Kristin Scott Thomas loves drinking Guinness.

The glamorous actress insists she is undeserving of her "ice Queen" label and insists there is nothing more she enjoys than going to a traditional pub and sinking a glass of the famous Irish stout.

She told this week's issue of Stylist Magazine: "I'm either described as an 'English rose' or an 'ice queen'... I think it's an easy way out. You're not quite sure what to say, so you just say that.

"It is very peculiar. I don't look particularly English or rosy, so I think it's probably the accent.

"I'm very bad at jokes! [But] you know, I love going to the pub. English pubs, French bars, any old thing. As long as they sell a packet of salt and vinegar crisps and half a Guinness, I'm there."

Kristin - who was born in Cornwall, England, but has acquired French nationality - also revealed she was turned down from drama school.

The 50-year-old actress - who won the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA in 1994 for her role in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and has scooped several other accolades during her career - was turned down by London's Central College of Speech and Drama when she was 18.

She recalled: "Yes. I wanted to do Shakespeare, and they told me I'd have to join my local amateur dramatics society. I wouldn't say I've been exacting revenge ever since, but it was certainly a kick-start to the motor."