Pictured: Crown star Emma Corrin's first stage kiss

Pictured: Crown star Emma Corrin's first stage kiss (and her fellow students already knew she was destined for the top)

By Chris Hastings for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 22:01 GMT, 28 November 2020 | Updated: 22:01 GMT, 28 November 2020

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Actress Emma Corrin has won rave reviews for her portrayal of troubled Princess Diana in The Crown.

But – as our exclusive pictures show – her first stage kiss reveals that she has a pedigree when it comes to playing the victim in a doomed romance.

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When she was 20, Corrin was photographed as she starred in a Cambridge University production of Irish dramatist Brian Friel’s tragi-comedy Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Emma Corrin, pictured here aged 20 appearing in a Cambridge University production of Brian Friel's tragi-comedy Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Emma Corrin, pictured here aged 20 appearing in a Cambridge University production of Brian Friel's tragi-comedy Philadelphia, Here I Come!

The 2016 production featured the actresses first screen kiss. Those who knew her at Cambridge knew Emma would make it big

The 2016 production featured the actresses first screen kiss. Those who knew her at Cambridge knew Emma would make it big

 

Emma Corrin, pictured here with Josh O'Connor in Almeria, Spain, is playing Princess Diana in the latest series of The Crown

Emma Corrin, pictured here with Josh O'Connor in Almeria, Spain, is playing Princess Diana in the latest series of The Crown

For the key scene Corrin, sporting a short-cropped hairstyle, had to share a passionate kiss with the play’s lead character, Gareth ‘Gar’ O’Donnell, who was played by James McMullan. The play was staged by the university’s Emmanuel Dramatic Society in February 2016, when Corrin was studying English, education and drama at St John’s College.

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