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Posted on March 23, 2013 / by Ana in news/ rumours

Vanessa Kirby stars in Channel 4's Easter drama Labyrinth. Picture: ContributedVanessa Kirby decided to become an actor after seeing her namesake Vanessa Redgrave on stage. now the young talent has landed a lead role in the Easter weekend’s big TV drama.

In a shabby chic bar on a dirty, grey day, in the middle of the afternoon the candles are already lit. Outside the wind feels cold enough to cut you in two. Inside, in a dingy back corner, next to the toilets, a young woman is sitting on top of a table looking at her phone while the photographer changes the lens on her camera.

The young woman’s name is Vanessa Kirby. Her friends call her Nu, short for Nuala, her middle name, since Vanessa is “way too formal and mumsy”, but her agent reminded her of Vanessa Redgrave so she decided to go with it. This Vanessa, Kirby, not Redgrave, is an actor too. You might have already seen her as Estella, adopted daughter of the icy-hearted Miss Havisham played by Gillian Anderson, in a recent TV adaptation of Great Expectations. Or maybe you clocked her in The Hour with Dominic West and Romola Garai. Prior to that you would have caught her mainly on stage in London or in Bolton, as she cut her teeth on Miller, Ibsen and Shakespeare, picking up awards and fine reviews with every production.

But it doesn’t matter if you have never seen her before in your life, as it seems Kirby’s star is on a steep upwards trajectory, and with a slew of projects on the go, it won’t be long before you see her everywhere. There is a Ridley Scott-produced TV adaptation of Kate Mosse’s novel, Labyrinth on Channel 4 next weekend, and then a small part in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman alongside Shia LaBeouf and a role in Richard Curtis’s new film, About Time. There are other film projects about which she’s been sworn to secrecy and an already planned return to the stage in Marlowe’s Edward II at the end of the year.

It’s quite a schedule. In a break from being photographed, Kirby checks her mobile phone, staring intently at the screen, and then her publicist introduces us. She shakes my hand enthusiastically and beams a smile. A few more photographs and a gentle arm-wrestle over who’s paying for the beers and we’re sitting at another table, where Kirby’s job is to tell me her story up until now and my job is to try to keep up.
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Posted on March 02, 2013 / by Ana in Uncategorized

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Posted on September 07, 2012 / by Ana in Theatre

A radical version of Chekhov’s classic of family ennui premieres tonight. Alice Jones meets the actresses following in famous footsteps

Traditionalists should look away now. Or at least have the smelling salts to hand. Tonight a radical new version of Three Sisters opens at the Young Vic in London, with three rapidly rising stars – Mariah Gale, Vanessa Kirby and Gala Gordon – in the lead roles. The director is Benedict Andrews, celebrated wild child of the Sydney theatre scene, now making a name for himself over here with his ultra-modern, iconoclastic productions. In the last year he has put Cate Blanchett in a tutu and had her pirouette across the Barbican’s stage in Gross und Klein, retooled Caligula as a gold-Kalashnikov-toting cross between Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi at the ENO, and given Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses the Tarantino treatment at the Young Vic.

The last time he tackled Chekhov – The Seagull at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney last summer – he set the action in a shack on Bondi Beach and had the characters call each other “mate”. So it’s safe to assume that his Three Sisters will not be a museum piece. A trailer online which shows the three sisters dressed to kill in designer ball-gowns, sloshing vodka into each other’s mouths, pawing at cake, and whirling around like blissed-out ravers, suggests a more sophisticated name-day party for Irina than the traditional samovar and spinning top. And then there’s Andrews’s script, which has Masha bemoaning her “mindless fucking boredom,” replaces lines from Pushkin’s “Ruslan and Ludmila” with Bowie’s “Golden Years” and peppers speeches with references to the telly and Leonard Cohen lyrics.

“I expect it will be met by a certain degree of consternation. Or even anger,” says Gale, who plays the oldest sister, Olga. “But why not take a risk? Why not do a Marmite production that you might love or hate?” chips in Gordon, aka little sister Irina. “Yes. Why do you want to watch people going round in corsets, [then] leave at the end of the evening thinking: ‘What a story. They were sad, weren’t they?’” asks Vanessa Kirby, middle sister Masha. So they won’t be wearing corsets? “No!”

