Lucy is the cover star of Telegraph‘s Stella magazine (January 16, 2022). Check out the photos and interview below!
TELEGRAPH – From starring as a secret agent to ’60s siren Marianne Faithfull, it’s the biggest year yet for Britain’s most exciting actor
What’s the protocol for greetings in the age of omicron? ‘Are you hugging? I’m hugging,’ says actor Lucy Boynton, removing her black face mask and leaning in.
It’s a crisp December morning, with anxiety and Christmas cheer swirling in the cold West End air. With her choppy blonde bob, striped polo-neck and high-waisted jeans, Lucy could pass for an east London creative-agency worker.
But thanks to a streak of buzzed-about roles and a sense of style that’s made her a red-carpet star (not to mention her status as half of a Hollywood It couple, through her relationship with Rami Malek), Lucy is one of the most in-demand young British actors working today.
Across a coffee table at The London Edition in Fitzrovia, Lucy – familiar from roles as varied as the young Beatrix Potter, Freddie Mercury’s best friend Mary Austin in Bohemian Rhapsody, and scheming socialite Astrid Sloan in The Politician – is unaffected and thoughtful, ready to talk about everything from lockdown (‘I got through it with lots of books, and Veep’) to sexual politics (her sister, journalist and presenter Emma-Louise Boynton, last year hosted a series of Sex Talks, exploring the pursuit of pleasure, in the bar of the hotel where we’ve met). And especially spies.
That’s because her latest project is The Ipcress File, ITV’s new miniseries adaptation of the 1962 Cold War spy novel by Len Deighton.
Lucy plays Jean Courtney, an agent with a steel-trap mind. The first time we see her, she’s on her way to work, stepping off a London bus in a teal skirt-suit and neat tweed hat.