Zoom on Emma Corrin, the British actress who slipped into the skin of Princess Diana for season 4 of “The Crown”, available on Netflix since November 15, 2020.
For a week, Netflix has been offering the new season of The Crown to its catalog. This biopic series created by Peter Morgan, director of The Queen, traces the royal journey of Queen Elizabeth II. After exploring the history of the British Empire from the 1950s to 1980s, the fourth season delves into the tumultuous marriage of Charles Windsor and Diana Spencer. To play the famous Princess of Wales, the promising Emma Corrin has been chosen. Back on his journey.
Emma Corrin was born in England in 1995 to a mother from South Africa and a British father. As a child, she attended a boarding school where acting classes aroused her interest in acting. Before enrolling at university, the teenager decides to take a sabbatical year to train more in acting, then continues her apprenticeship at the renowned faculty of Cambridge. She graduated in 2018 after having distinguished herself in several plays and a few short and medium-length films.
First steps on television
Emma Corrin made her 2019 screen debut in the crime series Grantchester. She plays Esther Carter, a pious young woman suspected of murder in England in the 1950s. The same year, the actress joined the cast of Pennyworth, a program centered on the character of Alfred (Jack Bannon), butler of the famous Batman superhero in the DC Comics universe. During four episodes, she plays Esme Winikus, cabaret dancer and future wife of Alfred.
In 2020, Emma Corrin appears for the first time in the cinema in the historical drama Miss Revolution, which chronicles the Women’s Liberation Movement at the dawn of the beauty contest at the end of the 1960s. It is alongside, among others , Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley and Keeley Hawes that she plays Miss South Africa, in tribute to her mother’s homeland.
The Crown: the consecration
A few months later, Emma Corrin finally rose to the public eye when screenwriter and producer Peter Morgan chose her to play Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, in the Netflix series. The Crown.
“Emma possesses an incredible talent which immediately caught our attention when she auditioned for the role of Diana Spencer. Besides possessing the innocence and beauty of young Diana, she is also able to portray the complexity of this extraordinary woman, this unknown adolescent who subsequently became the most iconic woman of her generation “ tells the creator of the series in an official press release.
The popularity of the program and the streaming platform allow the actress to be recognized internationally. It is also the opportunity for her to play with several renowned English actors including Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter.