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includes Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander among those chosen to star opposite him. Adapted for the screen by Abi Morgan () and Carolyn Marks Blackwood.
from now until the end of June, is based on Claire Tomalin’s biography of Nelly Ternan (Jones), and details the story of the woman with whom Charles Dickens (Fiennes) had a secret decade-long relationship. banner West End Films is co-financing and handles worldwide sales, with Lionsgate pre-buying U.
BBC Films and BFI are backing the project with West End Films which is being mounted by Headline Pictures and Magnolia Mae Films.
In the dance of their long careers Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes first met on the set of The English Patient in 1996. The film won the Best Picture Oscar for its director, Anthony Minghella.
She won the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Award for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for The English Patient (1996).
When Scott Thomas arrives, she chatters away in flawless French to the PR before positioning herself in the middle of a plush red sofa.
Removing her black overcoat, which she neatly places on the cushion beside her, she slides her hands under her thighs, clamping them down.
It was in 1986, for her film debut, Under the Cherry Moon, a bizarre vanity project starring the diminutive artist formerly known (and now indeed known again) as Prince. "It said: 'Kristin Scott Thomas is a better cure for insomnia than a glass of warm milk.' " Almost a quarter of a century later, she still looks hurt by it. "Today, we're back in Paris, the city Scott Thomas has called home for the past 30 years.
Not long out of drama school, the then 25-year-old actress was plucked from a routine Parisian audition by the purple one to play a topless socialite. While we may regard her as the most terribly English of actresses – with her cut-glass accent and her vaguely haughty air – in truth she has been adopted by the French. "I feel like I'm French now." It's not just that this is where she shared a flat on the Rive Gauche (along with a Burgundy farmhouse, an hour and a half south of the city) with her former husband of 17 years, the fertility doctor François Olivennes.