The 26-year-old actress and model has moved on in a very big way

By Erin Hill
May 27, 2015 11:55 AM
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Take a bow, Cressida!

Prince Harry‘s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas is ready for her close-up. The 26-year-old model and actress is receiving rave reviews for her role of Laura in the new play, An Evening With Lucien Freud, which opened at London’s Leicester Square Theater Tuesday night.

Bonas won over critics during last week’s press preview of the 65-minute show, which tells the story of a young student’s relationship with renowned painter Lucian Freud.

The Telegraph‘s critic Jane Shilling wrote: “Wearing a tiny sundress and towering red satin heels, she conveys both Laura s naivete, and the darker resonances of absurdity and vague horror that permeate her encounter with the predatory genius.”

According to the blog, Family Affairs, “Cressida was mesmerizing – she is very beautiful and fluid. The role is quite demanding physically, which she masters to perfection. She didn t seem at all phased by having the audience so close to her and managed to keep us all entranced under her very beautiful gaze.”

Since her split from Harry, 30, a year ago, partly due to her dance and acting ambitions, Bonas has been steadily focused on her budding career.

Earlier this year, she played Cecily in a production of The Importance of Being Ernest and scored her first Vogue cover shoot.

She also has her sights set on Hollywood. In January, she attended a variety of Golden Globes parties in Los Angeles. And she’s won over Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein, who awarded her a role in the upcoming drama Tulip Fever, due to hit screens in November.

“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.”

And as Bonas’ star continues to rise, she’s more than equipped to handle the press and attention that comes with fame – thanks to her high-profile romance with Harry.

“It’s really important to remember that all of it is noise, noise that can be very loud at times,” she told U.K.’s The Sunday Times in April. “I’m a lion. I’m not tough, but I am strong. I’m definitely not a wallflower.”

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