Oxford-educated Saltburn director Emerald Fennell, 38, is branded a ‘f***ing snob’ for chuckling at joke about working class people, reveals EMILY PRESCOTT

As director of Saltburn, Emerald Fennell denounced the excesses of the ultra-rich.

But last week she was left red-faced after being harassed and called a ‘snob’ for laughing at a joke about working-class people.

Oxford-educated Emerald was challenged when she interviewed comedian Jonny Sweet about his new novel, The Kellerby Code.

When she chuckled at the writer’s anecdote about being mistaken for a waiter at a fancy dinner, a woman in the audience at Waterstones in central London took offense and complained: ‘That’s not funny. Why is it funny to be a waiter? What snobs.’

Oxford-educated Emerald Fennell was challenged when she interviewed comedian Jonny Sweet about his new novel, The Kellerby Code

Emerald, 38, is the Marlborough-educated daughter of famed jeweler Theo Fennell

Emerald, 38, is the Marlborough-educated daughter of famed jeweler Theo Fennell

She then tore several pages out of the book and stormed out of the event.

Emerald, 38, is the Marlborough-educated daughter of famed jeweler Theo Fennell, while Jonny – who also wrote the new Olivia Colman film Wicked Little Letters – was privately educated at Nottingham High School before going to Cambridge.

After the incident, Emerald said to me, ā€œI’m used to it now, but I’m angry that it happened during Jonny’s moment.