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Friday, 5 April, 2002, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Imbruglia makes spy spoof debut
Natalie Imbruglia
Imbruglia started her acting career in Neighbours
Pop singer Natalie Imbruglia will line up alongside John Malkovich and Rowan Atkinson in a spoof spy movie.

The company behind Bridget Jones's Diary and Notting Hill, Working Title, has secured the trio for its big budget production Johnny English.

Atkinson will play an accident-prone MI6 agent on a mission to rescue Britain's crown jewels and save the monarchy from a French business tyrant.

Screendaily.com reports the film will be directed by Peter Howitt, who wrote and directed Sliding Doors and was a star of the smash hit comedy Bread in the 1980s.

Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson will play the bungling agent
Imbruglia makes her movie debut as special agent Lorna Campbell, the object of English's affection, while double Oscar nominee Malkovich plays sidekick Bough.

Imbruglia started her showbusiness career as an actress in the long-running Australian soap Neighbours, playing the part of Beth.

She left the show in 1994 to pursue music and produced a double platinum-selling album, Left of the Middle.

This was followed up in 2001 with White Lilies Island.

She said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be working with such revered actors on my first movie.

"It's a really exciting project and I can't wait to get started."

John Malkovich
John Malkovich has appeared in nearly 50 films
Shooting on the movie will take place at Shepperton Studios in London and on location in England.

Atkinson has himself appeared in a James Bond movie, playing the part of Nigel Small-Fawcett in Never Say Never Again.

The Mr Bean star was last seen in the farce Rat Race and will soon appear in the live action movie Scooby Doo.

Hollywood actor Malkovich has appeared in nearly 50 movies including such acclaimed titles as The Killing Fields, Of Mice and Men, Dangerous Liaisons and Being John Malkovich.

See also:

21 Nov 01 | New Media
Imbruglia CD sparks complaints
17 Oct 01 | Showbiz
Downing Street reassures comics
03 Sep 99 | Entertainment
Inside the mind of Malkovich
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