July 28: Charlie Chaplin’s teenage granddaughter is to play the famous little tramp in a production at the Edinburgh Fringe, complete with baggy suit, bowler and cane.
Oona Chaplin, 17, a pupil at Gordonstoun school, has already performed the role — as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream — to a rapturous reception from pupils, staff and parents.
Chaplin is the daughter of actress Geraldine Chapman, 58, and Patricio Castilla, the Spanish film director.
She was reluctant to accept the role at first. But she did so after speaking to her mother, who will also be in Edinburgh next month at a film festival event to celebrate Chaplin.
Chaplin is named after her grandmother Oona, who married Chaplin when he was 57 and she was 18.
She said: “I have grown up with him all around and feel I know how he would act. But I would not dare to copy his style for no good reason. My mum explained how it would work.”
The Fringe describes the production as a “spectacular outdoor version of Shakespeare’s play, with a large cast, inventive set and funky costumes”.