Actress, Podcaster and Writer
Cressida Bonas is an Actress, Podcaster and Writer.
Cressida launched her popular podcast Fear Itself in 2020. An immediate hit, it featured in Apple’s ‘New and Noteworthy’. Inspired by her own experiences, each episode invites guests to share their personal stories around ‘fear’: how it manifests itself – and how we can harness it as a positive power. Guests have included Richard Branson, Ellie Goulding, Yomi Adegoke, Matt Haig, Dynamo, Dr Pippa Grange and Dr Ian McGilchrist. Quickly recommissioned for a second series, bonus episodes included Love Itself, where Cressida explored how her guests define love – as a concept itself, and in the context of fear. A passionate contributor to conversations around Mental Health, Cressida believes these conversations are more important now than ever – helping people feel less isolated and empowering them to be more open and honest about mental health difficulties, challenging the stereotype and removing the stigma.
Now in its third series, Fear Itself received universally positive reviews: ‘Cressida is a thoughtful interviewer’, The Daily Mail; ‘Unique and inspiring discussions’, Grazia Magazine; ‘It offers nourishment to your soul’, Donna Lancaster, Hoffman Therapist and creator of The Bridge Retreat.
The podcast also featured in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard and Buro Magazine, and fellow podcaster Amelia Rope sung its praises on her podcast Hope and Patience.
As a result of the podcast, Cressida is currently in the process of writing a book, set to be a powerful combination of memoir, her interviews – and the fresh perspectives she has garnered in the process. She is also in talks with publishers about four of her illustrated children’s books, (My Name is Peggy Sue, Cosy Toes and the Unknown, The Pink Glass Elephant and Harry Hat’s Lost Hats).
Other writing work includes recent journalism commissions for The Spectator, The Telegraph Magazine and The Mail on Sunday.
As an emerging broadcaster, Cressida’s uniquely gentle and considered interviewing style has seen her interviewing psychotherapist Benjamin Fry on the subject of his book The Invisible Lion. She has several more broadcast projects of this nature in the pipeline.
Cressida is also an actress and her most recent role, as Sheila Bamber in the critically acclaimed TV series White House Farm, directed by Paul Whittington, alongside Stephen Graham and Freddie Fox. Winner of the 2020 Audience Choice Award the series reached Number 2 in the ‘most watched’ section on Netflix. Reviews for Cressida’s performance were unanimously positive: “Cressida Bonas is excellent in this dramatization of Jeremy Bamber’s shocking murder case”, The Independent; 3The Times; “Cressida Bonas was remarkable”, The Daily Mail; “Cressida shatters outdated labels in this breakout role” Body and Soul Magazine; “Cressida is terrific as the traumatised Shelia”, The Radio Times.
Other TV work includes the role of Mrs Steen in the ITV series Dr Thorne, written by Julian Fellowes.