Phoebe Dynevor doesn’t think it’s a golden age for young actresses.
In an interview with The London Evening Standard, the star of Netflix’s Bridgerton and Fair Play claimed that all of the best screen roles are being written for older women and men.
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Dynevor, who is nominated for the rising star prize at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards, made clear she was happy for older actresses, but said she would like to get into production to create the “material that I feel is missing.”
She told the Standard that she “probably shouldn’t” be voicing her views about a lack of roles for young women, but felt compelled to speak out despite having read some “great scripts” recently.
“There is still, like, not that many parts going,” Dynevor said. “There is such a space for male actors… there are so many of them. And they’re all great. They’re all very talented young men, and they do not stop working, and good for them. But you know, when I think about the girls my age… there’s way more room for them and there is still not enough room for us.”
The actress added: “It’s a really good time for older women which is amazing and there’s a lot for these young men, but not a lot for the actresses that I know in my age bracket.”
Dynevor hails from a drama dynasty. Her mother, Sally Dynevor, stars in UK soap Coronation Street, while her father, Tim Dynevor, is a BAFTA-nominated writer.
“I eventually want to produce,” she said. “I would like to create the material that I feel is missing. I don’t know when that will be, but it’s a dream of mine.”
Dynevor said making Season 1 of Bridgerton was the happiest she had been in her life. “I bumped into Regé [-Jean Page] on the red carpet the other day and we were both like, ‘But seriously what was that!?’ I’m still just coming down from it,” she said.
Dynevor has reluctantly exited the Bridgerton siblings’ WhatsApp group, but would not rule out a return to the Netflix series. “The show is unique in that everyone has their season. If there was a good reason for me to go back, then maybe,” she said.
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