Les Miserables made me brave

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A PROFOUNDLY deaf city woman who dreamed of appearing in Les Miserables since she was a small child has had her greatest wish come true.

Victoria Curtis auditioned along with 2,000 others to win a bit part in the film.

Her courage won the hearts of the celebrity-studded cast – as did her home-baked snacks.

“I brought my home baking there on the second day and even Tom Hooper tucked into my flapjacks,” she said.

A talented rider, 35-year-old Victoria spoke to Helena Bonham Carter about horses and the star advised her how to wear her corset costume correctly.

“I loved every minute of being on set,” said Victoria. “I had to remove my hearing aid and glasses for every take, which was intimidating as I couldn’t lip-read without my glasses.”

But, she said, the other cast members and directors relayed all the necessary information to her.

This week she was thrilled to watch the film at the cinema and see herself three times. Victoria, who was born deaf, has a degree in drama and English and is also a champion dancer.

She has appeared in several films and theatre productions but never dared to take a speaking role. “Since I did Les Miserables I have gained confidence. I finally took courage and accepted a small speaking role at the Royal & Derngate.

“I have a lot to thank the casting crew for.”