The actress has big shoes to fill playing Marie Antoinette in her new film, ‘Chevalier,’ but the skilled star is more than prepared for the task
Whether you’re a fan of Lucy Boynton from her appearances in projects like Bohemian Rhapsody and Ryan Murphy’s The Politician or have photos of her avant-garde red carpet beauty looks saved on Pinterest boards, the actress has a certain way of standing out — no matter which stars surround her. She’s steadily worked since her first role at the age of 12 in the 2006 film Miss Potter, and yet, she’s managed to stay out of the headlines and have attention focused solely on one thing: her work.
So who is the real Lucy Boynton? While she says she thinks of show business as her “job” rather than her “entire identity,” the schedule of an actor means a typical day doesn’t really exist. “Because of this job, it gets you into a strange momentum,” Boynton, 29, tells GRAZIA USA. Currently, for instance, she’s in a “really odd jetlag space” and waking up at 3:00 a.m. “I’ll sit up and read in bed or watch something,” the star says. “Being up at an hour where very few other people are awake has been so cathartic and peaceful and it feels like I’m getting a jump start on my day, but privately, and so that has been a really lovely habit to get into.”
Time off for Boynton includes taking trips home to her native London and catching up on all the things she’s missed while on set. She also values hanging out with friends and family and creating “some semblance of a routine and integrating myself back into my life.” She may even pop by an art class. “I really, really love pottery painting, especially those evenings where you can bring a bottle of wine,” she shares. “I have an embarrassment of a collection of painted bowls and mugs, but it’s so cathartic and fun.”
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.”
Star of ‘The Ipcress File’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Lucy Boynton joins a cast of famous faces in Hugh Laurie’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s captivating murder-mystery ‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’. The three-part series follows a vicar’s son and his adventurous friend, socialite Lady Frances ‘Frankie’ Derwent (Lucy Boynton) as they dig deep into a murder. But their amateur sleuthing brings no end of trouble their way. Lucy joins us in the studio to tell us why she can’t say no to an Agatha Christie saga, what it was like to be directed by Hugh Laurie and starring alongside Emma Thompson and Jim Broadbent.
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.
Actress Lucy Boynton first appeared on screens aged 12 in ‘Miss Potter’ and has since gone on to star in hit films like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. She joins Lorraine to talk about stepping back into the 60s this weekend with ITV’s spy thriller ‘The Ipcress File’, based on the classic Michael Caine film.