HER TIME TO SHINE

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A string of daz­zling stage per­for­mances has made her one of Lon­don’s most ex­cit­ing and in-de­mand young ac­tresses. Now, with two block­buster films out, and star­ring roles in Netflix’s The Crown and Un­cle Vanya at the Almeida, Vanessa Kirby is about to hit

the big time. Pa­tri­cia Ni­col meets a star in the mak­ing

Should this sum­mer’s Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous movie prove such a smash that there is de­mand for a pre­quel, Vanessa Kirby would be dream cast­ing as the young Patsy Stone. Like Joanna Lum­ley, she’s ef­fu­sive, en­dear­ingly ec­cen­tric, a bit posh and whip-smart.

The 27-year-old ris­ing star makes a dra­matic en­trance to the Prim­rose Hill café where her peo­ple have sug­gested we meet. Ca­reer­ing through the door, trail­ing mul­ti­ple bags, a vi­sion of tawny blonde hair, hon­eyed skin and cream cash­mere atop coltish legs, she strides to­wards me, cry­ing, ‘Oh, look at you. Aren’t you lovely?’ Caught in the spot­light of her star­tlingly blue gaze, I hover by the ta­ble, pan­icked yet tick­led by the thought that she might be about to pinch my cheek. In­stead she shoos away a prof­fered hand­shake to en­velop me in

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