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Story of Ophelia Lovibond who will play Carrie Johnson in new Sky drama

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Ophelia Lovibond has wowed fans with her uncanny resemblance to Carrie Johnson in pictures released from the upcoming Sky drama This England.

And appearance isn’t the only thing the actress, 36, has in common with the  Prime Minister’s wife and Conservative comms guru she’s set to play.

Like Carrie, Ophelia grew up in a single parent household in west London. The women, born just two years apart, both went to fee-paying schools only half a mile apart and have a flurry of high-profile and showbiz friends. 

Ophelia is often seen rubbing shoulders with a posse of A-list pals, including Jim Carey, Gemma Chan and Lily James she grew up worlds away from the glitz of Hollywood and the high stakes machinations of Number 10.

Ophelia Lovibond has wowed fans with her uncanny resemblance to Carrie Johnson in pictures released from the upcoming Sky drama This England

Ophelia Lovibond has wowed fans with her uncanny resemblance to Carrie Johnson in pictures released from the upcoming Sky drama This England

Ophelia is often seen rubbing shoulders with a posse of A-list pals, including Jim Carey, Gemma Chan and Lillie James she grew up worlds away from the glitz of Hollywood and the high stakes machinations of Number 10. Sh eis pictured with Zoe Boyle, Vanessa Kirby and Gemma Chan at the Queen's Polo Club in June 2012

Ophelia is often seen rubbing shoulders with a posse of A-list pals, including Jim Carey, Gemma Chan and Lillie James she grew up worlds away from the glitz of Hollywood and the high stakes machinations of Number 10. Sh eis pictured with Zoe Boyle, Vanessa Kirby and Gemma Chan at the Queen’s Polo Club in June 2012

Sir Kenneth Branagh, pictured here as Boris Johnson with Ophelia Lovibond as Carrie Johnson in the show, is unrecognisable

The show will focus on Boris Johnson as well as his wife Carrie Johnson. Pictured are the real-life Boris and Carrie Johnson, seen here arriving at the Conservative Party Conference in September 2019

Sir Kenneth Branagh, pictured here as Boris Johnson with Ophelia Lovibond as Carrie Johnson in the show, is unrecognisable

The rising showbiz performer, best known for her roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Minx and W1A,  struck out her own path to forge a successful acting career. 

She grew up with a single mother and two siblings in a housing estate in  Shepherd’s Bush. Her mum worked as a prison psychologist at Wormwood Scrubs and aged 13 Ophelia bagged a scholarship to a highly selective private Upper Latymer School in Hammersmith, just a 10 minute walk from where Carrie herself was educated at Godolphin and Latymer school.

Despite her posh sounding name, the actress didn’t come from a wealthy family – previously revealing her upper-middle-class accent developed when she was surrounded by posh pals at her fee-paying school.

But she clearly got a taste for high society, and is now often seen in the front row fashion shows with the likes of Emma Weymouth, Lady Kitty Spencer and Mary Charteris. 

Like Carrie, Ophelia grew up in a single parent household in west London. The women, born just two years apart, both went to fee-paying schools only half a mile apart and have a flurry of high-profile and showbiz friends.

Like Carrie, Ophelia grew up in a single parent household in west London. The women, born just two years apart, both went to fee-paying schools only half a mile apart and have a flurry of high-profile and showbiz friends.

The rising showbiz performer, best known for her roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Minx and W1A, struck out her own path to forge a successful acting career. She is pictured on her hen do

The rising showbiz performer, best known for her roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Minx and W1A, struck out her own path to forge a successful acting career. She is pictured on her hen do

She also has dozens of actor friends, including Nick Frost, fellow Marvel star Gemma Chan, the Crown’s Vanessa Kirby and Lillie James.

Ophelia is also often pictured with Laura Whitmore, and was close friends with Caroline Flack, who died in February 2020.  

She’s paid tribute to the late presenter many times, on the anniversary of her death last year she wrote: ‘We found each other mutually hilarious. We just loved making each other laugh and that seemed to be so much of what our friendship was. She was such an enormous person in my life and it’s that laughter – you feel that absence very keenly.

‘Because of the way Caroline died, it is very easy to let that overshadow everything else. But her life counted for so much more than the way she died, and those are the things that I’ve been thinking about.’

Her other famous friends include Dominic Cooper, Tinie Tempah, Henry Booth and Will Poulter.

