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Emerald Lilly Fennell (born 1 October 1985) is an English writer, director, producer and actress who portrayed the role of Nurse Patience Mount in Call the Midwife.

Early Life[]

Emerald Lilly Fennell was born on 1 October 1985 in Hammersmith, London, England. She is the daughter of Alister Theodore Fennell, a famous jewelry designer and Louise MacGregor, an author. She has one sister, Coco Fennell, a fashion designer.

Fennell was educated at Marlborough College, an independent school in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She then studied English at Greyfriars, Oxford, where she acted in university plays. There she was spotted by Lindy King of United Agents.



Fennell appeared in the Channel 4 sitcom Chickens with Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet.

She then joined the cast of the BBC One series Call the Midwife.

On 23 October 2018, it was revealed that Fennell would play Camilla Shand, the Queen of the United Kingdom in the third season of the Netflix series The Crown. She continued playing the role in the fourth season and gained a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Fennell made a brief uncredited appearance in her directorial debut film Promising Young Woman as the host of a 'blowjob lip' make-up tutorial video.

Writing and Directing[]

In 2008, Fennell was commissioned to write a film script, co-produced by Madeleine Gurdon, Baroness Lloyd-Webber. Titled Chukka, it is a romantic comedy about a group of teenagers who fight the closure of their school by taking on the rich kids at polo.

Her first novel was published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in January 2013: Shiverton Hall, a children's fantasy.The Creeper, a sequel, was published mid-2014. ISFDB catalogues them as the Shiverton Hall series. It was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2014. She then released Monsters in September 2015, her first adult horror book.

In July 2018, it was announced that Fennell was hired by her close friend Phoebe Waller-Bridge as head writer for the second season of the BBC series Killing Eve, replacing Waller-Bridge, who remains as a producer. Fennell wrote six episodes for the season. Fennell also become one of the show's executive producers. Speaking to The New York Times, Fennell said "Phoebe and I had worked together in the past, and we’ve been friends for nearly 10 years. We met on a film — Albert Nobbs — which we both had tiny parts in. I started in the very early days as a writer in the Season 2 writer's room. Because it's such an unusual show, they did a very loose writers' room for a week just to see, and then wonderfully and luckily for me they promoted me to head writer." The second season began broadcast in April 2019. At the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, Fennell was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the season 2 episode "Nice and Neat".

In January 2019, it was announced Fennell would write and direct the comedy thriller film Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan. Fennell was seven months pregnant during the 23-day shoot. The movie premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim with, as of April 2020, a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and a critical consensus of "A boldly provocative, timely thriller, Promising Young Woman is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Emerald Fennell -- and a career highlight for Carey Mulligan." She produced the film with, amongst others, Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment production company. The film went on to earn five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay for Fennell. Fennell became one of only seven women, and the first British woman, to earn a nomination in the directing category. As well, Fennell's directing nomination alongside that of Chloé Zhao marked the first instance of two women earning directing nominations in the same year. For the film, she also received Best Original Screenplay awards at the Critics Choice Awards and the Writers Guild of America Awards. Fennell won the 2021 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 93rd Academy Awards for Promising Young Woman.

In January 2020, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced he would collaborate with Fennell on the musical Cinderella, which opened in London in August 2021.

On 22 March 2021, Fennell was attached to write a Zatanna film for Warner Brothers, set in the DC Extended Universe.

On 18 May 2021, Mark Millar revealed that Fennell had written the latest screenplay of the film adaptation of his comic Nemesis.

In January 2022, it was announced that Fennell had set her next project as director with Media Rights Capital, with plans to shoot during the summer. In May 2022, Rosamund Pike, Barry Keoghan, and Jacob Elordi joined the project, which was revealed to be titled Saltburn.

Personal Life[]

Fennell is married to film and advertising director and producer, Chris Vernon. In 2019, she gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy. In 2021, she gave birth to the couple's second child.