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There's somethining about Sophie

Sep 22, 2018 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

Elizabeth Taylor immortalised her in the Oscar-nominated 1963 film; Vanessa Redgrave took her on at the Globe in 1973, and Dame Judi Dench played the role to huge critical acclaim opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins at the National Theatre in 1987. But when Sophie Okonedo was preparing to play Shakespeare's Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, her main frame of reference was Amanda Barrie and her lilac eyeshadow in 1964's Carry on Cleo. `I mean, literally the only thing I'd seen was the Carry On version,' Okoned...