Friday, May 21, 2010

Teenage stars of Tamara Drewe

Joining the gorgeous Gemma Atherton in Tamara Drewe, the film adaptation of Posy Simmonds graphic novel which has just premiered at Cannes, are two 17 year old British actresses (Jessica Barden and Charlotte Christie) playing bored teenagers obsessed with rock idol Ben (Dominic Cooper).

Rising star Jessica Barden from Wetherby in West Yorkshire (represented by Curtis Brown) plays Jody Long. Jessica had a long-running role as Kayleigh Morton, Chesney's love-interest, in Coronation Street and also starred in Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution in 2007. She is currently filming the role of Sophie in Hanna, alongside Saoirse Ronan.

Fellow teenager Casey is played by newcomer Charlotte Christie from Suffolk (now also represented by Curtis Brown).

The two young actresses have some of the funniest scene-stealing moments in the film, playing schoolgirls who spy on Tamara in a fury of hormonal rage and envy. 
"These two girls just took off," said director Stephen Frears "We just stood around with our mouths open, we were so impressed."

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