May. 30th, 1977
London, England, UK
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Veronica is tall, gorgeous, striking and smart. On paper she has a pretty fantastic life actually: a fabulous apartment, an attractive and successful boyfriend, and a great job writing for the local paper's fashion page.
Her life has been a whirlwind of drinks, parties, shopping, interviews and generally living it up. However, after an accident her body is inhabited by lazy slob Danny... and the contrast couldn't be more obvious.
Stirling was born to Diana Rigg and Archibald Stirling on 30 May 1977; her parents later divorced. As the daughter of Archie Stirling, she has a long line of ancestry from the Scottish parish of Lecropt, near her namesake city of Stirling. She attended Wycombe Abbey School and Edinburgh University, where she gained a BA in the History of Art.
Stirling can also speak Russian and is a highly skilled equestrienne in horse-riding and jumping.
Stirling made her first major appearance on stage in 1996 as Desdemona in the National Youth Theatre revival of Othello at the Arts Theatre opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role. A year later, again at the Arts Theatre with the NYT, she played Olive in the female version of The Odd Couple; while in 1998, portraying Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa for NYT at the Arts, she gave what The Stage reviewer described as "a performance of exceptional promise and authority".
She continues to be active in the theatre, covering a diversity of roles in plays such as Dusty Hughes' Helpless (Donmar Warehouse, 2000); A Woman of No Importance (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 2003); Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead Theatre, 2004); Tamburlaine (Bristol Old Vic and Barbican, 2005); and she followed in her mother's footsteps, bringing an alluring erotic charge to her performance as Miranda Lionheart in the National Theatre stage version of Theatre of Blood (2005).
In 2006, for the Peter Hall Company at the Bath Theatre Royal, she played Helena in Peter Gill's revival of Look Back in Anger; while in 2007 at Wilton's Music Hall in London, she starred as Yelena in David Mamet's version of Uncle Vanya, and as Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew.
Stirling starred onstage in the play, The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre in 2009 directed by Jeremy Herrin. In 2010 she appeared as Helena in Peter Hall's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, at The Rose Theatre, Kingston
She stars as Lady Chiltern in a new production of An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre in November 2010
Stirling's first screen appearance was in the 1998 British comedy film Still Crazy (starring Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall and Jimmy Nail).
Other film projects include Maybe Baby, Complicity (with her Tipping the Velvet co-star Keeley Hawes), Another Life (with Vanity Fair actress Natasha Little), The Triumph of Love (starring Mira Sorvino), and Redemption Road.
Stirling's first TV break was in 2000 when she played the young Rebeccah in the American made-for-television movie In the Beginning, which charted God's creation of the universe and mankind, opposite Jacqueline Bisset and Art Malik.
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