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Winslet's plea for South Hill Park

Published: 11 Apr 2011 09:302 comments

HOLLYWOOD star Kate Winslet has called for greater support for South Hill Park, after the flagship arts venue lost its Arts Council funding.

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The Titanic star took her first steps to acting success at South Hill Park's Wilde Theatre, appearing in youth productions in the 1980s, and is now a patron.

Kate exclusively told The News: "The Wilde Theatre has been a wonderful home for theatre arts since it opened more than 25 years ago. I appeared there in Jungle Book and Bugsy Malone, and the experience of learning my craft there was invaluable.

"These are difficult times for arts funding but I urge everyone concerned to continue to support this amazing centre which does so much for its local community and for all the young performers whose careers start there."

Kate has been nominated for an Oscar six times and won the best actress, along with a BAFTA (pictured), for her role in The Reader in 2009.

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