She stormed onto the screens as wild child Maeve in Sex Education. Now actress Emma Mackey is poised for superstardom with her first starring role in a movie.
Emma, 26, born and raised in France, will play the role of Emily Brontë in a highly anticipated biopic to be released later this year.
Already generating a lot of buzz after the first trailer was released this week, the film will mark another exciting chapter in Emma’s meteoric rise.
The headmaster’s daughter, who had a “sheltered” upbringing as a “bookish” Catholic schoolgirl, worked as a translator before landing her breakout as bad girl Maeve in Netflix’s Sex Education.
The series has spawned high profile parts in Eiffel, a movie released today about the man who built the Eiffel Tower, and the upcoming Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
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Glamor on the red carpet: She burst onto screens as wild kid Maeve in Sex Education. Now actress Emma Mackey, pictured, is poised for superstardom with her first starring role in a movie
Breakout: The director’s daughter, who had a “sheltered” upbringing as a “bookish” Catholic schoolgirl, worked as a translator before landing her breakout as bad girl Maeve on Netflix’s Sex Education. Pictured, in the hit series co-starred Asa Butterfield as Otis
Big screen: Emma, 26, born and raised in France, plays Emily Brontë in highly anticipated biopic due later this year
Emma was born in northwestern France to a French father, a school principal and an English mother, a charity volunteer.
Her character in Sex Education may have run a sex clinic at school, but Emma’s upbringing in Sablé-sur-Sarthe was much more innocent.
‘It was really nice. I went to a Catholic school and did a lot of sports and I was very happy. I loved to study and was very schooly. It was quite a sheltered existence,” she told the Evening Standard.
Emma moved from France to the UK at the age of 17 to study English literature at the University of Leeds and participate in amateur theater productions.
Uplifting romance: Sex education led to a high-profile role in Eiffel, a film released today about the man who built the Eiffel Tower (pictured with co-star Romain Duris)
Front row fashionista: Emma with Nicole Richie at a Miu Miu event in Paris in June 2019
“I had to toughen up a bit,” she said. “People made me realize that I was quite innocent and not aware of certain things. I wanted to make people like me.’
The day before graduating, Emma made the decision to apply to drama schools in London, and a year later, she got an agent. Six months later, she was cast in Sex Education after five auditions.
Emma then worked as a translator and lived with friends and family to save money.
“When I answered the phone, I burst into tears and did a cliche beep,” she continued. “I called my mom and pretended to be very, very cool. Like: “Yes, I have this part, it’s okay”.’
Hollywood blockbuster: Emma also appeared in Death on the Nile, directed by Kenneth Branagh
Love life: Emma prefers to keep her personal life a secret, but was at one point dating Dan Whitlam, pictured together in Cannes in 2019. It is not known if the couple are still together
Despite receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Maeve — and becoming a fan favorite thanks in part to her won’t-she-won’t-she relationship with Otis (Asa Butterfield) — Emma won’t be returning for the fourth. series of the Netflix show.
Her character has seized the opportunity to study abroad in the US and Emma has said that now is the right time to move on to other projects.
“Sex education is so important as a concept, as a show, and the cast is phenomenal,” she said in an interview with Hunger.
“I really care about them and I’ve made friends for life. But the bittersweet thing about it is that I can’t be 17 all my life either.’
Emma’s latest film, Eiffel, hits UK cinemas today. It tells the story of engineer Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) and his journey to build what would become one of the world’s most recognizable monuments.
Stylish: Emma cuts a cool figure at Wimbledon 2019 (left) and is elegant at Cannes that year
As in real life, the film shows Eiffel as initially reluctant to build the 324-foot-tall tower, originally intended as a temporary structure for the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. Still, he eventually agreed to a decision that baffled historians.
The film’s explanation for this change of heart is a woman named Adrienne Bourgès (Mackey), whom Eiffel had loved as a young man but was denied permission to marry.
The film has received mixed reviews, but Mackey’s performance has won praise.
Fans will then be able to see her in a second period drama where she takes on the role of Emily Brontë.
Forbidden Affair: New biopic Emily centers on a romance between Brontë and her curator’s assistant. Emma plays the role of the author (photo)
Star Turn: Emily, played by Mackey, alongside her father Patrick Bronte, played by Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar
Debut director Frances O’Connor, famous for starring in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and The Importance of Being Earnest opposite Colin Firth, has said the steamy film to chastise historians.
In a revised history of the famously introverted author’s life, ‘Emily’ portrays the central character as caught up in a forbidden affair with an assistant curator – a real and allegedly handsome man.
“I know there will be people who don’t get it,” O’Connor told Total Film. “People like Brontë historians will probably say, ‘Well, that didn’t happen.'”
A Brontë superfan, Mackey will star opposite Oliver Jackson-Cohen, which will be released in October.