Emerald Fennell

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Emerald Fennell
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Fennell reading from one of her books in 2013
Emerald Lilly Fennell

(1985-10-01) 1 October 1985 (age 33)[1][2]
London, England
OccupationActress, author, screenwriter
Years active2008–present
Parent(s)Theo Fennell
Louise MacGregor

Emerald Lilly Fennell (born 1 October 1985) is an English actress, author and screenwriter. She is best known for showrunning the second season of the BBC America thriller series Killing Eve and 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.[3]

Her sister is fashion designer Coco Fennell.[4][5] Her parents are multi-millionaire jewellery designer Theo Fennell and author Louise (née MacGregor).[6]


Fennell starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Chickens with Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet. She then 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 Albert Nobbs (2011) and Anna Karenina (2012).

On 23 October 2018, TVLine revealed that Fennell will play Camilla Shand 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][5]
2017 Victoria Ada Lovelace TV series
2019 The Crown Camilla Shand TV series
TBA Promising Young Woman Director and writer (post-production)


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.[3]

Her first novel was published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in January 2013: Shiverton Hall, a children's fantasy.[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]

In July 2018, it was announced that Fennell was hired by her close friend Phoebe Waller-Bridge as head writer for the second season of the BBC America series Killing Eve.

Speaking to the New York Times Fennell said "Phoebe [Waller-Bridge] and I had worked together in the past, and we’ve been friends for nearly 10 years. We met on a film — “Albert Nobbs” — which we both had tiny parts in. I started in the very early days as a writer in the Season 2 writer’s room. Because it’s such an unusual show, they did a very loose writers’ room for a week just to see, and then wonderfully and luckily for me they promoted me to head writer."[16]

She has replaced Waller-Bridge, who remains as a producer of the show. Fennell has also become one of the show's executive producers. The second season began broadcast in April 2019.[17] In July 2019, Fennell was nominated for an Emmy for her writing of the Season 2 episode Nice and Neat.[18]

In January 2019, it was announced Fennell would write and direct Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan.[19] Production began in March 2019.[20]


  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. ^ Gordon, Naomi (25 October 2018). "Who is Emerald Fennell, the actress playing Camilla in The Crown's season 3?". Harper's BAZAAR. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ Marshall, Denise (15 February 2014). "Call The Midwife's Jessica Raine on shock departure". Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  8. ^ Methven, Nicola (27 January 2015). "Call The Midwife's Emerald Fennell definitely isn't too posh to push despite privileged background". The Mirror. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  9. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (23 October 2018). "The Crown Season 3 Casts Camilla With Call the Midwife's Emerald Fennell". TVLine. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Murder on the home front (2012)". 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Series 4, Episode 1 - Halloween". comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  12. ^ Shiverton Hall. Bloomsbury Childrens. January 2013. ISBN 978-1408827789.
  13. ^ a b c "Emerald Fennell – Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  14. ^ HASSELL, KATHERINE (12 September 2015). "Call The Midwife's Emerald Fennell: Friday nights are spent at home". The Express. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  15. ^ LANGLEY, EDWINA (9 September 2015). "'I just love horror': Emerald Fennell on her first adult book Monsters". Evening Standard. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  16. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/arts/television/killing-eve-season-2-finale.html
  17. ^ Porter, Rick (27 July 2018). "'Killing Eve' Hires New Head Writer, Directors for Season 2". hollywoodreporter.com (The Hollywood Reporter). Archived from the original on 30 December 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  18. ^ White, Peter (16 July 2019). "'Killing Eve' Looks To Avenge Last Year's Emmy Disappointment As Brit Spy Series Scores Nine Nominations Including Best Drama Series & Two Lead Actress Nods". Deadline. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  19. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (31 January 2019). "Carey Mulligan To Star In FilmNation, LuckyChap Thriller 'Promising Young Woman' — EFM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  20. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (29 March 2019). "Bo Burnham To Star Opposite Carey Mulligan In 'Promising Young Woman'; Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody & More Round Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

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