Jack O'Connell attends British premiere of Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

Jack O'Connell attends British premiere of Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

Jack O’Connell and Angelina Jolie graced the red carpet in Leicester Square last night for the British premiere of new World War II movie Unbroken.

The second-generation Irish actor greeted fans alongside Jolie, the film’s director, on a rainy Tuesday evening in the capital.

The movie is set during the Second World War and tells the true story of Olympic track star and war hero Louis Zamperini.

The story is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.

O'Connell, who portrays Zamperini, said it was not difficult to re-enact his distinctive style of running.

He said: "I heard him described as aloof. Someone described him as aloof so I tried to introduce an aloof nature to my running. But yeah no aesthetically it's just minimum differences left foot, right foot, repeat and his knuckles faced downward but I can't bend my little finger so I had that impediment.”

Earlier this month, Jolie presented O’Connell with the New Hollywood Award at the Hollywood Film Awards.

Of the former Skins actor’s audition for the film, she said: “I showed that audition tape to Louis [Zamperini], and he smiled. As a director, to have Jack in front of your lens is a gift. He draws you in, he makes every moment honest. In his work, he gives all that he has…”

Unbroken opens in cinemas on December 26