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Celia Imrie in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

A stalwart of British film and television, Celia Imrie is fondly remembered for her appearances opposite Victoria Wood in shows like ‘Dinnerladies’ and ‘Acorn Antiques’. She played a Naboo pilot in ‘Phantom Menace’, the first female fighter pilot seen on-screen in the ‘Star Wars’ films.

17 famous actors you forgot were in Star Wars

When George Lucas was casting for ‘Star Wars’ he auditioned nearly every up-and-coming actor in Hollywood. Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Kurt Russell, Sissy Spacek, all passed through his audition room before he eventually plumped for Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and a carpenter named Harrison Ford. Those starlets went on to achieve superstardom thanks to Lucas, but they weren’t the only icons to feature in the Star Wars films.

Here’s some thespians you never realised journeyed to that galaxy far, far away.

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