British funnyman Stephen Merchant still feels too geeky to attract women, despite his success in Hollywood.

The long-term writing partner of Ricky Gervais has enjoyed a good run in the U.S. with films including I Give It A Year, Movie 43 and Gnomeo & Juliet, but he still struggles to win over the ladies.

He tells Britain's Absolute Radio, "I was thinking I am a player here in L.A. in my Mercedes convertible. The sun was shining, the roof was down, I pulled up to these traffic lights, there was a girl in a convertible next to me. I glanced across, she was an attractive lady and I thought here we go, this is what it is all about. And then I realised I am fundamentally not cool because as I was giving her the eye I realised I was listening to a (U.K. broadcaster) Melvyn Bragg podcast about the English Civil War. I can't quite lose that British nerdiness, however hard I try."