How You Know Her:
Cropping up randomly on American quasi-action shows like Human Target, Breakout Kings, and new espionage comedy Caos. As Miss Bingley in ITV’s Lost in Austen, Mrs. Elton in the recent miniseries of Emma, and as Blanche Ingram in the 2006 TV version of Jane Eyre. Also, one episode of Doctor Who. As bit parts in Casino Royale, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and What a Girl Wants. But primarily Christina Cole is known as Cassie Hughes in Hex, confused English high schooler who discovers family secrets of witchcraft and a destiny that has her bearing the child of an attractive demon called Azazel.
Why She’s Crushworthy:
While Hex was not the first time I saw Christina Cole it was definitely the first time I recognized her. Though, she’s not hard to notice, since she’s the lead character in this show which was billed as the British Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the second season I can see the resemblance, but in the first season it was a far more quiet drama about a teenager rebelling against a fate that’s been laid out for her since before she was born. And I really enjoyed quiet, bookish, artistic Cassie who longed to be popular but only has one true friend, Thelma, who dies in the first episode but continues on as a ghost, seen only by characters touched by the supernatural world. Hex was tepidly reviewed, but cultishly followed, and season two is undeniably more popular (at least to the internet forums who believe themselves to be the majority of fans, though, to be fair, they’re often wrong), when demon hunter Ella Dee steps in as the lead, but I’ve seen that before and Cassie’s struggle was more compelling to me.
Hex is, to date, undoubtedly Christina’s largest project, but every time she crops up I can’t help but be at least slightly pleased to see her. Like most English women she’s very comfortable in a corset, performing the snootiness of Miss Bingley, the obnoxious haughtiness of Mrs. Elton, or the privileged beauty of Blanche Ingram. But she’s equally comfortable stepping into modern shoes as well. She hasn’t managed to break into films in any memorable way, 2003’s Amanda Bynes comedy, What a Girl Wants, about a girl who travels to London to find her father (Colin Firth) is definitely her largest role, which she took one while still in school, but I doubt many would recognize her for it. Despite her wide array of work and classic, low maintenance, beauty she’s not all that well know. Still, I hold out hope that someday she will be.