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Keira enjoyed being bad for film

She relished playing a character she didn't like

Keira Knightley has revealed she relished the challenge of playing a villain in her new movie Never Let Me Go - the opening film at the 2010 London Film Festival.

The 25-year-old Hollywood beauty stars opposite rising British stars Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield in the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, which sees their characters entwined in a love triangle, born out of Keira's character's jealousy.

Keira, used to playing the heroine, said of playing the story's villain: "It was great."

She added: "I saw that the character was fascinating - for me it was kind of a study of jealousy and fear. She commits great harm and I thought it was interesting trying to get into her head.

"I didn't like her and it's tricky playing people that you don't like and finding a way to empathise with them. And that's challenging and very exciting."

Co-stars Andrew and Carey revealed they were not weighed down by the emotional subject material of the film, in which they play clones, bred purely for the purpose of becoming organ donors.

The Social Network's Andrew confessed: "It's easier to cry than to make people laugh."

An Education star Carey agreed: "It's always harder to maintain raw enthusiasm or joy than to go into a really dark place.

She added: "This for us really was about trying not to cry. I cry all the time, it's my modus operandi."

Never Let Me Go, directed by One Hour Photo's Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex Garland will open the BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Leicester Square tonight.

By The Press Association

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Robbie fears for X Factor's Cher

He reckons Cher Lloyd might have needed more time before embarking on her X Factor journey

Robbie Williams has spoken of his fears for X Factor hopeful Cher Lloyd.

Cher, 17, who was caught up in the row over the elimination of Gamu Nhengu, collapsed backstage after Sunday's results show.

Pop superstar Robbie told X Magazine: "I wasn't as fragile as she is when I was 16. I want to give her a call but I don't know if I can help."

He added: "She's obviously got it. But she'd have done well not to get through and have another year to come to terms with her personal life."

Judge Cheryl Cole has come under fire after choosing Katie Waissel and Cher - despite poor performances at the previous stage of the contest - at the expense of Gamu, who is facing deportation to Zimbabwe.

Katie's mother has said she is being bullied and has spoken of her fears that her daughter will be pushed off the show.

The 24-year-old also received flak after getting through to the live finals at the expense of Gamu.

She was surrounded by more controversy when judges decided to save the quirky singer from the boot instead of boyband FYD.

Last year, some of the show's fans turned on talented singer Danyl Johnson, and Katie's mother Diana said she did not want the same thing happening to her daughter.

She said: "There seems to be this thing that Katie has got someone else's place. I don't know why everyone is blaming her. It happened last year in a way to Danyl and he was a good singer and he was a nice guy and he was pushed out."

By The Press Association

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Schwimmer marries British snapper

The couple first met at the Cuckoo Club in London's West End

Friends star David Schwimmer has secretly married his 25-year-old British girlfriend, it has been revealed.

News of the nuptials comes as Courteney Cox - David's former co-star on hit sitcom Friends - and her husband David Arquette announced a "trial separation".

David's representative confirmed that the actor/director married British photographer Zoe Buckman in a small private ceremony in early June, Entertainment Weekly.Com said.

The couple first met at the Cuckoo Club in London's West End, when Zoe was working as a part-time waitress at the exclusive venue and David, 43, was in London directing his 2007 movie Run, Fat Boy, Run, starring Simon Pegg and Thandie Newton.

Soon after meeting the star, Zoe left her home in north London and moved to Los Angeles to be with David, who was previously linked with Natalie Imbruglia.

Zoe and David, who shot to fame in 1994 as Ross Geller in Friends, got engaged in March.

The news comes as Cougar Town star Courtney, 46, and her husband, 39, who have a six-year-old daughter, issued a joint statement saying that they had been separated for some time but remained committed parents and "best friends".

The pair, who wed 11 years ago, said: "The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage.

"We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply."

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George: Fantastic to be out of jail

"I just want to say thank you for everybody who has supported me in there"

George Michael has said that he wants to "start again" after being released from prison.

The 47-year-old singer said it was "fantastic" to be free after serving half of his eight-week sentence for crashing his Range Rover while high on cannabis.

The former Wham! star, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, said he wanted to stop running away from the press now that he had been released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk. Speaking outside his home in north London, he told reporters: "I'm coming out here on my own so that you'll realise I just want to start again.

"I'm going to try to stop running away from you guys. You'll get sick of me. You'll see me about."

He said it was "fantastic" to be free, that he wanted to "go out", and added: "It's a beautiful day.

"I just want to say thank you for everybody who has supported me in there, it's quite inspirational."

As he walked back through the gates of his home, George joked: "By the way, I've just thought of a really good idea for a song."

He added: "It's going to be nothing to do with prison."

George was moved to the softer Category C Highpoint from Pentonville in north London last month. He was jailed on September 14 after he admitted driving while unfit through drugs and possessing two cannabis cigarettes when he appeared at London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.

He was found slumped at the wheel of a car after it smashed into a branch of photo store Snappy Snaps in north London in July. The singer, who had a previous conviction for the same offence, was told by District Judge John Perkins that there was no option but jail.

By The Press Association

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George Michael freed from jail

The Prison Service refused to comment on individual prisoners

George Michael has been released from prison after four weeks, according to sources.

The 47-year-old pop star was freed from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk after serving time for crashing his Range Rover while high on cannabis.

The former Wham! star, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, was jailed on September 14 after he admitted driving while unfit through drugs and possessing two cannabis cigarettes when he appeared at London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.

The Prison Service refused to comment on individual prisoners.

George was moved to the softer Category C Highpoint, where Moors Murderer Myra Hindley served the last three years of her life sentence, from Pentonville in north London last month.

He was found slumped at the wheel of a car after it smashed into a branch of photo store Snappy Snaps in north London in July.

The singer, who had a previous conviction for the same offence, was told by District Judge John Perkins that there was no option but jail.

By The Press Association

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