Everyone who’s seen (and re-seen) Rakeysh Mehra’s latest superhit film Rang De Basanti starring Aamir Khan probably remembers the character of Sue, which was played by British actress Alice Patten. Not many know, however, that this lady also happens to be the youngest of three daughters of Lord Chris Patten, the last Governor of British Hong Kong and the current Chancellor of Oxford University.
I came across this interesting nugget of information a couple of weeks back while surfing the net about her filmography. It seems Alice Patten was born and brought up in Hong Kong when it was still under British rule. She was only 17 years when the British ceded Hong Kong to China in 1997. Apparently, at the time of the handover, she and both her elder sisters were so sad about the prospect of leaving their childhood home and their many friends there that they wept inconsolably (see image below).
Many websites have chronicled the historic moments when the Union Jack was taken down and the Chinese flag was unfurled in the city of Hong Kong for the first time. Lord Chris Patten now serves as the Chancellor of Oxford University and is also a prominent Conservative British politician.
Alice Patten went on to get a degree in modern languages from Cambridge and subsequently dabbled in British theatre before landing probably her most prestigious assignment in the form of Rang De Basanti.