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Manville: Queen is Mirren's role

Lesley Manville has said she would never play Queen Elizabeth II in a film, because Dame Helen Mirren is synonymous with the role.

The Another Year actress, who makes a brief appearance as the monarch in Theory Of Everything, said she would steer clear of taking on the role for a full-length film because she considers it to be Helen's territory.

"I wouldn't have played the Queen in any major way because Helen Mirren has done it very brilliantly and very thoroughly," she said. "But it was one scene, so it was a nice thing to do for a day."

The 58-year-old added: "It's just a cameo. It's the Queen in 1989 when she gives Stephen Hawking his Companion of Honour medal."

Eddie Redmayne stars as the physicist, with Felicity Jones as his wife in Theory Of Everything, which is expected to be released later this year.

Lesley next plays fairy Flittle in Disney's Maleficent, alongside Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple as her fellow fairies.

"I've never played a fairy before, so it was very, very nice. We had a ball. I had absolutely no hesitation whatsoever. It's such a departure for me. Like Imelda, we do a lot of serious drama so to have this opportunity was just so great," she said.

She admitted it was weird seeing herself turned into a fairy.

"I've seen some pictures - I haven't seen the whole film yet - and little extracts from when I had to do some post-production work on the film. It's absolutely wonderful. You think, 'It's me but it looks slightly odd'. They made our chins and our ears a bit more pointy and pixie-like, not like me in real life," she joked.

:: Maleficent opens in cinemas on May 28.

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