Friday 28 July 2017

Who is Tom Cruise's new 'girlfriend'? 5 things to know about Vanessa Kirby

Actress Vanessa Kirby attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's SAG 2017 After Party presented by Audi at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 29, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company/Netflix)
Actress Vanessa Kirby attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's SAG 2017 After Party presented by Audi at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 29, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company/Netflix)
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in The Crown
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in The Crown
Vanessa Kirby attends the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at London Palladium on November 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Vanessa Kirby attends the "About Time" world premiere at Somerset House on August 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)
Vanessa Kirby attends the "About Time" world premiere at Somerset House on August 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)
Actress Vanessa Kirby is pictured arriving at the Jameson Empire Awards at Grosvenor House on March 24, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Jameson)
Douglas Booth and Vanessa Kirby pose at the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2015
British actress Vanessa Kirby poses as she arrives on the red carpet to attend the world premiere of the film 'The Crown', in central London, on November 1, 2016. / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Vanessa Kirby attends "Me Before You" World Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Vanessa Kirby attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Vanessa Kirby arrives at The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2015 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
Vanessa Kirby attends the private VIP view of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012 at Royal Academy of Arts on May 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Vanessa Kirby attends the 2012 Olivier Awards at The Royal Opera House on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Actress Vanessa Kirby attends the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 at the Royal Opera House on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Meet the British actress who has reportedly stolen Tom Cruise's heart.

1. You might know her better as Princess Margaret

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Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in The Crown
 

Before she was given the dubious title of the 'future-rumoured-Mrs-Tom-Cruise', Kirby was still riding high in Hollywood thanks to her breakout role in The Crown on Netflix. She depicted a cigarette smoking, affair having and party-loving princess with aplomb and gave the title crown-wearing Queen Elizabeth a run for her on money on being the most popular character from the biggest show the streaming service has ever made.

2. She grew up in Wimbledon

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Vanessa Kirby attends the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at London Palladium on November 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
 

English rose Vanessa grew up in Wimbledon, London before attending the Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton and later studying English at Exeter University.

3. Creativity runs in her family

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Actress Vanessa Kirby attends the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 at the Royal Opera House on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
 

While her father is a well-respected prostate surgeon, her mother was one of the founders of  Country Living and worked as a magazine editor for several years. Her sister Juliet also works in the industry as a theatrical agent, while her brother Joe is an assistant headteacher.

4. She is no stranger to celebrity romances

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Douglas Booth and Vanessa Kirby pose at the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2015
 

The actress previously dated actor Douglas Booth, whom she met on the set of BBC's Great Expectations, for more than a year in 2012.

5. She is a bonafide rising star

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Vanessa Kirby attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
 

Thanks to her role in The Crown, Vanessa has gone from supporting roles in rom-coms to Hollywood blockbusters. She is a critically acclaimed stage actress but is transitioning onto the big screen, most notably with her MI:6 role, which has already propelled her to tabloid superstardom.

"He’s blown her away with his endless charm and energy. He thinks she’s perfect to be his next wife," a source told InTouch Weekly.

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