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'Harry Potter' star Katie Leung fears looks could make her typecast in films

London, Fri, 13 Apr 2012 ANI

London, Apr 13 (ANI): 'Harry Potter' star Katie Leung fears her she is being typecast, as her Hong Kong heritage is affecting her career prospects and job offers have been "very sparse" since the end of magical movie series.

Leung shot to fame playing the boy wizard's love interest Cho Chang, but she took time out from the film industry to enrol in a course at the University of the Arts London to build on her creative talents.

The actress, who is preparing to star in a London stage adaptation of bestselling novel 'Wild Swans', is convinced her most famous role has left her pigeon-holed and she is worried her ethnicity may also be affecting her ability to land roles.

"Potter was such a safe environment. You knew the next film would be round the corner and you would just go back to it," the Daily Star quoted her as telling Daily Telegraph.

"But afterwards I started to wonder if I was picked because I fitted the role physically; and was concerned that the character I played for the film wasn't particularly difficult.

"In general, the auditions I go up for are very sparse, I guess because of my ethnicity. And the characters are very similar: shy, innocent and naive; the connotations that come from the way that I look," she added. (ANI)


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