Phoebe Dynevor admits The Colour Room script made her feel 'proud to be a woman'


The Colour Room star Phoebe Dynevor has admitted that reading the movie’s script made her feel ‘proud to be a woman’ and that her own working class northern background is why she wanted to take on the role of Clarice Cliff.

The movie – which will be released on Friday – follow the life of the 1920s and 30s ceramic artist who is credited with revolutionising the workplace for women. 

At the end of October, the Bridgerton actress, 26, joined David Morrissey, 57 – who plays renowned Art Designer Fred Ridgeway in the biopic – at a private viewing of Clarice Cliff’s work at the V&A.

Proud: Phoebe Dynevor, 26, has admitted that reading The Colour Room script made her feel 'proud to be a woman' (Pictured in the film character as Clarice Cliff)

Proud: Phoebe Dynevor, 26, has admitted that reading The Colour Room script made her feel ‘proud to be a woman’ (Pictured in the film character as Clarice Cliff)

Asked how she felt when she first read the script for The Colour Room, Phoebe confessed: ‘I guess proud to be a woman. I thought this story was amazing and it’s a really heart warming story as well. Some parts of it are sad, but mostly it’s joyful.’

On why she wanted to be part of the film, the star explained: ‘The first reason was going back to my northern roots and following a real working class story of a northern woman. That’s my background. So it just felt like a story that I wanted to tell, and had connections to.

‘Also, my dad has a few of her pieces. So I knew her work quite well, and I just found the story behind it so fascinating.

‘I don’t think there are enough stories that are told about someone who really did come from nothing. You know, people that really break the mould.’

Private viewing: At the end of October, Phoebe joined David Morrissey, 57 - who plays Art Designer Fred Ridgeway in the biopic - at a private viewing of Clarice Cliff’s work at the V&A

Private viewing: At the end of October, Phoebe joined David Morrissey, 57 – who plays Art Designer Fred Ridgeway in the biopic – at a private viewing of Clarice Cliff’s work at the V&A

‘Taking on the role as Clarice Cliff, an artist whose work I had previously admired, was a no brainer.

‘To portray a strong female character who fought for a voice for women in the world of ceramics, is a story that both excited me and one I felt, on reading Claire McCarthy’s script, needed to be told.

‘I know Claire felt similarly, so working with Claire on this was a joy and from the start her vision was very clear.

‘Not only was I playing a strong female character, but I was working with an impressive female team behind the camera too and that’s a dream come true.’  

Connection: Bridgerton star Phoebe revealed that her own working class northern background is why she wanted to take on the role of Clarice Cliff

Connection: Bridgerton star Phoebe revealed that her own working class northern background is why she wanted to take on the role of Clarice Cliff

Discussing making the film, Phoebe admitted: ‘There were lots of challenges! There was the challenge of looking like I knew what I was doing when I absolutely didn’t.

‘And then there was the challenge of the Stoke accent, which isn’t easy, but it was fun to give it a go. And being in Stoke, and winter, it was really cold. We were working in old factories, long days and cold. And then, I’ve never really played a character that’s so unaware of herself.

‘All the characters I’ve played, I don’t know whether that’s being a young woman in this industry, but they are all very aware of themselves and whether that’s because they want to find a husband or because they are the ingenue, whatever that is, I’ve never played a role that wasn’t about that – at all.

‘It was simply about her work, so that was the best time ever and actually probably one of the main reasons I wanted to take on the role.’

Artistic: Phoebe stunned as she went braless beneath a statement blazer and matching mini skirt while viewing Clarice Cliff's work

Artistic: Phoebe stunned as she went braless beneath a statement blazer and matching mini skirt while viewing Clarice Cliff’s work

Speaking of the joys of working with the film’s director Claire McCarthy, Phoebe gushed: ‘There were so many, I mean she’s such a visual director, I’ve never really worked with someone so visual before but it was really interesting.

‘And also working with such a female team. That was a big draw for me as well. I love Claire. We talked a lot about what we wanted to show and what I was able to do because she’s obviously very artistic, she actually can paint, and so it was great.’

Phoebe admitted that her artistic skills haven’t improved after making The Colour Room, despite portraying such a talented artist. 

The actress confessed: ‘But I did say I wanted to do more moulding because my favourite part was the sculpting, actually.

‘Okay, throwing the clay into an incredible mould and we had someone who showed us how it was done. But there’s something so therapeutic about it, particularly when you’re doing the finishing touches.’ 

Admiration! Phoebe admitted: 'Taking on the role as Clarice Cliff, an artist whose work I had previously admired, was a no brainer'

Admiration! Phoebe admitted: ‘Taking on the role as Clarice Cliff, an artist whose work I had previously admired, was a no brainer’

The Colour Room follows the journey of a determined, working-class woman, Clarice Cliff, as she breaks the glass ceiling and revolutionises the workplace in the 20th century.

Clarice Cliff (played by Phoebe Dynevor) is a vivacious young factory worker in the industrial British midlands of the 1920s.

Her creativity and ambition drives her to move factory to factory, despite the financial impact on the household she shares with her widowed mother Ann (played by Kerry Fox) and youngest sister Dot (played by Darci Shaw).

Challenges: Discussing making the film, Phoebe admitted: 'There were lots of challenges! There was the challenge of looking like I knew what I was doing when I absolutely didn't'

Challenges: Discussing making the film, Phoebe admitted: ‘There were lots of challenges! There was the challenge of looking like I knew what I was doing when I absolutely didn’t’

Bursting with ideas, Clarice takes more and more dangerous risks – but she manages to stay one step ahead of the workhouse and impress the eccentric factory owner Colley Shorter (Goode) on the way with her talent and innovation.

Apprenticed to renowned Art Designer Fred Ridgeway (played by David Morrissey) and with support from Colley and other women in the factory, Clarice fights her way through to design the unprecedented Art Deco ‘Bizarre’ range.

In the middle of the Great Depression, she ensures the factory’s survival and her future as one of the greatest Art Deco designers and a household name.

Upcoming Sky Original film The Colour Room comes to cinemas and Sky Cinema and streaming service NOW on Friday November 12. 

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