Actor Colin Farrell has been left red-faced after 70-year-old actress DAME Eileen Atkins boasted she recently rejected his desperate requests for casual sex.

COLD MOUNTAIN star, Atkins revealed the Irish lothario spent nearly three hours begging her to sleep with him, but despite his stunning looks, she turned him down because he is 42 years her junior.

She explains, "Three weeks before my 70th birthday, a simply stunning, gorgeous big film star came into my hotel room for sex without strings. I spent two and a half hours saying no, but it cheered me up fantastically.

"I said no, in the end because he said, 'The reason you won't do it is because your body isn't as good as it was when you were young, isn't it? But I don't care about that.'

"But I'm too proud of how I looked when I was younger. My body is still the same weight, but it's all distributed in a different way."

The actress initially intended to spare Farrell's blushes by keeping his identity secret, but her agent says, "I can confirm that it is Colin Farrell that made the advance."

Atkins and Farrell met during filming of movie ASK THE DUST which hits cinemas later this year (05).

04/05/2005 03:07