Actress Helen Mirren happily stripped off for her latest film role - because she's a "nudist at heart".

The 58-year-old British thespian is well known for her easy attitude to on-screen nudity, and hotly-tipped new film Calendar Girls was no exception.

She laughs, "It's always been my fate to play nude scenes. I've never sought them out, but I've never objected to them either - and oddly, it gets easier as I get older.

"I'm a nudist at heart. It's remarkable how quickly feelings of self-consciousness seem to evaporate when you're surrounded by other people without their clothes."

20/08/2003 21:10