British actor Sam Reid couldn't believe his luck when he was offered a leading role in acclaimed new period movie Belle - because the day before he was preparing to play a Nazi.

The Anonymous star was just about to start work on a film that fell through when the Belle opportunity presented itself.

He tells Wenn: "I was supposed to be playing a Nazi from ages 18 to 60, which is an interesting project in itself. He fell in love with a nun, who converted from Judaism to Catholicism.

"That film fell apart, which is quite possibly a good thing. That night when that film fell apart I got the script for Belle and devoured it. I met (director) Amma Asante the next day and got the part the day after I met her. The rest is history... I could've been a Nazi!"