Joely Richardson was delighted to be asked to play the lover of 1930s British monarch EDWARD VIII, because the role marked the first time she didn't have to pad her bra.

Small-breasted Richardson plays WALLIS SIMPSON in forthcoming TV movie WALLIS AND EDWARD and was amazed that she had to lose weight for the part.

She says, "Thank God she was flat-chested. It's the first time in my life that the producer was not asking me to wear a padded bra.

"I had to slim down as Wallis was known to be very thin."