Ella Purnell was born in London, England, where she currently lives with her mother. Ella has three younger brothers by her father. She attends City of London School for Girls and Year 10 in September began 2011. She used to attend weekly classes at Sylvia Young Theatre School, studying acting, singing and dance, and was formerly represented by their in-house talent agency, Young ' Uns (now known as Sylvia Young Agency). She is now however represented by The Rights House. She also attends Young Actors ' Theatre Islington.

Currently Ella has filmed as a main character in the independent film ' Wildlike ' shot in Alaska (USA), and a role in the feature film Kick Ass 2, due for release in 2013.

In 2008, Purnell beat hundreds of other girls for a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. She was one of only a few girls chosen to appear in the children's ensemble and remained in the show for a year. Towards the end of her time in Oliver!, she won the role of Young Ruth in Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go is a feature film based on the acclaimed book by Kazuo Ishiguro. This was a main role, in which Ella played the younger version of Keira Knightley's character; the script is set for the first half in the boarding school Hailsham, where the main characters are children, and in the second half tells of their lives after leaving the school.

After filming this, she was cast as Kayleigh in Gustavo Rc Ways to Live Forever, adapted from the book by Sally Nicholls. She was also cast as Mia in Juan Carlos Fresnadillos Intruders which is filmed in the summer of 2010 in London and Madrid. She plays the daughter of Clive Owen and is the central character. She was recently named by Screen International as one of 10 UK Stars of Tomorrow. Purnell also recently appeared in the BBC HD Film Short Candy in June 2011.

2010-Never Let Me Go (Ruth)
2011-Candy BBC HD Short
2011-Intruders (Mia)
2013-WildLike (MacKenzie)
2013-Kick-Ass 2 (TBC)
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