Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Jackman: I'm an honorary Brit!

Hugh Jackman said it means a lot to him to be recognised in Britain

Hugh Jackman has revealed that his Bafta nomination is an honour - because he's British.

The Les Miserables star, who won a Golden Globe for best musical or comedy actor, was born in Sydney to English parents and now counts himself as a Brit, despite living in Australia.

"My parents are English and I have a British passport so I'm a British citizen, so in a way I know that world as much if not more than here (Los Angeles). That's where I first went to out of Australia," he said at the Bafta tea party in Los Angeles.

Hugh, who is up for a best actor Bafta, added: "I look up to many of those English stars and the English system. I've been there for many years working, and to be recognised there, it really does mean a lot to me. I am very excited to be there and I will be there with bells on."

The 44-year-old, who has received an Oscar nod for his performance as Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, joked about how hearing about his nomination cured him of illness.

"I, like the rest of the country, came down with this flu. I had been sicker and was really kicking myself that I didn't get a flu shot. And then, after the Oscar nomination, I really felt fantastic. You don't need a flu shot, it turns out. This is all you need to do," he said.

"It feels pretty surreal and amazing - and weirdly relaxing. After hosting it, sitting in the seat is way more relaxing," he added.

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