TO his millions of fans, Hollywood actor Christian Bale is known as the Caped Crusader but his former primary school teacher will always remember his Donald Duck impression.
Val Knight, 77, of Shiplake Cross, taught the Batman star in his first year at Shiplake Primary School which he attended from the age of five until 11.
Now she is keeping her fingers crossed for the Oscars on Sunday night where Bale is nominated in the best actor category for his role in American Hustle.
Bale, 40, plays conman Irving Rosenfeld in the crime drama set in the Seventies.
As a child, the actor lived in Gravel Road, Binfield Heath, with his parents Jenny, a dancer, and David, an entrepreneur, and sisters Sharon and Louise.