Phoebe Dynevor has suggested she wants to represent her ‘northern working-class background’ in an upcoming role.
The actress shot to worldwide fame in Netflix hit Bridgerton, in which she played Daphne.
The series was watched by millions when it dropped on Boxing Day last year – as the eldest Bridgerton daughter made her debut on the social scene, and ended up marrying the Duke of Hastings.
On being thrust into the spotlight Phoebe, 26, told Harper’s Bazaar UK: “I don’t think anyone knows how to handle that.
“I worry about everything. I’m full of anxiety. I have a fear of failure, letting someone down, contradicting myself.
“You see what it is for your mental health to be in the public eye.
“I meditate, I have a therapist, I walk every day. There are things I do to ground myself, because it’s quite hectic at the moment.”
Phoebe is currently filming for the upcoming second series of Bridgerton, with two more commissioned.
The next will focus on Daphne’s eldest brother Lord and his quest to find a suitable Viscountess.
But Phoebe – daughter of Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor – said she was taken aback by the success of Bridgerton and only realised the impact it would have on her life when she found photographers outside her front door.
“I thought it was just another project,” she said. “I didn’t think anyone was going to care.
“We were all in lockdown, stuck at home and nothing changed.
“In the first season, people were saying to me, ‘You know this could be huge’, but you don’t ever believe that, and you will never understand what it feels like until it happens to you.
“It’s quite out-of-body and weird.
“It was only when we started being able to leave the house again and there were photographers outside – which was really scary – that I realised if I went out in my pyjamas, there might be someone taking pictures.”
But as well as her role as an aristocrat in the series, the young actress also wants to represent her own family background on screen.
“My mum grew up in Oldham and was going to work at a cigarette factory till she decided to go to drama school, so there’s part of me that wants to represent the Northern working-class background,” she said.
“What I’ve started to realise about this industry is that the highs can be really high, but the lows can be really low, so it’s finding that middle ground and centring oneself.
“It’s really important for me and my sanity to work on projects that I love and develop characters that I think are really interesting – that’s the excitement for me.”
Phoebe’s next role is set to be in new Sky Original film The Colour Room.
She will play the role of Clarice Cliff, a legendary ceramic artist from Stoke-on-Trent who rose to fame as a key figure for women in the workplace.
The November issue of Harper’s Bazaar is on sale from October 7.