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Hay Jude! Festival gets the full letter of the Law.

HOLLYWOOD A-lister Jude Law was joined by fellow British talent for a sell-out appearance at the Hay Festival yesterday.

The 1,700-seat Tata Tent was full to the brim as The Holiday and Spy star Law was joined by Sherlock's Louise Brealey, Sarah Lancashire, Sandi Toksvig and Stephen Fry, at Letters Live - an event to celebrate the art of letter writing.

Law, who has been in Wales recently filming blockbuster King Arthur with Snatch director Guy Ritchie, read out correspondence from Evelyn Waugh to his wife Laura, conceptual artist Sol LeWitt and Lion Feuchtwanger a German-Jewish novelist who fled to the USA during Hitler's Third Reich.

The sell-out event also saw Brealey, who is Molly in BBC's Sherlock, read an emotional letter from Charlotte Bronte to her sister Emily's publisher following the death of the Wuthering Heights author.

Brealey also appeared at last year's event with fellow Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch who wowed crowds with readings of letters from Ted Hughes and Robert Scott.

But this year it was the turn of Jude Law to make his debut at the festival and the audience reacted well to the witty, charming and entertaining performance.

Law is becoming somewhat of a regular visitor to Wales in recent months.

The former beau of Sienna Miller and Sadie Frost has spent the beginning of the year filming in Snowdonia with Charlie Hunnam for Warner Brothers' Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, which also stars Eric Bana. In it, he plays the villain Vortigern.

And just last month, the actor, who stars in the upcoming movie Spy with Melissa McCarthy and Miranda Hart, paid tribute to his grandmother from Bangor at her funeral.

At the funeral of Meinwen Parry, Law said he was "sad about what had happened, but very proud of her role in the community."

Other emotional performances at the Letters Live event included Stephen Fry's recital of a letter from Michael Tolliver to his parents revealing his homosexuality and Lisa Dwan's reading of Ione Wells' letter to her attacker following his assault on her in early 2015.


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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 25, 2015
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