Rang De Basanti heroine, Alice Patten, currently working
in the West End production of Hamlet, enjoys making a mark
globally in 'new things'
Patten speaks softly with an endearing feminine charm and an elfin grin
that suggests a protected upbringing. A graduate from Cambridge, with
a degree in modern languages, she is happy to have taken up acting although,
the life of an actor, like that of a politician is public, unreliable
and is constantly being judged.
She spent five months in India working with Aamir Khan for Rang
De Basanti and thoroughly enjoyed the Bollywood experience. Prior
to Rang De… she had acted in several plays in London such as,
Nicholas Wright's Vincent In Brixton and more famously, Cigarettes
And Chocolates, directed by Anthony Mighella, maker of the Oscar-award
winning film, The English Patient. Alice is also the youngest
daughter of Lord Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, before
it was ceded to the Chinese. Positive about the modernity and dynamism
of Hong Kong, she recalls the tears and Prince Charles fixing her a
stiff gin as they sailed out on Britannia, in 1997.
Personally… "I don't think having a well-known father helps me get roles, though it may attract interest."