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Mirren honed acting skills at fairground job

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Mar 28, 2012 | 5:00am EDT

The Oscar-winning actress worked in the Kursaal amusement park in Southend-on-Sea, England as a youngster and her job was to shout incomprehensible words to passers by in the hope they would stop. She would then work her acting magic to convince them to try out the fairground.

Speaking on Britain's The One Show, she says, "Sadly the amusement park is now gone, but yes I was a blagger (smooth talker) very briefly when I was at school. It just meant that I shouted out rubbish to get people's attention. Like 'Excuse me sir, excuse me sir, did you park here at the gate?' And they go, 'What, what, did I park at the... what?' Then I would say, 'Oh, it doesn't matter, we've got a lovely stall here!'"

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