Vanessa Kirby Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Vanessa Kirby Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Vanessa Nuala Kirby is an English actress who was born on April 18, 1988. She has won numerous awards, including a BAFTA TV Award, as well as nominations for an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.

studied English literature at the University of Exeter after being born in London to urologist Roger Kirby. Following graduation, she made her professional stage debut in Arthur Miller's All My Sons (2010), followed by acclaimed performances in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2010), As You Like It (2010), Women Beware Women (2011), Three Sisters (2012), and as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (2012). (2014).

Kirby made her film debut in the crime drama The Rise (2012), and rose to international prominence as Princess Margaret in the Netflix drama series The Crown (2016–2017), for which she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. She appeared in the action films Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) and Hobbs & Shaw (2018). (2019). She won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her performance as a bereaved young woman in Pieces of a Woman (2020) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Early years

Vanessa Kirby was born in Wimbledon, London, on April 18, 1988, to former Country Living magazine editor Jane and urologist Roger Kirby. Joe and Juliet are her two siblings. Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, both actors, were family friends. She took a gap year before studying English at the University of Exeter after attending Lady Eleanor Holles School and being rejected by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Career's 2009–2014: Early work and stage productions

Kirby turned down a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after being signed to a talent agency and meeting theatre director David Thacker, who gave her three starring roles at the Octagon Theatre Bolton in 2009: in Arthur Miller's All My Sons, Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, and William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. She received the BIZA Rising Star Award, worth £5,000, for All My Sons at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.

Kirby then appeared as Isabella in Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton, directed by Marianne Elliott, at the National Theatre in 2011, alongside Harriet Walter and Harry Melling. She then starred as Rosalind in William Shakespeare's As You Like It at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where she was dubbed a "significant new talent" by Alfred Hickling of The Guardian. In 2011, she was in the première of The Acid Test by Anya Reiss at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Simon Godwin, earning praise for her performance from Paul Taylor of The Independent, who described her as "a star if ever I saw one". Kirby made her television debut in the BBC's The Hour the same year. She portrayed Estella in the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations.

Kirby went on to play Masha in the acclaimed stage production by Benedict Andrews of Three Sisters at the Young Vic in September 2012, earning exceptionally good reviews, with Matt Trueman of Time Out stating: "In a super cast given licence to shine, Kirby stands out as Masha". She began filming The Rise in early 2012. The film premiered to positive reviews at the Toronto and London Film Festivals, where it won the Best Debut Award for director Rowan Athale.

Kirby returned to the National Theatre in 2013 to play Queen Isabella opposite John Heffernan in Edward II. In the summer of 2014, she co-starred with Benedict Andrews in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic, alongside Gillian Anderson as Blanche and Ben Foster as Stanley. She won Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 Whatsonstage Awards, which are voted on by the public. Kirby also appeared in the romantic comedy film About Time, directed by Richard Curtis.

2015–present: Film roles and international acclaim

Kirby appeared in Everest as American socialite Sandy Hill Pittman, The Dresser, and The Crown in 2015, and was cast as Princess Margaret in Netflix's first original British series The Crown in May of that year. Her choice was made after a six-month search. She was nominated for a BAFTA award for this role in 2017, and she won the award for season two in 2018. She received rave reviews for her performance as Elena in Robert Icke's production of Uncle Vanya at the Almeida Theatre in 2016, with Variety's Matt Trueman writing: "Elena is played superbly by Kirby, who is lithe, fickle, hypocritical, shallow, and always sympathetic. It's a performance that establishes her as the most talented stage actress of her generation, capable of making the most daring choices." Throughout the late 2010s, Kirby appeared in a number of films, including John Boorman's Hope and Glory (1987) sequel, Queen and Country (2014), the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending (2015), and Kill Command (2016). (2016).

Variety called her "the outstanding stage actress of her generation, capable of the most unexpected choices" in 2016.

At the National Theatre in 2018, Kirby played the title role in Polly Stenham's Julie, an adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie. Kirby has since appeared in two action franchise films, Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), in which he co-starred with Tom Cruise, and Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (2019), in which he co-starred with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

In 2020, Kirby played a bereaved woman in Kornél Mundruzcó's English debut Pieces of a Woman, a film about the breakdown of a marriage. The film received mostly positive reviews, with Kirby receiving universal acclaim. According to Variety's Peter Debruge, "this is ultimately Kirby's movie, as the stage marvel delivers her most impressive screen performance to date." Her performance was described as "transcendental" by Rolling Stone, and she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, where the film premiered. She was nominated for Best Actress in the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Kirby will play Alanna Mitsopolis and White Widow in Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (2023) and Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two (2024). (2024). In 2022, she will replace Jodie Comer as Empress Josephine in Ridley Scott's upcoming historical drama film Napoleon, opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon.

Kirby co-founded Aluna Entertainment, a London-based production company with a first look deal with Netflix.

Private life

Kirby was in a relationship with actor Callum Turner, with whom she co-starred in Queen & Country, from 2015 to 2019.

