Katie Leung needed more than a kiss from Harry Potter

Kissing Daniel Radcliffe and R-Patz didn’t convince Katie Leung that acting was for her

Love interest: The 24-year-old shot to fame as the object of Daniel Radcliffe's desire in the Harry Potter franchise

She shot to fame playing the girl in the middle of Daniel Radcliffe and Robert Pattinson in the world’s biggest film franchise back in 2005.

But getting to be Pattinson’s onscreen girlfriend in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and kiss Radcliffe in the following film The Order of the Pheonix weren’t enough to convince Katie Leung she was in the right business.

The 24-year-old has revealed that she almost gave up acting altogether after completing work as Cho Chang on the final Potter film this year.Lucky girl: She also played Robert Pattinson's (as Cedric Diggory) girlfriend long before Kristen Stewart

‘Harry Potter was an amazing experience but I didn’t know whether I was chosen on my acting ability or because I fitted the character at the time,’ Miss Leung told today’s Evening Standard.

But she has been tempted back to the profession, after rediscovering her love of acting during an intensive course this summer, and will be making her stage debut in February.

In another adaptation, the Scottish actress will take on the role of author Jung Chang in Wild Swans at London’s Young Vic.

The book, the best-selling non-fiction work in British history, tells the history of China in the 20th century through the eyes of three generations of women in Chang’s family.

Katie says: ‘It is a great honour to be involved in such an extraordinary project and especially to be playing the role based on Jung Chang. I look forward to performing this truly inspirational story on stage.’

Acting bug: Harry Potter star Katie Leung is making her stage debut in February after almost leaving the profession after the final Potter film‘This production means a lot to me,’ says Jung Chang. ‘To see Wild Swans on stage – transferred into another art form – will be fantastic.

‘It feels great to know that my book is in such good hands.’

It is the first stage adaptation for the 1991 work, which has sold more than 13 million copies in 36 languages, and has come about through collaboration between the Young Vic, the American Repertory Theater and the Actors Touring Company.

The play, which will run at the London theatre for a month from April 13, features a cast of British and American performers and is directed by Sacha Wares.

Its world premiere will take place at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on February 11.