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Antonia Campbell Hughes rose to fame as Sam Spleen, daughter of Rick Spleen (Jack Dee) in BBC's popular comedy series Lead Balloon. After the success of the first series of Lead Balloon, Antonia went on to be cast in a variety of comedy shows on UK television alongside the likes of Jennifer Saunders and In The Thick of It's Alex McQueen, to her own one man show Bluebell Welch for MTV.
After gaining praise in a Vanity Fair review (amongst others) for her supporting role in Jane Campion's Bright Star, this past year she has turned her focus more to drama in film work, taking a break from comedy.
Antonia’s recent credits include The Other Side of Sleep, the feature debut from Irish director Rebecca Daly, which has been selected to screen as part of the prestigious Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival next month. In this psychological thriller Antonia leads the cast as reclusive sleepwalker Arlene. In When Harvey Met Bob, also starring Domhnall Gleeson, she plays Marsha Hunt, Bob Geldof's Girl Friday in his campaign for Africa; and again leading as ex-model/ aspiring actress drifting through hedonistic ostentatious London trying to find her path in Alexandra McGuiness's Lotus Eaters, which screened at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, founded by Robert deNiro.
She also features in Albert Nobbs, directed by Rodrigo Garcia and starring Glenn Close, which shot in Dublin earlier this year. The film boasts an ensemble Irish and international cast including Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy, Kick Ass), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Mia Wasikowska (The Kids are Alright, Alice in Wonderland) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors).
Coming from an artistic/fashion background, Antonia continues to involve herself in other areas including writing and art, with a comedy series in the pipeline and her first art exhibition in a London group show set for December.