Vanessa Kirby is at odds with the character she plays in Netflix’s The Crown, the formidable Princess Margaret. IRL 21st century Vanessa is not only incredibly eloquent but funny. Really funny. The kinda gal you want to welcome into your social circle and hit the shots with on a Saturday night. Hers is a vodka, in case you're buying…
It's her on-screen presence as Princess Margaret that's made the 29-year-old British actress an international celebrity, a role she landed following rave reviews on the West End theatre scene, including Three Sisters at the Old Vic and A Streetcar Named Desire alongside Gillian Anderson. Now, just when you thought that Margaret couldn’t get sassier at the close of season one, season two positions Vanessa Kirby’s Margaret as the real ‘Qween’ of The Crown with scathing put-downs galore and dresses to die for.
Ladies and gentleman, kneel before the First Princess of Sass as Vanessa Kirby reveals that Maggie is about to get all levels of raunchy with her new beau and recalls her greatest costume disasters on set…
“Margaret 2.0 is VERY raunchy! We left off with her not in a good place and the last thing she says is: ‘I’m lost without him and I’m unhinged,’ and to admit that, I think is a real moment for her. So we pick up with her there and we follow her story as she tries to recover from the Peter Townsend awfulness and then she meets Tony Armstrong Jones who is such a babe! He is the best and Matthew Goode’s amazing. She gave Peter boot and I got the better one… winner!”
“It’s weird saying goodbye to Margaret. I’m so excited for the person that gets to do it because she’s the most fun; even sharing it with three people is brilliant. But truthfully on the very last day when we took off the wig I was crying. I sent a picture to Peter Morgan (writer of The Crown) of me sobbing and Claire (Foy) was super composed, absolutely fine and I was like: 'How can you not cry?' We hung up the wig and I just looked at it. It’s so sad because that little wig – that I hated to begin with – I had grown so attached to it. I thought I was going to have to cut my hair and have that style for three years and I don’t have that kind of face that could pull it off, so that was a relief in itself. And now it’s hanging up somewhere in some prop house - that’s the ghost of Margaret.”
“I have no idea who is going to play Margaret next. People ask me but I don’t know and I think there is somebody but Peter Morgan won't tell me because he says that I’ll tell everyone, which is totally true!”
“There were a few costume disasters on set! The tailoring was incredible on this show but my engagement dress in this season, for some reason wasn’t ready and so I was being frantically sown into it as we were filming the scenes. But the real treat about filming this was just the process of finding things and this season particularly because we were moving into the sixties, and I really wanted to wear stuff from like ‘68, but we were in ‘64 so I couldn’t do that. But we were really trying to push towards the new shapes and make sure Margaret looked so different to the Queen by putting her in really bright bold colours. There’s one scene at the end of episode ten, where I wear something quite ridiculous. It’s a bright blue headband, bright blue little pants and a little blouse - it’s quite bewildering actually to the eye, because the Queen is in some dowdy thing.”
“My three tips for nailing the Princess Margaret sass would be… always say what you think, no matter what. Be late into a room, which is the only one I nailed, and follow her incredible morning routine - it is the best thing ever - I think we need to get a bit of that in our lives. My 12.30pm pick me up would probably a bit of voddy, why not?”
The Crown returns to Netflix on 8th December.
Watch the video above to see Vanessa Kirby lip sync for her life and reveal what her drag queen name would be…