Who is Shelley Conn?

British actress Shelley Deborah Conn was born under the zodiac sign Virgo on 21 September 1976 in Barnet, North London, England. She has 65 acting credits and is perhaps known best for playing Lady Mary Sharma in eight episodes (2022) of the romantic series “Bridgerton”, which stars Luke Newton, Julie Andrews and Nicola Coughlan, and was created by Chris Van Dusen in 2020. The series follows the lives of members of the Bridgerton family, and has won 13 of the 89 awards for which it’s been nominated.

Shelley’s currently shooting for the upcoming series “Alex Rider” and “Gen V”.

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Education and early life

Shelley was raised alongside her brother Stevan Conn in London, by their Anglo-Indian parents about whom Shelley avoids speaking in public as she respects their privacy; it’s believed that they were the owners of their own small business, but this remains unconfirmed.

Shelley studied at Cranbourne School prior to progressing to Queen Mary’s College (high school) aged 16, and was into several activities during her two years there as she was a member of the school’s drama club, took dance lessons and ran track. She matriculated in 1994, and continued her education at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1998; Shelley then honed her acting skills at Bretton Hall.

Roles in movies

Shelley’s debut film role was playing Uzma in the 2000 romantic thriller “The Last Musketeer”, and some of her following roles were in the 2000 romantic comedy “Maybe Baby”, the 2001 crime mystery “Hawkins”, and the 2003 drama “Man and Boy”.

In 2005, she played Princess Pondicherry in the popular adventure family comedy “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, which starred Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore, and which Tim Burton directed. It follows the world’s most unusual candy maker as he’s taking a group of children on a tour through his chocolate factory, and the movie won 15 of the 67 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design. Some of her notable performances in the remainder of the 2000s were in the 2006 comedy “Nina’s Heavenly Delights”, the 2008 short drama “30 Ways to Make More Time”, and the 2010 romantic comedy “How Do You Know”.

In 2014, Shelley played Preea Vasami in the crime comedy “Flim: The Movie”, which starred Jody Marriott Bar-Lev and Rebecca Atkinson, and was written and directed by Raffaello Degruttola. It follows the life of an Indian movie director and the film was nominated for only a single award.

Shelley portrayed Professor Samantha Harlow in the 2018 horror mystery thriller “Malevolent”, which starred Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Florence Pugh, and was directed by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson. It follows a team of scam artists as they’re spending the night at a haunted country estate, and the film was nominated for only a single award.

Shelley’s since appeared in only two movies: the 2020 romantic comedy “Love Sarah”, and the 2021 short drama “Fellow Creatures”.

Roles in TV series

Shelley’s debut TV series role was playing Naz in the 2000 episode “No Direction Home” of the crime drama “City Central”, and some of her following appearances were in an episode or two of the drama “Attachments”, the crime drama “Merseybeat” and the drama “Casualty”.

In 2005, she played Kerry Jamill in nine episodes of the romantic comedy “Down to Earth”, which starred Denise Welch and Ricky Tomlinson, and was created by Ashley Pharoah. It follows Brian Addis and his wife Faith as they’re working on opening their holiday home ‘Phyllishayes’, and the series was nominated for a single award. The remainder of the 2000s saw Shelly appear in the crime mystery “Blue Murder”, the drama “The Innocence Project” and the crime mystery “Trial & Retribution”.

In 2014, she played First Lady Gabrielle Westwood in the science fiction “The Lottery”, which starred Michael Graziadei and Marley Shelton, and was created by Timothy J. Sexton; set in a world in which women can no longer have children, the movie follows 100 embryos which have been successfully fertilized, and a national lottery which is to decide the surrogates.

Some of Shelley’s most recent roles in TV series have been in a 2022 episode of the crime mystery mini-series “Four Lives”, four episodes of the 2023 fantasy comedy “Good Omens”, and three episodes of the 2023 action adventure comedy “Gen V”.

Other credits

Shelley produced the 2021 short movie “Fellow Creatures”.

Some of her recent talk-show appearances have been in “Daybreak”, “This Morning” and “The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family”.

Love life and marriage

Shelley shies away from speaking about her love life in public but we know that she’s today married and has a child.

She met American actor and composer Jonathan Kerrigan in either 1999 or 2000, and they married in a small and private ceremony in 2011; Jonathan has 31 acting credits and is perhaps known best for portraying Neil in 11 episodes of the drama “In the Club” from 2014 through 2016.

Shelley gave birth to her and Jonathan’s son Oscar in 2012.

There are no other men whom Shelley’s perhaps been with, that we know about; she’s married to Jonathan Kerrigan as of September 2023 and they have a son together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Shelley’s physically highly active and works out at her home gym nearly every day; she also loves to run and completed the 2006 London Marathon.

Close to 30,000 people are following Shelley on Instagram today and she’s posted 72 pictures and videos onto the network, with most featuring her during her everyday life, whether she’s going for a run, practicing yoga at home or spending time with her husband and son.

Shelley’s favorite season is autumn, mostly because of its colors.

She’s into travelling and has been to a number of US states and European countries, while her favorite city to visit is Rome, Italy.

One of Shelley’s favorite actresses is Monica Bellucci, and some of her favorite films are “Tears of the Sun”, “The Passion of the Christ” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”.

Appearance and net worth

Shelley’s age is 47. She has brown eyes and black hair, weighs around 125lbs (57kgs) and is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall.

Shelley’s net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million, as of September 2023.

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