Saturday 16 November 2019

Felicity's top five

James Mottram

Like Crazy (2011)

Winning her a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Jones' first film with Breathe In's Drake Doremus – playing a naive English student head-over-heels with Anton Yelchin's furniture maker – shot her to fame. "Jones is a marvel," trumpeted Rolling Stone. "Her performance grabs hold and won't let go."

The Tempest (2010)

Julie Taymor's adaptation of Shakespeare's magical island-set swansong fell through the cracks, partly held up as its distributor changed hands. But Jones, who played Miranda opposite Helen Mirren's female Prospero character, believes it will have longevity. "I feel like that film will be rediscovered."

Cemetery Junction (2010)

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's 1970s-set comedy, centring on three lads in a working class suburb of Reading, saw Jones as the love interest – but crucially it introduced her talents to Ralph Fiennes, who played her frumpy father. Hanging out with Gervais and Merchant was good too. "They're just how they are on TV!" Jones says.

Brideshead Revisited (2008)

Though not a huge role for Jones, she still made an impression as Lady Cordelia Flyte in this film version of Evelyn Waugh's endearing novel. Surrounded by such stalwarts as Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon, not to mention Haley Atwell and Ben Whishaw, Jones proved she was not one for wilting.

Northanger Abbey (2007)

One of three of novels adapted for ITV's Jane Austen season, this TV film gave Jones a huge early break, casting her as the wild 17-year-old heroine, Catherine Morland. Gaining the role just two weeks after graduating from Oxford, she was cast alongside another star-in-waiting, Carey Mulligan.

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