Felicity is appearing in the January issue of Vanity Fair, complete with a gorgeous retro-inspired photoshoot. I have found two pictures so far, but hopefully some more will surface soon.
Felicity Jones, who is 30, grew up in the small town of Bournville, on the outskirts of Birmingham, England. “There’s a village green—everyone knows one another—and I would walk to school from my house.” At 13 she made her first television appearance, and while preparing for a degree in English literature at Oxford University, she acted in student plays and continued to take roles in TV series. After graduating, she was cast in several feature films, including Brideshead Revisited (2008), and she gained worldwide notice for her work in the largely improvisational film Like Crazy (2011), for which she won a jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival for breakout performance. “I always felt like a magpie in terms of watching other people and learning from them,” she explains. This month she stars in The Invisible Woman, based on the 1990 book by Claire Tomalin. It is the story of the scandalous secret affair of Charles Dickens —married with 10 children— and an actress nearly three decades his junior. “In many ways, it’s equivalent to if a movie star met a young woman and had an affair,” says Jones, who plays Nelly Ternan, the great novelist’s young mistress. “Dickens was incredibly famous and well liked—people don’t realize the level of celebrity he had.” Ralph Fiennes, who plays Dickens, directed the film. “Ralph has unflinching integrity. I loved the fact that he was absolutely adamant that none of the women wear any makeup. He was very much painting a faithful and truthful portrait of Victorian England.” Jones seems equally enthusiastic about her upcoming appearance on HBO’s smash hit Girls. “I just can’t believe how revolutionary and exciting it is,” she says. “It’s not just about girls. It’s about human nature.”