Actress Julie Walters has fired off an email to the Business Secretary urging him to step in to keep a top film studio open, insisting its planned closure will affect the country's movie industry.
Twickenham Film Studios, which has hosted shoots for The Iron Lady, War Horse and The Beatles' movies A Hard Day's Night and Help!, has gone into administration and will be gradually wound down by June.
Gerald Krasner, who is handling the administration, recently revealed to the BBC the business has lost money over the past three years and added: "I doubt it will be retained as a film studio. We are selling it on."
News of the studio's expected closure has garnered the support of Steven Spielberg, Sir Paul McCartney and Colin Firth - and Harry Potter star Walters has taken direct action by contacting Business Secretary Vincent Cable, the Member of Parliament for Twickenham.
In an email, she writes: "The closing down of these studios will give Hollywood one message that the British film industry is struggling, when it is not."
McCartney tells London's Evening Standard: "I have many fond memories of working at Twickenham Studios. It's a fine example of a British film studio and it would be a great loss if it were to have nothing more to do with the British film industry."
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