And it's not only her career that's taking off. It's been a busy year for the actress, who married her partner of seven year Henry Pettigrew, in a romantic ceremony in London two weeks ago.

And it’s not only her career that’s taking off. It’s been a busy year for the actress, who married her partner of seven year Henry Pettigrew, in a romantic ceremony in London two weeks ago.

Despite her posh sounding name, the actress didn't come from a wealthy family - previously revealing her upper-middle-class accent developed when she was surrounded by posh pals at her fee-paying school. But she clearly got a taste for high society, and is now often seen in the front row fashion shows with the likes of Emma Weymouth, Lady Kitty Spencer and Mary Charteris.

Despite her posh sounding name, the actress didn’t come from a wealthy family – previously revealing her upper-middle-class accent developed when she was surrounded by posh pals at her fee-paying school. But she clearly got a taste for high society, and is now often seen in the front row fashion shows with the likes of Emma Weymouth, Lady Kitty Spencer and Mary Charteris.

A-list mates! Ophelia is pictured in 2014 with Lily James at centre court on day two of Wimbledon

A-list mates! Ophelia is pictured in 2014 with Lily James at centre court on day two of Wimbledon

Fashion first! The trendy star is often seen at the front row of shows.  Brix Smith-Start, guest, Ophelia Lovibond, Vanessa Kirby, Douglas Booth, and Mary Charteris sit in the front row at the Mulberry Spring/Summer 2012 runway show during London Fashion Week at Claridges Hotel

Fashion first! The trendy star is often seen at the front row of shows.  Brix Smith-Start, guest, Ophelia Lovibond, Vanessa Kirby, Douglas Booth, and Mary Charteris sit in the front row at the Mulberry Spring/Summer 2012 runway show during London Fashion Week at Claridges Hotel

Ophelia is also often pictured with Laura Whitmore, and was close friends with Caroline Flack, who died in February 2020. Dee Koppang, Ophelia Lovibond, Liz Matthews, Caroline Flack, Laura Whitmore, Lisa Eldridge and guest attend the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards after party in Berkeley Square Gardens on June 7, 2016

Ophelia is also often pictured with Laura Whitmore, and was close friends with Caroline Flack, who died in February 2020. Dee Koppang, Ophelia Lovibond, Liz Matthews, Caroline Flack, Laura Whitmore, Lisa Eldridge and guest attend the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards after party in Berkeley Square Gardens on June 7, 2016

And while she’s now well established with Hollywood regulars, to bag her first professional acting job in  Channel 4 sitcom The Wilsons, aged 12, but she lied about her age and said she was 14.   

Other child actor roles followed, but having after winning a scholarship to the fee-paying Latymer school she decided to concentrate on her studies instead, going on to read English at Sussex University, and graduating with a First in 2008.

While building her acting career she starred in various films and television show – including the HBO show Minx, starring alongside New Girl’s Jake Johnson as young feminist Joyce creating the first erotic magazine for women. 

Having starred in US television hit Elementary, a spin-off of Sherlock Holms and Hollywood blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, the role of Carrie Johnson appears to be the next big project for a star poised for global fame. 

And while she's now well established with Hollywood regulars, to bag her first professional acting job in Channel 4 sitcom The Wilsons, aged 12, but she lied about her age and said she was 14. Pictured with Laura Whitmore, Gemma Cairney and Caroline Flack in 2014

And while she’s now well established with Hollywood regulars, to bag her first professional acting job in Channel 4 sitcom The Wilsons, aged 12, but she lied about her age and said she was 14. Pictured with Laura Whitmore, Gemma Cairney and Caroline Flack in 2014

Friends in high places! Tinie Tempah, Ophelia Lovibond and Patrick Grant attend the Moet Summer House VIP launch night on June 7, 2018 in

Friends in high places! Tinie Tempah, Ophelia Lovibond and Patrick Grant attend the Moet Summer House VIP launch night on June 7, 2018 in

Will Poulter (L) and Ophelia Lovibond attend day one of the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park

Ophelia Lovibond (L) and Dominic Cooper attend the press night after party for "The Libertine" at the Haymarket Hotel on September 27, 2016

She has many famous friends, including Will Poulter (left) and Dominic Cooper (right)

Ophelia grew up on a housing estate in west London ‘under the floodlights’ of QPR football stadium – previously revealing that while her parents were well spoken, they weren’t well off financially. 

She lived with her mother, who worked as a Chartered Psychologist at a Category B men’s prison, her two siblings and various children her mother fostered over the years. 

