Jemima rooper dating

For Jemima Rooper, being considered ‘too modern’ means she struggles to get auditions for classical roles.

As she prepares to star in an Ayckbourn trilogy in Chichester, Nick Clark finds out how she combats this Spend any time in Jemima Rooper’s company and you can’t help noticing that she laughs, a lot.

In the Ken Russell movie The Boy Friend, the actors make each other go outside, turn round three times and knock on the door. She was back at the National the following year for David Hare’s The Power of Yes, and then in 2011 for One Man, Two Guvnors. We knew it was quintessentially entertaining, and that was very exciting.

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During a break from rehearsals for a new revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy, The Norman Conquests, Rooper reveals – with a laugh, of course – that she is struggling with corpsing.

It blew out the fear.” Now she wants to do Lady Macbeth.

Another frustration is hitting an age that is seen in the industry as “weird and inbetweeny – I’m not in one bracket or the other”.

Yet Ayckbourn’s humour – once described as “dazzling and dancing” – masks a darker story of relationship tensions and emotional turmoil.

“When you read the plays, you get the lightness of them,” Rooper says.

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