Derek and Kieran are delighted to get the golden ticket opportunity to talk to the original Veruca Salt actress Julie Dawn Cole. Julie started her career in entertainment as a child. At the age of 12, she was cast in the iconic role of Veruca Salt, a nasty young girl, in the 1971 family classic “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” starring opposite Gene Wilder, who portrayed Willy Wonka. During the film’s debut in London, the young actress famously presented flowers to Princess Margaret. Julie was the only one of the film’s child actors to pursue a career into adulthood. After her work in this film, the actress concentrated primarily on television roles. In 1975, she took on a recurring role in British television drama series “Angels,” leaving the show the following year and landing a recurring part in the drama serial “Poldark” in 1977. Cole has appeared in numerous guest roles in television series, including the comedy shows “The Many Wives of Patrick” and “Married for Life,” and the soap opera “Emmerdale Farm.” Julie has made many stage appearances and pursued a career as a psychotherapist.
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