By Nicole Sperling
November 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM EST

Fifty Shades of Grey fans meet Kate Kavanaugh. Universal Pictures and Focus Features has hired newcomer Eloise Mumford to play Anastasia Steele’s confident blonde roommate and best friend in the upcoming adaptation of the bestselling novel.

Mumford made her television debut in 2010, starring in the short-lived Fox series Lone Star. She went on to appear in the Dreamworks series The River opposite Bruce Greenwood, which helped her land a deal with ABC studios.

She is currently filming the feature Not Safe for Work for director Joe Johnson and Universal alongside Max Minghella and JJ Field. She also appeared in the indie feature Drones directed by Rick Rosenthal.

A graduate of NYU, Mumford understudied Elizabeth Moss in a production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and nabbed a recurring role on the Paul Haggis series Crash for Starz Network.

In Fifty Shades, Mumford will star opposite Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Luke Grimes (Taken 2) will play her boyfriend–and Christian Grey’s brother–Elliot.

Production on the racy romance begins in Vancouver at the beginning of December.

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