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Biography #2 (for A Mighty Heart)Archie made her film debut in the smash hit Film Four/Miramax comedy EAST IS EAST in 1999. The film received a standing ovation in Cannes and was the years biggest homegrown hit. The film won The Evening Standard Best Film Award and the prestigious Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film in 2000. Best known for her starring role her starring role opposite Keira Knightley in the hugely successfully British film BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, Archie won a BBC Mega Mela award for her performance, while the film was nominated for a BAFTA for Best British film in 2003. She later worked alongside David Morrissey in THIS LITTLE LIFE, a powerful BBC film directed by Sarah Gavron. The drama won two BAFTA Awards in 2004.
She went on to star in the critically acclaimed film YASMIN, written by Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar nominated writer of THE FULL MONTY. She was awarded the Best Actress award at The Reims Festival for her performance. In the same year Archie was also awarded The Shooting Star Award at the International Berlin Film Festival. The award is given to actors who are seen as "the most exciting and emerging actors from across Europe" (European Film Promotion). Previous winners include Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig.
Archie has also worked on a number high profile television projects. In 2002 she worked on WHITE TEETH, a four-part Channel 4 adaptation of Zadie Smith's award-winning novel and followed up that role with the BAFTA winning BBC drama SEA OF SOULS. Archie's next project was the BBC drama GREASE MONKEYS, which earned her a Best Actress nomination from the Royal Television Awards, followed by the BAFTA and Emmy nominated satire A VERY SOCIAL SECRETARY for Channel 4. Archie also provides voices for several characters in the hugely popular animated series POSTMAN PAT.