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Holmes and the homeless

May 24 2009
Budding actor Raymond Emanuel has Hollywood agent - and accommodation A rough sleeper has found fame starring alongside Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr in Guy Ritchie's new Sherlock Holmes film. Raymond Emanuel, 56, was scouted when leaving a cinema last October and paid £95 for a day's work on set. In the film, due for release this autumn, he plays a distinguished-looking Tory MP in the House of Commons. Mr Emanuel, who had been sleeping rough in a shop doorway for seven months, said: "I looked like a mad professor and was told I was a natural actor. To be stood as close as three feet from the director and all the stars and watch the technicians work was amazing." He added that he had "earned a fortune" from selling his story to papers as far away as India and Australia and to the New York Times in America. The budding actor now has his own Hollywood agent, and moved into private accommodation three weeks ago with the help of the English Churches Housing Group. Susan Littlemore, an ECHG spokesperson, said: "It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. He challenges the stereotypes. He is someone who wants to engage and wants to move on. Good luck to him."