James Purefoy lusted after Vanity Fair co-star REESE WITHERSPOON - even though they are both attached and the actress was pregnant.

The 40-year-old British thespian plays aristocrat RAWDON CRAWLEY alongside Witherspoon's BECKY SHARP in the period drama.

Purefoy, who is currently dating an unknown girlfriend, says, "It was impossible not to (fancy her). She's pretty, smart and has enormous grace and elegance.

"On the other hand, she's married and was pregnant during filming . But to daydream about? Why not?"

Witherspoon gave birth to DEACON, her second child with actor husband RYAN PHILLIPPE, while the film was being shot in England in October 2003.

12/01/2005 14:16