Vanessa Kirby

Last updated on the 9 July 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 18 April 1988, Wimbledon, London, England. 

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret

Vanessa Kirby grew up in Wimbledon, South West London, where she discovered her love for the performing arts. After completing her primary education, Kirby enrolled at Lady Eleanor Holles School, an independent day school for girls in Hampton, London.

Following her graduation from senior school, Kirby was accepted into the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. This renowned institution provided her with the necessary training and knowledge to refine her craft. She immersed herself in a rigorous curriculum, studying classical acting techniques, voice training, and stagecraft.

Vanessa Kirby’s career took off when she began working in both theatere and film. Her breakthrough moment came in 2010 when she portrayed Isabella in the critically acclaimed production of “Measure for Measure” at the Almeida Theatre in London.

Vanessa Kirby as Empress Joséphine
Vanessa Kirby as Empress Joséphine

Kirby’s talent soon caught the attention of the film industry, and she made her feature film debut in the 2011 romantic comedy “Love/Loss.” However, it was her role as Princess Margaret in the hit Netflix series “The Crown” that catapulted her to international fame. Her portrayal of the complex and rebellious princess garnered widespread acclaim, earning her a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In addition to her success on television, Kirby has also achieved recognition on the big screen. She delivered a captivating performance as White Widow in the action blockbuster “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018), starring alongside Tom Cruise.

Vanessa Kirby has been an advocate for women’s rights and has supported various charitable organisations, using her platform to raise awareness for important causes.


BAFTA award


WINNER|Television: Supporting Actress for The Crown (2018)


Suggested viewing
The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.2

“The Frankenstein Chronicles” is a television period crime/horror drama series that reimagines Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.” Set in 19th-century London, it follows Inspector John Marlott, a river police officer who investigates a gruesome corpse made up of body parts from missing children, aiming to uncover the responsible party

Top cast: Sean Bean, Richie Campbell, Tom Ward, Ed Stoppard, Vanessa Kirby, Samuel West, Robbie Gee, Eloise Smyth.


The Crown (2016)

Vanessa Kirby The Crown poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.6

“The Crown” is a compelling historical drama series that chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. It delves into the complex world of the British monarchy, showcasing the personal struggles, political challenges, and intimate relationships of the royal family. With its stellar cast and meticulous attention to detail, it offers a captivating glimpse into the corridors of power and the burdens of wearing the crown.

Top cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Coleman, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Northam, Victoria Hamilton, Tobias Menzies, Josh O’Connor, Erin Doherty, Vanessa Kirby (S1-2).


Great Expectations (2011)

Great Expectations poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

“Great Expectations” is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. It follows the journey of Pip, a young orphan who encounters a mysterious benefactor and falls in love with the enigmatic Estella. As Pip encounters the complexities of love, ambition and societal expectations, he discovers the true nature of his great expectations and the power of self-discovery. This film beautifully captures the timeless themes of love, identity and social class.

Top cast: Douglas Booth, Vanessa Kirby, Gillian Anderson, Ray Winstone, David Suchet, Shaun Dooley, Jack Roth, Mark Addy, Paul Rhys.

Alternative Versions

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Mr. Jones (2019)

Mr. Jones poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

“Mr. Jones” is a historical thriller based on real events. It tells the story of Gareth Jones, a Welsh journalist who uncovers the truth about the Holodomor, a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine. Facing danger and deception, Jones risks his life to expose the atrocities and bring the truth to the world’s attention. This film sheds light on a harrowing chapter of history and the power of journalism in the face of adversity.

Top cast: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle, Kenneth Cranham, Celyn Jones, Krzysztof Pieczyński, Beata Pozniak, Fenella Woolgar.

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Napoleon (2023)

Vanessa Kirby as Joséphine poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.6

From humble beginnings as an impoverished Corsican officer, Napoleon Bonaparte rises to become France’s most powerful leader, transforming the nation’s destiny through a series of sweeping reforms and military conquests. His relentless ambition is fueled by a deep love for his wife, Joséphine, whose presence both empowers and complicates his path to greatness. Through their passionate and tumultuous relationship, we witness Napoleon’s unparalleled rise and the personal sacrifices he endures in pursuit of his empire.

Top cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim, Rupert Everett, Mark Bonnar, Paul Rhys, Ben Miles, Riana Duce, Edouard Philipponnat, Ludivine Sagnier.


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