Meet Vanessa Kirby, the British Actress You’ve Fallen in Love With on The Crown

There's no denying that the cast of The Crown is captivating from the very first episode. While Claire Foy's incredible performance as Queen Elizabeth II has been especially praised by many (including the SAG Awards), it's actually Vanessa Kirby's interpretation of the glamorous Princess Margaret that has been drawing a lot of attention now that the second season of the Netflix show is here. Over just a few episodes, she manages to show us just how relatable the Queen's sister is. As we wait to find out if she'll return for season three, here's everything you should know about the British actress.

Vanessa was born and bred in London.
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Vanessa was born and bred in London.

The 30-year-old star was born on April 18, 1987 and grew up in Wimbledon, London. Her father is a urologist and her mother is one of the founders of Country Living magazine.

She has an extensive theater background.
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She has an extensive theater background.

After studying English at Exeter University, Vanessa was signed to a talent agency where she met theater director David Thacker. He gave her three starring roles in 2009 in All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, and A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. She won the BIZA Rising Star Award for All My Sons, then went on to star in even more plays.

Yes, you've definitely seen her on TV before.
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Yes, you've definitely seen her on TV before.

She landed her first TV role in 2011 when she was cast in the BBC's The Hour, where she starred alongside Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, and Romola Garai. The same year she was also cast as Estella in the BBC's adaptation of Great Expectations, which also starred Douglas Booth and Gillian Anderson.

Since then, she's appeared in films such as The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman with Shia LaBeouf and Mads Mikkelsen; About Time with Rachel McAdams; Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum; Everest with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Keira Knightley; Genius with Colin Firth, Jude Law, and Nicole Kidman; and Me Before You with Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke, and Matthew Lewis.

And you're about to see more of her!
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And you're about to see more of her!

Next year, you'll get to see Vanessa in Mission: Impossible 6, and we have a feeling that it's only the beginning of a long and successful career.