Pernilla August may only be known to Star Wars fans as Anakin Skywalker’s mother, Shmi Skywalker, but she has also acted and directed in dozens of films and TV episodes over the last few decades.
August played Shmi Skywalker in Episodes I and II of the Star Wars prequels, The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, and voiced Shmi in the episode “Overlords” of the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fun fact: these Star Wars films were the first acting roles where Swedish-born August spoke her lines in English.
August has worked internationally as an actress since 1975, and in 1992 she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for The Best Intentions, written by Igmar Bergman.
August worked on a previous George Lucas production before her Star Wars debut when she appeared in two episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in 1993. More recently August has appeared in several episodes of the TV series Glitch and The Legacy.
Pernilla August has also worked as a director on several projects including 2010’s Beyond which won several awards in film festivals throughout the world.
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