Thursday 21 September 2017

Archers star on target for Oscar

Felicity Jones at the Baftas earlier this month
Felicity Jones at the Baftas earlier this month

Not many people go from The Archers to the Oscars, but Felicity Jones has managed it.

Her climb to fame has been slow and steady and started down on the farm where she played Emma Grundy in the rural Radio 4 soap for around a decade while she was still at school and then university.

But Hollywood has not turned her head and the 31-year-old is still happy to talk about all things Ambridge, which she credits as the place she learnt her "craft".

She said: "It's funny, when you're talking about it in the States and people don't know it so well, and when I come home and talk about it and literally I am the most popular person with my friends' parents for doing The Archers."

The Birmingham-born actress, whose par ents met while working at the Wolverhampton Express and Star, moved from TV to small roles in films before she landed the job that would make her a star and get her a leading actress nomination.

Her performance as Professor Stephen Hawking's first wife Jane has already received the ultimate accolade - the approval of the woman herself.

She said: " Jane wrote a lovely email saying how lucky she felt that a story had been made of her and Stephen's life while they're still alive, because usually films aren't made about people until they're dead. She's just been very warm about it , so it's been incredible."

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