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      Vanessa Kirby

      Vanessa Kirby

      Highest Rated: 100% The Dresser (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 29% The Son (2022)

      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 Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One Mr. Jones Pieces of a Woman
      Queen and Country
      Kill Command The World to Come

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      Vanessa Kirby MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, VANESSA KIRBY, 2018. PH: DAVID JAMES/© PARAMOUNT FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW, VANESSA KIRBY (RIGHT), 2019. PH: DANIEL SMITH/© UNIVERSAL THE DRESSER, l-r: Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Kirby (aired October 31, 2015). ph: Joss Barratt/©BBC/Starz!/Playground Television UK FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW, VANESSA KIRBY, 2019. PH: DANIEL SMITH/© UNIVERSAL FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW, VANESSA KIRBY, 2019. PH: DANIEL SMITH/© UNIVERSAL The Dresser, Anthony Hopkins (L), Vanessa Kirby (R), 05/30/2016, ©STARZPR The Dresser, Vanessa Kirby, 05/30/2016, ©STARZPR THE DRESSER, Vanessa Kirby, (aired Oct. 31, 2015). photo: Joss Barratt/©BBC/Starz!/Playground Television UK THE DRESSER, (from left): Vanessa Kirby, Emily Watson, Ian McKellen, Anthony Hopkins, (aired Oct. 31, 2015). photo: Joss Barratt/©BBC/Starz!/Playground Television UK THE DRESSER, l-r: Vanessa Kirby, Edward Fox, Emily Watson, Anthony Hopkins (aired October 31, 2015). ph: Joss Barratt/©BBC/Starz!/Playground Television UK FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW, VANESSA KIRBY, 2019. PH: DANIEL SMITH/© UNIVERSAL MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, FROM LEFT: TOM CRUISE, VANESSA KIRBY, 2018. PH: CHIABELLA JAMES/© PARAMOUNT ABOUT TIME, from left: Vanessa Kirby, Margot Robbie, 2013. ph: Murray Close/©Universal QUEEN AND COUNTRY, from left: Sinead Cusack, John Standing, David Hayman, Caleb Landry Jones, Callum Turner, Vanessa Kirby, 2014. ©Le Pacte MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, VANESSA KIRBY (CENTER), 2018. PH: DAVID JAMES/© PARAMOUNT MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, VANESSA KIRBY, 2018. PH: CHIABELLA JAMES/© PARAMOUNT MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, VANESSA KIRBY, 2018. PH: CHIABELLA JAMES/© PARAMOUNT The Dresser, Vanessa Kirby, 05/30/2016, ©STARZPR MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, HENRY CAVILL (BACK LEFT), TOM CRUISE (CENTER), FREDERICK SCHMIDT (SECOND FROM RIGHT), VANESSA KIRBY (RIGHT), 2018. PH: CHIABELLA JAMES/© PARAMOUNT

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fantastic Four Sue Storm / Invisible Woman (Character) - 2025
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two The White Widow (Character) - 2025
      58% 59% Napoleon Josephine (Character) $61.2M 2023
      96% 94% Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One The White Widow (Character) $172.0M 2023
      29% 58% The Son Emma (Character) $449.6K 2022
      40% 22% Italian Studies Alina Reynolds (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $5.5K 2021
      74% 63% The World to Come Tallie (Character) $106.3K 2020
      76% 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% 46% Kill Command Mills (Character) - 2016
      52% 46% Genius Zelda Fitzgerald (Character) $1.4M 2016
      54% 73% Me Before You Alicia (Character) $56.2M 2016
      100% 59% 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 No Score Yet China: Nature's Ancient Kingdom Narrator 2021
      No Score Yet 19% 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 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2017 2021
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2019 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2018 2020
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2018
      81% 92% The Crown Princess Margaret (Character) 2016-2017
      No Score Yet 87% The Frankenstein Chronicles Lady Jemima Kirby (Character) 2015 2017
      88% 87% The Hour Ruth Elms (Character) 2011-2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Labyrinth Alice Tanner (Character) 2012