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Saturday 29 November 2014

McElhone bases work around kids

Natascha McElhone admitted she signed up to football movie Believe for her son
Natascha McElhone admitted she signed up to football movie Believe for her son

Natascha McElhone has admitted it was her 11-year-old son who inspired her to accept a role in football movie Believe.

The 44-year-old actress is a single mother to three sons - Theodore, 14, Otis, 11 and five-year-old Rex - after her husband Martin Kelly died suddenly of heart problems in 2008.

Natascha's latest film role is in Believe, a new film about Manchester United legend Sir Matt Busby, and she confessed she felt obliged to say yes for her 11-year-old son, who is "obsessed" with the beautiful game.

"My involvement in this film was sort of a dedication to him," she said.

"We went to Manchester obviously, and he got to go to Old Trafford and see a game in the home ground, which meant the world to him. It was great, a sort of mini-Odyssey for the two of us."

The actress recently completed a four-month run in a West End production of Fatal Attraction, but now the summer holidays have arrived she has no plans to take a break.

She revealed: "No, I need to crack on! When it's [the boys'] summer holidays I can be so much more flexible where and how I work, because we can all go like a gang," she said.

"So I'll probably crack on through and then, when they go back to school, take it easy a bit."

:: Believe is in cinemas now.

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