awards & nominations

The Knack, and How to Get It (1965)

Rita Tushingham as "Nancy Jones"

Desperate to improve his luck with women, London schoolteacher Colin (Michael Crawford) enlists his artist roommate, Tom (Donal Donnelly), to help drag a brass bed back to their flat. Along the way they meet Nancy (Rita Tushingham), a new girl in town, who follows them home. There they encounter Tolen (Ray Brooks), the third roommate and a consummate lady-killer. He tries to help Colin seduce Nancy, but ends up whisking her away on his motorcycle instead, and Colin is determined to get her back.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1965)NominatedBritish Actress

Girl With Green Eyes (1964)

Rita Tushingham as "Kate Brady"

Innocent Kate Brady (Rita Tushingham) leaves her family farm and heads for Dublin, where she lives with her former convent friend Baba Brennan (Lynn Redgrave). She soon meets older man Eugene (Peter Finch), who is a writer and intellectual. Kate and Eugene fall in love. However, when Kate's father finds out about their romance, he is determined to break it up. Kate remains devoted to Eugene, but their love disintegrates when Eugene realizes that he really has nothing in common with Kate.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)NominatedBritish Actress

A Taste of Honey (1961)

Rita Tushingham as "Jo"

In this domestic drama, British teen Jo (Rita Tushingham) struggles to find love in her bleak day-to-day life, which is dominated by her alcoholic mother, Helen (Dora Bryan). When Jo has a brief fling with a black sailor and Helen takes up with a new lover, their already tense relationship is further strained. Jo faces more complications as she discovers she is pregnant, but finds support when she moves in with an odd but thoughtful gay student named Geoffrey (Murray Melvin).

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1961)WonMost Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles