British schoolgirl thrust into Les Miserables spotlight

Isabella Allen
Isabelle Allen enjoyed the red carpet treatment at London's Empire Leicester Square cinema. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

By day a pupil from Eastbourne, Isabelle Allen is tonight brushing shoulders with Hollywood's A-list as the poster girl for Les Miserables at the film's world premiere in London.

The celebrated novel and stage musical has earned Oscar buzz following its big screen conversion, with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe playing opposite Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.

The Les Miserables cast
Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe led the cast at tonight's world premiere. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

There are also roles for British stars Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter in the film, which is the vision of The King's Speech director Tom Hooper.

Child star Allen earned her place in the star-studded cast following a role in her school production a year ago, as Nina Nannar reports:

X-Men star Jackman earlier told Daybreak his role as Jean Valjean was one of the hardest parts he has played on screen.

Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe looked relaxed as the stars appeared before fans and photographers in London. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway and Samantha Barks
Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway and Samantha Barks shone on the Leicester Square red carpet. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne with co-star Amanda Seyfried. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire