Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg

Director thanks Harry Potter magic


CRISPIAN Mills, the lead singer of Kula Shaker, can thank a bit of Harry Potter magic for getting him into films, which has culminated in his directing a "semi-comedy" starring Simon Pegg.

A crew member on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix left a camera outside his house.

He returned it and was invited on set where he met Geraldine Patten, now a producer.

His debut A Fantastic Fear of Everything, stars Pegg and Amara Karan.

Film is the Mills family business.

His mother Hayley Mills was an actress as was his grandfather Sir John Mills.

His father is director Roy Boulting.



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