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Call for Felicity to star in new 'Shades' movie ; Actress backed by fans in YouTube campaign [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

July 22, 2013

YellowBrix

A YOUTUBE campaign is hoping to win a Birmingham-born actress a key role in the forthcoming film of 'bonkbuster' Fifty Shades of Grey.

Felicity Jones, who grew up in Bournville, has already been cast in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But her career hasn't always been based in the Hollywood hills. For about ten years she was known as Emma Grundy in The Archers radio show.

The 29-year-old's new film Breathe In, also starring former Neighbours actor Guy Pearce, has just been released.

Having been compared to Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, Felicity is currently the subject of a YouTube campaign demanding that she be given the role of Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

She has been linked to the role for months but has played down how keen she is, saying: "All my work always depends on the script, so I wouldn't dismiss anything or agree until I had seen it." But she has enjoyed the book: "Obviously they're fascinating. It's amazing how they have tapped into the contemporary psyche."

Felicity has been in the acting business for almost 20 years, having joined an after-school workshop funded by Central Television in Birmingham at the age of 11.

She appeared in the first series of The Worst Witch in 1998, starred in Weirdsister College in 2001 when she was just 17, and between the ages of 15 and 25 she played Emma Carter in The Archers.

She said that juggling studying English at Oxford and dashing back to record The Archers in the city was tough: "I was in the library one minute, and then getting on the train to record in Birmingham, and it was intense. But I wish I had worried less about the degree."

Felicity said she had an idyllic childhood in Bournville, and enjoys going back. "Going away, and returning, you realise that people from the Midlands tend to have quite an even temper. The ability to laugh at yourself. Nothing is taken too seriously.

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