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DSMA Star Of The Future: Carey Mulligan

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DSMA Star Of The Future: Carey Mulligan
Along with the ten Digital Spy Movie Awards voted for by readers, we decided to hand out a Star Of The Future prize to someone we think is an A-lister-in-waiting. 24-year-old Carey Mulligan has appeared in Pride & Prejudice, Bleak House and in a blink-and-you'll-miss-her part in this summer's Public Enemies. When we realised that she had also played Sally Sparrow in the lauded Doctor Who episode 'Blink', that just about sealed it for us.

She'll next be seen in An Education, playing a schoolgirl who comes of age just as London enters the Swinging '60s. Carey's performance as Jenny earned rave reviews when critics caught a glimpse of her at this year's Sundance Film Festival, with one describing her performance as one "of Audrey Hepburn-esque starmaking intensity". DS spoke to An Education director Lone Scherfig, perhaps the director who knows her better than anyone else, to find out what makes Carey so special.

Lone on Carey's first leading role in An Education...
"To stand the pressure is hard but she makes good choices and she's diligent and very liked, loved even, by everyone around her. Her fellow cast are very good actors so I knew she'd get good help and would always have something to look forward to. Like next week, Emma Thompson comes in, then Alfred Molina is coming in. I got more and more ambitious on her behalf and started trying to direct her into more facets of the character, more layers, see how far we could take it without losing the consistency."

On collaborating with Carey...
"She's a lot closer to 16 than I am so she would say, 'Look, this is not how it felt for me'. She didn't find it very hard to remember or identify and move straight back into those shoes. Sometimes she would just tell me she felt something was wrong. Actors can either feel it's wrong from an intellectual point of view or something else feels better or another line tastes better. There's always a dialogue."

On her ability to cope with fame...
"I know that she stands on both feet and she enjoys acting, which is important, and she's not the kind of person who lets herself be controlled too much from the outside. I think she knows herself well enough to be able to handle it very well, should it happen that she becomes a big star. She feels very happy and very lucky."

On Carey breaking through in Hollywood...
"At the moment she's Winnie Gekko in Wall Street 2, which is a completely different genre. I don't doubt that she can handle playing an American. It's fantastic to see, isn't it? It is so unusual, I've never seen it happen this fast. Very few people have seen anything she's done, it's really amazing. I'm happy for her."

On working with her again...
"I'd love to and if something turns up that's right I would love to. Then we could star from the second floor. She's very versatile so she could easily do something more modern or something that took place 400 years earlier."

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