You may not know Freema Agyeman now but soon she’ll be in your home every week as one of the main stars of the CW’s new Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries.

Freema landed the role of Larissa, the editor by day, party girl by night, who works at Interview magazine and mentors a fresh-faced Carrie as she starts her writing career in NYC years before Miranda, Samantha, Charlotte, and Big were around.

As if fabulous ‘80s fashion wasn’t enough to excite us about the show, with Freema added to the cast, we’re doubly excited to follow Carrie’s life pre-Manolos. Check out three things you should know about this breakout actress.

She’s British

Freema may be a tad unknown in the US but she’s well-established in her hometown of London. The 33-year-old is best-known for her role as the former companion of the Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones, on the BBC series Doctor Who, and it’s spinoff, Torchwood. Plus, she has a regular lead role as crown prosecutor Alesha Phillips in ITV’s Law & Order: UK. Her gig as Lola Wise in Crossroads nearly ten years ago also won her two British Soap Award nominations in 2003 for “Best Newcomer” and “Sexiest Female.”

She’s Got (Martial Arts) Skills

Part of the reason Freema landed the role fighting terrestrial life forms in Doctor Who was her resident butt-kicking skills. Freema’s experience in martial arts and gymnastics let the show’s creators know she would be able to bring a more physical component to her character—not to mention a background in horseback riding and dance. I think it’s safe to assume her body will look killer in whatever clothes they bring on set.

She’s Proudly Tatted Up

No thug life for this British beauty, she has just two small tattoos that are pretty meaningful to her. On her right upper arm she has a symbol of her ancestry along with the Persian word “Raha” which means “free.” Freema’s mother, Azar, is Iranian and her father, Osei, is Ghanaian. The word sits underneath an image of Butterfly.

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