As a child she attended the Young Blood theatre company, alongside Carey Mulligan,  in Hammersmith, and showed a keen interest in theatre while at school.

At 13, she bagged herself a place at Latymer Upper School, a public school which has approximately 1,200 pupils and accepts less than 10 per cent of applicants. 

Lovibond and Jim Carrey film "Mr. Popper's Penguins" on the Streets of Manhattan on December 23, 2010 in New York

Lovibond and Jim Carrey film ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ on the Streets of Manhattan on December 23, 2010 in New York

Despite playing a Conservative, Ophelia has made no secret of her disdain for the Tory government, criticising Cabinet minister and Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg ahead of the 2019 general election, after images emerged of him lounging on the front benches of the House of Commons. She is pictured at a voting booth

Despite playing a Conservative, Ophelia has made no secret of her disdain for the Tory government, criticising Cabinet minister and Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg ahead of the 2019 general election, after images emerged of him lounging on the front benches of the House of Commons. She is pictured at a voting booth

Ophelia Lovibond and Laura Whitmore attend day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 04, 2016

Ophelia Lovibond and Laura Whitmore attend day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 04, 2016

Just a 10 minute walk away, in two years below her was Carrie, at similarly-named all girls Godolphin & Latymer school – who she later would go on to play.

Roles in many British shows, including Holby City, The Bill, Casualty and Heartbeat – as well as famously opposite Nick Frost in Mr Sloane and WIA, in which she played PA Izzy Gould. 

And it’s not only her career that’s taking off. It’s been a busy year for the actress, who married her partner of seven year Henry Pettigrew, in a romantic ceremony in London two weeks ago.

The pair first met after playing on-stage lovers in Lucy Prebble’s play The Effect, with Ophelia going on to split from her then boyfriend Tom Hughes. 

Roles in many British shows, including Holby City, The Bill, Casualty and Heartbeat – as well as famously opposite Nick Frost in Mr Sloane (pictured together) and WIA, in which she played PA Izzy Gould

Roles in many British shows, including Holby City, The Bill, Casualty and Heartbeat – as well as famously opposite Nick Frost in Mr Sloane (pictured together) and WIA, in which she played PA Izzy Gould

Ophelia Lovibond receives the award for Best Actress In A Supporting Role on behalf of Denise Gough on stage during The Olivier Awards with Mastercard at Royal Albert Hall on April 8, 2018

Ophelia Lovibond receives the award for Best Actress In A Supporting Role on behalf of Denise Gough on stage during The Olivier Awards with Mastercard at Royal Albert Hall on April 8, 2018

Fellow actor Henry is best known for his role in the Crown, where he played Neil Armstrong. 

Their engagement was confirmed last year, with Ophelia saying at the time that she was ‘over the moon’.

Last month, Ophelia shared her excitement as she picked up her wedding gown from bridal store Halfpenny, describing her outfit as the ‘absolute dress of my dreams.’

While the previous month, she put on a sizzling display in a sequinned leotard and a veil as she let her hair down at her hen do.

Fellow actor Henry is best known for his role in the Crown, where he played Neil Armstrong. Their engagement was confirmed last year, with Ophelia saying at the time that she was 'over the moon'.

Fellow actor Henry is best known for his role in the Crown, where he played Neil Armstrong. Their engagement was confirmed last year, with Ophelia saying at the time that she was ‘over the moon’.

Oscar Montoya, Idara Victor, Ophelia Lovibond, Lennon Parham, Jessica Lowe and Jake Johnson attend the screening and launch party for HBO Max's MINX at The Hollywood Roosevelt

Oscar Montoya, Idara Victor, Ophelia Lovibond, Lennon Parham, Jessica Lowe and Jake Johnson attend the screening and launch party for HBO Max’s MINX at The Hollywood Roosevelt

And despite playing a Conservative, Ophelia has made no secret of her disdain for the Tory government, criticising Cabinet minister and Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg ahead of the 2019 general election, after images emerged of him lounging on the front benches of the House of Commons.

‘This behaviour is an absolute disgrace,’ she wrote at the time.

‘Jacob Rees-Mogg’s slouching across the front benches during one of the most consequential debates in parliamentary history is the physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for parliament and the People.’

She’s also been a vocal supporter of refugees, working with the charity Choose Love and often posts about LGBTQ+ and Women’s Rights to her 66,000 Instagram followers.

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