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Emily's passion turns to writing.

E MILY Woof shot to fame as the posh ex-wife of Robert Carlyle in The Full Monty, and then as Rufus Sewell's lover in The Woodlanders.

And, as The Woodlanders hits the shelves on video, the actress has just finished filming Passion in Australia about the life of composer and conductor Percy Grainger, in which she plays his Danish mistress.

But there is more to the sultry 29-year-old actress than being the leading man's love interest.

In fact, you are more likely to hear her on a radio play, or acting in a fringe theatre, than building on her film stardom and clinching a role opposite a Hollywood hunk in the latest blockbuster.

She insists film acting fell into her lap and she is more interested in writing - and is adamant she doesn't just write so that she is taken seriously.

"I never know whether I am an actress who writes or a writer who acts," says Woo who is writing a screenplay at the moment.

"When acting is good it is great, when acting is bad, it is the worst. And I think I would find it a lot tougher if I didn't have the outlet of writing."

An Oxford graduate, she could have easily slotted into the mould of similar bright young things, such as Emily Mortimer, Kate Beckinsale, or even Kate Winslet.

With her delicate looks and slim figure she could be every inch the willowy English rose. But her role in Passion saw her talking in Danish.

"The Danish accent? Yes it is quite hard. I quite enjoyed doing a Danish accent. It is quite slight and they speak it well and they speak it very properly," she says in a mock-Danish accent.

"Listen, I'm acting again," she laughs. "It doesn't take long to get back into it."
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Date:Aug 23, 1998
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