Brigitte Millar is an award-winning London based, bilingual European/English, actress. Her family ancestry goes back to the famous painter Emil Nolde and she has inherited his natural creativity. But Emil died in abject poverty and although his paintings now fetch seven figure sums, Brigitte’s artistic skills were heavily discouraged. And would have been lost forever but for the support and encouragement of her brother. Out of work having been made redundant from the dull and boring day job, Brigitte considered the possibility of a dancing career. But her brother steered her towards acting and a lifelong talent and passion was discovered.
Shortly after finishing drama college, Brigitte was cast as ‘Emmeline Vance’ in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ directed by David Yates and she has worked consistently on many high quality projects since. In 2011 she won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the International Film Festival in Los Angeles for her role as ‘Amelia Holland’ in the multi-award winning feature film ‘David is Dying’ directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson. This film won 8 awards in the United States alone. The first British Independent feature film to do this. Brigitte has worked with a range of highly-respected experienced actors including Dakota Blue Richards in ‘The Quiet Hour’ which was nominated for the award for Best UK Feature Film at the International Raindance Film Festival in 2014. She is an active member of the Actors Centre in London and has studied with many of the masters including the American acting coaches Jack Waltzer and Bernard Hiller.
Her latest project is the best yet. She plays the villain, Dr. Vogel, in the new ‘Bond 24: Spectre’ playing opposite Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz and is directed by Sam Mendes. And now with her O1 visa in her hands, she is ready to take on any challenge. Her hobbies include Ballroom and Latin American dancing, Argentine Tango, horse-riding, reading, visiting art galleries and meditation.
Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Actress Brigitte Millar
NY Elite: What are you latest and current movie projects?
Brigitte Millar: I have just finished filming ‘NOX’ with Keyvan Sheikhalishahi and Matt Passmore.
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in NOX?
Brigitte Millar: I am playing Claire Winters, a burglar, who is breaking into the villa of an American Senator.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
Brigitte Millar: Working with Keyvan is exciting, because we always try different approaches and ideas.
NY Elite: In which movies have you played lead role?
Brigitte Millar: So far I have enjoyed playing strong supporting roles i.e. ‘Amelia Holland’ in ‘David is Dying’ and ‘Catherine’ in ‘The Quiet Hour’ but I would absolutely love to take on a lead role in TV or film.
NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?
Brigitte Millar: Playing Dr Vogel in ‘Spectre’ was probably the highlight of my career so far, working with Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz at the iconic Pinewood Studios is such a privilege.
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?
Brigitte Millar: I love the variety it brings and exploring different lives, characters and emotions.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Brigitte Millar: I find yoga and pilates relaxing and I like to read and visit art galleries when I have the time.
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
Brigitte Millar: I will be visiting L.A. in a couple of days and am looking forward to some down time. When I come back to London, I’ll start preparing for an Italian/German project to be filmed later this year.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?
Brigitte Millar: I think it’s about being authentic and truthful and immersing yourself in the character and the story.
NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?
Brigitte Millar: I support the NSPCC, a charity which protects children from abuse and also the RSPCA, which helps neglected animals. My third cause is Crisis, a charity that helps and supports homeless people. I think that in today’s world, nobody should be homeless or abused, there is enough for everyone. We are all connected and should care about one another.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
Brigitte Millar: My health, my family and all the kind, loving and supportive people have met along the way.