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.
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.
Yesterday it was revealed that Lucy had done a new photoshoot for The Cut and had also done an interview as well. I do plan on having the fashion of the photoshoot posted on the fashion section by tomorrow, but for now you can view the images in the gallery.
In the interview, Lucy spoke about fashion, her career so far in acting and herself as a person. Below are some tidbits of the interview.
Boynton and Malek met at Abbey Road Studios just before BohemianRhapsody started shooting. It was an intense day, and Boynton was dealing with her anxiety as she always does — by reading in a corner. (During filming, it was Anna Karenina; she showed up to her shoot with the Cut toting a hardbound copy of Clarice Lispector’s The Chandelier.)
She also talked about her role in the upcoming Netflix series, The Politican
Astrid is a character who is constantly being judged on her looks. Yet in Murphy and his co-creators’ hands, the part is winkingly camp: She’s not just a pretty girl but a commentary on what it means to be pretty in a world that values appearance above all else. I ask Boynton when she was first aware that she was going to be offered roles for which being beautiful was a prerequisite. “Never!” she gasps, evincing a rare lack of self-awareness. “I have only seen that with Astrid because she’s a bit of a mean girl, and I’ve grown up seeing those girls fit a certain description.”
Read more on the original article on The Cut.
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