British actor Sean Bean has turned his back on North Country co-star Charlize Theron by announcing he will be rooting for her English rivals at the Oscars.

Bean is delighted Theron has been nominated in the Best Actress category - but he will be cheering on DAME Judi Dench and Keira Knightley at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on 5 March (06).

He says, "Charlize is magnificent. But I have split loyalties when it comes to whether she should win the Oscar.

"As an Englishman I'll be cheering on Keira Knightly and Judi Dench."