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A longtime fan of the Scottish pop band Belle & Sebastian, Murray jumped at the chance to be in front man Stuart Murdoch’s first film, “God Help the Girl,” also costarring Emily Browning. “His songs are often very narrative and have really strong characters in them so I imagined him being able to write films as well,” she says of Murdoch’s directorial debut. “And I’d always wanted to do a musical but never thought I would get to because I’m not a trained singer. I could never be in ‘Les Misérables.’” Playing ditsy best friend and band mate Cass, though, Murray proved a natural.
PROVENANCE: Bristol, England
BIG BREAK: Murray was cast in the first season of U.K. teen series “Skins.” “I still get recognized for that seven years later,” she says. “Although in the States, I’m more known for ‘Game of Thrones.’”
SUNDANCE BUZZ: “I think when directors come from a different background, often very interesting things happen. When Tom Ford directed ‘A Single Man,’ I’d never seen a movie like that before,” she notes.
UP NEXT: “Lily & Kat,” about two fashion school students and best friends in New York City who savor their last weeks together before one of them returns to the U.K., and an untitled fictional film set against the backdrop of the Bridgend County suicides in Wales.