Sunday Mirror

How Di was cast for The Crown’s Emma

Posh ac­tress into causes like Diana

- BY RICHARD SIMP­SON scoops@sun­day mir­

STROLLING through the leafy lanes of affluent north London, Emma Cor­rin blends in with the crowd.

But the days when the ac­tress can walk her dog un­no­ticed may be num­bered.

For next month, TV view­ers will see the 24-year-old in her first lead­ing role as Princess Diana in the long- awaited fourth se­ries of The Crown.

Emma – whose dog is iron­i­cally called Spencer – won the chance of a life­time in the £100mil­lion se­ries less than a year af­ter her univer­sity fi­nals.

But, de­spite her dressed­down ap­pear­ance, pri­vate­lye­d­u­cated Emma’s priv­i­leged life­style may have primed her for the part of Diana, with whom she shares some strik­ing char­ac­ter traits.


Liv­ing in a £1mil­lion Victorian red brick apart­ment in one of the posh­est parts of north London, a glance at Emma’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts shows she is a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate of many causes – much like the Peo­ple’s Princess.

She sup­ports Black Lives Mat­ter, Aids aware­ness, Bone Can­cer Aware­ness Week and a cam­paign to “Make white priv­i­lege and sys­tem­atic racism a com­pul­sory part of the Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion course”.

Emma has also spo­ken about fem­i­nism and body im­age in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

Born in De­cem­ber 1995, she is the el­dest of three chil­dren of busi­ness­man Chris Cor­rin and his South African wife, Dr Juli­ette Cor­rin – a top child speech ther­a­pist.

The fam­ily home is a £ 2.5mil lion de­tached house with a swim­ming pool in Kent.

Emma and her brothers Richard, 21, and Jonty, 18, were ed­u­cated pri­vately, with the ac­tress at­tend­ing Wold­ing­ham, a £ 36,000- a- year Ro­man Catholic girls’ school near Oxted in Sur­rey, where Great Gatsby star Carey Mul­li­gan also went.

Emma was tapped to play Lady Di at the be­gin­ning of 2019 af­ter more than n ine months of prac­tice reads on set. She also re­searched the role us­ing books about Diana and got to know what she was like through meet­ings with Pa­trick Jep­son, her for­mer pri­vate sec­re­tary.

Af­ter a gap year, dur­ing which she took a Shake­speare course at the London Acad­emy of Mu­sic and Dra­matic Art and worked as a vol­un­teer teacher at a school in Knysna, South Africa, Emma went to St John’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge, to study ed­u­ca­tion, English and drama.

And, like her new co- star Olivia Col­man – who plays the Queen in The Crown – she threw her­self into stage roles at Cam­bridge, where she ap­peared in 20 pro­duc­tions.

Her screen char­ac­ters since then have in­cluded Miss South Africa in re­cent film Mis­be­haviour about the women’s lib plot to dis­rupt the 1970 Miss World con­test.

She also ap­peared in US drama se­ries Pen­ny­worth, an episode of ITV’s Grantch­ester, and 2018 short film, Alex’s Dream.

But her role as Diana is likely to make Emma a house­hold name.

She de­scribed it as “the most ex­cep­tional op­por­tu­nity”, adding: “Princess Diana was an icon, and her ef­fect on the world re­mains pro­found and in­spir­ing. I will strive to do her jus­tice.”

In her open­ing scene, Emma ap­pears as an imp-like Diana, then 16. She be­guiles Prince Charles whi le dressed in a green leo­tard as a wood­land char­ac­ter from Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream – a play she had been learn­ing at school.

The rest, as they say, is his­tory.

Diana was an icon... I will strive to do her jus­tice


■ The fourth se­ries of The Crown is out on Net­flix on Novem­ber 15.

 ??  ?? PIC­TURE EX­CLU­SIVE LEAD ROLE Emma takes her dog Spencer for a walk
PLUSH Her north London flat
PIC­TURE EX­CLU­SIVE LEAD ROLE Emma takes her dog Spencer for a walk PLUSH Her north London flat
 ??  ?? PRIV­I­LEGED As Diana in The Crown
PRIV­I­LEGED As Diana in The Crown
 ??  ?? RO­MANCE Charles & Di in 1981
RO­MANCE Charles & Di in 1981

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