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Vanessa Kensington is a fictional character in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and, briefly, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. She was played by actress and model Elizabeth Hurley.

Vanessa Kensington
Austin Powers character
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Elizabeth Hurley as Vanessa Kensington
First appearanceAustin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Last appearanceAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Created byMike Myers
Portrayed byElizabeth Hurley
AliasOprah Cunningham
NicknameMiss Kensington
OccupationBritish agent
Dr. Evil's henchwoman (in secret)
SpouseAustin Powers
RelativesLouis Kensington (father)
Marie Kensington (mother)

Austin Powers: International Man of MysteryEdit

Vanessa Kensington was the daughter of Marie Kensington, Austin's partner from the 1960s. She was among the secret agents that welcomed the thawed Austin Powers to the 1990s.[1] She was initially disgusted by Austin's politically incorrect, womanizing attitude, but soon warms to his good nature and falls in love with him. At the end of the film, she and Austin marry and are shown in their honeymoon suite.

Her weapon of choice is a Desert Eagle.

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeEdit

In the second Austin Powers film, Kensington is quickly revealed as a fembot. This is first realized by Austin when she malfunctions under the influence of a television remote control. Seemingly under the control of Dr. Evil, she self-destructs shortly afterward. Austin briefly grieves, but quickly gets over it, enjoying his freedom and taking up with Felicity Shagwell. Vanessa's replacement with Felicity is parodying James Bond films when the previous Bond Girl is never mentioned in the next film.

Austin Powers in GoldmemberEdit

Elizabeth Hurley was to reprise as Vanessa but she declined due to scheduling conflicts.


  1. ^ Halberstam, Judith (2001). "OH BEHAVE!: Austin Powers and the Drag Kings". GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Duke University Press: 425–452.

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