Vanessa Kirby (born 18 April 1988) is an English stage, TV and film actress. She starred as Estella in the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations in 2011, as Joanna in Richard Curtis’ romantic comedy About Time in 2013, and currently portrays Princess Margaret in Peter Morgan’s Netflix series The Crown, for which she has been nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is known mostly for her stage work; Variety in 2016 called her “the outstanding stage actress of her generation, capable of the most unexpected choices”
Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David Smith. He was educated at Northampton School For Boys. He studied Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He got into acting through the National Youth Theatre and performed with the Royal Court and the National Theatre.
Based on an award-winning play (“The Audience”) by showrunner Peter Morgan, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.
Creator: Peter Morgan
Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton