London: Actor Rhys Ifans feels his acting career has come full circle after working with actress Vanessa Redgrave in new period film `Anonymous` because he started out as the veteran`s flyman.
The 44-year-old `Notting Hill` star landed a role as a trainee at a theatre in North Wales after leaving school and worked on the scenery for Redgrave`s Cleopatra, Daily Express reported.
"A flyman is the guy who pulls the ropes and brings the scenery in and out. Vanessa Redgrave was working in that theater playing Cleopatra with (then-boyfriend) Timothy Dalton. So my first experience in life was with Vanessa, but I only saw the top of her head from where I was!
"When she was in the make-up trailer on the first day of shooting Anonymous I said, `Oh, hi Vanessa, I`m a big fan.
We`ve worked together before.` I could see her trying to remember me. I said, `You won`t remember me but I remember you`," he said.
He relayed the story of his humble beginnings to Redgrave`s daughter Joely Richardson, who also appears in `Anonymous`, during a recent junket.