Cressida Bonas

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Cressida Bonas
Born Cressida Curzon Bonas[1]
(1989-02-18) 18 February 1989 (age 28)
Winchester, Hampshire, England[1]
Education Prior Park College
Stowe School
Alma mater Leeds University
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Occupation Actress, dancer, model
Years active 2009–present
Parent(s) Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon
Jeffrey Bonas
Relatives Isabella Anstruther Gough Calthorpe (sister)
Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe (grandfather)

Cressida Curzon Bonas (born 18 February 1989)[2] is an English actress, dancer and model. She is the youngest daughter of Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon and entrepreneur Jeffrey Bonas, and a granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe.

Early life[edit]

Cressida Curzon Bonas was born in Winchester, Hampshire, England, the daughter of old-Harrovian entrepreneur Jeffrey Bonas and 1960s "It girl", Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon, and granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe.[3] The Bonas family owned textile mills in Castle Gresley and Burton-on-Trent[4] under the company name, "Bonas Brothers"; it closed operations in the 1980s, having produced, as its final line, elastic for women's tights.[5]

She has seven half-siblings: three paternal half-brothers from her father's first marriage; one maternal half-sister from her mother's first marriage; and two maternal half-sisters and a maternal half-brother from her mother's second marriage, including actress Isabella Calthorpe.[6]

Bonas had a sports scholarship to Prior Park College in Bath, Somerset, and then completed her formal education at Stowe School. She then went on to study Dance at Leeds University graduating with a 2:1, before undertaking post-graduate dance studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich.

Career[edit]

Whilst at school, Bonas has played cockney housekeeper Mrs. Swabb in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus, Miss Julie in the eponymous play, and Laura in Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.[7]

Bonas made her first screen appearance in 2009 with a small role in the TV series Trinity. Her theatrical debut came in 2014 at Hay Festival in the play There's a Monster in the Lake. The play was also staged at the Vault Festival in January 2015.[8] In May and June 2015 Bonas appeared as Laura in the one-woman play, An Evening With Lucian Freud, by Laura-Jane Foley, at the Leicester Square Theatre.[9] Jane Shilling in The Daily Telegraph praised the "charm and energy of Bonas's performance".[10] In June 2014 Bonas was rumoured to be going to appear in the film Tulip Fever (2015) as Mrs. Steen.[11]

Bonas was photographed by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair after being included in the magazine's annual "International Best-Dressed List" in 2014.[12] In January 2015, after modelling for British brand Burberry, Bonas was announced to front the 2015 campaign of fashion company Mulberry. Her work for the brand includes a two-minute-long advertisement released in March that co-stars actor Freddie Fox and is directed by Ivana Bobic.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Bonas has been called an "It girl".[14][15] Bonas was introduced to Prince Harry by Princess Eugenie in May 2012.[16] On 30 April 2014, it was announced that the couple had parted amicably.[17]

Selected credits[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Year Play Role Venue Notes
2014 There's a Monster in the Lake Wolf Hay Festival [18]
2015 There's a Monster in the Lake Wolf Vault Festival [19]
2015 The Importance of Being Earnest [20]
2015 An Evening with Lucian Freud Laura Leicester Square Theatre [9]

Film and television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Trinity Cheerleader [21]
2016 Doctor Thorne Patience Oriel [22]
2017 The Bye Bye Man Sasha [23]
2017 Tulip Fever Mrs. Steen [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cressida Curzon Bonas". FamilySearch. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Taus, Tina. "Princess bootcamp? Cressida Bonas, and why the odds are ever in her favour". Global News. 
  3. ^ "12 things you need to know about Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry's new girlfriend". News Australia. 
  4. ^ "Tributes paid to Winifred, the musical maestro". Burton Mail. 
  5. ^ Daily Mail, 2 March 2013
  6. ^ "Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon: Beautiful debutante". The Telegraph. 
  7. ^ "Everything you ever needed to know about Cressida Bonas". Tatler. 
  8. ^ "Cressida Bonas: There's a Monster in the Lake Review". The Telegraph. 
  9. ^ a b "Starlet Cressie Goes Solo". Daily Mail. 
  10. ^ "An Evening with Lucian Freud, Leicester Square Theatre, review: 'the charm and energy of Bonas's performance are persuasive'". Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Cressida Bonas to make theatrical film debut". The Telegraph. 
  12. ^ Singh, Anita. "Cressida Bonas poses for Vanity Fair photoshoot". The Telegraph. 
  13. ^ Tom Sykes (18 March 2015). "Post-Prince Harry, Cressida Bonas’ Career Takes Off". The Daily Beast. 
  14. ^ "Cressida Bonas Is A ‘Strong Independent Woman’ And Mulberry's Spring IT Girl". Marie Claire. 7 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "It girls like Cara Delevingne and Cressida Bonas have got what it takes". The Daily Telegraph. 1 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Eden, Richard; Pearlman, Jonathan (5 October 2013). "Prince Harry set to marry Cressida Bonas, say friends". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas in 'amicable split'". BBC News. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Cressida Bonas: There’s a Monster in the Lake". Tatler. 
  19. ^ "'I grew up in a household filled with music — not pop but old-school stuff, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong': Cressida Bonas on why performing is her passion". London Evening Standard. 
  20. ^ "Cressida Bonas: Fashion Muse, Partygoer & Hollywood 'It Girl'". People Magazine. 
  21. ^ Nessif, Bruna. "Cressida Bonas' Cheerleading Past: Prince Harry's Girlfriend's Racy Part in U.K. TV Drama Trinity". E Online. 
  22. ^ "Doctor Thorne: Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas' TV debut and everything to know about ITV's new Downton". International Business Times. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  23. ^ "‘Bye Bye Man’ Release Date Shifted Again By STX Entertainment". Deadline. 21 April 2016. 
  24. ^ Ford, Rebecca. "Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison Join 'Tulip Fever'". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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