Felicity Jones: I felt like Cinderella at my first BAFTAs

Felicity Jones felt like Cinderella at her first BAFTA Awards.

The 34-year-old actress attended the star-studded bash for the first time in 2011, and Felicity has admitted that because she wasn’t especially well known at the time, she struggled to find a suitable outfit.

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she said: “I’ve since had the privilege of wearing many amazing designer gowns, but back when I attended my first BAFTA Awards ceremony in London in 2011, it wasn’t like I had a rack of options to choose from.

“At the time, I was working mainly in British television and theatre, and I’d gotten a taste of celebrity the month before, when I won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance for my role in the film Like Crazy.

“It was an experimental, micro-budget drama where we improvised the script, and the costume designer and I pulled together my character’s wardrobe from thrift shops. I even did my own hair and make-up.

“So getting invited to the ultra-glamorous BAFTAs, which as a kid in England I’d grown up watching on television, was a real pinch me’ moment.”

But the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor explained that the dress gave her the confidence to speak to celebrities at the event.

She said: “On this occasion, my publicist played fairy godmother and managed to conjure up a 1950s tea-length tulle number with velvet straps that somehow fit perfectly, right off the rack. It’s cliched to say this, but putting it on with a pair of sparkly Jimmy Choos felt very Cinderella.

“I loved that the dress had a timeless film-star chic about it without a lot of bells and whistles. Wearing it, I didn’t feel nearly as out of place as I imagined I would.

“In fact, it gave me the confidence to chat up one of my childhood idols, Helena Bonham Carter. I didn’t know it then, but that night at the BAFTAs would be a huge turning point in my career.”

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