Tamsin Egerton of

Tamsin Egerton of

26 November 1988, Hampshire, England

Having followed her older sister to a BBC audition at their local youth theatre as a child, Egerton started to get TV parts immediately, traveling the world for various productions before she had turned 15. She bagged her first movie role in 2005 in British comedy Keeping Mum, after which her head-turning looks kept the ‘stunning blonde’ roles coming, including teen sexpot Chelsea in the recent St Trinian’s remakes.

What’s she up to now?
Starring in Noel Clarke’s multi-stranded action caper 4321 as Cassandra, the naïve rich-girl who travels to New York for a web-organised blind date that goes horrifically wrong. Egerton features in the film’s most bizarre scene, when cult American director Kevin Smith pops up as a fellow passenger on her flight.

On Cassandra
‘She’s not grown up on an estate and seen friends lose their virginity at 13; she’s naive and innocent. That’s what drew me to her, because I’m known for promiscuous Chelsea, whereas this character is not all about guys, she hasn’t lost it, she covets it and she falls in love.’

On doing nude scenes
‘I would never do an American Pie and “get my tits out” for no reason, because it’s grotesque, it’s unnecessary. But for my storyline you need the nudity, because you need to feel uncomfortable in the scene. It was very awkward, but that’s what it’s meant to be. I think, being a girl, it’s hard [to avoid]. Guys get to play with guns and we get to be in our lingerie.’

On acting with Kevin Smith
‘He was a bundle of energy, and very sweet, but he got really personal really quickly! He was asking about my sex life after five minutes of meeting, and I was like ‘erm, Kevin?’ while he’s saying ‘well me and my lady ...’ and I’m like ‘no, this is so weird!’’

Interesting fact
Egerton was in the final audition to play the 9-year old Joan of Arc in Luc Besson’s 1999 film The Messenger., general release from 2 June.

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • UK
  • 1h 56min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Noel Clarke, Mark Davis
  • Written by: Noel Clarke
  • Cast: Emma Roberts, Ophelia Lovibond, Tamsin Egerton, Adam Deacon, Bashy, Shanika Markland, Noel Clarke

With this second film about four girls who have the weekend from hell, Clarke pushes against British drama traditions, telling interconnected stories with a cast of oddball characters. But while the resulting mash-up is entertaining,'' is ultimately less than the sum of its parts.

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