The foursome is completed by Georgie Henley, 10, as Lucy and Skandar Keynes, 14, as Edmund."It can be bizarre," says Anna.

"Today I had a normal day at school, then I went to Armani Couture and spent three hours looking for a dress to wear to the premiere, then I went home to do my essays."If my friends are jealous, they don't show it.

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' "Anna, who like all the young actors had a tutor on set, sat her GCSEs after filming ended in April and got 10 A*s - much to the chagrin of her co-star, Moseley."I mean, who gets that?

" he asks during their first interview, looking at her disgustedly across the sofa through a mop of unkempt fair hair.

"She'll be world leader soon."In addition to being a talented young actress - her previous films include Girl with a Pearl Earring and Mansfield Park - Anna is the granddaughter of the former High Court judge Sir Oliver Popplewell.

Like most professional actresses, Anna Popplewell insisted on the use of a body double for certain film scenes.

Unlike most actresses, it wasn't because of insecurities about her appearance.

The truth was far more prosaic: she's scared of mice."I'm absolutely terrified of rodents," she says. I don't think he understood just how much of a phobia it was.He called me over one day and had a mouse in his hand and I just burst into tears."She can be forgiven her timidity - Anna is, after all, only 16.But despite her young age, she stars in a film tipped to be one of the biggest box office hits of the year: the £110 million film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, released on December 9.The film, directed by Andrew Adamson, has taken four years to make and features a host of British acting talent, including Jim Broadbent, Liam Neeson and Tilda Swinton as the White Witch, who has cast a spell over Narnia condemning it to eternal winter.Anna plays Susan Pevensie, the second-eldest of four siblings sent away from home during the Second World War who stumble upon a wardrobe that gives them access to the magical world of Narnia.Her elder brother, Peter, is played by an 18-year-old A-Level student, William Moseley.