London-bred Sienna Miller, 18, returns to the city of her birth, New York City, where she studies at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and appears in off-Broadway productions of Independence, the Striker, Cigarettes and Chocolate, and A School for Scandal. In 2001, she heads back to London and lands her first TV gig in the BBC comedy Bedtime.
Miller lands her first American television series with Keen Eddie. She plays Fiona, the sexy flatmate of a New York City police officer assigned to work in London. While the series is short-lived, her performance earns a Fox Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice TV Break Out Star in 2003.
Miller and Jude Law film Alfie, a remake of the 1966 film about risqué sexual dalliances. The chemistry between Miller and Law prompts reports of a budding romance. "I'm really not happy talking about our relationship," Miller tells London's Evening Standard. "It all seems so mad at the moment." The movie only grosses $13.4 million, but its stars begin a romantic relationship the following February.
Law proposes to Miller at her Notting Hill apartment, with a $35,000 diamond engagement ring: nine diamonds in a platinum circle set in gold. She accepts. "I want a big church wedding," she tells PEOPLE. "We haven't set a date yet, but I'm ecstatic. It's always been my dream to marry in white."
Hot bag designer Kooba names their latest tote after Miller (The Sienna), confirming her status as a fashion icon and bona fide "It" girl. "I'm flattered to have a bag named after me," Miller says. She is also known to be an ongoing inspiration to fashion designer and close friend Matthew Williamson, wearing his clothes to the Golden Globes and Academy Awards in 2004.
Miller moves out of her Notting Hill flat to live with Law. She also makes an impression in her five minutes onscreen with future 007 Daniel Craig in the British flick Layer Cake. At the same time, Miller drops out of Factory Girl, a biopic about Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, due to scheduling problems. But, reports say she was dumped for a bigger name (Katie Holmes was reported to be attached).
Miller is cast as Celia in Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Wyndham Theatre in London. When the play's leading lady, Helen McCrory, falls ill during a performance, Miller tells the director that she knows the part of Rosalind and gets a chance to shine.
Britain's Sunday Mirror prints a detailed account of an affair between Law and his former nanny, Daisy Wright. Later that same day the paper runs a statement from Law: "I want to publicly apologize to Sienna and our respective families for the pain I've caused. There is no defense for my actions, which I deeply regret, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this very difficult time." The next day Miller shows up to work at the Wyndham Theatre without her engagement ring.
Miller resumes the leading role in the Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl, and on Aug. 17, she and Law are photographed together for the first time since news broke of Law's affair, appearing to be back on. But by October, Law calls the relationship off after reports link Miller with her Layer Cake costar Daniel Craig. The following month, they're back on. "We're working things out," Miller tells Extra.
After starting a media firestorm, Miller apologizes for referring to Pittsburgh as "S---sburgh" in Rolling Stone. She's in the Pennsylvania city filming the movie adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. "What I have seen of it is beautiful," Miller's statement says of the city. "I came once before to visit The Andy Warhol Museum whilst researching a film and found both the city and its inhabitants warm and gracious."
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