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British teenager becomes Bollywood star

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“I couldn’t believe it. I’d never acted in my life – I didn’t even know I could act,” said the teenager, from Woolton, Liverpool.

“Beauty pageants are big over in India so the director saw me on the competition website. He liked that I was white but had an Indian look so he tracked me down.”

Within a month, she was whisked off to film in the teeming Indian cities of Chennai and Hyderabad.

“The cast and crew made me so welcome. I was worried about the language barrier but everyone made such an effort with me I settled in fine,” she said.

“Filming was so nerve-wracking though. I’m used to modelling shoots where there’s about ten people on set, but I had to act in front of hundreds of cast and crew members.

“That’s real pressure when you’ve never acted before. But it was amazing working with A L Vijay because he is so passionate about his work. This film was his dream and I feel honoured that he chose me to help him fulfill it.”

The film is set in the pre-independence India of the 1940s and tells the love story of a Madrasi man, played by Bollywood star Arya, and the British daughter of the governor of Madrasapattinam.

The film topped the Bollywood box office on its release last month, making former Miss Jackson an instant superstar.

She recalled: “At the film premier in Chennai, as soon as my character came on the screen, the audience went wild cheering and clapping.

“We did a promotional tour across India and everywhere we went there were thousands of screaming fans at every venue.

“It’s so crazy, it’s like two different worlds. Everything is calm at home and I’m just Amy, then when I go to India I get mobbed.

“Now I get at least 150 emails from fans every day.”

Having admitted that she would not have considered switching to acting until much later in her career, Miss Jackson is now a Bollywood convert.

She added: “Acting is my job now and I take it very seriously. I’ve been reading through some Bollywood scripts and I’ll definitely do another film.”

With her Bollywood stardom cemented, Amy is now looking ahead to her next challenge – the Miss England final on 1st September.

“It’s my dream to win Miss England so I’m completely focused on that right now,” she said.

‘Burglar’ arrested after getting bottom stuck in window

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Another burglar was left hanging by his shoelace after becoming trapped in 2008.

Firefighters had to remove the window frame at the house in east London to rescue the man who had been trapped for some time.

Police were called to the home in Tomlins Grove, Bow, after the householder spotted the man’s head and upper body poking through the window.

His legs were still dangling outside and it appeared his bottom had prevented the man from squeezing through completely.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ”At 7.30am we were called to reports of a male found stuck in a downstairs window at a house in Tomlins Grove, Bow.

”It appears the resident had come down and found the man. He was stuck half in, half out.

”The man was eventually freed by London Fire Brigade who apparently removed the window frame.

”The man, aged 36, was unhurt and has been arrested on suspicion of burglary.”

The incident is being investigated by police at Bethnal Green.

A spokeswoman for London Fire Brigade said: ”We were called at 8.09am this morning and the incident was over by 8.37am.

”There were two crews from Bow Fire Station at the scene.

”We were just assisting the police.”

Scotland Yard said tonight that unemployed Paul Joseph Keenan, 36, of Rounton Road, Bow, had been charged with burglary. He will appear before Thames Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

English professor ‘thrown out of Starbucks after objecting to corporate language’

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Lynne Rosenthal was ejected by three police officers after clashing with a barista about the firm’s ordering rules, which require customers to adopt marketing speak that many find artificial and cloying.

The academic, who is in her early 60s, particularly resented being to forced to state that she did not want butter or cheese on her bagel.

Many cafes ask customers whether they would like such extras with their orders in an attempt to boost takings.

She told the New York Post newspaper: “I refused to say ‘without butter or cheese.’ When you go to Burger King, you don’t have to list the six things you don’t want.

“Linguistically, it’s stupid, and I’m a stickler for correct English.”

Prof Rosenthal added: “The barista said, ‘You’re not going to get anything unless you say butter or cheese!’”

She claims the manager of the Starbucks on the Upper West Side of Manhattan called the police as the spat escalated. Officers threatened the customer with arrest unless she left the shop and agreed not to return.

Prof Rosenthal, who described the incident as “very humiliating”, said she had previously clashed with Starbucks staff over the terminology for specifying the size of her coffee – an issue that riles the chain’s customers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Instead of small, medium and large, Starbucks labels its cups tall, grande and venti.

The lexicon so annoys some coffee drinkers that McDonalds made a point of dropping the terms when it made a push into the hot drinks market in 2008.

A Starbucks staff member who witnessed the clash accused Prof Rosenthal of taking an aggressive tone. They said: “She would not answer. It was a reasonable question.”

A Starbucks spokesman said: “We are completely relaxed about how people order their coffee – and what they call the cups, there are no rules and customers have always been able to ask for drinks any way they want.”