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Friday 26 December 2014

Jaime: My dad's an inspiration

Jaime Winstone didn't tell her family she wanted to act
Jaime Winstone didn't tell her family she wanted to act

Jaime Winstone may have grown up on film sets, but she has confessed she didn't tell her family she wanted to be an actor.

Jaime, the daughter of Ray Winstone, said that stepping in front of the camera felt like a natural progression for her.

But she admitted that instead of saying she wanted to become an actor, she bunked off school for a month so she could shoot Kidulthood, about a day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

"When I watch Kidulthood now I'm like, 'Oh my God', but I went to school with girls like that and it's scary what's going on. To me it's more important to show that than do a romcom about two people falling in love," she said.

Kidulthood came out in 2006 and she's since starred in a range of TV and film projects including Made In Dagenham and Dead Set and has co-produced her first feature film, Elfie Hopkins And The Gammons, which she hopes will be released next year.

The film features her father, the man she looks to for advice and inspiration.

"If there's a career to learn from it's my dad's really because he didn't have an easy, breezy climb," Jaime said.

"It was tough but he stuck to what he liked and it's got him to where he is now.

"It's all about longevity, which is scary and it certainly doesn't pay the bills sometimes, but it's important to do something that shocks or moves people."

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