Love Actually leading ladies Keira Knightley and Martine McCutcheon clashed at their film's London premiere last night (16NOV03), as both vied for attention before the cameras.

Former soap star McCutcheon, 27 attracted attention at the glitzy event in LEICESTER SQUARE with her stunning VALENTINO dress, as she lived out her childhood dream of being the star at a film premiere.

However, tension between her and teenager Knightley - who had previously grabbed plaudits with her turn in Pirates Of The Caribbean: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL alongside ORLANDO BLOOM - was evident when the pair posed with male lead HUGH GRANT.

An onlooker says, "It came to a head when Martine and Keira posed with Hugh Grant for a photograph. Hugh was busy nattering away to Keira and ignoring Martine, and Martine just went into a rage.

"She gave her the 'daggers look' and stormed off. With so many egos in the movie, there was a lot of friction - especially since Keira has such a glittering career already and Martine is just trying to break it in Hollywood."

17/11/2003 17:08