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Colin and Emma cast a spell in Los Angeles

January 15, 2006
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Some of Britain's favourite movie talents indulged in some youthful fun over the weekend as the flick Nanny McPhee premiered in Los Angeles. Oscar-winner Emma Thompson was joined by Tinseltown veteran Angela Lansbury and the ever-popular Colin Firth when she hit the red carpet to promote the spell-binding film.

Emma takes on the title role in her latest big screen outing, which tells the story of a governess who uses her magical powers to reign-in the seven mischievous children she's looking after. And the mum-of-one, who picked up an Academy Award for her screenwriting efforts on Sense And Sensibility, returns to the role of scribe on this venture, having penned the screenplay.

And Emma won a gong at last month's Women in Film and Television Awards for her film adaptation of Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda tales. "They're beautiful, little tiny books about a family with loads and loads of kids," explained the 46-year-old. "There isn't enough really classy entertainment that we can share, that you can go to with all members of your family."

Her Love Actually co-star Colin Firth, who plays the beleaguered father at the head of the family, meanwhile told reporters gathered outside the screening he was pleased to finally make a film for his younger fans. "I thought it was time I did something for children," revealed the father-of-two. "I have children and I delight in telling them stories at home. I can see how spellbound children get. They're the most honest audience you could imagine. A delighted child is going to be so vocal and so open in their response, and it seemed absurd to me that I'd spent almost my entire career working for almost everybody except children."

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Emma embraces her co-star Angela Lansbury on the red carpet. The Murder She Wrote actress makes a surprise return to the big screen after a 22-year absence to appear in Nanny McPheePhoto: © Rexy
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Colin Firth makes his entrance alongside Scottish beauty Kelly Macdonald, who plays lovestruck servant Evangeline in the kiddy flickPhoto: © Getty Images

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