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I Capture the Castle - Romola Garai

Romola Garai with her book and her castle.


Romola Garai was born on July 1, 1981 in Hong Kong, the daughter of Janet, a journalist, and Adrian Garai, a bank manager. Her family returned to Wiltshire when she was eight.


Romola was still at school she was spotted for her first role, as the younger Elizabeth in Last of the Blonde Bombshells.

Breakout Role:

Romola played played 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain in the adaptation of I Capture The Castle. She received a nomination for a Most Promising Newcomer award from the British Independent Film Awards.

Romola Garai: Her Career in Film:

Romola Garai's first role was in the English TV drama Last Of The Blonde Bombshells alongside Judy Dench. She has made her name with major roles in the literary adaptations Nicholas Nickleby and I Capture The Castle.

A virtual unknown in an all-star cast, Garai was the best thing in the otherwise tepid Nicholas Nickelby and she was flat out stunning and in the BBC production of George Elliot's Daniel Deronda. Garai transformed herself into a suprisingly plain as Cassandra in []iI Capture The Castle, her first starring role.

In 2004, she starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in another adaptation, Vanity Fair. She also starred in the Hollywood sequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights opposite Mexican actor Diego Luna.

In 2005, Garai received another BIFA nomination, this time for their Best Supporting Actress award, for her performance as Siobhan in the independent film Inside I'm Dancing. Her portrayal earned her the British Supporting Actress of the Year award from the London Film Critics Circle.

Romola Garai next appeared in Joe Wright's Atonement.

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