British actress Felicity Jones is the talk of the Sundance Festival following a screening of her latest film Like Crazy, which played to a packed theatre in snowy Park City, Utah.
Jones plays a Londoner who falls in love with an American (Star Trek's Anton Yelchin) in Los Angeles. But the couple are soon torn apart by her visa problems.
Jones's acting - much of which is improvised - impressed the assembled movie buffs and prompted comparisons with Carey Mulligan, who similarly won over Sundance with her 2009 part in An Education.
But it was director Drake Doremus who really raised eyebrows when, during a post-screening Q&A session, he revealed how he had discovered the 27-year-old.
Apparently, Jones (above), who has so far enjoyed only bit parts in British productions such as Brideshead Revisited and Doctor Who, got a copy of the script and filmed herself in one of the scenes – in the shower.
Jones, who was living in London, then sent the video to Doremus in Los Angeles, who immediately decided to employ her.
"She put together a tape in her apartment and she did the shower scene. She actually got into the shower and shot herself doing the scene and it was magnificent.
"I saw that scene and cast her right away - well, that's not why... it was fantastic."
Jones will appear next in the all-star BBC spy series Page 8 along with Rachel Weisz and is rumoured to be up for a part in Snow White and the Huntsman.
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