Felicity to play Dickens' mistress
Ralph Fiennes has apparently chosen Felicity Jones to star as Charles Dickens' mistress in his new film.
Rising-star Felicity - who has just been named breakthrough actor of the year at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York - beat Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Imogen Poots to the role of Nelly Ternan, the Daily Mail reports.
Ralph will direct The Invisible Woman, based on Claire Tomalin's best-seller which focuses on the acclaimed author's 13-year-long secret love affair with Ellen Ternan, fondly known as Nelly by Dickens.
Felicity, 28, began acting at 11 and starred in children's TV show The Worst Witch. She went on to voice the character of Emma Grundy in BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers, but had to be replaced as her film career took off.
She has starred in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Cemetery Junction, rom-com Chalet Girl, and next appears opposite Anton Yelchin in the indie drama Like Crazy.
Felicity is also about to begin work with Warren Beatty on a film about a young woman who had an affair with Howard Hughes towards the end of his life, and filming on The Invisible Woman is due to begin in spring or summer 2012.