One of her closest friends is Gemma Arterton, with whom she worked on the two at London’s Royal Court after one Carey Mulligan (whatever happened to her? Jodie had originally auditioned for the role and lost out to Carey.
She says now: ‘Carey powered back to health after a few days – she was an absolute warrior.
I would say that’s an absolutely fantastic reason to take a job.’ , the story of an alien invasion of a South London council estate.
And when I saw her on stage again, I realised why I hadn’t got the job in the first place.There are a lot of good girls out there.’ And Jodie is definitely one of them.She and the darkly good-looking Christian, recently seen as Gracie Fields’s chauffeur in the BBC drama , married 18 months ago and live in North London.There are no plans for a family yet (another major departure from her Royal Wedding character).That could also explain a certain reticence in the otherwise frank-speaking Jodie when it comes to talking about her nearest and dearest.
When we last met, she had told me that ‘if you have been with someone for three years as I have with Christian, 90 per cent of your life is that person’.
A chameleon face is good – because you don’t want to be going everywhere and have people thinking they know you.
I’ve been around people who that has happened to, and sometimes it makes me angry on their behalf,’ says Jodie, who saw the pressures on A-listers first hand through working with O’Toole and stars such as Judi Dench.
This year she’ll also be seen as Dougray Scott’s abused lover in the time-travel film .
So, although success may not have spoiled her, 27-year-old Jodie has led a charmed life in comparison to her latest character – and to her credit, she’s very aware of it.
Fast-forward to the present, and Jodie has not only married Christian, but more than fulfilled all that early acting promise by appearing in everything from BBC1’s star-studded bonnet-saga with 90 per cent of the actors I could ever hope to work with in a 50-year career – so lots more boxes were ticked,’ she exults.