The Daily Telegraph

Yes, she looks the part – but can she act it, too?

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Newly re­leased images of ac­tress Emma Cor­rin play­ing Di­ana in the forth­com­ing Net­flix se­ries of The Crown had so­cial me­dia in a tail­spin on Sun­day, with fans “dou­ble-tak­ing” at the verisimil­i­tude of the stills.

In a replica of the late Princess of Wales’s wed­ding gown, the 24-year-old Brit was the “spit­ting im­age” of the young Di­ana, many mar­velled, and “just her!”.

Cor­rin is a fan­tas­tic ac­tress, and I’ll be tun­ing in along with ev­ery­one else on Novem­ber 15. But with all the tools that make-up artists and cos­tume de­sign­ers now have at their dis­posal, I’m less im­pressed by mir­ror im­agery than an ac­tor’s ca­pac­ity to bring that per­son to life.

Ash­ton Kutcher may have got Steve Jobs’s ap­pear­ance, voice and man­ner­isms right, but it was Michael Fass­ben­der – look­ing far less like the Ap­ple founder – who nailed Jobs’s in­ner mo­ti­va­tions.

We’ve started to prize mimicry over act­ing in re­cent years – and it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that the two things are not the same.

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The Crown Spit­ting im­age: Emma Cor­rin as Di­ana, Princess of Wales in the forth­com­ing se­ries of

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