enthuses about the film and is keen to know whether we liked it. It's clear that her performance steals the show in a cast that contained some non-professionals. "The energy of the film really comes across. The script was amazing. A lot of people who worked on the film weren't professional actors so it was a great experience working with them to get it to where it should be." And you get the idea from talking to her that Guillory would be a joy to work with whether it be on the council estates of Sheffield or a Hollywood film set, where we will see her later this year in the Resident Evil sequel.