Ed Joins Sister Helena on Screen

Cinema lovers across the Square Mile could be in for a shock when they watch Suffragette, the blockbuster about the women’s rights movement of the late 19th and 20th century that is to be released in January.

As well as Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst, the movie will feature Helena Bonham Carter and her brother Edward — who stepped down in March as boss of Jupiter Asset Management. City Spy understands he will make a cameo appearance as his great-grandfather Herbert Asquith, Liberal prime minister from 1908-16.

The role, which may still end up on the cutting floor, is non-speaking as Edward does not have an Equity card. He had to dye his hair grey for his day of filming in April, causing some amusement in the Jupiter offices, where he still works four days a week as vice chairman.

Thankfully, not all Asquith’s traits have been passed down to his great grandson — the Yorkshireman was a famous opponent of women’s suffrage. Jupiter is a member of the 30% Club investor group, which seeks diversity on corporate boards.

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