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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK
Chaplin's granddaughter acts up
Oona Chaplin
Oona Chaplin is named after her grandmother (photo by Andy Thomas)
Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter is to play the famous film star in a production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next month.

Oona Chaplin will dress up in the familiar baggy suit complete with moustache, bowler hat and cane in an alternative version of Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The 17-year-old will play the role of her grandfather as Bottom in the Gordonstoun school production.

Chaplin said she was hesitant about taking the part at first but was persuaded to do it after a discussion with her mother, actress Geraldine Chaplin.

"I have grown up with him all around and feel I know how he would act. But I would not dare to copy his style for no good reason. My mum explained how it would work in the play," she said.

She has already peformed the role at her school, where she received rapturous applause from the audience.

Chaplin is named after her grandmother Oona, who married Chaplin when she was 18 and he was 57.

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