Clemency burton-hill is a violinist, actor and writer, and the daughter of Humphrey Burton (the English broadcaster, director and the biographer of Leonard Bernstein). A busy child actress, Clemency went to schools in London and went on to Magdalene College, Cambridge, where she achieved a double first in English. At Cambridge, she was active as a writer for student publications and also as a musician, playing the violin in the Cambridge University Musical Society and the University of Cambridge Philharmonia.
 
Clemency Burton-Hill violin