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Emma Corrin is starring as fashion scam artist Anna Delvey in a new play

The actress is swapping the imprisonment of Buckingham Palace for the imprisonment of a New York correctional facility

Emma Corrin is hopping from one iconic role to the next. Fresh off starring as Princess Diana in the recent season of The Crown, the actress is now set to portray the internet’s favourite fake heiress AKA the notorious scammer Anna Delvey

Inspired by the real life events of Delvey’s time as a con artist in New York, ANNA X follows the story of a couple, Anna and Ariel, who “find themselves struggling to keep up with New York’s dazzling social elite” and explores “how far will two outsiders go to construct the identities they want”. Written by Joseph Charlton and directed by Daniel Raggett, the play will also star Nabhaan Rizwan and opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre later this year as part of its RE:EMERGE season. Corrin announced the news on her Instagram account today writing she was “so stoked”.

ANNA X is not the only upcoming portrayal of Delvey, who is best known for lying her way into exclusive social circles and conning rich attendees out of hundreds of thousands of dollars – actions for which she was convicted of fraud and subsequently served four years in a New York correctional facility. A Netflix miniseries Inventing Anna helmed by Shonda Rhimes and starring Julia Garner has been in the works since 2018.  

Delvey herself, who was released from prison last month, is also launching her own vlogging channel Anna Delvey TV which will document her life post-jail in an effort to reclaim her narrative from the media. “So many people I see are trying to tell my narrative,” she explained in an interview with Insider, “I just decided to do something on my own”.

The 29-year-old also told Insider about her forthcoming book, which will feature her “take on the criminal justice system and (her) jail experience”.