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Naomie Harris opens up on Jonathan Ross about meeting Winnie Mandela in tribal print miniskirt and sheer top
By FAY STRANG
She has received rave reviews for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in her latest film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
But Naomie Harris has revealed she found the task ‘hugely intimidating’, particularly meeting the former wife of the late South African President for the first time.
Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, which airs on Saturday evening, the 37-year-old said: ‘I was absolutely terrified about meeting her because I’d read so much about her. She’s such a formidable woman and I didn’t know how she was going to react to me.
‘I didn’t know whether she was happy about me being cast or how she felt about herself being portrayed in the movie, but she was incredibly generous.’
But it seems her portrayal went down well as the actress told Jonathan: ‘I met her in South Africa again when we had the South African premiere and she was in the audience with her daughter and lots of the Mandela family.
‘She was actually crying and she said that was the first time she felt her story had been captured on film.’
Scared: Naomie spoke about the first time she met Winnie, who she plays in the film
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