Van­ity Fair star ditches bon­net for ca­sual chic

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RIS­ING star Olivia Cooke plays the glam­orous so­cial climber Becky sharp in ITV’s ac­claimed adap­ta­tion of Wil­liam Thack­eray’s novel, Van­ity Fair. Off screen, the 24-year-old cuts a rather dif­fer­ent fig­ure.

Ar­riv­ing at the rail­way sta­tion in her home­town, manch­ester, Olivia at­tempted to go incog­nito as she swapped her char­ac­ter’s 19th- cen­tury at­tire ( be­low) for jeans, Con­verse train­ers and an over­sized navy jacket on top of an E­ight­ies New­port T-shirt car­ry­ing the words: ‘Alive with plea­sure’.

Dis­tanc­ing her­self even fur­ther from her al­ter-ego, Olivia, the daugh­ter of a po­lice of­fi­cer fa­ther and a sales­woman mother, also sported a pair of white wire­less ear­phones.

‘I don’t want to be known as a sex sym­bol,’ she has said. ‘ I just want to be known as a good ac­tor. There’s so much im­por­tance put on that these days. I’m a very nor­mal per­son.’

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