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Francesca Cherruault

Francesca Cherruault

Francesca Cherruault

The starlet of Irish romantic comedy Standby reveals how she got the acting bug and why she was more class clown than rebel.

So little Miss Movie Star, where did you go to school?

The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in South Kensington, London.

Oh là là!

[Laughs] At the time it seemed completely normal! My father is French and my mother English. But thinking back it can't get weirder than going to a French school in the middle of London.

So what were your favourite subjects?

I loved English and French but I was terrible at biology and chemistry. Science was not my strong point!

Were you the class rebel or the class clown?

I suppose if you had to put me in a category I would have been a clown. I always loved entertaining people.

Who was your favourite teacher?

My English teacher called Mr Nichol. He encouraged me to read books that at first I had no interest in, but he told me I would really enjoy them. He was very inspiring.

What's your standout memory from your school years?

Love Actually was filmed in my childhood house, in London. It was my first experience in the industry.

Crikey! That's a bit fancy.

I was an awkward 15-year-old wandering around looking at Emma Thompson. It was then I knew I wanted to be an actor.

Are there teenage moments that still make you cringe?

My clothes! I used to wear a pair of orange trousers, which I thought were the best things in the world.

Finally, who was your childhood hero?

Ginger Spice! I even had one of those Union Jack dresses [laughs].

I just hope you didn't wear it to school.

Irish Independent