Kristin As Clementine

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, 57, dazzled in Dior at the Darkest Hour premiere in Leicester Square London, December 11.

Her metallic midnight-blue, double-breasted silk wrap coat, strewn with golden stars and constellations, was not only fashionable, but practical for the snowy London weather. Ankle-tied black heels set off the gown beneath, and she accessorised with spectacular diamond drop earrings, a gold bangle, and a simple black clutch. Sporting a flattering brunette pixi cut which drew attention to her beautiful expressive eyes, the actress looked glamorous and every inch a star on the red carpet.

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And can we state the obvious and just say, her makeup is flawless. And we really want to know what lipstick she’s wearing!

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In the film, Darkest Hour, Thomas plays alongside British actor, Gary Oldman, as his wife, Clementine Churchill.

The premiere was also a bit of a double celebration as Oldman received a nomination earlier that day for a Golden Globe award in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category–  for his role as Winston Churchill.

Don’t they look happy? Scott Thomas has expressed a wish to work with him again. Posing confidently together, and joking, they are obviously very dear friends.

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Scott Thomas was initially not interested in the Dark Hour role because Clementine was very much a background character. The actress told director Joe Wright, Give her more of a motor, and then I might want to do it. Wright heeded Thomas’s advice.

‘I really fought to give her more weight in the film, to give her more sense to the story,’ the star told WWD. ‘Because I think she was a vital ingredient to the success of Winston Churchill.

It was important to see that she had her own thoughts, and she had her own way of approach to him. She had her own influence on him. And she kept him a human being. Together, they muddled through, they each managed to counterbalance each other. She was very supportive of his decisions and encouraged him to follow his heart.

~ Film-News, December 2, 2017

Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine, during a visit to Aldershot, Hampshire, for army manueuvres, 1910
Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine, during a visit to Aldershot, Hampshire, for army manueuvres, 1910

To prepare for the role,Thomas did extensive research and became fascinated with Clementine. She spoke to one of her surviving secretaries and to her grandchildren. She also delved into the Churchill’s voluminous correspondence (they were married for 56 years and would write frequently when apart — and even when they were home together — calling each other by pet names and including drawings. He was her “pug,” she was his “cat”.

Your loving Puss Cat. This is the cat…not so good as your dog, but her eyes are flashing so that she is obliged to turn her back. Clem
Your loving Puss Cat. This is the cat…not so good as your dog, but her eyes are flashing so that she is obliged to turn her back. Clem

 

She had this incredible elegance and she was very sort of nervy and sharp. A lot of people were terrified of her and didn’t like her. She knew that and would play with that a bit. But people who loved her, loved her absolutely.

~ Variety, Kristin Scott Thomas on ‘Darkest Hour’ and Rediscovering Her Love of Film

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Clementine was always beautifully dressed.

Clementine Churchill outside the Royal Academy in Piccadilly, London. (Credit: W. G. Phillips/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Clementine Churchill outside the Royal Academy in Piccadilly, London. (Credit: W. G. Phillips/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

‘Because we do have such graphic evidence of her, we know what she looked like, and we know she had great style. So it’s a character [you approach] from the outside in. What sort of woman will wear a fur coat, a paisley head scarf, and a little Pucci to go and visit a bomb site? Who is this woman who is not afraid to be six inches taller than her husband?’

~ Vanity Fair, How Kristin Scott Thomas Helped Create a Bigger Role for Herself in Darkest Hour

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Scott was less successful in finding another detail—Clementine’s fragrance, which the actress said would have been the perfect finishing touch: “

‘No one could remember [what fragrance she wore], which is deeply disappointing to me.’

~ Vanity Fair, How Kristin Scott Thomas Helped Create a Bigger Role for Herself in Darkest Hour

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Focus Features

Happily, we will be seeing more of the Oscar-nominated actress as she’s set to make her directorial debut with The Sea Change, and stars in Sally Potter’s The Party now in cinemas. Darkest Hour will be released in Britain in January.

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And if KST has her way, we’ll be seeing more of Clementine as well.

When are they going to make a film about her? People are intrigued by her and want to know more about her. Hopefully somebody will have a good idea, and I hope they don’t mind casting me to play her.

~ Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanity Fair

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One can but hope.

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One Comment

  1. January 8, 2018
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    She destroyed a work of art because Winston disliked it. Shameful behavior, no matter how you try to ignore it Kristin. Is it even mentioned in this film?

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