In light of the shining star’s 27th birthday, we’ve rounded up her most notable roles.

Since Florence Pugh blazed onto the big screen in 2014, she’s been steadily garnering oodles of adoring fans. Famed for her hard-hitting acting chops, bubbly personality, and captivating cooking skills, she’s without a doubt captured the hearts of many. In honour of her 27th birthday, we thought we’d map out the highlights of her career. From the brooding period piece Lady Macbeth, and the bone-chilling Midsommar to the wholesome Little Women – we’ve gathered together all of Pugh’s most iconic roles.

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Lady Macbeth (2016) dir. William Oldroyd

Released in 2016, but set in 1865, Lady Macbeth is based on Nikolai Leskov’s novel of the same name. A dark and seedy filmscape, Pugh plays ‘Katherine’, a young woman who is a prisoner of her circumstances. Trapped in a loveless marriage to an older man, Katherine pushes the boundaries of her imprisonment to the extreme. Containing the tantalising ingredients of a classic noir — affairs, sex, and murder — Pugh shines. The young actress flawlessly navigates her performance through varying themes of class, gender, abuse, and violence. Calling to mind a myriad of beloved gothic novels, there’s no doubt that Lady Macbeth was instrumental in putting Pugh on the map.

Midsommar (2019) dir. Ari Aster

Midsommar was an instant hit. Viewers all over the globe lapped up the cathartic mania that descends on ‘Dani’ (played by Pugh), her boyfriend ‘Christian’, and his friends. Following the unimaginably horrifying death of her entire family, the only person Dani has left is her deadbeat boyfriend. Accompanying Christian and his friends on an unassuming trip to Sweden for a mid-summer festival, the trip quickly spirals into chaos. Subversively, Dani finds solace in the cult that is simultaneously wreaking havoc, and straight-up murdering the other festival goers. Midsommar is bone-chilling, seemingly plucked out of a nightmare; Pugh did the damn thing!

Little Women (2019) dir. Greta Gerwig

As the renowned director Greta Gerwig’s second directorial debut, the anticipation was hot for Little Women. Wielding a star-studded cast, including the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, and Timothee Chalamet – the film is a searing triumph. In this adaptation of the classic novel, Pugh plays ‘Amy’. As film tracks the course of several years, Pugh seamlessly inhabits the character of Amy across several ages. From a younger sister wanting to fit in with her sisters, to accepting (and turning down) marriage proposals, Pugh’s acting chops are laid out for all to see. Spurred on by the unifying female spirit – Pugh’s role is a piece that completes the puzzle of Little Women’s heartwarming plight.

Black Widow (2021) dir. Cate Shortland

Black Widow is Pugh’s first foray into the Marvel cinematic universe. Although she’d never been in a Marvel production, the young actress rose to the challenge. Starring alongside Scarlett Johansson, Pugh plays ‘Yelena’, the sister to Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’. Although there’s an age gap between the two sisters, Pugh noted that Yelena is nonetheless self-assured, unapologetic, and emotionally brave. The film’s glossy, blockbuster exterior opens up to a tender heart. The action in Black Widow is a vehicle through which themes of sisterly love, grief, pain, and victimhood are explored; Pugh without a doubt excelled.

Don’t Worry Darling (2022) dir. Olivia Wilde

Last up is the most recently released Don’t Worry Darling. The second directorial debut of Olivia Wilde, who made the transition from in front of the camera to behind it, this film is pure psychological thrill. Set in the picket fence, utopic town of Victory – Pugh plays ‘Alice’, opposite Harry Styles’ ‘Jack’ as his wife. Alice begins to question everything around her – and as viewers we’re lifted from the perfection of Victory and subsumed into the hellish landscape of her mind. Laden with feminist subtext, the film traverses a Stepford Wives-esque plot, and Pugh is the glue that holds it all together.


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