Born Isabella, “Bella” Heathcote is an actress from Australia. Her first roles include playing “Amanda Fowler” on the Australian television soap opera, Neighbours (1985), for which she is best known. She was a recipient of a Heath Ledger Scholarship in May 2010 and in December of that year, Heathcote was cast in David Chase’s film Not Fade Away. In February 2011, Tim Burton selected Heathcote to play Victoria Winters and Josette du Pres in his film adaptation of Dark Shadows, starring opposite Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter. She was later cast in Nicolas Winding Refn’s thriller film The Neon Demon, which was released in 2016.
Heathcote was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival. The following year, she starred alongside Max Minghella in The Killers’ music video for “Shot at the Night“. Heathcote was part of the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign for Miu Miu alongside fellow actresses Lupita Nyong’o, Elle Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.
In 2017, Heathcote played Leila Williams in the film Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey. She also joined the season 2 cast of the television drama The Man in the High Castle, as Nicole Dörmer, a Berlin-born filmmaker. Heathcote starred as Olive Byrne, partner of psychologists and comic book authors William Moulton Marston and Elizabeth Holloway Marston, in the 2017 biographical film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.
Heathcote played Susan Parsons in the CBS All Access drama Strange Angel. The show is an adaptation of George Pendle’s novel Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons. The series was canceled after two seasons in November 2019. Heathcote will appear in the upcoming independent drama Relic, alongside Emily Mortimer and Robyn Nevin. The film follows a daughter, a mother and a grandmother who are “haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family’s home”. The movie is co-written and directed by Natalia Erika James.