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FIGHTER PILOT CELIA IS SHOT DOWN OVER A SPOT OF LIPSTICK.

Byline: SIOBHAN SYNNOT

DARTH VADER has more to worry about than Ewan McGregor in Attack Of The Clones... Obi-Wan Kenobi has a Scot among his crack fighter pilots.

Celia Imrie, best known as Miss Babs of Acorn Antiques, was made the first female fighter pilot, Bravo 5, after she lost out on the role of Darth Vader's mum, Shmi Skywalker.

Celia says: "When I didn't get that part, I was upset, but they offered me this instead."

You won't see much of Celia, who was in Phantom Menace, beneath her goggles and helmet, but she found creator George Lucas as other-worldly as his movies.

When her script arrived, it was only a few pages with her dialogue.

Celia said: "You don't really know where you are, what you are saying, or who you are saying it to. So if a newspaper offered me lots of money for a script or a bit of plot, I can't tell them anything.

"On my first day there he was in the middle of things. So I went up to tell him how excited I was and thanked him but he just brushed me aside and walked away. I was covered in embarrassment for the rest of the day."

As she prepared for her first scene, Celia casually dabbed on a bit of lipstick. She recalls: "As I was going to be the first female pilot they'd ever used, I thought I'd make an effort. But someone gave me a message from him asking me to remove my lipstick.

"Apparently, female fighter pilots aren't glamorous."

She added: "I don't know that much about Star Wars but I did it for my son Angus so he could say his mum was in it."

Celia is now set to appear in Thunderpants, a trouser- busting British comedy about a boy who uses his skills as a human whoopie cushion in order to save the world.

"Angus and his friends find it all hugely amusing," she says. "But then, at their age there's nothing funnier than breaking wind."

May the force be with her.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 12, 2002
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