BILLY ELLIOTT star Jamie Bell has slammed "absurd" reports he is homosexual.

Bell's sexuality was called into question when he moved into Billy Elliott director Stephen Daldry's home as a teenager and kissed the film-maker after winning a Best Actor BAFTA award for the 2000 movie.

But the English actor, 19, says, "Me, gay? That's absurd.

"People can think what they want. But I do find all these rumours about whether I'm gay weird. And on a personal level, it's a bit odd to be talking about it.

"He's a friend and mentor. He got me where I am today. I don't think our relationship's weird and I wasn't expecting to get so much attention from it.

"He's a great person to learn from."

Daldry wed dancer Lucy Sexton in October 2001 and they have a two-year-old daughter, ANNABEL CLARE.