Director, Writer, Producer, Actor
Emerald Fennell is an Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Emmy®, DGA, PGA and WGA nominated writer, director, actress and author who has established herself as a prolific multihyphenate in film, television and theatre.
She is gearing up for the release of her highly anticipated comedy-drama thriller, SALTBURN, which she wrote, directed and produced with LuckyChap Entertainment and MRC and stars Rosamund Pike, Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan. The film follows student Oliver Quick (Keoghan), struggling to find his place at Oxford University, as finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton (Elordi), who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten. SALTBURN will release in theaters on November 17.
Fennell’s feature directorial and screenplay debut, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, which she also produced, was released in theaters December 25, 2020 from Focus Features. The film stars Carey Mulligan, who received a Best Actress Academy Award® nomination for her role, and was a breakout success out of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Fennell’s feminist, timely take on the revenge genre was recognized as one of the top scripts of the 2018 Blacklist. She was later nominated for three Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won for Best Original Screenplay, received two Golden Globe® nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Director, six BAFTA nominations including Best Film, Outstanding British Film and Original Screenplay, as well as DGA, PGA and WGA nominations and won two Film Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Most recently, Fennell wrote the contemporary musical stage version of CINDERELLA alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber, which debuted in 2021 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End. The show continued its run on Broadway in March of 2023 under the name BAD CINDERELLA at the Imperial Theatre in New York.
Her debut short, CAREFUL HOW YOU GO, which she wrote and directed, premiered at Sundance in 2019. She also served as the showrunner on Season 2 of KILLING EVE, for which she was nominated for two Emmys® and the show was nominated for a Golden Globe®.
In front of the camera, she can be seen alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Greta Gerwig’s BARBIE releasing on July 21, 2023 from Warner Bros. Fennell starred in Seasons 3 and 4 of Netflix’s award-winning drama series, THE CROWN, playing Camilla Parker Bowles, for which she has received rave reviews, an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and the series won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Other recent on-camera film credits include THE DANISH GIRL, PAN and ANNA KARENINA.
Off screen, Fennell has published three novels: SHIVERTON HALL along with the sequel, THE CREEPER and MONSTERS (2017 Carnegie Medal nominee), all of which were incredibly well-received and drew comparisons ranging from Roald Dahl to Bret Easton Ellis.