Kiwi actress delights makers of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle movie with her Princess Diana likeness

The New Zealand actress who played Princess Diana in a TV movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story delighted the filmmakers with her likeness to the late Royal.

Bonnie Soper starred in Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance, which just screened in the US and UK.

Soper said the movie's casting team were excited by how closely she resembled the beloved late princess when she walked in to audition.

"They definitely were like 'oh wow, you're so much like Diana,'" she said.

"I made a point of being in character as I walked into the room and then afterwards they were just like 'wow, we thought it was going it be so hard to find someone like Diana.'"

"I definitely felt confident when I was in the room and they were so excited."

She was happy that her casting to portray Diana went under the radar until shooting had completed.

"To tell you the truth I didn't think anyone was even going to notice, I got the role and I thought 'oh my goodness' this is an amazing opportunity," she said.

"I didn't think of anything to much of that and it wasn't until after I'd filmed it that I started getting a lot of attention which I'm glad happened afterwards so I could just focus on doing my best."

The 34-year-old, who played Morgan Brathwaite on Shortland Street, said the romance and drama of the royal romance would surprise viewers.

"I think a lot of it is going to be surprising, you know, there are things when I was reading the script that I just didn’t know and I was so caught up in the romance of it and then the drama of it and I came to adore, at least in this portrayal, Harry and Meghan," she said.

Bonnie Soper told TVNZ1’s Breakfast says the drama of the soon to be wed pair’s relationship will surprise viewers. Source: Breakfast



Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds shocks fans with bizarre appearance on South Korean singing show

Ryan Reynolds has made a bizarre appearance on a South Korean TV show, dressing up as a unicorn and singing the classic Annie tune Tomorrow in front of a live studio audience.

The American actor was in the country to promote his upcoming film Deadpool 2, that also stars Kiwi actor Julian Dennison, when he decided to put in a surprise performance on the King of Mask Singer show.

Adorned in an elaborate cartoon unicorn mask and cape, 41-year-old Reynolds looked at home as he belted out Tomorrow to a rapt audience.

"Hello, everybody. I'm so sorry about that song," he told the audience after he took the mask off and revealed himself to a roaring crowd.

The star also admitted that "I didn't even tell my wife," about his surprise appearance on the show, although it's likely she knows about it now.

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Jeremy Clarkson's stint as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host ends with huge error, costing contestant thousands of dollars

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has finished up a stint hosting Who Wants to Be Millionaire UK by making a massive error and misleading a contestant into thinking he had won over $60,000.

Hosting the show on Friday night, Clarkson asked a question of contestant Alan Horsburgh to see if he could go to the next level - from £15,000 to £32,000.

The question was what kind of animal is an ibex? The choice of four answers given being, goat, pig, hare or deer.

Horsburg quickly locked in deer as the answer which prompted Clarkson to say "I know the answer. I'm not even going to look at the screen. That's the correct answer."

Horsburg looked pleased as the crowd applauded him, this didn't last long though as the correct answer then flashed up on screen as being goat, not deer.

Clarkson couldn't believe, it exclaiming "what" before telling the poor contestant "oh no, you've just lost £15,000."

It's fair to say that Clarkson probably won't be called back to host the popular game show anytime soon.