But behind her reserved exterior, which, today, is draped in a yellow cheetah-print midi dress by sustainable brand Farm Rio, a quiet self-assurance has developed. This is a woman whose tenacity has enabled her to crack Hollywood, after starting out on TV – first as a teen addict in Hollyoaks and then Missandei, right-hand woman of Daenerys Targaryen in global phenomenon Game Of Thrones. Next she’s reprising her big screen role as computer hacker Ramsey in the ninth instalment of Fast & Furious. On the way, she’s learnt to develop a thick skin – and a little ferocity – when needed.
If there’s one thing I never thought the Mother of Dragons’ wingwoman would be, it’s shy. But, while chatting with Nathalie Emmanuel after our shoot, she confesses it’s what kick-started her whole career. “I was a real mummy’s girl, so I started acting to express myself,” she laughs. “Even now, I’ll sit back and observe rather than putting myself in the centre.”