Blonde, blue-eyed actress who began her career playing teenage roles, notably in "Teenage Bad Girl/My Teenage Daughter" (1956), opposite Anna Neagle as her mother. She is perhaps best remembered as th...
Cara Delevingne had to battle to convince her co-stars she was more than a model when she began filming her TV debut. The British stunner turns her hand to television acting for the first time in Sky Arts show Timeless, in which she stars alongside veteran English actress Sylvia Syms as a young woman married to a soldier.
However, Syms was ready to dismiss Delevingne as nothing more than a catwalk beauty before they met, and apparently made her views quickly known when they first spoke.
Delevingne says, "The first thing Sylvia said to me was, 'I hear your some model tart'. It was the best moment ever, it was brilliant... As soon as we met she started putting me through my paces... She was testing me - I get that. I see people when I do things like this (thinking), 'You're just a model'. I'm fine with it, because I am ready to prove I'm more than that."
Syms' doubts were quickly dispelled, and the acting icon has even gone as far as to compare the model to Audrey Hepburn, saying, "Frankly, when I knew I was going to work with some... model I thought, 'Just a minute I spent 15 years on the board of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art'. (But) I literally fell in love with her the first day. The other girl I loved very much - she never got a decent break in England - her name was Audrey Hepburn."
Timeless is due to air in the U.K. on 19 June (14).
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Set in a seaside English town in the '80s this small heartfelt tale centers on the relationship between Edward a 10-year-old boy whose parents run a retirement home and Clarence an aging magician and recent widower who is one of the new residents. Lonely and curious Edward has a habit of befriending the old folks only to search for their ghosts after they die. When Clarence comes in both learn new life lessons as the older one comes to terms with his past while the younger boy finds reason for optimism as he faces the future.
WHO’S IN IT?
Michael Caine is wonderful in a startling character role in which the 76-year-old movie icon allows himself to look older drawn and beaten in parts of the film. Although the career of the two-time Oscar winner has been full of memorable performances ranging from Alfie in 1966 to The Dark Knight last year it’s this kind of realistic and moving portrayal that has marked the best of his work. and he’s never been better than in this memorable portrait of a forgotten magician who still manages to discover a couple of new tricks late in life. Matching him every step of the way is the engaging Bill Milner (Son of Rambow) who manages to go toe-to-toe with a screen legend without coming off as a too precocious of a child actor. He’s haunting and extremely natural in a pivotal three-dimensional role that never seems forced. Helping matters immensely is a great ensemble of splendid British stars who play the other residents including the great Rosemary Harris Leslie Phillips Sylvia Syms and Peter Vaughan.
Director John Crowley (Boy A Intermission) wisely lets his actors off the leash to create a chemistry that makes the modest story work its own kind of movie magic. Reminiscent in certain ways of the kind of British kitchen-sink dramas popular in the '60s Crowley resists any opportunity to let directorial flash overwhelm this poignant character-driven tale thereby letting it thrive on its own terms.
With such a superlative cast of British-acting royalty in the supporting roles you almost wish there were a few more scenes showcasing these characters in the film’s trim 91-minute running time.
Clarence rallies his talents to put on a magic show for the home’s residents. Caine pulls this off seamlessly and the sequence is pure delight.
NETFLIX OR MULTIPLEX?
This quaint film won’t lose anything on TV screens and may be hard to find in wide release so take the opportunity to see it any way you can.
Brief experience onstage and in TV before entering films
Made film debut in "Teenage Bad Girl/My Teenage Daughter"
Blonde, blue-eyed actress who began her career playing teenage roles, notably in "Teenage Bad Girl/My Teenage Daughter" (1956), opposite Anna Neagle as her mother. She is perhaps best remembered as the obligatory romantic lead in the controversial "Victim" (1961), where she plays the wife of a distinguished lawyer (Dirk Bogarde) coming to terms with his homosexuality when a former lover is blackmailed. Syms continued playing leading roles in primarily British films through the early 1970s and later took on character parts in such films as "The Tamarind Seed" (1974) and "Shirley Valentine" (1989). Not to be confused with Brooklyn-born cabaret singer Sylvia Sims (1918-1992). Mother of actress Beatie Edney.
married on June 8, 1956; divorced in March 1985
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Convent of Ladies of Mercy
Selhurst School for Girls
Not to be confused with the Brooklyn-born cabaret singer of the same name who died in 1992.