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Neil Kinnock's Would-Be Labour MP Son Emerged From A Bubble Bath In A Russian TV Film

Stephen Kinnock is set to enter parliament as Labour MP for Aberavon. But in 2007 he was one of the lead actors in a little-known Russian film.

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This is the moment that would-be Labour MP Stephen Kinnock emerges from a bubble bath in a Russian TV film.

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BuzzFeed News came across the film Haute Couture Dress on YouTube under its Russian title, Платье от кутюр. It had just 126 views at the time of publication.

Kinnock, who is all but certain to be elected Labour MP for Aberavon in South Wales, was cast in the 2007 film after he made a speech at a film festival. The director thought he looked like a "young Tom Hanks", according to Danish newspaper Politiken.

The "melodrama" was shown in one cinema before being aired on TV across eastern Europe. Kinnock, the son of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock and the husband of Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, said the role looked "fun" and gave him "an opportunity to improve my Russian".

But according to a profile in the Sunday Times, he has since said of the bubble bath scene: "It was awkward". Previously he had starred only in a nativity play when he was 9 years old.

Kinnock plays Tim, a rich American who is "eager to bring home a beautiful Russian wife". In his first scene, he's chilling out in a bubble bath when his phone rings.

It's Masha, the woman he's about to marry.

We see him rush to meet her. But sadly, she doesn't cross the river before the drawbridge is pulled up.

So he randomly chats up these two women.

They take him down this alley. It's unclear why.

Then there's a little bit of flirting.

"My god, you're beautiful."

"And so are you."

Meanwhile, Masha's having a great time without Tim. She's met the man of her dreams.

Finally the couple meet. But wait – Masha is not happy.

In fact, she's so unhappy she runs off with her dream man.

Leaving poor Tim all alone.

Or is he...

At which point the film ends. We'll never know whether Tim found true love.

Kinnock gets a top mention in the film credits. Although we're not sure he'll be happy with the spelling.

Curiously, the film is not mentioned on his official website.


Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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