She is known for appearing in the films Amazing Grace, Atonement, and Glorious 39, and in BBC series such as Emma, The Hour and The Crimson Petal and the White.
Romola Garai is of Hungarian descent and her great grandfather was Bert Garai, the founder of the Keystone Press Agency in London in 1924.
Hailed by The Sunday Times Magazine as one of Britain's finest Rising Stars along with Matthew Goode, Hugh Dancy, Eddie Redmayne, Gemma Arterton, Hayley Atwell, Andrea Riseborough, Richard Coyle, Tom Sturridge, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Eliza Bennett, Daniel Mays and Kaya Scodelario (2009).
Was officially in the BAFTA long list (equivalent to the semi-finals) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, for her role in Atonement (2007), which consisted of 15 finalists for each category (except Animated Film).
Sam Taylor-Wood's directional debut Nowhere Boy, about the early life of late Beatle John Lennon, has received four nods, including Best Supporting Actress nominations for Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff and Outstanding British Film.
South African alien movie District 9 has received seven nominations, including Best Director for Neill Blomkamp, while Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Up In The Air have six nominations apiece.