Katie Leung - Katie Leung's Fears Over Typecasting
Harry Potter star Katie Leung fears her Hong Kong heritage is affecting her career prospects as job offers have been "very sparse" since the magical movies came to an end.
Leung shot to fame playing the boy wizard's love interest Cho Chang, but she took time out from the film industry to enrol in a course at the University of the Arts London to build on her creative talents.
The actress, who is preparing to star in a London stage adaptation of bestselling novel Wild Swans, is convinced her most famous role has left her pigeon-holed and she is worried her ethnicity may also be affecting her ability to land roles.
She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "Potter was such a safe environment. You knew the next film would be round the corner and you would just go back to it. But afterwards I started to wonder if I was picked because I fitted the role physically; and was concerned that the character I played for the film wasn't particularly difficult.
"In general, the auditions I go up for are very sparse, I guess because of my ethnicity. And the characters are very similar: shy, innocent and naive; the connotations that come from the way that I look."