Brit actress Felicity Jones likes to mix her media. This fall, she’ll be starring in one of this year’s most anticipated films, as the pious Cordelia Flyte in director Julian Jarrold’s adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel “Brideshead Revisited.” Add to that a television adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” that appeared on England’s ITV channel last year, and the controversial play “That Face” that premiered at the London’s Royal Court theater last summer. All the while Jones has kept up her long-running role in the BBC’s celebrated radio soap “The Archers.” “I’ve pretty much got all the genres covered,” says the 24-year-old with a laugh. “But it keeps me on my toes.”
BOOK SMARTS: Jones, who’s been acting in television dramas on and off since she was a child growing up in Birmingham, England, took a break to study English literature at Oxford University, graduating in 2006. “It’s given me the ability to deconstruct books, which is the same thing I do with a script — but now I don’t have to write an essay at the end of it.”
IN GOOD COMPANY: In “Brideshead Revisited,” Jones shares the screen with a glittering cast that includes Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Matthew Goode and Greta Scacchi. “It was intimidating, but in a good way,” says Jones, who took the opportunity to learn from the greats. “Every scene was such a master class — I became like a magpie.”
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FASHION PHILOSOPHY: The actress, whose fashion choices lean towards 3.1 Phillip Lim and Joseph mixed with items from Topshop, is approaching the prospect of film premieres with some trepidation. “It’s like getting dressed up for your usual Friday night out, but with so much more pressure…and publicity,” she says.
UP NEXT: Jones has just wrapped “Flashbacks of a Fool,” an independent British film in which Daniel Craig plays a fading Hollywood star who revisits the English seaside town where he grew up, following the death of a childhood friend. Jones plays Craig’s girlfriend in the film’s flashbacks to the Seventies. “[Our characters] are obsessed with Roxy Music and David Bowie, which is my parents’ era, so I got to share their cultural goods,” says Jones.