Thursday 21 September 2017

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

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

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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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Cressida Bonas attends the BFI Luminous Funraising Gala at The Guildhall on October 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Cressida Bonas attends the BFI Luminous Funraising Gala at The Guildhall on October 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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 attend The Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Party at the Ralph Lauren store in Brompton Road on June 21, 2011

(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 Bonas attends the Glastonbury Festival this year.

(Cressida at Glastonbury, 2013)

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Cressida Bonas attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at Alnwick Castle on June 22, 2013 in Alnwick, England.
 

(Cressida attends a society wedding in 2013)

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Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry

(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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Unidentified man, Cressida Bonas, Sam and Isabella Branson arriving at the inaugural WE Day UK at Wembley Arena in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 7, 2014. Prince Harry will share a stage with chart star Ellie Goulding, US politician Al Gore and actress Jennifer Hudson at an event to inspire young people, he will speak to around 12,000 students and teachers from more than 400 schools. We Day has already been staged in other countries by international charity Free The Children, and will be accompanied by a year-long educational programme called We Act. See PA story CHARITY WeDay. Photo credit should read: Laura Lean/PA Wire

(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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Britain's Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas watch the match during the Six Nations International rugby Union match between England and Wales at Twickenham, West London on March 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK Getty Images

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

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

(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 Bonas at the Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party

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

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Picture: Miss Vogue

(Cressida covers Miss Vogue)

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Cressida Bonas attends the Dior Croisiere 2016 at Palais Bulle on May 11, 2015 in Theoule sur Mer, France. (Photo by Didier Baverel/Getty Images for Dior)

(Cressida attends the Dior Croisiere in France in May)

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Cressida Bonas arrives at the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Fashion Gala at the V&A, presented by American Express and Kering on March 12, 2015 in London

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

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Cressida Bonas and Edward Holcroft attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

(Cressida is linked to Edward Holcroft in August)

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Cressida Bonas attends the Louis Vuitton Series 3 VIP Launch on September 20, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

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

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