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Gwendoline Christie cried with joy over personal invite to Madonna show

Actress Gwendoline Christie brushed up on Madonna's dance choreography before she attended a recent concert.

Gwendoline Christie cried tears of joy when Madonna invited her onstage during a recent show.

The English actress is recognised by fans from around the world for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO's Game of Thrones and as Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

While Gwendoline is fast becoming a Hollywood name, she admitted during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday (05Sep17) that she was stunned to receive an invite from the superstar herself to meet during a concert in Sydney, Australia - where she had been filming TV series Top of the Lake: China Girl.

"I looked at the phone and the message said, 'Hi Gwendoline, this is Guy Oseary, Madonna's manager. I understand you're coming to the gig tonight, fancy jumping on stage with M? She's a fan,'" she recalled, adding, "I cried."

After receiving the invite, Gwendoline hopped onto YouTube and brushed up on the choreography from some of Madonna's most famous concert segments, as she didn't want to appear foolish. And while the 38-year-old was anxious during the car ride to the concert, she left her worries behind when she finally saw Madonna on stage.

"(I was) slowly becoming mute and physically paralysed through fear, abject fear. (But) Madonna appears and I start screaming so loudly, I think my lungs are going to come out of my mouth," the star laughed.

Meanwhile, Gwendoline explained that getting to meet Madonna had been a personal highlight as she used to emulate the entertainer as a girl. From the age of eight, she was obsessed with learning Madonna's dance routines and copying her fashion.

"I used to dress up as Madonna in my bedroom and I would try to copy the dance routines and I would be trying to do my Madonna look," she smiled. "I'd borrow my mother's make-up - I'd go there, I'd really go there on the look!"

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