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From convent to Carry On
Jynine James
Jynine James hopes to become the Welsh Amanda Barrie
A former convent girl hopes to make it as the next big star of the saucy Carry On films after clinching a role in the latest movie.

Jynine James from Abergele, north Wales, will be in Carry On London when shooting begins at Pinewood Studios next spring.

The quintessentially British films have launched the careers of many stars, including Barbara Windsor, Sid James and Kenneth Williams.

Jynine, 29, does not know what role she will play in the 32nd film in a series which began in the 1950s.

But she admits she would like to become Wales' answer to Amanda Barrie, who took the lead role in 1964's Carry On Cleo before later fame as Alma in Coronation Street.

I've been brought up on Carry On films and I'm honoured to be part of that
Jynine James

However, she would settle for comparisons with Babara Windsor, who is also probably better known these days for her soap role, as she plays Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders.

"Barbara Windsor had such great screen presence," said Jynine.

"She wasn't overly glamorous but she had something about her."

Amanda Barrie
Amanda Barrie found fame as Cleo before Coronation Street
Jynine, 29, won her role after the producer of the film, James Black, asked to feature some of her music in the movie.

She is better known in America than Britain, and her first album featured guitarist Peter Frampton, who topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1970s.

From there she got the acting role and hopeful that her music will feature too.

The former pupil of Brigidine Convent in Denbigh has come a long way since her school days.

After leaving local education she studied at the London Academy of Dramatic art before taking up modelling at 18.

Sid James
The face that launched a thousand quips: Sid James in Carry on Cleo

The film will be based around the week leading up to the British equivalents of the Oscars - the Herberts.

Famous names signed up include Daniella Westbrook, Shaun Williamson and Gary Wilmot.

Jynine is thrilled to be involved. "I've been brought up on Carry On films and I'm honoured to be part of that.

"I have always been a big campaigner for British talent, particularly in film and music and feel this film particularly will go a long way to upholding this belief," she said.

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