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Jew­eller’s girl Emer­ald Fen­nell NAMED af­ter a pre­cious stone and the daugh­ter of a so­ci­ety jew­eller, Emer­ald Fen­nell was al­ways likely to fol­low her fa­ther into the lux­ury goods busi­ness.

The 33-year-old Ox­ford grad­u­ate (right) is, how­ever, rapidly be­com­ing a show­busi­ness gem.

Af­ter dye­ing her blonde hair red to play Nurse Patsy Mount in the BBC’s hugely pop­u­lar Sun­day night drama Call The Mid­wife, Emer­ald — who has also found time to write four nov­els in the last five years — now plans to make a name for her­self as a scriptwriter.

And what a way to do it! She has won the plum job of writ­ing the script for the sec­ond se­ries of BBC hit Killing Eve.

The crit­i­cally ac­claimed drama is about a beguil­ing, psy­cho­pathic as­sas­sin, played by Jodie Comer.

Emer­ald, who was ed­u­cated at the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s £37,815-per-year alma mater, Marl­bor­ough Col­lege, is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of ac­tress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who adapted the first se­ries from Luke Jen­nings’s Co­de­name Vil­lanelle novel­las.

With her ca­reer go­ing from strength to strength, and a home in Chelsea with her long-term boyfriend, the film pro­ducer Chris Ver­non, Emer­ald would ap­pear to have it all. But she still can’t ban­ish her in­se­cu­ri­ties.

‘In other jobs you can have a bad day and it doesn’t mat­ter,’ she has said. ‘In this job if that hap­pens, then mil­lions of peo­ple are watch­ing ev­ery­thing you do and com­ment­ing on it.’

Her so­lu­tion? She’s banned her­self from read­ing any­thing about her work.

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