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Keisha Castle-Hughes – Whale Rider (2002)

Before Quvenzhane Wallis, New Zealand-born actress Keisha Castle-Hughes was the youngest ever Best Actress nominee – for her mesmerising performance in Whale Rider. The Kiwi actress has carried on in the business since, and can even claim a Star Wars credit on her CV (as Apailana, Queen of Naboo in Revenge of the Sith). In 2006, she played Virgin Mary in The Nativity Story, famously announcing that she was pregnant out of wedlock just as the film came out. More recently, Castle-Hughes appeared in Game Of Thrones as Obara Sand.

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