The star of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and so many more films tells of winning a scholarship to the Webber Douglas Academy where he met Penelope Keith and Samantha Eggar – also just starting out – and of meeting a young and irrepressible Michael Caine while performing in The Long and The Short and The Tall. Stamp and Caine are soon sharing a mews house as well as the same suit for auditions, and just as they are about to stretch the limits of even Caine’s cunning rationing techniques, the great news comes:  Peter Ustinov wants Stamp to test for the role in his film Billy Budd.