Emma Raducanu wants 'poised' Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan to play her in biopic


Teenage British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu won the US Open as an 18-year-old qualifier – and although she isn’t ready for the Hollywood treatment yet has given a film about her some thought

Raducanu stunned the world with her US Open success
Raducanu stunned the world with her US Open success

Emma Raducanu wants Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan to play her in a film about her life.

The teen tennis sensation isn’t ready for the Hollywood treatment just yet – but says Gemma would be ideal for the role because they come from the same neighbourhood.

Emma, 18, said: “She actually grew up on the street right next to my house and went to the same secondary school.

“It’s such a small world. And she was in Crazy Rich Asians, which was huge. I’d say she’s very poised. I respect her a lot.”

Gemma – who, at 38, is 20 years older than Emma – has also been in shows such as Doctor Who, Sherlock and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Both grew up in Bromley, south east London, and went to Newstead Wood girls’ grammar school in Orpington – as did Olympian Dina Asher-Smith, 25.

Emma Raducanu at a dinner hosted by British Vogue and Tiffany & Co


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Emma has become an overnight sensation since winning the US Open two weeks ago – and has also been wowing fans off court.

She attended New York’s Met Gala two days after her win, was a guest at the New York Stock Exchange and on Monday, was at a London Fashion Week event.

Emma has just signed a deal to be the new face of jeweller, Tiffany & Co. And on Friday she was back on court – with the Duchess of Cambridge.

But Emma enjoys the simple pleasures in life the most – such as almond croissants.

In a video for the Lawn Tennis Association, she reveals she even has a chat group with her trainer and physio called Almond Croissant.

Gemma Chan


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Emma explained: “The gym my physio owns is next to this unbelievable artisan cafe.

“I drive 20 minutes each way just to get this almond croissant. It’s a bit of an inside joke.”

The tennis ace added: “I’m a persistent snacker. I eat all the time. I have my own food I bring down to breakfast. People must think I’m mad.”

And when asked who her dream dinner guests would be, Emma said: “Daniel Ricciardo, he seems like a really funny guy. I’m quite into F1.

Emma Raducanu attended Newstead Wood School in Bromley

“And Michael Jordan… so much insight. I’d love to hear some stories of his.

“The third would be Tom Keene from Bloomberg. I did A-level economics and was having to keep up with all the latest news.

“He made it, in a way, using analogies that were funny and very understandable.”

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