Star: When I saw the film it looked as if my char­ac­ter was hav­ing some kind of spir­i­tual fit

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The Mary movie has an un­in­ten­tion­ally hi­lar­i­ous cameo from one of Scot­land’s lead­ing com­edy stars.

Movie­go­ers should look out for Chewin The Fat comic Karen Dun­bar who plays a com­moner bay­ing for the blood of the Scot­tish monarch in a scene with Doc­tor Who star David Ten­nant.

And as much as she’s in the film for less than a minute, Scots could be for­given for think­ing one of her eye-bulging, nos­tril-flar­ing TV sketch show char­ac­ters has wan­dered on to the set of the block­buster epic star­ring Mar­got Rob­bie.

Karen said: “When I saw the film I thought it looked like my char­ac­ter was a hav­ing a spir­i­tual fit. I did the scene so

many times, I’d started out quite stony faced, to full fer­vour.”

Karen even ended up with ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

She said: “It’s such a huge movie, and they have to do ev­ery­thing from all the dif­fer­ent an­gles. I had to do some ac­cent coach­ing, too, in the end. I think I got to take 12 then I told the as­sis­tant di­rec­tor that I thought I maybe only had a cou­ple more takes of me shout­ing with that kind of fer­vour. But we ended up do­ing it about 100 times.

“But I wasn’t com­plain­ing, it was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Karen’s ac­cent coach­ing in­volved her di­rect­ing the bay­ing mob in the cor­rect pro­nun­ci­a­tion of a damn­ing term for a fe­male, not suit­able for a fam­ily news­pa­per.

She said: “The voice coach came into my trailer and asked me to coach the 500 ex­tras how to shout the line in a Scot­tish di­alect.”

Karen landed the cred­ited part af­ter build­ing up her act­ing chops while tour­ing a tril­ogy of Shake­speare plays, both at Lon­don’s pres­ti­gious Don­mar Ware­house and then in New York at St Ann’s Ware­house in Brook­lyn.

“The re­sponse was in­cred­i­ble,” she said. “To stand on a stage and have Meryl Streep ap­plaud you, I was think­ing, ‘I’m quite chuffed with this.’”

Karen Dun­bar has a role in Mary movie

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