Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rosamund Pike’s star quality shone through even as a 17-year-old playing Juliet in her stage début

PUBLISHED: 19:56 EST, 11 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:50 EST, 12 October 2014

Rosamund Pike and Paul Ready in a 1997 production of Romeo and Juliet at The National Youth Theatre

She might have been a fresh-faced innocent making her stage début – but Rosamund Pike clearly had an eye on stardom when she appeared as Juliet with the National Youth Theatre at the age of 17.

Now she is a hot tip for an Oscar for her starring role in the smash-hit thriller Gone Girl, and, at 35, has become one of Hollywood’s hottest sex symbols.

Yet she has revealed that as a teenager she had doubts about playing Shakespeare’s tragic heroine because she had never been in love herself.

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