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Phoebe Dynevor: My mother taught me to embrace fame

Phoebe Dynevor has been supported by her actress mother in learning to navigate fame, she said.

The Bridgerton star is the daughter of Sally Dynevor, known for playing bossy and snobby Sally Metcalfe in Coronation Street, and screenwriter Tim Dynevor.

Dynevor, 28, recalled growing up outside Manchester, where she would visit the set of the ITV soap, to Elle UK.

Phoebe Dynevor features on two Elle UK digital covers (Rosaline Shahnavaz/Elle UK/PA)
Phoebe Dynevor features on two Elle UK digital covers (Rosaline Shahnavaz/Elle UK/PA)

“When I was younger, we would go on set (of Coronation Street) a lot, and I got used to seeing people from TV come to our house,” she said.

“I was in awe of it all and loved seeing the family that people built on set and how everyone worked in very different jobs to create something.”

Dynevor, whose grandmother Shirley Dynevor was also an actress, said her mother’s “best advice has been to just enjoy” fame.

Phoebe Dynevor is one of the five Bafta rising star nominees for 2024 (Rosaline Shahnavaz/Elle UK/PA)
Phoebe Dynevor is one of the five Bafta rising star nominees for 2024 (Rosaline Shahnavaz/Elle UK/PA)

She added: “There was a certain point with Bridgerton where I was over-analysing everything and my mum told me to just embrace it all, and not to be terrified of it.

“Fame doesn’t do great things to people in the public eye – particularly men. She’s really helped me navigate it all.”

Dynevor also revealed during the interview that her mother will be her plus one for the Bafta ceremony, where she is one of the five rising star nominees for 2024 after starring in Netflix finance psychological thriller Fair Play, about a relationship between co-workers.

British Soap Awards 2015 – Manchester
Phoebe’s mother Sally Dynevor plays Sally Metcalfe in Coronation Street Ian West/PA)

“I find awards shows terrifying – imposter syndrome is a real thing,” she said.

“They’re really scary but also very exciting because you’re in a room full of incredible people.”

She also said that intimacy co-ordinators are “a game changer” following her starring role in Netflix’s Bridgerton, in which she plays Daphne who has racy scenes with the Duke of Hastings (Rege-Jean Page) in the first season.

“As a young woman, it’s important to have someone there on your side, protecting you,” she added.

Actress Phoebe Dynevor starred in Bridgerton (Rosaline Shahnavaz/Elle UK/PA)
Actress Phoebe Dynevor starred in Bridgerton (Rosaline Shahnavaz/Elle UK/PA)

“I see them as a stunt or dance co-ordinator, they are the same thing.”

Dynevor said the money from the regency era show and her career taking off has allowed her to “buy the comfiest bed in the world” and a house.

For more see elle.com/uk/PhoebeDynevor.