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IRISH EXAMINER – Ellie Bamber has said Pride And Prejudice And Zombies will show that women can be just as strong as men.

The Falling star will play Lydia Bennet alongside Lily James and Matt Smith in the film based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice.

Ellie said: “I think it shows five strong powerful women leaders as the main feature of the film, and I think that’s the best thing about it, these five strong female characters. It shows a young generation that women can be as strong as men.

“It’s just great how it’s taken the Jane Austen text and created a whole new spin on it. It really is going to appeal to a younger audience and I think they’re going to find a new excitement in Jane Austen.”

The 18-year-old actress – who is currently starring in High Society at London’s Old Vic theatre – revealed she and her co-stars trained in martial arts for two months before filming began.

Ellie said: “It’s a very iconic character so I had to do a lot of research into it. But the main thing was that I spent about two months doing martial arts training because all five sisters are trained zombie fighters.

“I worked with some amazing people – Sally Phillips, who was hilarious, Matt Smith, Lily James, Suki Waterhouse.

“It was a really, really great experience. Burr Steers is a really great director and he’s brought me on leaps and bounds.”

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies was shot last year and will hit cinemas in February 2016.


Interviews

MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW – Ellie Bamber is the rising star who plays the role of 14-year-old Dinah Lord in Maria Friedman’s effervescent revival of Cole Porter’s High Society at The Old Vic (opening tonight, Thursday 14 May). Ellie made her screen debut at the age of 15 alongside Martin Clunes in the ITV drama A Mother’s Son, having earlier appeared on stage in Trevor Nunn’s 2010 parlour production of Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory. And, ticking off the holy trinity of stage, TV and movies (other credits include the film The Falling and BBC1’s The Musketeers), she’s soon to be seen in the big-screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a mash-up based on the best-selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (written with a little help from Jane Austen). In it, she plays Lydia Bennet, the teenage sister of the film’s heroine, Elizabeth.

Common to all of Ellie’s roles is the fact that she’s yet to play someone of her own age or older, thanks largely to her gamine figure and baby face. She also has a child-like playfulness that makes her perfectly suited to the part of Dinah, the meddling teenager desperate to right the wrongs of the Lord family.

Musical Theatre Review’s CRAIG GLENDAY caught up with Ellie at the Old Vic in the afternoon following High Society’s first preview.

How are you enjoying the experience of being part of High Society so far?
Ellie: It’s been going really well, thanks. We had our first preview last night, so that was really, really exciting – it was a great night. I’m having an absolute ball on this show.

It’s been a while since you’ve been on stage…
Yes, it was quite a few years ago now, in Aspects of Love – Trevor Nunn’s production at the Menier Chocolate Factory. I really enjoyed it, and was so lucky to be cast.

You’ve now worked on stage, and on film and TV – do you have a preference?
No, I love all of them, and particularly stage and theatre – and TV! [laughs] It’s the diversity that I love. They’re all so different and you use different skills for each of them.

How is it working with Maria Friedman?
Maria is amazing. She’s so great. It helps that she’s an actress and singer as well, so she knows where we’re coming from when we need help. She really does understand what it means to be an actor. And she’s a lot of fun!

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IRISH EXAMINER – Ellie Bamber has admitted it takes her hours to get to sleep each night after starring in new West End musical High Society.

The 18-year-old actress plays teenage tomboy Dinah in the fun-filled show, based on the hit 1956 film starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, which has just opened at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

The story follows a night of wild and lavish partying before her older sister Tracy’s wedding, and Ellie spends almost three hours six evenings a week, plus two matinees, dancing, singing and cartwheeling around the stage with the rest of the cast.

She confessed: “It takes me about two hours to get to sleep. I’m texting people for hours, because you have so much adrenaline inside you, the last thing you can think about is sleeping, but it’s great.”

The Falling star admits taking on a role made so famous on screen is a little daunting.

Ellie confessed: “High Society was an old family favourite of ours. I love the story, it’s an incredible story.

“I think there’s always that pressure with big films or musicals and plays that people have done, before there’s always pressure to perform and get something great across. But I think you’ve just got to take it in your stride and portray it as you like to.”

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Appearances

Ellie attended the after party on press night for “High Society” on May 14, 2015 in London.

GALLERY LINKS
Public Appearances > 2015 > “High Society” Press Night – After Party

High Society Theatre

I have added onstage and rehearsal pictures of Ellie for “High Society”.



GALLERY LINKS
Theatre Productions > High Society (2015) > On Stage
Theatre Productions > High Society (2015) > Rehearsal

Movies The Falling

INDIEWIRE – Cinedigm has acquired the North American distribution rights to “The Falling,” the story of a tragedy and a fainting epidemic that hit an English girls’ school in 1969.

Written and directed by Carol Morley (“Dreams Of A Life”), the film stars Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones,” and features a spooky soundtrack by Tracey Thorn.

“‘The Falling’ is a mesmerizing psychological drama that delivers a tremendous emotional punch,” said Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm’s Executive Vice President of Acquisitions. “Carol has made an intriguing and unsettling film which has cult status written all over it.”

The film will have a national theatrical, VOD and digital download release beginning late summer 2015.


Magazine Scans

Ellie is featured in the April 28 issue of the Evening Standard. You can find the scan in our gallery now!


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