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Vanessa Kirby Biography

Birth Name:
Vanessa Nuala Kirby
Birth Place:
Wimbledon, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to become an actress at age 12 after seeing Vanessa Redgrave, who was a family friend, in a production of The Cherry Orchard
  • Auditioned for the Bristol Old Vic at 17 but was turned down; took a gap year and traveled throughout Africa and Asia, and volunteered in an AIDS hospice in South Africa
  • Was set to attend drama school in 2009 after her travels but took a job working in repertory at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, England, instead, and appeared in plays by Arthur Miller, Henrik Ibsen and William Shakespeare
  • In 2011 made her London stage debut in Women Beware Women; the same year made her TV debut in BBC's The Hour
  • Was named one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow in 2011
  • Appears as Princess Margaret in Netflix's 2016 production The Crown

Awards

  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2020Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2020Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2018BAFTA Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2017BAFTA Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated