Emerald Fennell

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Emerald Fennell
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Fennell reading from one of her books in 2013
BornEmerald Lilly Fennell
(1985-10-01) 1 October 1985 (age 33)[1]
London, England, UK
OccupationActress, Author
Years active2008–present
Parent(s)Theo Fennell (jewellery designer) and Louise (née MacGregor), an author[2]

Emerald Lilly Fennell (born 1 October 1985)[3] is a British actress and author. She is best known for her role as Nurse Patsy Mount in the BBC drama series, Call the Midwife.

Early life[edit]

Born in London, Fennell went to Marlborough College. She then studied English at Oxford University where she acted in university plays. There she was spotted by Lindy King of United Agents, who also represents Keira Knightley.[4]

Her sister is Coco Fennell, who is a fashion designer.[5][6]


She starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Chickens with Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet. Then she joined the cast of the BBC One series Call the Midwife as Patsy Mount,[7] after dyeing her blonde hair red.[8] She is also known for her film roles in Anna Karenina (2012) and Albert Nobbs (2011).

On 23 October 2018, TVLine revealed that Fennell will play Camilla Parker Bowles on the Netflix series The Crown.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
2006 Trial & Retribution Sheena TV series
2010 Mr. Nice Rachel British-Spanish crime-drama film
2010 New Tricks Vicky (Receptionist) TV series
2010 Any Human Heart Lottie TV series; 2 episodes
2011 Albert Nobbs Mrs. Smythe-Willard Film
2011-2013 Chickens Agnes TV series
2012 Anna Karenina Princess Merkalova Film
2013 Blandings Monica Simmons TV series
2013 The Lady Vanishes Odette TV film
2013 Murder on the Home Front Issy Quennell TV film[10]
2013–2017 Call the Midwife Nurse Patsy Mount TV series
2015 The Danish Girl Elsa Film
2015 Pan Commander film
2016 Drifters Lizzie TV Series, she also wrote 2 episodes in Series 4 in 2016 with Jessica Knappett.[11][6]
2017 Victoria Ada Lovelace TV series
2019 The Crown Camilla Parker Bowles TV series


In 2008, Fennell was commissioned to write a film script (co-produced by Madeleine Lloyd Webber). Called Chukka, it's a romantic comedy about a group of teenagers who fight the closure of their school by taking on the rich kids at polo.[4]

Her first novel was published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in January 2013: Shiverton Hall, a children's fantasy.[2][12][13] In December 2012, it was released as an ebook by Bloomsbury USA.[13]

The Creeper, a sequel, was published mid-2014. ISFDB catalogues them as the Shiverton Hall series.[13] It was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2014. She then released Monsters in September 2015,[14] her first adult horror book.[15]


  1. Shiverton Hall (2012)
  2. The Creeper (2014)
  3. Rollercoasters Shiverton Hall (2014)
  4. Monsters (2015)


  1. ^ "Trending: Actress Emerald Fennell". Tatler. 1 October 2003. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  2. ^ "All England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005 results for Emerald Fennell". www.ancestry.com.au. 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Liz Hoggard (2 December 2010). "Why Emerald Fennell is the hidden gem in hit drama Any Human Heart". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Coco Fennell online fashion boutique". timeout.com. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b "I AM...Emerald Fennell". the-pool.com. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  6. ^ Marshall, Denise (15 February 2014). "Call The Midwife's Jessica Raine on shock departure". Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  7. ^ Methven, Nicola (27 Jan 2015). "Call The Midwife's Emerald Fennell definitely isn't too posh to push despite privileged background". The Mirror. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  8. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (23 October 2018). "The Crown Season 3 Casts Camilla With Call the Midwife's Emerald Fennell". TVLine. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Murder on the home front (2012)". 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Series 4, Episode 1 - Halloween". comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  11. ^ Shiverton Hall. Bloomsbury Childrens. Jan 2013. ISBN 978-1408827789.
  12. ^ a b c "Emerald Fennell – Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  13. ^ HASSELL, KATHERINE (12 September 2015). "Call The Midwife's Emerald Fennell: Friday nights are spent at home". The Express. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  14. ^ LANGLEY, EDWINA (9 September 2015). "'I just love horror': Emerald Fennell on her first adult book Monsters". Evening Standard. Retrieved 21 December 2015.

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