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How the fashion elite fell for Britain’s new film star

She’s only 19, but the British actress Ellie Bamber has already caught the eye of Karl Lagerfeld. Up next? A role in Tom Ford’s new film. Meet a rapidly rising star

“The first thing was, like, what the hell do I wear?” shrieks the 19-year-old British actress Ellie Bamber, recalling the moment she was summoned to meet the fashion designer turned director Tom Ford. After sending in a lo-fi audition tape for a part in his much-hyped new film, Nocturnal Animals, out in November, Bamber suddenly found herself in Ford’s pristine Pimlico offices. “They have scented candles, all of the ladies wear stilettos, everyone is graceful,” she says of the HQ. “I wore these flared Paige jeans, little clogs and a white shirt. I thought, go clean, go simple.”


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