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Jan 2018
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Gabriella graces the cover of Marie Claire UK for their February issue. Outtakes have been added to the gallery so make sure to check them out! We will add the scans as soon as they become available.

MARIE CLAIRE UK – Gabriella Wilde has ticked a lot of life boxes for someone who hasn’t yet broken 30: a modelling career, marriage, two children, six movies and even (at one point) the dubious title of ‘second most eligible woman in Britain’.

Wilde isn’t going to add that last one to her Twitter bio any time soon, and not just because she’s now married to the musician Alan Pownall. ‘I mean, what do people even qualify as eligible?’ she scoffs. ‘It’s just nonsense!’

In any case, Wilde, 28, is now best known for her role as the pug-carrying heiress Caroline Penvenen in BBC One’s Poldark, a part she won just before finding out she was pregnant with her second son, Shiloh. ‘I told them early on, I was only a matter of weeks [pregnant],’ she says. ‘I wanted to be up front, as I saw no reason why I couldn’t still do it.’

After an initial moment of panic, the show’s producer and writer Debbie Horsfield – a mother of four herself – said, ‘If she thinks she can do it, why shouldn’t she?’ Some bump-disguising period dress and camera trickery enabled her to shoot way into her third trimester.

When she returned to film season three her costumes were adapted so she could pop back to her trailer to breastfeed Shiloh between takes. ‘I really don’t think that’s the norm,’ she says of the whole experience. ‘It was lovely to be able to show people that I was just as capable of getting the job done. But yeah… it was tiring.’

Wilde lives an hour away from the Bristol Poldark set (only the outdoor bits are filmed in Cornwall) in a house in the Somerset countryside that she and her husband Alan renovated. She wanted to give her children the same mud-spattered, outdoorsy life she enjoyed as a child, running around with her younger sister and five half-siblings.

Wilde’s parents are the former model Vanessa and businessman John Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, and she shares a half-sister with Prince Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas. ‘I have a big, mixed family from different marriages,’ she says, ‘so [my childhood] was always pretty colourful and wonderful. I grew up in a house full of women; I had all my sisters like an army around me before I’d even tried to make friends.’

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6
Jul 2017
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Gabriella poses for Farfetch in new photoshoot and talks ‘Poldark’, acting and more in the interview below!

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Studio Photoshoots > 2017 > Session 004

FARFETCH – Gabriella Wilde is something of a unicorn in show business – an actress who never planned, never wanted to act. ‘It’s unusual I know,’ explains Gabriella. ‘I was a very shy child and teenager, so it’s not something I ever gravitated towards.’ How then, did she end up winning hearts left, right and centre with her portrayal of the spirited Caroline Penvenen in the period-drama juggernaut Poldark?

A former Burberry campaign model, who counts Naomi Campbell as an early admirer, Gabriella was in her twenties and studying Fine Art when she was asked to audition for a role. ‘It found me, really,’ she says. ‘A thing of chance.’ The Hampshire native headed for Hollywood and starred in films like Endless Love and Carrie before heading back to Britain and being cast in Poldark, a smash hit for the BBC. Initially, her character Caroline appeared to be your stereotypical spoilt little rich girl, which made it all the more satisfying when she actually turned out to be a daring, acerbic sweetheart.

With Season 3 now back on our television screens, we invited Gabriella to give us a lesson in how to pull off pre-fall’s most striking globetrotting pieces. Oh, and to tell us all about being discovered by Isabella Blow, corsets versus haute couture, and the magic of Poldark…

The 3rd season of Poldark is currently airing, you joined in the 2nd – was it daunting joining a show that was already such a huge hit?
‘I’d just had a baby when it [first] came out, so I sort of didn’t feel the full weight of it. The phenomenon that is Poldark had slightly passed me by. But definitely arriving on the first day with everyone else knowing each other already, being the new girl… It was nerve-wracking.’

Viewers have totally fallen in love with Caroline. Why do you think that is?
‘I think she’s a really great female character – she’s strong, she’s bright, she’s funny. For me, it was really [about] making sure she didn’t come across as a bitch, because she is sharp with people and she’s very quick-witted with the men. I wanted that to be something about her that was fun, rather than because she was jaded or angsty. I think she is bright beyond her standing and doesn’t necessarily want to exist in the world she’s been born into.’

Poldark is also famous for somewhat flipping the female gaze…
‘Yes, the women are strong and we’re objectifying the men, it’s a nice switch! There are a lot of strong women in Poldark, it’s a great show for that. I think almost all the female characters in it are very strong, and in very different ways – they kind of represent the different strengths within women.’

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6
Jul 2017
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After the fashion show, Gabriella attended the “Christian Dior, Couturier Du Reve” Exhibition Launch Celebrating 70 Years Of Creation the same day (July 3) in Paris. Once again, thanks to Emily for the pictures!

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Jul 2017
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Gabriella was spotted in Paris for the Fashion Week and she attended the Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Show on July 3, 2017. Many thanks to my friends Emily and Nicole for their help.

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11
Jun 2017
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‘Poldark’ is back tonight at 9pm on BBC One and to celebrate its return on the small screen, here are some promotional pictures of Gabriella as Caroline Penvenen. We also added stills from the first episode of the new series thanks to FFA. Enjoy!


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11
Jun 2017
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On June 6, Gabriella was at the Glamour Women of The Year Awards in London. I’ve updated the gallery high quality pictures from the event with thanks to my friend Emily at Marvelous Margot for her help.

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3
Jun 2017
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THE TELEGRAPH – Gabriella Wilde’s career started unconventionally, to say the least. She is recounting the fairy-tale-like story over an afternoon coffee in a London hotel, peppering the retelling with apologetic looks and half-shrugs. ‘It is totally ridiculous,’ she says. ‘I don’t identify with it at all any more, I feel like it happened to someone else.’

This comes from someone currently starring in Poldark, one of the BBC’s biggest and most successful series. As Caroline Penvenen, the coquettish orphaned heiress who refuses to play by polite 18th-century rules of behaviour, Gabriella’s standout performance last series won her Best Newcomer in the Radio Times Reader Awards.

Softly spoken and thoughtful, any signs of her former status as Burberry model and second-most-eligible girl in Britain (as decreed by Tatler in 2007 – Kitty Spencer, the eldest daughter of Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, came first) are few and far between.

Gabriella was ‘discovered’ when she was 14, through a chance encounter with the late style icon Isabella Blow, who she met through a friend of her mother’s. Taken with Gabriella, Blow requested they do a few shoots together. ‘I say it was low-key – but, really, how low-key was Isabella Blow?’ Gabriella laughs.

At a party soon after, she met Naomi Campbell, who insisted she be introduced immediately to her agency, Premier Model Management. ‘I was 15. She took Polaroids of me in the bathroom and sent them to her agent. The next day I was in her agent’s office and started working with them. It was totally mad and so surreal.’

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