She is the It girl of the moment, who, after captivating audiences as Daphne Bridgerton in Netflix’s smash hit Bridgerton over Christmas, has gone on to appear on the virtual front row at fashion week and star in the ad campaign for Self-Portrait. Now, she’s landed her first major feature film role, starring opposite fellow period drama actor Matthew Goode in The Colour Room.
The film will follow the life of Clarice Cliff, the pioneering ceramic artist who was at the vanguard of the Art Deco pottery movement emerging out of Stoke-on-Trent in the 1920s. Her vibrantly hued, angular and geometric designs came to be seen as symbolic of the Art Deco school, and she was one of the most famous and written about artists of the time. Two of her creations – the Bizarre and Fantasque – were the biggest sellers of the Depression in the 1930s, stocked at shops as reputable as Harrods as well as around the world.
Her work has continued to inspire today, with the potter even the subject of the finale of Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throwndown this past weekend.
‘I am so excited to be joining the cast of The Colour Room, especially in the role as one of the nations most celebrated artists, Clarice Cliff,’ Dynevor said of the project from Wedgwood, where she and co-star Goode were photographed preparing for their roles. ‘It’s truly such an honour to take on such a remarkable character. The script is a beautifully written contemporary take on the 20th century, and I feel proud to be working with such a strong female team, both in front and behind the camera. I look forward to telling Clarice’s story and of course working with Matthew too.’
Goode will be playing Colley Shorter, the younger of the two brothers who own the factory that Cliff was working at, who recognised Cliff’s talents and helped her to become the household name she is today, following stints at the Royal College of Art and in Paris. Although married and 17 years her senior, the two were later to become romantically involved. Goode has previously starred in Downton Abbey, Brideshead Revisited and The Crown.
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