From the fashion houses of 1940s Paris to the brothels of Georgian England, Poppy Corby-Tuech’s acting career has taken her to some strange places.
“That’s the beauty of this job, though,” she beams. “You get to travel in time!
“Although,” she adds, “I still walk about in a pair of UGG boots under my period costumes.”
The young actress clearly having fun. And, as part of a new wave of actresses, Corby-Tuech is one of the few emerging professionals whose careers have launched thanks to the development of streaming television.
“The Collection was for Amazon Prime, and Harlots is Hulu’s first scripted drama,” the actress explains. “And, while I think conventional channels are obviously still important, now everyone’s competing with the likes of Netflix, there has definitely been an increase in creativity and quality across the board. Everybody’s stepping up.”
Without a strategy – Corby-Tuech claims that she wants to build her career gradually, through interesting roles, rather than opting for a leading lady path to Hollywood – the young actress has nevertheless landed some impressive parts. Turns in Shane Meadows’ This is England series, the Michael Caine-starring Youth, and soapy drama The Royals form her résumé.
“I love researching my roles,” smiles the actress, “looking at their wider worlds.
“But I find it’s the costumes that help the most with getting into character,” she adds. “For instance, a corset really informs how you compose yourself, how you walk and act on camera. Like hair and make-up, too, your clothes play a massive part in getting you focused. Maybe forget I mentioned my UGGs…”