Aside from Andrews’s bold staging, this feisty threesome is the main reason to get excited by the latest Chekhov revival. It’s not a casting coup along the lines of the Cusack siblings or the Redgrave relatives (see box), but it’s an exciting prospect nonetheless. Kirby, 24, was last seen on stage in The Acid Test at the Royal Court but is known to most from her television roles, including a brief but memorable debut as the murdered debutante in The Hour and as Estella in the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations, opposite Douglas Booth (who subsequently became her boyfriend).

Today, tumbling out of the rehearsal room on their lunch break, all barefoot, with long hair messily piled up, they don’t look particularly alike but you can see exactly why Andrews cast them. Gordon, half South American, is the dark-eyed, sincere one, Kirby the blonde, feline one, prone to wild outbursts, Gale the regally still one – pale, thoughtful and softly spoken. “Benedict said he looked for the essence of the character in whoever walked through the door,” she says. “And I think he got it really well.”

“Gemma Arterton came out of the room before my audition and I thought, ‘there is no way in hell I’m getting this role,’” gossips Kirby, through a mouthful of sushi. “I honestly thought I did a terrible audition.” And yet here they are, finishing each other’s sentences and calling each other affectionate nicknames (Minnie, Nu and Geegee, in case you were wondering).
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Posted on August 03, 2012 / by Ana in news/ rumours

Lulu Kennedy likes a gin and tonic with hers, Emilia Fox dances round the living room to hers, and Tallulah Harlech reminisces about Chanel’s Haute Couture show to hers. The summer song is the aural shortcut to hot sultry nights and devil-may-care days. Evoke the swelter of summer, even when the sun hides behind clouds with Bazaar’s Sounds of the Summer playlist. We call on a few friends to reveal their top summer song:

1. Vanessa Kirby, actress: Holiday, Metronomy
2. Tallulah Harlech, model: Go bang, SBTRKT
3. Becky Tong, model: Running, Jessie Ware
4. Lara Mullen, model: Azealia Banks, 212
5. Eliza Doolittle, singer/songwriter: Thinking about you, Frank Ocean
6. Lulu Kennedy, Fashion East founder: (Love is like a) Heat Wave, Martha and the Vandellas
7. Vanessa Kirby, actress: Houdini, Foster the People
8. Laurelle Gilbert, HarpersBazaar.co.uk editor: Florence and the Machine, Spectrum
9. Emilia Fox, actress: Coming up easy, Paolo Nutini
10. Cara Delevingne, model: 1991, Azealia Banks
11. Caroline Seiber, stylist: Bang Bang Bang, Mark Ronson
12. Lara Pulver, actress: Moves like Jagger, Maroon 5
13. Becky Tong, model: No Scrubs, TLC
14. Amber le Bon, model: The way we move, Langhorne Slim
15. Stephanie Rafanelli, Harper’s Bazaar director: The water, Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling
16. The Noisettes, musicians: It’s a shame, Detroit Spinners
17. Jonathan Saunders, designer: Changes, David Bowie
18. Arizona Muse, model: Summertime, Janis Joplin
19. Tali Lennox, model: I want you, Bob Dylan
20. Virginia Bates, vintage icon: I get around, Beach Boys
21. Amber le Bon, model: Free Fallin’, Tom Petty
22. Jennifer Dickinson, Harper’s Bazaar editor: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Posted on December 18, 2011 / by Ana in news/ rumours

I know that face from somewhere. You might recognize actor Vanessa Kirby if you were a fan of BBC2’s The Hour – although she did die rather early on in the series. She was the doomed debutante Ruth Elms whose death Ben Whishaw’s character Freddie Lyon had to avenge.

Oh dear, surely it’s not good to be killed off so early on in your career? Au contraire, she’s been forging ahead recently.

I see. Life after death. So what’s she been up to? What hasn’t she been up to! It’s been nonstop on planet Kirby this year: theatre roles up and down the country, including The Acid Test at the Royal Court, and a BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, which we’ll see just after Christmas: she’s playing Estella, Miss Havisham’s adopted daughter.

But no films… Just be patient – to cap it all she’s about to wrap-up filming her first lead role on Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Kate Mosse’s bestselling novel Labyrinth, opposite John Hurt, which is out in 2012.

She says: “I’ve only had the odd day off in the past two years, but I don’t mind – acting is the funnest thing in the whole world ever.”

We say: Take a long hard look at this face and remember it. You’ll be seeing quite a bit of our Nessy come the new year.

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