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Henshall relieved Walters so lovely

West End star Ruthie Henshall has said she has yet to pick up any tips from her idol Julie Walters since taking over her Billy Elliot character.

The actress is playing Mrs Wilkinson in the stage show, the part Julie played in the 2000 film.

Asked if she's received any advice, Ruthie said: "No! I haven't spoken to her since I've done Billy.

"I sat next to her once at a do, and she was everything I wanted her to be. You know when you idolise somebody, and you really hope they're a really nice person? And she was just gorgeous, so I was very relieved."

In September, Billy Elliot: The Musical - Live was the first broadcast stage show to top the UK movie chart.

Ruthie said: "We couldn't believe it. My company manager came in and said, 'Do you like to know things before a show?', and I said, 'No, don't tell me 'til afterwards!' And, of course, he had all these facts about how we were the third biggest grossing film that Universal had ever had.

"I'm kind of glad I didn't know because it was a big enough night as it was, but then to think there were so many people watching. It put the stakes up even higher."

:: Billy Elliot The Musical Live is out on Blu-ray and DVD on November 24.

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