Friday 30 September 2016

How Cressida Bonas went from Prince Harry's ex to Hollywood's golden girl

Published 07/10/2015 | 12:10

Just how did Cressida Bonas go from unknown aristocrat to international party girl.

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The answer is of course, Prince Harry.

While the 26-year-old blond certainly has impressive style credentials, acting talent and high profile connections - she is most synonymous with daring the ginger haired royal. However, in the wake of their split, Cressida has proved herself worthy on international attention.

This week alone, the budding actress rubbed shoulders with Rihanna at Paris Fashion Week, before mingling with the likes of Anna Friel and Guy Ritchie at a prestigious gala event in London the following night.

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Cressida turned up at the 'BFI LUMINOUS Gala Dinner' in an elegant velvet jumpsuit, complete with strapless detail and wide leg trousers. She accessorised her chic look with Manolo Blahnik court shoes and chunky gold jewellery.

The Winchester native also met with Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, at the event.

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It was recently revealed that Cressida is to star in his new period drama project, Doctor Thorne.

So how did the dancer become one of Britain's most in demand actresses?

2009

Cressida makes her first screen appearance with a small role in TV series 'Trinity'.

During this time, she was enrolled at £30,000 a year Stowe School in Birmigham and later Leeds University, ironically Chelsy Davy also attended these educational institutions.

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(Georgia Forbes and Cressida Bonas at The Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Party in 2011)

2012

Cressida is introduced to Prince Harry by her friend Princess Eugenie in May.

2013

The paparazzi have a field day as Cressida is spotted with Prince Harry on the ski slopes in Switzerland. She is spotted several times throughout the year on low key date nights.

Book makers place odds at 8/1 that the couple will become engaged before the year is out.

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(Cressida at Glastonbury, 2013)

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(Cressida attends a society wedding in 2013)

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(Cressida and Harry dodge the paparazzi in 2013)

2014

Cressida was photographed by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair after being included in the magazine's annual "International Best-Dressed List" in 2014

Shortly after, she made her theatrical debut in 'There's a Monster in the Lake'.

She also starred as Laura in the one-woman play, 'An Evening With Lucian Freud.

In April, Cressida and Harry announced they had split.

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(Cressida Bonas with her half-sister Isabella and Isabella's husband Sam Branson arrive to watch Prince Harryshare a stage with chart star Ellie Goulding, US politician Al Gore and actress Jennifer Hudson at an event to inspire young people in March 2014)

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(Cressida and Harry attend a RBS Six Nations rugby match in March 2014)

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(Cressida leaving the Rosemary Branch theatre after her performance in 'There's a Monster in the Lake')

2015

Cressida makes her modelling debut for Burberry and Mulberry.

She is cast in 'Tulip Fever' alongside Dame Judi Dench and Cara Delevingne.

In April, she covers Miss Vogue and is cited as a 'rising star'.

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein also tipped her for greatness after seeing her performance; “People will see what a fantastic actress she is… It will be the first of many roles for her," he said.

Cressida becomes a regular feature front row at major fashion shows, including Dior.

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(Cressida at the Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party)

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(Cressida covers Miss Vogue)

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(Cressida attends the Dior Croisiere in France in May)

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(Cressida arrives at the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Fashion Gala at the V&A)

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(Cressida is linked to Edward Holcroft in August)

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(Cressida attends the Louis Vuitton Series 3 VIP Launch in September)

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