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Game of Thrones' Ellie Kendrick wants to open up 'closed shop' film industry

After starring in Game of Thrones and a string of indie films, Ellie Kendrick is one of British acting’s rising stars. She’s also doing her bit to give underrepresented young talent a leg up. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know – and that’s particularly true in the film and TV industries, according to Kendrick. When it comes to going to drama school or funding your first short film, it’s also about how much money you’ve got. “I’ve worked in the film industry on and off for about…

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Bairstow to open for England in first ODI

First Royal London one-day international Venue: Old Trafford Dates: Tuesday, 19 September Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary and clips on the BBC Sport website. Jonny Bairstow will keep his place at the top of the order for England’s first one-day international against West Indies at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Bairstow replaced Jason Roy for England’s last ODI, the Champions Trophy semi-final defeat by Pakistan. “We feel Jonny deserves a…

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Travel 

News: Antigua open for business following Hurricane Irma

Antigua is back to offering world-class excursions and adventures across the island. Popular activities in Antigua, from Stingray City to zip-lining adventures to safari land tours to cruises, sea circumnavigation and snorkelling tours are available once again following the impact of Hurricane Irma. Tour operators have re-opened after Hurricane Irma and are providing visitors with unforgettable experiences. Restaurants and bars have re-opened including popular beach establishments such as Beach Limers, Coconut Grove, Sheer Rocks, Turners, Darkwood Beach Bar and Restaurant, Trappas, Le Bistro, and the over 150 dining options to…

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How do you feel about tie-dye? Well, Michael Kors might open your mind

First Sara Bareilles came down the faded wooden boardwalk with that voice of hers singing ‘(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay. The sunlight was streaming through the wall of windows at Spring Studios. Then model Carolyn Murphy strolled out looking sun-kissed and pleased as punch. She was dressed like she just came in from the beach, wearing an over-sized, pink tie-dyed sweatshirt (in cashmere) and toting a matching blanket. A breezy tie dye look at Michael Kors. Photo: AP Yeah, it was going to be a joyful morning at the Michael…

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Grenfell Tower fire: First public inquiry hearing to open

A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, officially opens later. It will examine the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority. The head of the investigation, judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will give a 45-minute statement which will be watched by residents and victims. No evidence will be heard on the first day of the hearing, and an interim report is expected by Easter. The fire in the 24-storey tower block in North Kensington,…

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Sports 

Rafael Nadal: US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

Rafael Nadal put his remarkable resurgence down to his “love for the game” after claiming a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open. The 31-year-old Spaniard beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 to win his third title in New York. Following his French Open success in June, it is the first time since 2013 that Nadal has won two Slams in a year. “I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things,” he said. “I still want to…

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Sports 

Nadal wins US Open and 16th Grand Slam title

Rafael Nadal won his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title with a one-sided victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in New York. The world number one powered to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory in Sunday’s final at Flushing Meadows. The Spaniard, 31, has now won two Slams in the same year for the first time since 2013, having won the French Open in June. “It’s just unbelievable what happened this year,” said Nadal. “After a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, sometimes playing not good – since…

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