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Miranda Hart's confidence boosted by role in Annie musical

Miranda Hart has a new sense of freedom thanks to her role in Annie.

Miranda Hart credits her West End debut in Annie for making her "proud" of her appearance.

The actress and comedienne plays evil orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in a London revival of the popular play, which was made into movies in both 1982 and 2014.

Known for her tall stature, Miranda, who measures in at 6ft1in (1.85 metres), notes treading the boards has given her a massive confidence boost.

"Miss Hannigan has given me the chance to be shoulders back, more proud of my height and bolder and brasher and get in touch with that side of my personality that the British are not very good at doing and given me the freedom to dance," she told London's Evening Standard. "When I did the bow at the end and we all sang Tomorrow, I thought, 'I've been watching these musicals in the West End for years and years and loving watching a curtain call and people singing their final number.'"

Miranda, 44, received a standing ovation after her first performance at London's Piccadilly Theatre on Monday night (05Jun17), with her self-titled sitcom co-stars Tom Ellis, Sarah Hadland and Patricia Hodge all in the audience.

The classic tale is set in the Depression-era of America and follows orphan Annie, who strikes up a bond with a billionaire who offers to help find her family.

It's a tale which covers a variety of themes, with the Call the Midwife star adding: "This is frivolous but it's also really important and the arts are important even in a light musical, like Annie, which has a really hopeful story and is emotional as well as really vaudevillian and funny and silly."

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