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Since her split from Harry last April, her career has taken off

January 28, 2015 04:45 PM

When Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry ended their on-again, off-again romance last spring, she might have shrunk into the background like many ex-girlfriends of royals.

Not Bonas. The 25-year-old, blue-blooded beauty stepped out at glamorous parties, often with her royal chum (and Harry’s cousin) Princess Eugenie. Within two months, Bonas had landed her first film role, in Tulip Fever, as part of a star-studded cast headed by Dame Judi Dench.

Now, as a new year has taken off, so too has her career. She has been wooed at Hollywood parties, where, as the new muse for Mulberry, she sported two near-identical dresses from the fashion brand. This week sees her treading the theater boards in London.

Wednesday is the first night of her appearing in There’s a Monster in the Lake in London. She first played the role of a male wolf in the show at a fringe event last year. Next up: another London stage role, in The Importance of Being Earnest in March. Those shows are raising money for one of Princess Kate’s favorite charities, Action on Addiction.

Cressida and army officer Harry, 30, “were really loved-up,” says a friend of her family, but parted in April last year. And, despite hanging out together around his 30th birthday – including a movie date to see Sex Tape, – they have not rekindled their two-year relationship, insiders say.

Instead, it seems Bonas is determined to make a name for herself in her own right. “It is my trade and what I have studied,” the ex-dance student told London’s Evening Standard. “I have always loved creating and entertaining.”

One fan: Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein, who chose her for Tulip Fever. “I didn’t cast her because she is linked to Prince Harry,” Weinstein told the Evening Standard. “I cast her because she was perfect in her audition. I’ll cast her again and so will a lot of people.”

For more on Bonas, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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