Singer/songwriter Daniel Bedingfield will be left red-faced the next time he runs into actor Heath Ledger after trying to befriend the BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN star during an interview for US men's magazine GQ.

In the issue just published, writer ALEX PAPPADEMAS recalls an encounter in a New York cafe between Aussie Ledger and British Bedingfield, who was born and raised in New Zealand.

The singer, recognising Ledger, embarked on a little celebrity-to-celebrity chit-chat, not realising the actor had no idea who he was.

Pappademas recalls Bedingfield saying, "I've seen your movies and you've seen my album."

But polite Ledger still had no clue about his cafe mate's identity.

In the published article, Pappademas claims his interviewee leaned across the table after Bedingfield left, and said, "Who was that?"