Cressida Bonas

Cressida Bonas
Born Cressida Curzon Bonas[1]
(1989-02-18) 18 February 1989
Winchester, Hampshire, England[1]
Education Prior Park College
Stowe School
Alma mater Leeds University
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Occupation Actress, dancer, model
Years active 2009–present
Parent(s) Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon
Jeffrey Bonas
Relatives Isabella Anstruther Gough Calthorpe (sister)
Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe (grandfather)

Cressida Curzon Bonas (born 18 February 1989)[2] is an English actress, dancer and model. She is the youngest daughter of Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon and entrepreneur Jeffrey Bonas and a granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe.

Early life

Cressida Curzon Bonas is the daughter of old-Harrovian entrepreneur Jeffrey Bonas and 1960s "It girl", Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon, and granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe.[3] The Bonas family owned textile mills in Castle Gresley and Burton-on-Trent[4] under the company name, "Bonas Brothers"; it closed operations in the 1980s, having produced, as its final line, elastic for women's tights.[5]

She has seven half-siblings: three paternal half-brothers from her father's first marriage; one maternal half-sister from her mother's first marriage; and two maternal half-sisters and a maternal half- brother from her mother's second marriage, including actress Isabella Calthorpe.[6]

Bonas had a sports scholarship to Prior Park College in Bath, Somerset, and then completed her formal education at Stowe School. She then went on to study Dance at Leeds University graduating with a 2:1, before undertaking post-graduate dance studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich.


Whilst at school, Bonas has played cockney housekeeper Mrs. Swabb in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus, Miss Julie in the eponymous play, and Laura in Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.[7]

Bonas made her first screen appearance in 2009 with a small role in the TV series Trinity. Her theatrical debut came in 2014 at Hay Festival in the play There's a Monster in the Lake. The play was also staged at the Vault Festival in January 2015.[8] In May and June 2015 Bonas appeared as Laura in the one-woman play, An Evening With Lucian Freud, by Laura-Jane Foley, at the Leicester Square Theatre.[9] Jane Shilling in The Daily Telegraph praised the "charm and energy of Bonas's performance".[10] In June 2014 Bonas was rumoured to be going to appear in the film Tulip Fever (2015) as Mrs. Steen.[11]

Bonas was photographed by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair after being included in the magazine's annual "International Best-Dressed List" in 2014.[12] In January 2015, after modelling for British brand Burberry, Bonas was announced to front the 2015 campaign of fashion company Mulberry. Her work for the brand includes a two-minute-long advertisement released in March that co-stars actor Freddie Fox and is directed by Ivana Bobic.[13]

Personal life

Bonas has been called an "It girl".[14][15] Bonas was introduced to Prince Harry by Princess Eugenie in May 2012.[16] She accompanied Harry to an official royal engagement for the first time in March 2014.[17] On 30 April 2014, it was announced that the couple had parted amicably.[18]

Selected credits


Year Play Role Venue Notes
2014 There's a Monster in the Lake Wolf Hay Festival [19]
2015 There's a Monster in the Lake Wolf Vault Festival [20]
2015 The Importance of Being Earnest [21]
2015 An Evening with Lucian Freud Laura Leicester Square Theatre [9]

Film and television

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Trinity Cheerleader [22]
2015 Tulip Fever Mrs. Steen [23]
2016 Doctor Thorne Patience Oriel [24]
2016 The Bye Bye Man Sasha Scheduled release: 9 December 2016.[25]


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  2. Taus, Tina. "Princess bootcamp? Cressida Bonas, and why the odds are ever in her favour". Global News.
  3. "12 things you need to know about Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry's new girlfriend". News Australia.
  4. "Tributes paid to Winifred, the musical maestro". Burton Mail.
  5. Daily Mail, 2 March 2013
  6. "Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon: Beautiful debutante". The Telegraph.
  7. "Everything you ever needed to know about Cressida Bonas". Tatler.
  8. "Cressida Bonas: There's a Monster in the Lake Review". The Telegraph.
  9. 1 2 "Starlet Cressie Goes Solo". Daily Mail.
  11. "Cressida Bonas to make theatrical film debut". The Telegraph.
  12. Singh, Anita. "Cressida Bonas poses for Vanity Fair photoshoot". The Telegraph.
  13. Tom Sykes (18 March 2015). "Post-Prince Harry, Cressida Bonas' Career Takes Off". The Daily Beast.
  14. "Cressida Bonas Is A 'Strong Independent Woman' And Mulberry's Spring IT Girl". Marie Claire. 7 April 2015.
  15. "It girls like Cara Delevingne and Cressida Bonas have got what it takes". The Daily Telegraph. 1 March 2013.
  16. Eden, Richard; Pearlman, Jonathan (5 October 2013). "Prince Harry set to marry Cressida Bonas, say friends". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  17. Betts, Hannah (10 March 2014). "Cressida Bonas: perfectly styled to be Prince Harry's princess?". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  18. "Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas in 'amicable split'". BBC News. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  19. "Cressida Bonas: There's a Monster in the Lake". Tatler.
  20. "'I grew up in a household filled with music — not pop but old-school stuff, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong': Cressida Bonas on why performing is her passion". London Evening Standard.
  21. "Cressida Bonas: Fashion Muse, Partygoer & Hollywood 'It Girl'". People Magazine.
  22. Nessif, Bruna. "Cressida Bonas' Cheerleading Past: Prince Harry's Girlfriend's Racy Part in U.K. TV Drama Trinity". E Online.
  23. Ford, Rebecca. "Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison Join 'Tulip Fever'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  24. "Doctor Thorne: Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas' TV debut and everything to know about ITV's new Downton". International Business Times. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  25. "'Bye Bye Man' Release Date Shifted Again By STX Entertainment". Deadline. 21 April 2016.

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