Napoleon, a film by Ridley Scott, is a spectacle-filled action epic that details the checkered rise of the iconic Napoleon Bonaparte
Volpi Cup and BAFTA Award winner and Oscar®, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Critics Choice nominee Vanessa Kirby has gained international recognition for her roles in film, television and theater.
Kirby was most recently seen reprising her role as the White Widow in Christopher McQuarrie’s latest installment of the iconic Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. The film was released globally on July 14, 2023.
Upcoming, Kirby will be seen starring in Thomas Bidegain’s Suddenly alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.
Vanessa Kirby received critical acclaim starring in Kornél Mundruczó’s Pieces of a Woman alongside Ellen Burstyn. For her portrayal of Martha, Kirby’s performance garnered her Academy Award®, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice and SAG Award nominations. The film premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival in the main competition, where Kirby received the Volpi Cup for Best Actress. The film also screened at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Following its Venice Film Festival premiere, the film was sold to Netflix and released on January 7, 2021.
Kirby launched her production company Aluna Entertainment in 2021 under a multiyear first look deal with Netflix. Under her Aluna Entertainment banner, Kirby, partnered with former Film4 Senior Executive Lauren Dark, will develop and produce a slate of features with a focus on female-centric stories.
In 2022, Kirby was seen starring in Florian Zeller’s The Son alongside Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern, which premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival and received a Best Film nomination for a Golden Lion in Venice. The film also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival and London Film Festival and was released theatrically on November 11, 2022.
In 2019, Kirby starred in Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, a spin-off from the Fast and Furious franchise, also starring Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, and Helen Mirren. That year also saw Kirby in The World to Come, an independent film that tells the story of two women who forge a close connection despite their isolation in the mid-19th century American frontier. Directed by Mona Fastvold, the film competed at the 2019 Venice Film Festival in the main competition, winning the festival’s Queer Lion prize.
In 2018, Kirby starred in global box office hit Mission: Impossible – Fallout alongside Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, and Rebecca Ferguson. That year, Kirby also played the titular role in Carrie Cracknell’s “Julie” at London’s National Theatre.
Kirby began her career on stage appearing in the National Theatre’s “Women Beware Women” and “As You Like It.” She starred in a series of hugely successful theatre roles for director David Thacker, first appearing as Ann in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” for which she received the BIZA Rising Star Award, followed by Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts.” Additional on-stage credits include “Three Sisters,” “Uncle Vanya,” “The Acid Test,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which transferred to New York. For her performance in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Kirby won the Best Supporting Actress award at the WhatsOnStage awards.
Kirby is a Global Ambassador for War Child, a charity which supports children from across the world who are affected by war and conflict. www.warchild.org.uk.
As from the press release from Sony Pictures, Cristiana Caimmi.