Sam Barks starts Les Mis filming

GLEE: Samantha Barks at the  moment she received news that she would be playing Eponine in a new film version of Les Miserables from Sir Cameron Mackintosh. PHOTO: Phil Tragen.

GLEE: Samantha Barks at the moment she received news that she would be playing Eponine in a new film version of Les Miserables from Sir Cameron Mackintosh. PHOTO: Phil Tragen.

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SAMANTHA Barks has begun filming on the set of the new Les Miserables film, in which she is starring as Eponine.

The 21-year-old former St Ninian’s High School student, who comes from Laxey, took to Twitter to say: ‘My first day of filming today for Les Miserables and I can barely contain my excitement!!Xxx’

The following day she Tweeted: ‘Had such a great day of filming yesterday!!’

The Tom Hooper-directed production, being made at Pinewood Studios in the UK, stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, along with other huge stars such as Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier), Sacha Baron Cohen (Monsieur Thenardier), Anne Hathaway (Fantine) and Eddie Redmayne, who will play Eponine’s love interest Marius.

It is being produced by Working Title.

Samantha has recently finished her role as Nancy in the touring production of Oliver! It was while she was on stage in that role that Sir Cameron Mackintosh delivered the news that Samantha had won the role of Eponine.

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