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YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER

GEMMA JONES (Helena), one of Britain‘s most acclaimed actresses, is best known in the US for her roles as Bridget‘s mother in BRIDGET JONES‘S DIARY, and BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON; Madam Poppy Pomfrey, the matron of the Hospital Wing of Hogwarts School, in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, and upcoming, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS; and as Mrs. Dashwood, mother to Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, in Ang Lee‘s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY.

After making her debut in Ken Russell‘s THE DEVILS, Jones‘ other notable film credits include PAPERHOUSE, FEAST OF JULY, WILDE, THE THEORY OF FLIGHT, THE WINSLOW BOY, CAPTAIN JACK, SHANGHAI NIGHTS, FRAGILE, GOOD, and FORGET ME NOT, which is set to premiere at the London Independent Film Festival.

The daughter of British actor Griffith Jones, Gemma (born Jennifer) Jones trained at RADA where she won the Gold Medal in 1962. Shortly after graduating, she appeared in "The Cavern," for which she won a Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actress of the Year, and she has primarily concentrated on her stage and television career until recently. Among her many notable performances include "Baal" (Johanna), "The Merchant of Venice" (Portia) "Saint Joan," "Hamlet" (Ophelia), "A Streetcar Named Desire" (Blanche Du Bois), "Cabaret" (Sally Bowles), "Macbeth" (Lady Macbeth), "King Lear" (Goneril), "The Master Builder" (Aline Solness) "Tolstoy" (Sonya Tolstoy), "The Glass Menagerie" (Amanda), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (Big Mama), and recently, roles in "Everything is Illuminated," "On Religion," and "Family Reunion" at the Donmar Warehouse.

Jones toured throughout the world in the early 1970s with Peter Brook‘s famed production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and appeared in the US with the National Theatre‘s 1994 production of "The Winter‘s Tale."

She is fondly remembered in this country for her starring role as the lower-class cook turned upper-crust hotelier in two series of the BBC‘s "The Duchess of Duke Street," for which she won her third BAFTA nomination. She had received her first BAFTA nomination for "Play for Today: The Lie" (written by Ingmar Bergman) and "The Spoils of Poynton," and her second for "BBC Play of the Month: The Cherry Orchard" and "Play for Today: The Man in the Sidecar."

Her other television work includes "Jane Eyre," "The Borrowers," the BAFTA-award winning "Longitude," "Trial & Retribution," "Spooks" (aka "MI-5"), and "Ballet Shoes." FREIDA PINTO (Dia) traversed the modeling circuit in Mumbai for two years before gaining her big break when director Danny Boyle picked her out in the audition process to play the female lead, Latika, for his project SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2008). In a promo interview, Boyle likened spotting her to his discovery of Kelly Macdonald for TRAINSPOTTING. Between 2006-07, she anchored 'Full Circle', a travel show which was telecast on Zee International Asia Pacific. She went on assignments to Afghanistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Fiji among other countries. After SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE‘s success, she went on to star as the title role in Julian Schnabel‘s upcoming film MIRAL (2010), followed by YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER. She is currently filming IMMORTALS, directed by Tarsem.

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