Here's Where You've Seen Bly Manor's Ms. Grose Before

McKenzie Jean-Philippe
·4 mins read

From Oprah Magazine

  • Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor premiered on Friday, October 9.

  • The chilling horror series unfurled the haunting story of housekeeper Hannah Grose, played by T'nia Miller.

  • Read ahead to learn more about Miller, who you may have seen in Sex Education.

Just like its predecessor The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor is a thrilling watch that came just in time for Halloween.

One of its breakout characters is Hannah Grose, played by T'nia Miller. After watching her drift off into near constant daydreams in the first four episodes, with a series of flashbacks we finally learn all about her backstory in episode 5. We don't want to give anything away, but as it turns out, Miller tells OprahMag.com, she was caught by surprise.

"I didn't realize that was coming," Miller says. "They kept saying to me, 'Have you read episode 5?' And I was like, no, because I was filming something else, and I like to read everything in one go. And when I got to episode 5, I was like 'Shut the front door, what? This is new, I've never done anything like this before. This is brilliant.'"

As we learned more about the always-stylish Ms. Grose, our curiosity was piqued about the woman who played her. Below we have a few fun facts about the actress to watch, T'nia Miller.

You may recognize T'nia Miller from two other Netflix shows, and Dr. Who.

Photo credit: Eike Schroter/Netflix
Photo credit: Eike Schroter/Netflix

If you're a fan of the streaming giant's coming-of-age dramedy Sex Education, then you may remember that Miller appeared in the most recent season 2. She had a guest appearance as the intimidating chairman of the school board, Maxine Tarrington, in episodes 1 and 8. And in 2019, she starred in Netflix's popular kids drama series Free Rein.

Miller also starred in the Danai Gurira (Black Panther's Okoye) penned 2015 play Eclipsed, BBC Three's Witless, and Dr. Who, in which she played The General in the 9th season.

She graduated from the Guildford School of Acting.

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La here we come🙌🏾😆#fly

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The Guildford School of Acting is an esteemed program in the UK's University of Surrey. It led the British thespian to appear in a variety of productions across the pond throughout her career. The most recent was the critically praised BBC One dystopian drama Years and Years, which followed a family as they live through the 15 years following 2019, as they navigate troubling advances in technology and an unstable political landscape that saw a second term of the Trump administration. It also starred Emma Thompson and you can watch it now on HBO Max. Miller played the matriarch of the family at the center of the show.

"The characters are very relatable, there’s a political undercurrent which is holding a mirror up to where we’re at now and where we’re going, but the characters are very personable and funny," she told the BBC. "There were times when I read this script I had to stop to pause for breath because the writing is so strong; it’s those characters which are going to draw people in. You can see parts of yourself in every single character. If it’s not where you’re at presently, perhaps it’s where you’ve been or where you might like to be."

Miller "fell in love" with her signature shaved head years ago.

One of Miller's (and Hannah Grose's) most striking attributes is her stylish cropped hair, and Miller told Pride magazine that it was more than just a fashion choice. After having long, chemically straightened hair well into her twenties, the actress decided it was time for a change.

"I was sitting in the barber shop, and he cut my hair and I fell in love with my skull, and I never turned back," she said. "And actually, it’s afforded me to be able to play a diverse range of roles—it had totally the opposite effect that I feared. Where I thought I’d be very limited to what I’d be seen for, it’s done the opposite. So this was borne out of an integrity of loving the self and not having to hide, and loving the fact that I’m an African. Here I am."

You can keep up with her on Instagram @tniamiller.

And if you head over to Miller's Instagram, you'll spot a quick behind the scenes snap of the actress with fellow Bly Manor cast members Victoria Pedretti (Dani) and Rahul Kohli (Owen).

"Come Bly with me! To quote @rahulkohli13 @then0t0ri0usvip," she wrote.

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