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Naomie given Winnie's blessing

Naomie Harris has revealed Winnie Mandela gave her blessing to be played however the actress saw fit.

The Skyfall actress told Empire shevisited Nelson Mandela's second wife who she will play in the upcoming film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

Naomie said: "I met Winnie and it was a fantastic experience. I said to her, 'What do you want people to take away from this movie? How do you want to be presented?'

"And she said, 'I just want the story to be told truthfully. You've done your research, you've read enough about me, just make it your own.'

"And that's just what any actor wants to hear."

Naomie stars alongside Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is due to be released in cinemas on January 3, 2014.

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