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Walters shaved head to avoid early morning make-up call

The Mamma Mia! star cut off her hair to play Mowlam, the late Northern Ireland Secretary of State who helped negotiate the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which kick-started the troubled country’s peace process.

Mowlam famously refused to wear a wig after losing most of her hair following radiotherapy treatment for a brain tumour, and Walters insisted on going bald to perfect her character.

And the star admits shaving her locks saved her from the misery of donning heavy prosthetic make-up.

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She tells Britain’s Daily Express newspaper, “We went through a camera test with a bald cap. Bald caps are notoriously dreadful – they’re such an encumbrance. My face was completely encased in plaster and polythene, and I had a panic attack. They spent four hours fitting the cap, and it still wasn’t right – I could see the join. I thought I can’t come in at 4am every morning for something that’s not going to work – I’m too old for that. So I said, ‘What if I shave my head?’, and the make-up lady replied, ‘I’ve been waiting for you to say that.’ It was a weird feeling. I felt very naked when I’d done it – more naked than if I’d had no clothes on.

“It may have been a difficult thing to do, but there’s no doubt that shaving my head really did get me into the part.”

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