British actress Maxine Peake is turning to adoption after spending years struggling to conceive a child.

The Shameless star reveals she has undergone two rounds of in vitro fertilisation (Ivf) treatments and suffered several miscarriages as she attempted to start a family with her long-term partner.

Peake admits the couple is now considering adoption in a bid to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother.

She tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "It (adoption) might involve rethinking things, because I'm away (with work) so much. But being so close to my stepgrandad, I know that relationships with people unrelated by blood can be very strong... (My partner) loves kids and we've had a go. But it hasn't worked. That is the case for many people. It is maddening really."