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Madonna 'wracked by nerves' over royal movie

Albertina Lloyd

Published 24/10/2011 | 05:00

Madonna admitted to nerves as her new film 'W.E.' screened at the BFI London Film Festival last night.

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The 53-year-old singer -- who co-wrote and directed the film -- greeted fans on the red carpet at the Empire in London's Leicester Square.

She was joined by Irish actress Katie McGrath, who plays Lady Thelma Furness in the film, which looks at the romance between Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and Edward VIII (James D'Arcy), which led to the monarch's abdication.

Madonna revealed she felt under pressure showing the film in Britain. She said: "It's slightly nerve-wracking because it's about a British king; it's predominantly filmed in Britain; it's a British production; most of my actors are English."

The cast, which also includes Laurence Fox and Richard Coyle, agreed that Madonna paid great attention to detail as a director.

D'Arcy revealed: "She gave me so many books and every single page was underlined, and if it wasn't underlined it was highlighted, and if it wasn't highlighted there was a post-it note on it."

Irish Independent

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