Bryce Dallas Howard: Five of her best performances video

Five of Bryce Dallas Howard's best roles.

With the news that Pete's Dragon star Bryce Dallas Howard is teaming up with Tourism New Zealand and National Geographic Travel to persuade North Americans to visit our shores, we felt it was time to remember the best moments of the 36-year-old's screen career so far.

Starting out in some of her Dad's Ron's movies (Parenthood, Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), the flame-haired firecracker has delivered some impressive performances for directors as diverse as Lars Von Trier,  M Night Shyamalan and Clint Eastwood.

Next scheduled to be seen on our screens in next year's Jurassic Park sequel, in the interim has selected our five favourite BDH roles so far. 

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard has teamed up with Tourism New Zealand and National Geographic Travel to help promote our ...
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Actress Bryce Dallas Howard has teamed up with Tourism New Zealand and National Geographic Travel to help promote our country to North Americans.

 

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Black Mirror: Nosedive (2016)

Bryce Dallas Howard plays the self-absorbed Lacie in the Black Mirror episode Nosedive.

Bryce Dallas Howard plays the self-absorbed Lacie in the Black Mirror episode Nosedive.

Part of the third series of the popular sci-fi infused black comedies, this sees Howard play insecure office worker Lacie, a woman who lives in a world where everyone is rated out of five. The story follows Lacie as she pursues a higher rating and it probes modern humanities crazy, unhinged affair with social media and the instant gratification and anxiety that goes along with it.

Howard is both the smiling face and key to this darkly humourous and thought-provoking tale.

The Help (2011)

Hilly Holbrook was The Help's hissable villain.

Hilly Holbrook was The Help's hissable villain.

Part of a terrific ensemble cast, Howard was a memorable figure as hissable villain Hilly Holbrook in this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's 1960s-set novel.

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Ruling her Mississippi town with a big smile and an iron fist, Holbrook had the potential to be strictly one-dimensional, but Howard imbued her with a surprising amount of nuance and depth.

Jurassic World (2015)

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard had great chemistry in Jurassic World.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard had great chemistry in Jurassic World.

In a sequel set more than decades after the events of 1993's Jurassic Park, Howard is InGen's senior assets manager Claire Dearing.  Just three weeks out from the opening of the Indominus Rex, she's forced to call in Chris Pratt's Owen Grady to assess the facility for vulnerabilities.

At the heart of this smart, sassy and scary slice of blockbusting entertainment, Grady and Dearing's spiky relationship offers a nice injection of screwball comedy amongst the carnage.

Manderley (2005)

Bryce Dallas Howard starred opposite Willem Dafoe in Manderlay.

Bryce Dallas Howard starred opposite Willem Dafoe in Manderlay.

Taking over the role of Grace Margaret Mulligan from Nicole Kidman (Dogville), Howard was given her first real opportunity to showcase her acting chops in Lars Von Trier's second-act of his still-yet-to-be-completed controversial trilogy.

Like the earlier film, set dressing is at a minimum, Howard and company having to rely on their imaginations as much as anything to bring to life a cotton plantation circa 1933.

The Village (2004)

Bryce Dallas Howard's performance as Ivy Walker in The Village helped launch her into the big time.

Bryce Dallas Howard's performance as Ivy Walker in The Village helped launch her into the big time.

Howard is the poster girl for perhaps the most polarising of M Night Shyamalan's twisty-turny thrillers.

Despite being surrounded by a cast of acting luminaries like Sigourney Weaver, Adrien Brody, William Hurt and Joaquin Phoenix, the 23-year-old steals the limelight with a powerful performance that also provides this tale of a small, isolated hamlet who live in fear of the outside world with its emotional core.

 

 

 - Stuff

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