'Anne Frank' star is no stranger to stage, screen

You’ve probably already seen up-and-comer Ellie Kendrick on the bigscreen, though you may not have realized it. The 19-year-old Brit played Tina, one of Carey Mulligan’s school friends in “An Education.” But it’s the title role in the “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a BBC five-parter set to debut stateside in April on PBS, that should catch the industry’s attention.

According to Kendrick, playing Anne Frank came easily, but the aftermath made for a “weird experience.” In the U.K., the entire miniseries was broadcast five nights in a row. “I’d go on the train, and people would ask me if I played Anne. That was really strange,” she says.

As a youngster, Kendrick went to an all-girls school, where she was often cast in boy roles, such as the Artful Dodger in “Oliver!” Before long, she’d landed an agent and was going out for professional work on the stage and screen, landing the female lead in a Shakespeare’s Globe Theater production of “Romeo and Juliet” last summer.

Though Kendrick is now studying English in her first semester at Cambridge, she hopes to continue her acting career, noting, “I think I still have a long way to go, but I’m up for it.”

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