Jennifer is the daughter of the English actress Rosemary Harris
and the American writer John Ehle
. Born in the US, she grew up and went to school in the UK, then trained for an acting career at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.
One of Jennifer's best remembered parts is as Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC's costume drama Pride and Prejudice
(1995). In accepting a BAFTA Award
for it the next year, Jennifer said "Half of this award should go to my wigs".
In 2000, Jennifer won a Tony Award
(Best Actress in a Play) for Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing
on Broadway. Her mother, Rosemary Harris, was also nominated in the same category. In the same year, Jennifer was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (Best Actress).
Jennifer married Michael Ryan
in 2001, and they have one son, called George.
The name Ehle is pronounced "Eelee".