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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Irish actress Antonia Campbell Hughes looks skeletal for her new role as kidnap victim

Published 11/10/2012 | 12:25

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Austrian girl Natascha Kampusch was abducted and held captive in a basement for eight years.

ACTRESS Antonia Campbell Hughes appears to have taken her latest acting role too seriously after pictures emerged of the star looking shockingly thin on the red carpet.

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Hughes showed off her skeletal figure as she arrived at the London film premiere of Frankenweenie at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square wearing a light blue sheer dress.

The 30-year-old is currently filming the movie, which will see her take on the role of Austrian girl Natascha Kampusch who was abducted and held captive in a basement for eight years.

The actress, who has an Irish mother and English father, will play the young Natascha in the biopic called '3,096'.

While the actress is naturally slim, she has undergone extreme weight loss - said to be down to method acting - and it appears that the pretty blonde used harsh dieting methods in order to prepare for the role.

Hughes’s dress left little to the imagination and the see through panel displayed the actresses protruding spine and stick-thin arms while she opted for a pair of chunky nude heels which contrasted with her extremely lean legs.

The movie began shooting in Munich in May this year and Huges will star alongside Thur Lindhardt who plays Kidnapper Wolfgang Priklopil.

The title of the film refers to the number of days she was held captive.

The Kampusch case became a world-wide media event when she escaped captivity on August 23, 2006, with Priklopil committingsuicide the same day.

The film, which will document Natascha’s captivity from the time that she was taken hostage in 1998 and her escape in 2006, is Hughes’s first big break since she was cast in sitcom Lead Balloon and the Dublin-based movie Albert Nobbs, which received an Oscar nomination. Born in Derry and raised between Germany, Switzerland and the US, Hughes has an Irish mother and English father.

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