Madonna catches Annabelle Wallis off-guard

Annabelle Wallis, star of The Tudors, learnt the hard way that actors should stick to the facts on their CV.

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Annabelle Wallis was directed by her idol Madonna for new film W.E. Photo: Peter Brooker/ Rex Features

They say you should never lie on your CV – a lesson Annabelle Wallis, star of The Tudors, learnt to her cost on the set of Madonna's new filmW.E.

The striking actress, 25, who purports to speak four European languages among her skills, tells me at the Peroni Nastro Azzurro Accademia del Film wrap party in east London: "Madonna asked me to read in the foreign parts in rehearsals, before those parts had been cast.

"I was stumbling over every word and it soon became clear that I may have been exaggerating slightly when I wrote that I was fluent on my CV."

Wallis chuckles: "When you are being directed by your idol, it is not the best time to be caught out but she was actually really great about it."

W.E charts the life of Edward VIII's wife Wallis Simpson, who will be played by Andrea Riseborough, and will mark Madonna's feature-length directorial debut. Move over Guy Ritchie.

Lord Mandelson could advise the Pope

Lord Mandelson may be known as the Prince of Darkness but, somewhat bizarrely, Lady Powell thinks he could impart some sound words of advice to the Pope.

The writer, who is married to Baroness Thatcher's former adviser Lord Powell, tells The Tablet: "Peter Mandelson has the knack of going straight to the heart of the matter. He would show the Pope, and his advisers, how to shed the language of the university seminar and make the Church's vital message understood."

Lady Powell also points out: "The best ones [Catholics] have always had pasts littered with rises, falls and struggles with darkness."


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