Bookworms of all ages were delighted to see story of The Chronicles of Narnia be made into a live action film in 2005. The epic, enchanting story of good vs evil, written by C.S. Lewis, has captivated readers for over 60 years. Making the movie was no easy task for the special effects department.
But before bringing this fantasy life to the big screen, the film studio had to find the perfect actor to play the youngest sibling “Lucy Pevensie.” Lucy represented everything that was pure and innocent. English girl Georgie Henley beat out thousands of other kids to play the coveted role.
The casting director, Pippa Hall, knew Georgie was the perfect person to play Lucy after only one audition. Still, Georgie still had to go through the gruelling 18-month process to find out she was the chosen one. Georgie may be all grown-up but she will always be Lucy for fans all over the world.
#1. Georgina Helen Henley was born on 9 July 1995, in Yorkshire, England.
She prefers to be called Georgie. As a child she joined a local drama group named “Upstagers.”
#2. When her character Lucy meets Mr. Tumnus, a faun, Georgie’s reaction is genuine.
The director didn’t let Georgie see actor James McAvoy out of costume prior to the lamp post scene.
#3. “Lucy is quite a lot like me in a way so it was very easy to slip into her character,” Georgie said about the beloved character.
Georgie reprised her role of Lucy in 2008 for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and again in 2010 for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader .
#4. In 2014, she acted in the dark film Perfect Sisters alongside Abigail Breslin and Mira Sorvino.
For the movie, Georgie had her naturally light brown hair constantly painted black. She also had the task to have to learn how to speak with a Canadian accent.
#5. A year later she landed the leading role in the movie, The Sisterhood of Night.
This is a modern day take on the Salem witch trials. Her character Mary Warren refuses to be part of social media and instead starts her own group. A girl who is not invited to join begins to make up stories about Mary and her friends, eventually they are accused of being in a cult.
#6. Georgie found it very difficult when the filming of the third and final film was complete.
“It was very emotional, and something I had quite a bit of trouble with. It’s a bittersweet moment. I’m very excited about what’s to come, and I hope to be moving on to new things,” said Georgie. “But all good things come to an end. Also Narnia has taught me everything I know about acting, and I wouldn’t be anywhere without it.”
#7. She attended the University of Cambridge in England where she majored in English.
While in university she acted and directed in school theatre productions.
#8. While filming the first instalment of Narnia she wrote two books; The Snow Stag and A Pillar of Secrets. She donated the proceeds from the sale of the books to WWF (World Wildlife Fund).
She is currently working on her first short film, Tide, which she created and directed. “It’s difﬁcult for women to be taken seriously in the industry, so you just have to put yourself out there and believe in your work,” says Georgie.
#9. Georgie set up a swearing jar for all the actors and director of Narnia to contribute every time they said anything foul.
The talented Brit said she read the Narnia books at school as well as at home. “I would get annoyed because I’d have read on ahead at home and then everything would be repeated in class when we read it together,” remembers Georgie.
#10. Narnia was a huge part of her childhood as she auditioned when she was seven years old and finished filming when she was 15.
“When you’ve been part of something for so long you do worry about getting typecast,” says the British actor.
#11. Georgie continues her studied in Cambridge. Still, to be involved in cinema is her ultimate goal.
“You have to convey that you have a story and a message, and that’s what I want to do: whether I’m acting, writing or directing, I want to tell stories that wouldn’t otherwise be told,” explains Georgie.