The quietly brilliant actress and fashion favourite who takes success in her stride
The morning after Miss Potter premiered in 2006, introducing a 12-year-old Lucy Boynton as the young Beatrix Potter, The Telegraph published a piece by her mother, the writer Adriaane Pielou, with the headline ‘My Lucy, the film star’. To this day, Boynton has never read the story.
It’s a telling anecdote about a performer who, 17 years on from her professional debut, still feels uneasy about the term ‘star’, despite a string of high-profile roles on both the big and the small screens, including as Freddie Mercury’s partner Mary Austin in Bohemian Rhapsody, the undercover agent Jean Courtney in The Ipcress File and the ruthless Astrid Sloan in Netflix’s hit show The Politician. “You wouldn’t think I’m the actress in the family,” she says. “As a child, I remember being really shy and uncomfortable, and in the shadow of my older sister [Emma-Louise Boynton, who now hosts the podcast Sex Talks]. But I think acting gave me access to change myself somehow… It unlocked the idea that I could be different.”
On Sunday (September 11), Lucy attended the premiere of her new movie, Chevalier, during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. Lucy was joined by co-stars Samara Weaving, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Minnie Driver.
Thanks to TIFF, we have some new portraits of Lucy!
Public Appearances > 2022 > September 11: “Chevalier” Premiere – 2022 Toronto International Film Festival
Public Appearances > 2022 > September 11: Prime Video Party – 2022 Toronto International Film Festival
Photoshoots > 2022 > Session 08
Photoshoots > 2022 > Session 09
Apologies for the low quality party images!
During the opening ceremony of the 47th Deauville American Film Festival, Lucy received the Nouvel Hollywood award on Friday, held at the CID (September 2).
Photoshoots > 2022 > Session 07
Lucy was interviewed for YOU magazine to discuss her new mini-series, The Ipcress File. Hopefully better quality images will be released later! Take a look at the photoshoot and interview below.
YOU – Skyrocketing career, A-list partner, striking looks… you’d expect Bohemian Rhapsody star LUCY BOYNTON to have all the confidence in the world. But, she tells Hattie Crisell, it’s still a work in progress… PHOTOGRAPHS: RACHELL SMITH
Bohemian Rhapsody was the film that cemented Lucy Boynton’s status as a leading Hollywood actress. Playing Freddie Mercury’s partner and devoted best friend Mary Austin, Lucy received critical plaudits and award nominations, all while the film cleaned up at the box office– becoming the biggest biopic of all time. It felt like the ‘arrival moment’ for someone who has been working since she was just 12 years old.
Born in New York to British parents – the journalists Graham Boynton and Adriaane Pielou – Lucy was raised in South London along with her older sister Emma-Louise. (Coincidentally, Adriaane used to work for YOU magazine and brought Lucy into the office as a baby and would take her along to interviews.) Lucy, now 28, is exceptionally striking, with an artfully messy blonde bob, sharp, dark eyebrows and wide eyes. As an actor, she is a clotheshorse; on the red carpet, she’s routinely the best dressed. But on the Sunday morning that we meet, she is almost anonymous in a zip-up navy jumper, and confesses to being a bit anxious – she is decidedly not a show-off. Her mum’s experience has helped: ‘Hearing about interviews with actors from Mum’s point of view made me slightly less intimidated in the beginning – it just made the whole thing a bit more human,’ she says. ‘But I forget it all as soon as I walk into one because I get so nervous.’
She made her screen debut playing a young Beatrix Potter in the biopic Miss Potter. There followed roles in TV adaptations of Ballet Shoes and Sense & Sensibility, before she put the acting on hold to finish school.
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.