Vanessa Kirby

Vanessa Kirby

Highest Rated: 100% The Dresser (2015)

Lowest Rated: 39% Italian Studies (2021)

Birthday: Apr 18, 1988

Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England, UK

An acclaimed stage actress in her native England, Vanessa Kirby also rose to fame on the small screen with her Emmy-nominated role as Princess Margaret on "The Crown" (Netflix, 2016- ). Born in Wimbledon, London, Kirby was the daughter of prostate surgeon and university professor Roger Kirby and magazine editor Jane Kirby. By her own account, Kirby had a childhood marked by highs and lows: she was well cared for by her parents, who introduced her to a wide array of film and theater, which eventually spurred her interest in acting. But she also suffered from giardia, an intestinal condition caused by parasites, which required constant and invasive medical attention, and dealt with frequent bullying by other students while attending Lady Eleanor Holles School. Her path to professional acting took a equally challenging route: Kirby was turned down by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and took a gap year to travel throughout Africa and Asian before returning to England to enroll at the University of Exeter. She obtained a degree in English and earned an opportunity to study at the London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts. But Kirby turned it down to launch her professional career at the Octagon Theatre in 2010; there, she earned rave reviews and the "Rising Star" Award from the "Manchester Evening News." More critical praised followed her appearances at the Royal National Theatre, as well as her television debut in the '50s-set BBC drama series "The Hour" (2011-12). By the following year, Kirby was dividing her time between stage work in the well-received Young Vic production of "Three Sisters" (2012), television roles in the BBC's "Great Expectations" miniseries (2011) and the Ridley Scott-produced "Labyrinth" (Channel 4, 2012) and her first film appearances, beginning in 2012 with the crime drama "The Rise." Critical praise for all of these efforts led to roles in major features like Richard Curtis' "About Time" (2013) and leads in John Boorman's nostalgic "Queen & Country" (2014), as well as award-winning turns in stage productions of "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Young Vic in 2014. Despite the exposure, Kirby had yet to receive her breakout screen role; that changed in 2016 when she was cast as Princess Margaret, younger sister to Queen Elizabeth II, on "The Crown." Kirby drew stellar reviews for her turn as Margaret, who over the course of the series' first two seasons, emerged from beneath Elizabeth's shadow and from the wreckage of a ruined engagement to find her own way, as well as a bona fide love in photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode). For her performance, Kirby netted an Emmy nomination and BAFTA Award, and the expanded exposure led to major roles in Hollywood features, including the arms dealer known as the White Widow on "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" (2018) and "Hobbs & Shaw" (2019), a spin-off of the "Fast and Furious" franchise with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Highest rated movies

The Dresser
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout Mr. Jones
Queen and Country
The World to Come Pieces of a Woman Kill Command Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part Two White Widow (Character) - 2024
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part One White Widow (Character) - 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Son Beth (Character) - 2022
39% 15% Italian Studies Alina Reynolds (Character),
Executive Producer
$5.5K 2021
75% 60% The World to Come Tallie (Character) $106.3K 2020
75% 84% Pieces of a Woman Martha (Character) - 2020
86% No Score Yet Mr. Jones Ada Brooks (Character) - 2019
67% 88% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Hattie (Character) $173.8M 2019
97% 88% Mission: Impossible -- Fallout The White Widow (Character) $220.1M 2018
75% 45% Kill Command Mills (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 17% Genius Zelda Fitzgerald (Character) $1.4M 2016
54% 73% Me Before You Alicia (Character) $56.2M 2016
100% 60% The Dresser Irene (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bone in the Throat Sophie (Character) - 2015
76% 47% Queen and Country Dawn Rohan (Character) - 2014
60% 63% Wasteland Nicola (Character) - 2012

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2017 2021
No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2019 2021
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2018 2020
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
No Score Yet 6% The View Guest 2018
90% 91% The Crown Princess Margaret (Character) 2016-2017
No Score Yet 82% The Frankenstein Chronicles Lady Jemima Kirby (Character) 2015 2017
88% 90% The Hour Ruth Elms (Character) 2011-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet China: Nature's Ancient Kingdom Narrator