Felicity Jones graces Wadham Hall

9th January 2018

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A new portrait of Wadham alumna and actor Felicity Jones (English, 2003) has been unveiled in Wadham’s seventeenth century dining hall.

  • Felicity Jones copyright Wadham College

Captured by acclaimed photographer Michael Birt, the new portrait complements four images of Wadham women which went on display in September 2016.  

Felicity was born and brought up in Bournville on the south side of Birmingham before joining Wadham to study English. While at Oxford she appeared in several student plays. Her career has since gone from strength to strength with an Oscar nomination for her role as Jane Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything. She played the character Jyn Erso in the Star Wars film, Rogue One, released in 2016. She was a familiar voice on The Archers on BBC Radio 4, playing the part of Emma Carter for nearly ten years until 2009.

The portrait of Felicity hangs alongside fellow alumnae: author Monica Ali (PPE, 1986); actor Rosamund Pike (English, 1997); Professor Sandra Fredman (Law, 1979); and Emeritus Fellow Tao Tao Liu (Senior Research Fellow in Chinese 1986–90 and Tutor in Chinese 1990–2009).

Warden Ken Macdonald QC has led this project to showcase a more balanced selection of images of Wadham’s alumni and fellows across the College site: “We felt it was time to portray some of Wadham’s most distinguished women in Hall, alongside those grand figures from Wadham’s past that have graced our walls for so long.  These extraordinary new portraits will provide our students with inspirational images to reflect more fully our College in this new century."

Photographer Michael Birt was commissioned to photograph the subjects who were chosen following nominations from staff, students and alumni.

These portraits follow an earlier commission of nine portraits taken by Sophia Spring which went up in in various locations across College over the course of 2015. The hanging of the portraits has been overseen by Wadham Fellow, Dr Stephen Goss.

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