Dame Helen Mirren - Helen Mirren dreamed of being Brigitte Bardot
Dame Helen Mirren has admitted she only got into acting because she longed to be as glamorous and famous as French film star Brigitte Bardot.
The Oscar-winning actress used to dream of being as glamorous and successful as the iconic French film star when she was a ''fat, spotty'' insecure teenager growing up in Southend-on-Sea, South East England.
She told the Radio Times magazine: ''It was the time of Brigitte Bardot as well, and I terribly wanted to be Brigitte Bardot. I was a fat, spotty girl in Southend-on-Sea so there wasn't much chance of that, but I do remember sitting on the sea front and imagining, hoping, dreaming, wishing, being absolutely sure that a big producer would drive by in a car with a cigar and lean out of the window and say, 'Hey, what's your name? You're the one I've been looking for!' ''
The 67-year-old actress admits that while she was drawn to playing challenging film roles, when she first started out the main appeal of becoming a Hollywood star was the fame and notoriety it would afford her.
The 'Hitchcock' star admitted: ''I was very romantically taken by the idea of those great, powerful theatre actresses. But I think if I was to absolutely honest I just wanted to be a star - which is awful really!''