Cressida Bonas: 'I'm paralysingly shy… but when I perform I feel free'

Cressida Bonas' star is on the rise. The 26-year-old, who famously dated Prince Harry for two years, has a blossoming Hollywood career, an impressive fashion portfolio and recently appeared on stage to critical acclaim in the hit play There's a Monster in the Lake. The chance to take on another persona appeals greatly to the pretty blonde.

"I don't really understand it; in real life I'm often so shy – paralysingly so," she recently confided to Miss Vogue magazine, "But when I'm performing, it's totally different. I feel free."


Cressida Bonas has spoken about her paralysing shyness

Performance has long been a passion of Cressida's; she graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Dance, before deciding to continue her training at The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich.

Mulberry, which has described Cressida as the company's muse, recently cast her in a 30-second film after watching the video of her final dance from her time at Leeds. The company's talent-spotters were "charmed by her movement", a spokesperson for the fashion brand said.

Later this year, Cressida will make her film debut in Harvey Weinstein’s new movie Tulip Fever, alongside the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Cara Delevingne. The Hollywood mega-mogul has predicted big things for the burgeoning actress. "People will see what a fantastic actress she is," Harvey has said. "It will be the first of many roles for her."

Cressida Bonas with hit film-maker Harvey Weinstein

He went on to praise Cressida for "not taking advantage of any media profile" – which will come as no surprise to those who know her.

During her relationship with Prince Harry, friends of Cressida – known as Cressy – said she struggled for money, determined to support herself rather than rely on her wealthy parents. Her determination and independence no doubt appealed to the handsome prince, who was introduced to Cressida by his cousin Princess Eugenie.

Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry dated for two years

Now, almost exactly a year after their split, Cressida appears to have reunited with another former flame. She was spotted walking hand-in-hand with Harry Wentworth-Stanley over the Valentine’s weekend, sparking reports that they have rekindled their romance.

Harry, who is the son of Clare Husted Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven, dated Cressida for two years while the pair were students at the University of Leeds, but they split when he decided to go travelling in Argentina.

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