Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV Star Ophelia: I Was Up for Hanging off a Helicopter but Producers Banned Me

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV Star Ophelia: I Was Up for Hanging off a Helicopter but Producers Banned Me

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Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent

OPHELIA LOVIBOND says she embraced her new role as an adventurer so much that producers had to stop her from going skydiving -- and hanging off a helicopter.

The actress stars as Lady Alex Spencer-Parker in Hooten & The Lady, about a pair of adventurers on a quest to save the world's treasures.

During filming, which took place in locations including Cambodia and South Africa, Lovibond carried out many of her own stunts, from tumbling down cliffs to hanging over ravines.

But producers eventually drew the line. "There is a wide shot of Alex hanging from the helicopter which is not me," she said. "As much as I was up for it, they said, 'No, we need you for the rest of the show, you can't go dying.' I would have loved to have done it, it would have been incredible."

She added: "I turned 30 while I was out there filming and I said to them, 'I want to go out and go skydiving,' and they said, 'No -- that is completely not allowed in your contract. …

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