Mastering the Christmas jumper

with Douglas Booth

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This festive season, the much-maligned Christmas jumper comes in from the cold. Here, Douglas Booth, leading man in the BBC’s new Great Expectations, demonstrates how to wear snow on your chest without looking like a flake.

Douglas Booth is only 19, but he’s already clocked up four years’ experience as an actor. “There was never any plan B,” says Booth about his choice of career. Booth’s first lead role saw him deliver an astonishing performance as Boy George in BBC Two’s acclaimed 2010 biopic Worried About the Boy and, since then, the Londoner has made some impressive strides.

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Booth has already gone to Hollywood — earlier this year he filmed coming-of-age tale LOL, alongside Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus, and next year he’ll be tackling Shakespeare for the first time as the lead in Romeo and Juliet, opposite Hailee Steinfeld (Academy Award nominated for True Grit). Both films are out in 2012. First, though, Booth is set to return to our TV screens this month, in the BBC’s Christmas adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations.

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“It’s been fantastic,” he says. “I’ve worked with some amazing people  — Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson, David Suchet.” Booth is playing Pip.  “It’s such an interesting character. Pip starts with nothing and gets everything — but it changes him.” This is something Booth has been careful to avoid.

“It annoys me when people get all they want and don’t have to do anything for it,”  he says. Which isn’t to say he is lacking ambition. Far from it — his foreseeable future is filled with film work, and he hopes to some day direct. “When I want something, I get it. And that could sound awful, but I don’t mean it in that way. I mean that I’m prepared to work fucking hard.” Great Expectations is on BBC One this month

(Top picture - Red knitted-wool jumper, £330, by Moncler. Reindeer by Santa)

Red and white wool Fair Isle jumper, £190, by Levi’s at my-wardrobe.com. White cotton shirt, £60; dark green cotton chinos, £80, both by Levi’s. Red cotton socks, £12, by Falke. Brown leather saddle shoes, £115, by Dr Martens

Green wool jumper, £140; brown cord trousers, £140, both by Oliver Spencer. Navy herringbone twill blazer, £515, by Polo Ralph Lauren.

Red and navy wool jumper with reindeer pattern, £38; beige cotton chinos, £36, both by Topman. Navy wool blazer, £405, by PS by Paul Smith at Mr Porter. Grey cotton shirt, £80, by Tommy Hilfiger

White and grey wool jumper with snowflake pattern, £260; navy knitted-wool blazer, £220, both by Hackett. Navy denim jeans,  £130, by Levi’s Made & Crafted. Red cotton socks, £12, by Falke. Tan leather lace-up shoes, £120, by Dr Martens

Grey wool jumper with navy stripes, £110; navy and white wool Fair Isle fleece, £230, both by Tommy Hilfiger. Red cotton chinos, £28, by Topman. Brown leather brogue boots,  £279, by Oliver Spencer

Photography by Tom van Schelven

Fashion by Catherine Hayward

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