British actress Tilda Swinton has such a talent for gambling, she was able to support herself and her partner for a whole year with the winnings from just one bet.

Swinton, who stars in the new Disney movie The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, gave up betting on horse racing when her twins were born seven years ago (97), but she is still proud of her impeccable judgement.

She says, "One of the few things I'm prepared to boast about is that I actually once kept us on my winnings after a race.

"It wasn't that much, because we were living very cheaply. But it was enough to live on for a year.

"I once tried to work with a professional gambler on how to actually win more money, because when you look at my statistics I should have made much more money. And it was that I could just never put enough on.

"But I feel I'm doing it with films. Again, the reward is not the money. It's the going, 'Yes!'"