- Grew up on a farm where the family raised sheep.
- At the age of 13, left home to attend Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
- Landed her first role at age 15 in the television series The Bill, playing the part of an underage prostitute.
- Worked at the bookstore WHSmith while pursuing other acting roles; shortly after was cast in the British soap Coronation Street.
- Was named Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards in 2010.