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Shirley Manson set to star in Zidane filmmaker’s movie

Rock star Shirley Manson would be the first to acknowledge the leg up she has had from Scotland’s image-makers.

The Scot, who began life as a backing singer with Edinburgh band Goodbye Mr McKenzie, became transformed as lead singer of Garbage. Photographs such as those taken by Scottish photographer Rankin were instrumental in selling Manson as one of the recognisable faces in rock.

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Now she is set to make her big screen debut in a horror film, after agreeing to work with Turner Prize-winning Scottish artist Douglas Gordon on his feature film.

Manson’s only acting role to date has been in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, playing a morphing killer robot, but now Mr Gordon has specially written a role for the 43-year-old.

Yesterday Manson said: “I would love to be in it. I’d be great in horror – you know it. I’m scary. I’m in. I’m sold.”

Gordon – who caused controversy with his Self-portrait as Myra Hindley – popped the proposal to the star during a meeting at his Glasgow gallery.

Gordon’s last film, Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle, premiered in Cannes. The Glasgow-born artist’s visual art hangs in galleries worldwide, including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Manson, who recently revealed she was back in the studio with Garbage recording a new album, said: “I am quite ready to go by the seat of my pants.”

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