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He Knew He Was Right
Christina Cole as Nora Rowley

He Knew He Was Right

Christina Cole - Nora Rowley

It's not every young actress who gets her first break in a Hollywood movie, but Christina Cole is clearly destined to be an exception rather than the rule.

Straight out of drama school, she landed a role in What A Girl Wants with Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes and in the year that's followed she's been working ever since.

Not a bad record in an industry renowned for its unemployment rate and awash with pretty young actresses.

Acting is not something that runs in the Cole family. She describes her parents as "very straight-laced": her mother is a telecentre manager and her father is a driving instructor.

Christina is the eldest child in her family, with a younger sister Cassandra and teenage brother Dominic.

In He Knew He Was Right, she takes the role of a younger sibling, Nora Rowley, who travels across the world with her older sister Emily, to be her companion and, her parents hope, to find a husband of her own once she's in London society.

"Nora is passionate but calm," says Cole, "She is the voice of reason between her and her sister. She's very much the second child and knows when to keep her mouth shut, although she tries to give a lot of advice."

Nora is not only a foil for her sister. Almost as soon as she arrives in London she is courted by the eligible and rich Mr Glascock, played by Raymond Coulthard.

By this time, she has already met the impoverished Hugh Stanbury (Stephen Campbell Moore), a lowly journalist who is denied her father's seal of approval, but who has clearly won her heart.

"Nora's story is a love story where she has to choose between marrying for love, or marrying for money. She's passionate about what she believes in and fights her father tooth and nail to marry the man she loves. It's a very difficult decision for her.

"She knows that if she could just choose money it would solve the family's financial problems, but she has to follow her heart."

After Cole made her first feature film, she was chosen by acclaimed director Terry Hands to star as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet for the Welsh National Theatre.

"It was a completely contrasting, mind-blowing experience. It was great. I had done Shakespeare at college and didn't fancy myself much as a Shakespearean actor at all. I thought, 'Oh God, I'm not very good at this.'

"I thought I'd totally blown the audition and then I got a call to say I'd been offered it, I didn't even have to go back for a second time."

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