Biography of Evanna Lynch
Evanna Patricia Lynch is an Irish actress and model who rose to fame after playing the eccentric dreamer Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series and in the 2012 musical A Very Potter Senior Year.
Pictured: Evanna Lynch
Childhood and youth
The future Potter star was born on August 16, 1991 in the Irish town of Termonfekin, County Louth, in the family of Donal and Marguerite Lynch. The girl has two older sisters, Mairead and Emily, and a younger brother, Patrick.
Little Evanna with her mother
When Evanna was 11 years old, she suffered from anorexia and even ended up in the hospital, where doctors literally had to fight for the girl’s life. But even in this state, Lynch thought not about the bitter medicines that she had to take, but about the release of another Harry Potter book, which she missed due to illness.
Evanna Lynch loved the story of Harry Potter since childhood
The medical workers took pity on Evanna and let her go to the event where the meeting with the writer JK Rowling took place. Lynch was delighted, meeting with an idol inspired her to write a letter to Rowling.
The girl spoke about her health problems and shared that she dreams of playing a role in the film adaptation of a work about a young wizard. The writer supported Evanna and wished her to pull herself together and overcome her illness. Joan’s answer inspired the girl, and in 2 years she fully recovered.
Evanna and JK Rowling
Evanna’s early school years were spent at Cartown National School in Termonfeckin, where she studied until 2004. She then moved on to Our Lady College, a Catholic girls’ school in Drogheda, where her father was vice principal.
Later, in 2008, the girl attended a summer school for gifted teenagers at the Irish Talented Youth Center in Glasnevin, where she studied drama and fantasy literature. In September 2010, she entered the Institute of Education to further consolidate her knowledge in art and acting.
Evanna Lynch as a child (pictured with her brother)
Evanna made her acting debut in 2007. Hearing about the casting for the new part of the Harry Potter film series, which took place in London, the girl immediately persuaded her father to take her samples. The competition was huge: 15,000 young actresses applied for the role of Luna Lovegood.
Of all the contenders, Lynch was most liked by the writer, who personally approved the cast. As JK Rowling said: “Yes, she is definitely not of this world! Exactly what is needed”.
And producers David Heyman and David Barron decided to approve the actress because they realized that it was easy for her to act spontaneously and unpredictably. The eccentric Luna, the daughter of the publisher of the magazine “Quiller”, was not to be played, but to become her, which Evanna did very well. Two years later, Evanna Lynch reappeared as Luna in the sixth installment of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince franchise. After the premiere, Michael Dwyer, a journalist for The Irish Times, named the girl the best Irish actress of 2009. Lynch was later nominated for a Scream Award and a Young Artist Award.
Evanna signing autographs at the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
The final parts of the Harry Potter series were Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. In the finale, Luna’s storyline became one of the key ones. She helped defeat the Death Eaters and Voldemort and won the heart of Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis).
Evanna Lynch and Matthew Lewis
In 2012, the adventure series Sinbad was released. The main character in it was played by Briton Elliot Knight, and the Irish actress was offered the role of Helen, the daughter of the sorceress Taryn. Evanna’s appearance was episodic – the audience saw her only in the final episode.
Evanna Lynch in Sinbad
The actress recalled the following about filming in Sinbad:
I was very worried and nervous because this was my first project after Harry Potter, the first project that I considered a real work. I no longer felt as secure as when I played Luna as a child, but, nevertheless, I always wanted to move on, develop and meet new people.
That same year, Evanna appeared in the lead role in the student short It Don’t Come Easy and played Luna Lovegood in A Very Potter Senior Year.
In 2013, fans saw Lynch in the American comedy When Your Best Friend Is Gay, starring Michael Willett and Natasha Lyonne. Evanna reincarnated as a character named Mackenzie Price.
Shot from the movie “When the best friend is gay”
At that time, the girl also conquered the theater stage. She played in a play about the illusionist Harry Houdini, reincarnated as an assistant and wife of a famous American magician.
2015 was a successful year for the girl. She first appeared on Danny and the Zoo as the eccentric Bridget Riordan.
With colleagues on the TV series “Danny and the Zoo”
Later, the audience was able to enjoy the work of Evanna in the dramatic film “My name is Emily”, where she played the main role of a girl who ran away from her foster family to free her father from a psychiatric hospital. The film was directed by Simon Fitzmaurice. The film premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh International Film Festival.
Evanna in My Name Is Emily
Evanna Lynch’s personal life
The personal life of the actress is as much a mystery as Luna Lovegood. Evanna Lynch is not married, and almost nothing is known about her relationship. From 2013 to 2016, she dated actor Robbie Jarvis, who played the young James Potter in Order of the Phoenix. In November 2016, celebrities announced their separation, but managed to maintain friendly relations and even appear together at parties and public events.
Evanna Lynch and Robbie Jarvis
Evanna Lynch now
In 2023, the filming of the special issue of the Harry Potter story “Return to Hogwarts”, timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of the first film about the young wizard, took place. In addition to the trio of main characters played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, other characters will appear in the film, including Evanna Lynch.
In general, uznayvse.ru notes, in recent years, the girl rarely acts in films, but focuses more on the social aspects of her life. She does not eat meat, promotes vegetarianism and is the advertising face of healthy eco-products, which are created jointly with the international organization PETA. In December 2023, Evanna released her autobiography The Other Side of Butterfly Hunting. Tragedies and joys of growing up. In it, she spoke about the struggle with anorexia, filming in “Harry Potter” and the transition period.
Evanna Lynch successfully used her fame to promote healthy self-esteem and body acceptance among young girls. Having overcome anorexia, she knows firsthand how difficult it is to live with a huge number of complexes and what terrible consequences they can lead to.
Evanna designed and handcrafted various fashion accessories for the Harry Potter films. One of these was the radish-shaped beaded earrings worn by her character Luna Lovegood.
Luna and her famous earrings
The girl does charity work. In 2010, she launched a fundraiser for MS Readathon, an annual sponsored reading run by charity MS Ireland that encourages children and adults to read as many books as possible. The money raised goes to help people with multiple sclerosis.
Lynch is on the Board of Advisors for the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a non-profit organization founded by Andrew Slack in 2005 to raise awareness of human rights violations in Sudan. Since then, the company’s activities have focused on the issues of literacy, US immigration reform, global economic justice, sexism, climate change and others.