POLLY BENNETT is a British movement director, choreographer and character coach based in London.
Polly’s unique approach, fusing her extensive knowledge of dance and theatre with her insight into human behaviour and physical psychology, makes her one of the most sought-after creatives scaling the theatre and film world.
Polly has just completed filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic for Warner Bros in Australia where she was the movement coach to Austin Butler in the title role. She also coached Olivia Dejonge, Xavier Samuel, Alton Mason, Yola and was choreographer on the film. She went on to coach Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston on the forthcoming biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
Previously she collaborated with Rami Malek on Bohemian Rhapsody for which he won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury. They reunited for his turn as villain Safin in the forthcoming Bond film, No Time to Die.
She has just completed filming Lady Chatterley's Lover (Jack O'Connell and Emma Corrin) and Chevalier (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) Previously she has coached Riz Ahmed on Mogul Mowgli (Pulse), Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman (Netflix) and was choreographer on Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, starting Domnhall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson. She was Assistant Choreographer on Stan & Ollie starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan.
Polly has been the choreographer on The Great (Hulu) Series 1 and Series 2.
She is responsible for movement and character coaching the casts of The Crown Series 3 & 4 (Netflix) including the Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning performances of Olivia Colman, BAFTA nominee Helena Bonham Carter, the BAFTA award winning Josh O’Connor, Golden Globe winning Gillian Anderson, Tobias Menzies and Golden Globe winning Emma Corrin.
Her choreography has featured in One Normal Night (Sky Arts) and Killing Eve (BBC America.)
Polly has worked profusely in theatre. Her work includes The Lehman Trilogy dir. Sam Mendes (National Theatre, West End and Broadway), Travesties dir. Patrick Marber (West End and Broadway) and People, Places and Things dir. Jeremy Herrin (National Theatre, West End and Off- Broadway.)
She has worked at National Theatre, RSC, Old Vic Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Kiln, Royal Court, National Theatre of Scotland, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, HOME, Royal Exchange, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Menier Chocolate Factory and for Headlong and the Jamie Lloyd Company.
Polly was Assistant Movement Director on the London 2012 Opening Ceremony and Mass Cast Choreographer on the London 2012 Closing Ceremony and Paralympic Opening Ceremony. In 2014 she joined the Mass Cast Choreography team on the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening and Paralympic Ceremonies.
She has also worked on Glasgow Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Save the Children’s The Big If, Regent’s Street’s Christmas Light’s Ceremony, Shell Fuel Save Day and West End Welcomes the World for SOLT.
She was Associate Choreographer on Paul Smith’s "A Suit to Travel In" campaign in Tokyo.
Polly makes her home in London where she continues to support emerging theatre-makers as a co-founder of The Mono Box.