Imelda Staunton believes she didn't win an Oscar in 2005 because of the subject matter of 'Vera Drake'.

The British actress, who played the role of an abortionist in post-war England in the movie, admits Hollywood may not have been able to deal with the storyline.

She said: "I think that has everything to do with it. I don't they could be seen to be giving an abortionist an Oscar but that's fine because the film got such a lot of notice anyway from being in that arena of the Oscars - it did a lot of good for it."

The 54-year-old star went on to praise the upcoming Bradford Film Festival, which takes place in the town in West Yorkshire, England, as she believes it is important for such events to take place outside of major cities.

She told BBC Breakfast: "I'm going up there, they're very kindly showing 'Vera Drake' so I'm going up to do a Q and A session . To have something like Bradford, celebrating international film, that is great.

"Film is international and so it should be so that everything isn't London, or Los Angeles, or New York or Cannes."

The Bradford International Film Festival runs from March 18 to 28.