Arts Interview: From ballet to bullets

Jamie Bell, boy star of award-winning film Billy Elliot, has long left his ballet shoes behind. His latest film, Defiance, with Daniel Craig, sees him in World War II, playing a ruthless Jewish partisan

17th January, 2009

WB Yeats was wrong - sometimes you really can tell the dancer from the dance. Almost 20 minutes into my interview with Jamie Bell, I finally realise that the elephant in the room is quite a benign beast after all.

‘‘No, of course I don’t mind talking about Billy Elliot,” laughs the gangly British actor who, at the age of 22, can no longer be patronised with the label ‘prodigy’. ‘‘It’s a big part of my...

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