Harry Potter actress Natalia Tena works on UCA movie

Natalia Tena in UCA production Natalia Tena said working on the research project was "great fun"

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An actress who starred in the Harry Potter films has taken a solo role in a film project at a Surrey university.

Natalia Tena, who played Nymphadora Tonks, plays a stand-up comedian in a two-movie production for the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham.

The films, called called I Am Maddy Burns and The One and Only, will be shown as gallery installations and on the festival circuit.

Tena plays two characters as the schizophrenic comedian.

"It's been pretty gruelling, as I'm the only actor in the film, but it's been great fun," she said.

"I love doing short films because they're much more intimate and there's far less waiting around than on the bigger films."

'Test equipment'

The films, made by academics, students and graduates from UCA, were funded by the university's research and enterprise department.

They were shot over two days this month in the university's film studio.

The university, based in Kent and Surrey, was given free use of the latest movie industry technology to make the films as a research project.

"Film technology is changing all of the time so we wanted to test the latest cameras, movie equipment, lighting and digital workflows, to make sure UCA is preparing its students for the industry properly," said digital film and screen arts course leader Stephen Littman.

TV and film director Nigel Bristow and cinematographer Noski Deville were among industry professionals who also worked on the films.

UCA has bases in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester.

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