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I was just a small part of the Harry Potter franchise When I got the audition to play Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince six years ago, I'd only done a few ads before, including one for Veet hair-removal cream. Winning the part felt like winning the Lottery.

Film: Truth is the drug

You've got to hand it to James Toback. Few film-makers have gone so far in the name of research and lived to tell the tale

Film: Rushes from the london film festival

IF NOTHING else, director James Toback practises what he preaches. His 1989 feature, The Big Bang, rested upon its interviewees' willingness to tell all, and that's exactly what Toback did when, at an LFF masterclass at the weekend, he dished the dirt on Robert Downey Jr. The troublesome ex-brat-packer stars in Toback's latest release, Two Girls and a Guy, and in a forthcoming Toback film, Black and White.

Tennis: Wimbledon - Agassi back chasing the dream

THOUSANDS OF young women in Britain had a bad time yesterday. How could they explain to younger sisters that the balding, portly figure on the television set is the same person whose poster used to adorn the bedroom wall? "He was gorgeous once." Pause. "Honest."

Done with a flick of the writs

No gentlemanly fencing for Keith Schilling. Make way for the media lawyer at the sharp end.

Letter: 'Mail' apology

Sir: Your report (1 June) about the damages The Mail on Sunday is to pay the actress Brooke Shields was way off the mark.

A `Mail' exclusive: the decade's biggest apology

THE Mail on Sunday used much of its front page yesterday to publish the largest newspaper apology since the Sun ran "Sorry Elton" as its front- page lead 10 years ago.

Will this girls' night in make the boys switch off?

In America, 'Ally McBeal' has proved to be a hit with all audiences, writes Janine Gibson. But British men may not want to watch another 'chick flick' show

Why, despite everything, I could never mind the Gap

Was it the party invitation that did the trick? Not really. No, it was the photograph of course. To you it may just be a baby. To Gap it may just be a customer. But to Rosie Millard it is a world superstar.


The arrival of a Hollywood tell-all book - the most notorious example of which would have to be Julia Phillips's You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again - has always been a major event in the movie industry, inspiring outrage from those slighted and outright glee from everyone else.

Kiss-and-sell frenzy over Diana photographs

A bidding war has broken out in Paris over what have been touted as "sizzling" new photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales, in the company of her latest male friend, the Harrods heir Dodi Fayed.

Agassi on attack after falling to Flach

Andre Agassi's return after a 70-day lay-off began inauspiciously when he lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to the unseeded Doug Flach in the second round of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington DC on Wednesday.

Obituary: Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace was a talented vulgarian. His clothes appealed to the type of woman - or man - who could make a Faustian deal in return for a one- way ticket to Hollywood. And Hollywood was the appropriate venue for his louche offerings.

Dumb and dumber

`Simpsons' and `Beavis' fans rejoice, the new `adult animation' hit is yet another excursion into the simple mindset of middle America. By David Usborne

Tennis: Agassi to miss Paris

Andre Agassi has pulled out of the French Open because of a recurring injury to his right wrist, organisers said yesterday.

'79-'97: Anything but the Boy

In 1979 Boy George was living in a squat - and preparing himself for a fateful night with Kirk Brandon. John Lyttle shudders at the thought
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam