HER TIME TO SHINE
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