Tim Burton based 'Alice in Wonderland's' White Queen on TV chef Nigella Lawson, claiming she was ''really beautiful'' but a bit ''nuts''.
The director admits he couldn't stop thinking about the celebrity chef when he was creating the character, played in the new movie by Anne Hathaway.
He revealed: "There's this very beautiful cooking show host in England named Nigella Lawson and I quietly had her as my image for this character."
The director - who previously said that the Red Queen was partly inspired by New York real estate mogul Leona Helmsley - used Nigella for ideas because her domestic goddess routine has an eerie edge to it at times.
He explained to the Los Angeles Times: "She's really beautiful and she does all this cooking, but then there's this glint in her eye and when you see it you go, 'Oh, whoa, she's like really...nuts.' I mean in a good way. Well, maybe. I don't know."
The film, which also stars Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham-Carter as The Red Queen, is an adaptation of the original novel by Lewis Carroll and sees Alice - played by newcomer Mia Wasikowska - as a teenager returning to the fantasy land after years in the normal world.
'Alice in Wonderland' is in cinemas worldwide from early March.