EXCLUSIVE: Ellie Bamber, Mehdi Dehbi and Rupert Penry-Jones are set to lead cast in feature Prisoners Of Paradise, which is aiming to shoot from late September on location in Mauritius.
The coming-of-age love story, set in 1925, follows 17-year-old orphan Lucy Gladwell (Bamber) who is sent from England to live under the guardianship of her uncle George Huyton (Penry-Jones). Initially seduced by the sumptuous beauty of her surroundings, Lucy finds herself at odds with her violent uncle who is not the benign influence he pretends to be, and she soon falls in love with Krishna (Dehbi), a labourer working on a nearby plantation.
At just 23 years old, Ellie Bamber is in high demand. She is, in no particular order, an ambassador for Chanel, a proud feminist and one Britain’s hottest acting talents, having starred in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, BBC1’s adaptation of Les Miserables and, more recently, The Trial of Christine Keeler. No shrinking violet, she’s as charming and playful as her make-up choices. Here Bamber tells Marie Claire’s Fiona Embleton, beauty makes a big difference to how she’s feeling right now…
FIONA EMBLETON: What does beauty mean to you?
ELLIE BAMBER: For me, beauty really starts with what you stand for inside and kindness. I think that really shows on the outside. Self-confidence is something that’s really beautiful, too, so being comfortable in your own skin and acceptance.
FIONA: You make no secret of being a feminist. I know this question just won’t go away, but do you think you can be a feminist and still be into beauty?