Casting of Dame Mirren as Golda Meir sparks ‘Jewface’ row

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Dame Maureen Lipman has criticised the casting of actress Dame Helen Mirren as Israeli prime minister Golda Meir in the film Golda because she is not Jewish. The British actress, 75, said she was uncomfortable with Mirren playing the Israeli PM, in the latest row over non-Jews playing Jewish figures or characters – a practice labelled as “Jewface” by critics. In an advert for the film, set during theOctober War in 1973, Mirren, 76, is seen in prosthetic make-up as Israel’s first female prime minister from 1969 to 1974. “The Jewishness of the character is so integral,” Lipman told the Jewish Ch…

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