The moment when Samantha Barks…

The moment when Samantha Barks…

If you follow the film or theatre scene you’ll know by now that a) there’s a film adaptation of Les Miserables being made, and b) an actress currently appearing in the stage production of Oliver is being cast as Eponine in it. Samantha Barks came third in the BBC’s ‘I’d Do Anything’ in 2008 and is now appearing alongside a cast of names including Russel Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter. Needless to say, she was a bit stunned.

Samantha learned about this in front of an audience during the curtain call for Oliver at Manchester’s Palace Theatre, because theatre’s biggest name, Cameron Mackintosh, (follow the link, the man is prolific) appeared unexpectedly and spilt the beans. The last of the four pictures I’ve got here is Samantha looking baffled as she walks into the wings. ‘The most incredible moment of my life’ she later tweeted.

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