Reese Witherspoon has been winning praise from her Vanity Fair co-star who found her to be "fiercely intelligent" and highly capable of looking after herself.

British actress Romola Garai, 22, who plays AMELIA SEDLEY - the best friend of Witherspoon's BECKY SHARP - in WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY's classic story, struck up a friendship with the diminutive Hollywood superstar.

Garai says, "Reese is beautiful - like a doll.

"She's fiercely intelligent, forthright, witty and doesn't take any s**t, but all with a very polite smile."

26/08/2004 21:06