Who is Anna Shaffer?
Fans of the “Harry Potter” franchise are certainly familiar with the character of Romilda Vane, a Gryffindor student and a witch, who had a crush on Harry Potter. If you ever wondered who the actress who portrayed her is, her name is Anna Shaffer, and we will let you know more about this young and talented performer.
She was born as Anna Maureen Barth Shaffer, under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 15 March 1992, in Camden, London, England; she holds British nationality, and she comes from a family of South African and Jewish descent.
Anna has nearly 20 acting credits to her name, and besides the mentioned role, she’s perhaps still known best for her role as Ruby Button in the series “Hollyoaks”, a romantic drama which had 225 award nominations, including eight for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award, and won 49.
Early life, family, and education
She was raised in North London by her parents alongside her brother, but intending to keep them away from the media’s attention, she hasn’t shared their names and occupations.
Anna had an interest in acting from an early age, and enjoyed spending her free time watching television and movies. In one of her interviews, she shared that when she was a young girl, she had a box full of her mother’s old dresses, and that she used them as costumes for her drama plays which she would create with friends.
As a teenager, she joined a performing arts center, and that is when she decided that she wanted to be an actress.
Speaking of her educational background, Anna attended Highgate Wood School, and then completed her education at the Camden School for Girls, matriculating with A-Levels in 2010.
Roles in movies
Anna made her acting debut in 2009, portraying Romilda Vane in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, also starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson – the movie was nominated for the Oscar for Best Achievement in Cinematography.
She reprised her role in the sequels “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”, and “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 2”, in 2010 and ’11, respectively – the Part 1 was nominated for two Oscars for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and for Best Achievement in Art Direction, while Part 2 was nominated for three Oscars, for Best Achievement in Makeup, Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and Best Achievement in Art Direction.
In 2014, she was seen as Lucy in the TV movie “Flatmates”, followed by her roles in several short movies, before she was cast to play Sandra in “I Am Vengeance” in 2018, which was her most recent movie role.
Roles in series
Making her first television appearance as Ruby Button in “Hollyoaks”, in 2011, Anna starred in this series until 2018, while parallel with this role she was seen in the 2014 TV mini-series “Glue”, in which she portrayed Heather.
In the following years, Anna made appearances in “Cuckoo”, “Class” and “Zapped”, before she portrayed Leila in the TV mini-series “Fearless” in 2017.
Two years later, Anna was cast to play Triss in “The Witcher”, an action adventure drama also starring Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan, which had 19 award nominations, including three for BAFTAs, and won three. The series was aired on Netflix from 2019 until 2021, and is Anna’s most recent role.
There have been various rumors concerning Anna’s love life, however, she is quite secretive when it comes to her personal matters, and thus she hasn’t spoken about her previous relationships before she met her future husband, Jimmy Stephenson.
The two started dating back in 2015, and their romance can be seen through their Instagram accounts, since they both often shared photos featuring the two of them kissing and hugging.
There isn’t much known about Jimmy, except that he’s a wine shop owner, and that the two tied the knot on 3 July 2021, at the Islington Town Hall in London, and the wedding ceremony was held in the presence of their closest family members and friends.
Anna shared photos of her wedding on her Instagram, and most of her fan’s comments were that she was beautiful, and that her wedding dress was stunning.
As of April 2022, Anna and Jimmy are together and living in London; they don’t have children.
Interesting facts about Anna
When asked about her favorite part of filming “Harry Potter”, Anna answered:
‘CRAFT SERVICES! The food was honestly incredible, mouth-wateringly good. And being a kid the same age as the character I played, so quite literally getting to go to Hogwarts. It was magic. I also made friends for life, it was an unforgettable experience.’
Anna is a big fan of Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the popular series “Grey’s Anatomy”, and she hopes that she will have an opportunity to work with her.
Her favorite movie is “Three Men and a Little Lady”, and her acting idols are Meryl Streep, Judie Dench, Olivia Colman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Stephen Graham – her favorite movie scene is the last scene of “Call Me Be Your Name”, played by Timothee Chalamet.
Anna presents herself as an awful dancer and geeky girl.
Her Instagram account has been followed by over 150,000 people; this is the only social media platform that she uses, although there are a few Twitter and Facebook accounts run by her fans.
Age, height, and net worth
Anna is 30 years old, and has curly, black hair and brown eyes, with trademark freckles on her nose. She weighs about 135lbs (60kgs) and is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall with vital statistics of 34-26-33.
According to sources, the “Harry Potter” franchise earned over $7.5 billion – Anna had a salary of $9,500 in her first movie, while in “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1” her salary was $11,000, and for “Part 2”, she earned $15,000. For her acting in “Hollyoaks”, Anna was paid $1,500 per episode, appearing in over 240 episodes.
As mentioned, she’s starred in several other movies and series, so as of early 2022, Anna’s net worth has been estimated at close to $2 million.