Cheers to The Hour for keeping Oona Chaplin in the family business.
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BBC America's riveting journalistic thriller casts the British beauty as Marnie, the long-suffering, upper-crust wife of skirt-chasing anchorman Hector Madden (Dominic West). If the actress' moniker sounds familiar, it's because she's the namesake granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin's scandalously much-younger wife. Her showbiz bloodlines extend to mother Geraldine Chaplin (Nashville), great grandfather Eugene O'Neill and great great grandfather, actor James O'Neill (the inspiration for Long Day's Journey Into Night).
The junior Oona has played bit parts in films like the 007 adventure Quantum of Solace and the Uday Hussein biopic The Devil's Double. But the acclaimed six-episode series provides her with a juicy, meaty role, and she holds her own opposite charismatic stars West and Romola Garai (as the little tramp who tempts him into an interoffice affair). Remember her name: With The Hour, Oona Chaplin's time in the limelight has come.
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