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Who is Vanessa Kirby? Frankenstein Chronicles actress and star who played Princess Margaret in Netflix series The Crown

The London-born blonde is an award-winning star of stage and screen

She stars as the young and controversial Princess Margaret in the award-winning Netflix drama The Crown.

She's also playing Lady Jemima Hervey in The Frankenstein Chronicles. But who exactly is Bafta winning Vanessa?

Vanessa Kirby is one of London's hottest young actresses

Who is Vanessa Kirby?
She was born in Wimbledon, London on April 18 1988 to a urologist father and magazine editor mother.

Vanessa attended Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton and then studied English at Exeter University.

She took a gap year to travel after being turned down by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

She has a sister Juliet, a theatrical agent, and a brother Joe, an assistant headteacher.

How did Vanessa get into acting?
She turned down a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) after signing to a talent agency.

Through that she met theatre director David Thacker, who cast her in three starring stage roles in three productions that were staged at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton in 2009 - Arthur Miller's All
My Sons, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen and Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

For her role in All My Sons she won the Manchester Evening News Theatre award for Rising Star.

She then starred at the National Theatre as Isabella in Women Beware Women alongside Dame Harriet Walter and Harry Melling, who is best known as playing Dudley in the Harry Potter movies.

In 2016 she starred on Broadway alongside Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire, reprising their roles as Blanche DuBois and Stella Kowalski from the production's run at the Old Vic in London.
When did Vanessa start acting on screen?
In 2011 she made her TV debut in the BBC's The Hour and then went on to play Estrella in the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations.

Vanessa was then cast in Ridley Scott's mini series adaptation of author Kate Mosse's novel Labyrinth and then starred with Shia LaBeouf in the film Charlie Countryman.

She then starred as Rachel McAdams's best friend Joanna in the Richard Curtis film About Time.

Vanessa filmed The Rise with Timothy Spall and Matthew Lewis and went on to star in Jupiter Ascending, Everest and Genius alongside Colin Firth.
What is Vanessa best known for?
Vanessa is currently starring as Lady Jemima Hervey in The Frankenstein Chronicles on ITV.

She also stars as Princess Margaret in the award-winning Netflix drama The Crown alongside Claire Foy, who plays The Queen, and Matt Smith, who stars as the Duke of Edinburgh.

Speaking about playing the controversial Royal, she told the Independent: "She is resisting and rebelling, trying to defy the conventions that you can’t escape.

"I suppose you see it a little bit with Harry, and you see with him deal with it in different ways, to the way that Diana dealt with it. The coping mechanisms.”

Who has Vanessa been romantically linked to?
She dated Douglas Booth after they met on the set of Great Expectations.

On March 23 2017 it was reported that Hollywood star Tom Cruise had fallen for her and the pair had enjoyed an “instant chemistry” when they first set eyes on each other on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 Gemini.

The 54-year-old actor  is said to have become enchanted by the British actress with a source claiming to website InTouch Weekly he was “blown away by her endless charm and


It is not clear what her role entails, but Vanessa was pictured locking lips with Tom as they filmed scenes in Paris, France this week.

Wearing a cream coat and boots, Vanessa looked stunning as she shared a laugh with her co-star, who looked smart in a suit and open-necked shirt.

Mission: Impossible 6 Gemini is set to be released next year.

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