Acting credits


Not yet releasedDenotes works that have not yet been released


2012The RiseNicola
NoraYoung womanShort film
2013Charlie CountrymanFelicity
About TimeJoanna
2014The ExchangeWomanShort film
InsomniacsJadeShort film
Queen & CountryDawn Rohan
National Theatre LiveA Streetcar Named DesireStella Kowalski
Off the Page: Devil in the DetailsJessicaShort film
2015Jupiter AscendingKatharine Dunlevy
Bone in the ThroatSophie
EverestSandy Hill
2016GeniusZelda Fitzgerald
Kill CommandKatherine Mills
Me Before YouAlicia Dewares
2018Mission: Impossible – FalloutAlanna Mitsopolis / White Widow
2019Mr JonesAda Brooks
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & ShawHattie Shaw
2020Pieces of a WomanMartha Weiss
The World to ComeTallie
2021Italian StudiesAlina Reynolds
2022The SonEmma
2023Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Not yet releasedAlanna Mitsopolis / White WidowPost-production
Napoleon Not yet releasedEmpress JosephinePost-production
2024Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two Not yet releasedAlanna Mitsopolis / White WidowFilming


2011The HourRuth Elms3 episodes
Great ExpectationsEstella HavishamMiniseries; 3 episodes
2012LabyrinthAlice TannerMiniseries; 2 episodes
2013Agatha Christie's PoirotCelia RavenscroftEpisode: "Elephants Can Remember"
2015The DresserIreneTelevision film
The Frankenstein ChroniclesLady Jemima HerveyMain role; 7 episodes
The CrownPrincess Margaret, Countess of SnowdonMain role (Seasons 12);
Guest role (
Season 5)
18 episodes


2010All My SonsArthur MillerAnn DeeverOctagon Theatre
GhostsHenrik IbsenRegina EngstrandOctagon Theatre
A Midsummer Night's DreamWilliam ShakespeareHelenaOctagon Theatre
As You Like ItWilliam ShakespeareRosalindWest Yorkshire Playhouse
2011Women Beware WomenThomas MiddletonIsabellaRoyal National Theatre
The Acid TestAnya ReissDanaRoyal Court Theatre
2012Three SistersAnton ChekhovMaria "Masha" KulyginaYoung Vic
2013Edward IIChristopher MarloweIsabella of FranceRoyal National Theatre
2014A Streetcar Named DesireTennessee WilliamsStella KowalskiYoung Vic
2016Uncle VanyaAnton ChekhovHelena SerebryakovaAlmeida Theatre
A Streetcar Named DesireTennessee WilliamsStella KowalskiSt. Ann's Warehouse
2018JuliePolly StenhamJulieRoyal National Theatre

Music videos

2007"The Heart Never Lies"McFlyFemale lead

Awards and nominations



British Academy Television AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe CrownWon
Gold Derby Television AwardsBest Drama Supporting ActressNominated
Online Film and Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated


AACTA AwardsBest International ActressPieces of a WomanNominated
Academy AwardsBest ActressNominated
Alliance of Women Film JournalistsBest ActressNominated
British Academy Film AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
Critics' Choice Movie AwardsBest ActressNominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics AssociationBest ActressNominated
Denver Film Critics SocietyBest ActressNominated
Detroit Film Critics SocietyBest ActressNominated
Georgia Film Critics AssociationBest ActressNominated
Gold Derby Film AwardsBest Lead ActressNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture – DramaNominated
Hollywood Film Critics AssociationBest ActressNominated
Houston Film Critics SocietyBest ActressNominated
London Film Critics Circle AwardsActress of the YearNominated
Online Film and Television AssociationBest ActressNominated
San Diego Film Critics SocietyBest ActressNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion PictureNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleNominated
St. Louis Film Critics AssociationBest ActressNominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics AssociationBest ActressNominated
Women Film Critics CircleBest ActressNominated
Real NameVanessa Kirby
NicknamesNu/Noo, Hot Mess, Noola Noo
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters - 170 cm
in meters - 1.70 m
in feet inches - 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms - 55 kg
in Pounds - 121 lbs
Figure Measurements (approx.)32-26-34
Eye ColorGrey
Hair ColorBlonde
Personal Life
Date of Birth18 April 1988
Age (as in 2022)34 Years
Birth PlaceWimbledon, London, England
Zodiac sign/Sun signAries
HometownWimbledon, London, England
School(s)Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton,
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
College/UniversityUniversity of Exeter, England
Educational QualificationDegree in English
DebutFilm- Love/Loss (2010)
TV- The Hour (2011)
FamilyFather- Name Not Known (Prostate Surgeon, Urologist)
Mother- Name Not Known (Founder of Country Magazine)
Brother- Joe Kirby
Sister- Juliet Kirby
HobbiesCooking, Partying, Watching Movies, Reading
Favorite Things
Favorite ActorsTom Cruise
Favorite TV Series (as of 2017)The Night Of, The Jinx
Favorite FoodLasagne
Favorite Alcoholic DrinkWine & Vodka
Boyfriends, Affairs and More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Money Factor
Net Worth$4 Million
  • Does Vanessa Kirby smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Vanessa Kirby drink alcohol?: Yes
  • Before studying English at the University of Exeter, she got a refusal from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and consequently, she took a year gap to travel around.
  • She then shifted to LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) in London.
  • She was later signed to a talent agency and met the theatre director ‘David Thacker’ who gave her three roles in ‘All My Sons’ by Arthur Miller, ‘Ghosts’ by Henrik Ibsen, and ‘ A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare at ‘Octagon Theatre Bolton’.
  • In early 2012, she featured in ‘The Rise’ alongside ‘Matthew Lewis’ and ‘Timothy Spall’ and the film premiered at the ‘Toronto and London Film Festivals’ to positive reviews and won the ‘Best Debut Category’ for director Rowan Athale.
  • In 2014, she won the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ category at the ‘Whatsonstage Awards,’ which is voted for by the public.
  • In 2015, Vanessa was cast as ‘Princess Margaret’ after a six-month of search and research, in the Netflix’s first original British series- The Crown.

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